I had one knee done in March 2007, the other done in February 2009. I am 67 years old. I will tell you that I researched doctors before I made my decision and talked to as many people as possible as well as reading up on it.. As a result I had a very good doctor and aggressive physical therapy. I won't sugar coat it, the rehab is worst than the surgery. It take weeks but I was up and around the next day per doctors orders. Sleeping was the worst part since I am a stomach sleeper. I went to rehab 3 times a week plus used the contraption that moves your knee. Exercise is very important before and after. I am not sorry I had it done. I was in a lot of pain before and my activities were curtailed. The one thing I can't do now is kneel down. Other than that I am very happy with my decision.View Thread
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For most people a knee replacement can predictably eliminate pain and restore function. This is not to say that the operation is not without complications. I think that we as physicians do a good job of presenting these complications to the patient pre-operatively but I am not sure that we are always great at preparing our patients for the recovery after knee replacment. The first couple of weeks can often be very challenging and the patient is truly doing a lot of work in physical therapy. They likely are requiring pain meds, anti-inflammation medications and icing in between and around the therapy sessions. We often generalize and tell patients they are about 75 percent recovered at 6-8 weeks and that they will continue to make some improvement often out to at least one year. All patients are different and this schedule does not apply to all. Unfortunately, there are some patients (some research has suggested approximately 1 in 5) that may have some pain in there knee after the surgery and when the recovery is complete. Most of these patients are better than they were pre-operatively but still not 100 percent pain free.View Thread
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