(02-24-2014, 03:45 PM)ImaSurvivor Wrote: herb, my Dad had both knees done at the same time and he was in his mid 70's. He did fine. He put it off for so long because my Mom has macular degeneration and legally blind and he worried about her on her own. Despite my telling him not to worry about that and we had her back. Also his primary physician tried talking him out of having any knee replacement because he had had a blood clot years ago following a surgery. The surgeon was not at all hesitant. He was is so much pain and his quality of life was poor. Finally his primary physicians assistant pointed out quality of life for him was poor and more or less encouraged. He is now 82 and said he is 100% pain free. He remarks many times over how glad he is that he did the surgery. He just underwent open heart quadruple bypass surgery and he is doing really well. Six weeks have past and they are allowing him to drive again.
This, and the report by JWR, are typically what I am hearing from everybody who has it done, words to the effect, "Should have done it sooner."
I do want to do it while I am in good enough health and young enough to make the rehab possible/reasonable.
It's only after talking to the surgeon that I began to realize that it might not help me THAT MUCH.
My pain is near constant but fairly low level. I no longer walk any further than I MUST but I can walk if I must.
Main thing is that I still do the combatives and martial arts which I love and if they tell me the new knees are too fragile for that then keeping the old ones seems preferable.
For now, I am pre-habbing the knees -- and for once getting pretty decent results* so if in 4 months when I have lost the weight and fixed them up, the decision should be easy.
If they are better than the hardware knees then I'll keep them.
Otherwise, the health of the soft tissue in the knees will be as good as I can expect to begin the rehab after the replacement.
50 lbs by August -- sooner if possible -- is not a lot of weight for me to lose. (I am good at losing weight, unfortunately I am also good at putting it back on.
* Always before when given "exercises" to improve my knees they didn't help must but the trigger point work I am doing with my sports chiropractor is showing some good results in the last 2-3 weeks.
For instance, "rolling out" my hamstrings and or quads and IT Band can immediately improve my ability to walk or to take a stair -- it's not great, but it is greatly improved.
Rolling out is doing various exercises while using a lacrosse ball or foam roller to put (a lot of) pressure on the muscle and thus massage out the tightness and "trigger points" in the tissue.
It's not too unpleasant and doesn't take a LOT of time so since it helps me walk immediately its pretty easy to remain disciplined to do the exercises.
I appreciate all the encouragement and accounts of others as all this is going to be factored into my eventual decision.