I went to my longtime family physical therapist, Doug Conroy, Monday, and after spending an hour talking, feeling and observing my body I could see he was measuring his words—not a good sign.
His conclusion, pending doctor verification, was that if I want the ability to get the exercise I need to have a good quality of life, I’m probably going to need knee replacement surgery. It was not necessarily the news I wanted, but it was no huge surprise with the chronic knee pain I feel.
I’ve written about orthopedic implants, visited Zimmer and DePuy in Warsaw, Indiana, and have gone to the medical engineering shows. So even though I know what the hardware looks like, it’s different when it’s your own body.
I am sure that many of you good folks who read the blog and magazine have undergone joint replacement procedures. I would like to know your results. Did it significantly reduce your pain? Have you been able to up your exercise regimen? Can you play tennis or basketball? I have completely lost my jump shot because of knee arthritis. Will I be able to regain it?
Tell me about your recovery. I’ve heard some bad stories about rehab, but mostly positive ones. What has your experience been?
Artificial joints wear out just like human ones. How long has your joint replacement lasted? If you have replaced a replacement, what has that experience been like?
I am not expecting to begin a career in mountain climbing or to do a triathlon, but if I’m going to go through more surgery, will I be able to walk the factory and navigate stairs without rushing to pop three Advil?
Please respond to the blog, because with millions of joint replacements being done each year, with or without Obamacare, I am not the only person reading this who could learn from your experience.
Question: What has your experience with joint replacement surgery been like?