In the planning stage for over a year, I was admitted into a suburban hospital last Monday for a total knee replacement. At the last minute, I searched their website and found that it was rated in the top five nationally
for joint replacements. This is a satellite hospital of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation
. I even had a 7th floor view out over Lake Erie.
Long story short,
I was cleared for release 5 days later when the PT and Occupational Therapy folks couldn't find any more hurdles for me to bust through. Although it was a Friday afternoon and needed an interview with the social worker and a sign off by the resident doc, they made it happen. Even enjoyed a night out dinner with the SO and was studying a take home booklet titled, "Intimacy After Joint Replacement"
. I'm going to recommend that they go into a second printing with photos rather than the archaic graphics. I'll even volunteer.
Five years ago I had scope surgery and struggled with crutches and then a cane and couldn't handle steps for over two weeks. On Friday afternoon I walked up two flights of stairs, put on my own socks & shoes and hit the 90 degree extension on the first try. I kibitzed with my surgeon each day (he's scheduled for a double replacement in two weeks) and he admitted his PA closed. No stitches or staples . . . just "steri-strips" that will fall off.
There is a lot of work ahead but medical technology has advanced by leaps & bounds. Granted I was 10-15 years younger than most that had the procedure in the PT class but I prepared with research, leg exercises, and free weights.
My procedure was routine and was necessitated by a work-out injury 6 years ago. If any of you are considering the options for a replacement . . . Do It!
p.s. Just finished the 1200+ posts I missed when on morphine pump therapy