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Last March I underwent a Total Knee Replacement as well as a having my extensor mechanism of the knee reconstructed. The road to recovery was and remains long and painful though now I can actually get out hillwalking albeit only 8 or 9 miles with the aid of hiking poles is a godsend. Are there any other forum members who've had a knee replacement, I would love to hear your stories on this.

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Last March I underwent a Total Knee Replacement as well as a having my extensor mechanism of the knee reconstructed. The road to recovery was and remains long and painful though now I can actually get out hillwalking albeit only 8 or 9 miles with the aid of hiking poles is a godsend. Are there any other forum members who've had a knee replacement, I would love to hear your stories on this.

 

Good luck with the recovery SI.

 

I haven't had anything as serious as that, but have had numerous joint issues (ankle, knee, sacroiliac, shoulder) for nearly 3 years due to joint hypermobility syndrome, which was only diagnosed a few months ago.

It got to the point last summer where I could barely leave the couch. Luckily, lots of physio, medication and corrective orthotics helped me recover a lot in recent months, and a few weeks ago I had my first, albeit short, mountain hike since December 2010. I've been given the go ahead to try some jogging again in just over a weeks time too, which I'm anxiously looking forward to.

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Good luck with the recovery SI.I haven't had anything as serious as that, but have had numerous joint issues (ankle, knee, sacroiliac, shoulder) for nearly 3 years due to joint hypermobility syndrome, which was only diagnosed a few months ago.It got to the point last summer where I could barely leave the couch. Luckily, lots of physio, medication and corrective orthotics helped me recover a lot in recent months, and a few weeks ago I had my first, albeit short, mountain hike since December 2011. I've been given the go ahead to try some jogging again in just over a weeks time too, which I'm anxiously looking forward to.

I'll have to do a quick google of that symptom BFTV, but being housebound isn't pleasant more so if you enjoy the outdoors. I spent two years on crutches and at times I felt hopeless and worthless,good luck with your recovery and I'll have a read up on it. Edited by Sceptical Inquirer

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I haven't had my knees done but I send you good wishes with your recovery anyway,  it sounds long, but sounds that you are now getting there.

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I haven't had my knees done but I send you good wishes with your recovery anyway,  it sounds long, but sounds that you are now getting there.

Thanks Jenny, Ives till got a few issues but hopefully over the next year or so they'll ease up. I go and see the consultant in March and then annually to keep tabs on me.

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I don't have to have it yet, but I fear I will in the future. I think doing MMA from a young age (14) to now (26) has taken quite a big toll on my bones. I currently have problems with my Knees, Patellar Tendonitis, as well as a floating piece of cartilage, which makes my training very difficult. I also do 10-20 mile walks in the mountains every weekend, which is very paintful, but feels better with the strapping.

 

I had surgery last year on my elbow for damage (arm bars !!) which resulted in a trapped nerve, so I had to have decompression surgery done 7 months ago, it's still painful and sore.

 

But all the best with the new knee, i'll probably be joining you in 20 years or so !!

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I fell off my motorcycle some 38 years ago - the hospital x rayed it and said it was just a sprain but after 5 months of physio and not really making much progress they asked me to return to the fracture clinic who said, 'we are ever so sorry, it was broken after all', so I decided kill or cure, I would take up badminton and sure enough after a few months it strengthened and I got back to walking normally - the only problem was distance - about 3 miles was a comfortable distance - I did walk 12 miles once and that was sheer hell.

 

Unfortunately due to getting old and decrepit I no longer play badminton and find it plays up from time to time.

 

As far as knees are concerned, my mother had both hers done in about the autumn of 1991 about 6 weeks apart - she was a determined lady and made virtually a full recovery, so much so we were able to take her to the south of France the following May via Barcelona. She was told they would last 10 years but in fact kept them until she died just short of a year ago, which makes it over 21 years, although in the latter years she was getting further problems but being in her 90's too old for a further operation. 

 

The moral of these stories are that these things can be got through, though sometimes you have to have the pain to get the gain.

