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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

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In the planning stage for over a year, I was admitted into a suburban hospital last Monday for a total knee replacement. ...
. . . Do It!

p.s. Just finished the 1200+ posts I missed when on morphine pump therapy
Congrats, my bionic friend! You have been assimilated!

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Congrats, my bionic friend! You have been assimilated!
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Although just noticed that my ears are starting to morph . . .

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Congrats on the successful replacement!!!

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Congrats on the successful replacement!!!
Thanks Jerry and I'm just getting used to the concept of napping! I'm "on vacation" for the remiander of the year and don't feel guilty at all.

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Paul,

Glad that the surgery went so well. The knee is a difficult joint to repair because of all of the different motions.

I may be in touch later as I was told 10 years ago this month, that I would probably need a new knee in about 5 years. I'm 5 years to the good and delaying it as long as possible. So far no discomfort and I've found that swimming with fins and not using my arm, really strengthened my upper leg muscles, taking a lot of the strain from my left knee. The rehab and swimming were the key to my rehabilitation.

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Got any left over morphine?

Sounds like you breezed through it. If you ever need any insider info my wife is an RN at an excellent orthopedic hospital here in Tucson. Ara Parseghian's (of Notre Dame fame)
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Here's a picture of my lovely wife Amy - you should come here for some rehab and she'll take good care of you!
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Whoops! WRONG picture, that was my first wife.

- here's Amy!
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Got any left over morphine?

Sounds like you breezed through it. If you ever need any insider info my wife is an RN at an excellent orthopedic hospital here in Tucson. Ara Parseghian's (of Notre Dame fame)
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Here's a picture of my lovely wife Amy - you should come here for some rehab and she'll take good care of you!
Gee Ron, rehab in the low desert or NE Ohio (Next to Bainbridge)-- tough decision!
Had some great nursees. One blonde even brought me coffee from the nurse's station @ 6 before "Nutrition Services" appeared around 8. Told her I had a caffeine addiction and really needed a jolt in the morning. She came back with refills

Also loved the spa services including the morning wash cloth baths. Funny story about the catheter removal but this is a family site.

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So good to hear you are healing quickly. Medical technology and procedures have come such a long way. I'll put mine off for as long as possible, thank you very much.

Since Ron is sending pictures of his imaginary friends , I just wanted to say if you see this person stop by the house... RUN as fast as you can!


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. 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.
So, I have to ask, what did they replace the knee with?

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So, I have to ask, what did they replace the knee with?
A prosthetic!
Generically there are two major pieces of the replacement with major bone prep which are then glued into the drilled holes both in the femur and tibia.The cartilage is replaced with HDPE which is microwave cured for additional strength. The inside of the original patella is also lined with the same material.
I have a post surgery follow up on 12/9 and will ask for the specifics.
This site is one of the best explainations of the procedures that I have found Click-Clicky

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Just climbed up up on the LT! It was moderately comfortable in the normal riding position. I need a bit more flexibility but I've only had two hard core therapy sessions resulting in 100 degrees of compression. There are three this week & next stating at 8:15 tomorrow.

I'm trying to organize a Rounder's New Year's Day Ride!

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