I know this is a very old post but I still thought I'd post. I highly recommend acupuncture for pain relief. I get it done every 6 weeks and I haven't had to wear my brace since I started treatments. Just an FYI
Well it has now been nearly a bit more than 5 years since the TKR, and boy is it great, I ride a bike now, work out every day, have near total movement for whatever activity I want to do, running is out for sure, but I walk up and down Badger Mt trails area regularly. I has been an amazing 5 years, best part that contributed to the great recover is the 100 lbs of weight I lost and retiring fro the fire service (did that 3 years ago). Lost of weight, less stress more sleep have been huge plus to the TKR being so successful.
Thought I would update again on how the TKR went, does riding a bike nearly everyday for distance upward of 15 miles mean anything. The surgery, the retirement, the rehab, Gold Gym trainer, 100 lbs + of weight, and finally after 5 years getting that last 1 degree of movement in the knee (scar tissue is a pain!!!) allows me to grasp life again and really be happy about everything. I AM SHOUTING FROM THE MOUNTAIN ABOUT YOU GALS/GUYS GETTING THE TKR. IT DOES WORK BUT REQUIRES HARD DECISIONS, HARD WORK AT REHAB AND REAL STICK TO IT MENTALITY. You can read this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gads time flies, it has been over 12 years since I had the TKR. I am quite happy to report I NEVER had any issues regarding my surgery. I do anything I want except running. Biking is my big thing weather permitting and I do anywhere between 10 and 20 miles at least 5 times per week during the summer. The knee does just fine with no issues other than about once per year I get a bit of a electrical nerve jolt for about 2 seconds. I'm guessing the nerves are still rerouting themselves. Has no effect, more of a surprise than anything. Still pain free, my other knee has a bit of work 2 years after the replacement (doc said that would happen). She also indicated I might have hip issues at the 10 years anniversary & I did but I increased my exercise levels and that seems to have gone away. I think I delayed the hips for a while, who knows.
It's been a long time since I posted into Firefighter Nation!!!
I think it's time for an update!
Update: In about 2-3 weeks I will be getting a right hip replacement to go with the mentioned above right knee replacement, back when I had the knee TKR in 2007, The doctor had said I would need a hip at some point, she figured about 10 years if I continued doing what I was doing. I took heed and retired in 2011, four years after the knee was done. Well, it's nearly 15 years now and it's time.
In January, I suddenly had huge hip pain on a scale of 8 of 10 every time I sat down stood up tried to walk. In the space of 3 weeks went from walking normal to using a walker (it sucks totally). Got into the doctor's office and it was determined the hip joint was bone on bone, and it was replacement time.
I am seriously working forward to this, when I had the knee done, I wasn't so much. I know it was because of the potential I was going to end up taking a medical retirement. Not this time.
At this point I have the surgery planned out, the home care, and some of the rehab planned out. I know for sure I'll be a whole lot better than I am!!!
The knee is continuing to be great, no issues and with new hip as well that will continue. I'll post again after the surgery.