 

Bloody 'ell SI, 8 to 9 miles hillwalking that's great - if you keep that up it will get easier, so all the best of British

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Good luck SI

Must of been bloody frustrating to lose mobility considering a knee is very important for walking after an actual foot itself!

The human body is incredible though at healing, time can be a great healer too as you know yourself after your gradual improvement in mobility.

Here's to many years with your new knee!

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Thanks for all the replies. Just to add that I also have no Patella which I lost in a cricketing accident many years ago. this has been a major obstacle throughout and it's one component of the knee joint which is vital in the stability stakes. The extensor mechanism reconstruction was to try and build up the space between my quad muscle and the missing Patella and give my knee joint more stability, it's early days yet but I'm still finding my knee giving way at the most inappropriate moments, hopefully this will resolve itself as time goes on.

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Best wishes to all recovering / coping with joint injuries, repairs etc, not had a knee replaced (yet), but when I was ten fell on to a broken bottle hidden in the grass, that cut right through my knee cap and snapped off inside, took them a few months to find a hidden shard was still in there, but by then the damage was done.  Did martial arts from 15 right until 27, when the knee started to really play up, docs did all the tests and said basically it was going but not gone enough to do anything with and that I should give up the sport I love or face long term problems sooner rather than later.

 

I have many other breaks and sprains gained over the years (toes and fingers mainly) and now they are all showing their hand as I grow older, for me I find heat/warmth helps with these and really feel them when it is cold and damp, but I am sure we all do that anyway.

 

Oh suffer back pain now and again, but that was a combination of accident falling down the stairs as a teenager tripping over a sleeping cat on the stairs and a later accident being thrown from my horse when she was spooked by a carrier bag flapping in the hedge when out on a solo hack (bless her, she came back and stayed with me even though I could not move for two hours and this was in the middle of nowhere long before mobile phones).

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Last March I underwent a Total Knee Replacement as well as a having my extensor mechanism of the knee reconstructed. The road to recovery was and remains long and painful though now I can actually get out hillwalking albeit only 8 or 9 miles with the aid of hiking poles is a godsend. Are there any other forum members who've had a knee replacement, I would love to hear your stories on this.

Yes i have had my knee reconstructed not replaced twice following a serious footballing injury in what turned out to be last appearance on 2nd November 2003 i was forced into retirement at the age of just 33. For some reason the consultant did not operate on my knee there and then as recommended by his junior staff but put me through a series of phsyio for 6 weeks to heal any sundry muscle damage even though my ligaments where shot..so i had an op 2 days before Xmas 2003..then spent to 2months in rehab and then weekly phsyio for another 6 months..and eventually monthly consultant check ups...i knew by the summer of 2004 that things were not right as my knee would often give away if put under any lateral quick movement but kept being told was ok. Then by chance in 2005 my consultant was away on hols..and i saw a South African specialist who took one look at my knee and basically told me it was shot and needed a 2nd operation he booked me in straight away (although was a 6 month wait). I had that op in Nov 2005..this time they took grafts from my hamstring to repair my knee..what they didn't tell me is that the hamstring tendon does not regain its taught nature once cut and repaired. Upshot is 8 years later my knee is solid..my hamstring on my left leg is shot..i am unable to run at any speed as my hamstring will cramp instantly and some times will cramp when put under any stress like getting out of a car awkwardly.

 

I wish that fateful day i would have broken my leg and not snapped all my knee ligaments..what makes it more painful was the injury happened in the 90th minute of the game..had i broken my leg i would have made a full recovery and could have carried on playing for another few years...had they operated straight away i may have made a full recovery..had the consultant realised the first op was a failure instead of saying it was ok and normal things again might have been different. Still i have no issues with my knee just the scars to prove what had happened.

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My recovery seems to be problematic with instability of the knee joint progressively worsening, this combined with light to moderate pain on the medial side of my knee and a valgus looking leg where my foot points inwards. My appointment with the consultant is next month, worst case scenario would be a revision and another attempt at an allograft. Worrying times ahead, both physically and financially.

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