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We just found out that my wife needs knee replacement surgery on one leg.  She will use a brace to help until she can see a surgeon and get it scheduled.  Has anyone gone through this and how long is the recovery time?

Jun 20, 2012 - 06:28 pm
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Uncle had this done, and the recovery is a long time.  You HAVE to go to PT and you HAVE to do what they say.  But after he was done with the PT, he said he wished he had done this earlier, to avoid so many years of pain.  As soon as he recovered from his first replacement, he went right in and had the second knee done.  

It is a rough surgery, physically just not an easy thing.  But the end result of no pain will be a good thing.



Jun 20, 2012 - 06:50 pm
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Uncle had this done, and the recovery is a long time.  You HAVE to go to PT and you HAVE to do what they say.  But after he was done with the PT, he said he wished he had done this earlier, to avoid so many years of pain.  As soon as he recovered from his first replacement, he went right in and had the second knee done.  

It is a rough surgery, physically just not an easy thing.  But the end result of no pain will be a good thing.




@Fallon: Thanks for the response.  When they x-rayed my wife, they found that she has no cartilage left in her knee, so it's bone-on-bone.  She's dealing with knee pain and I'm trying to deal with low-back pain.  It's hell getting older!



Jun 20, 2012 - 07:15 pm
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Theraworks off kingwood drive is great for physical therapy, I had part of my I.T. band removed in my leg they had me up and walking around much quicker that I was supposed to. I plan on going after my disk replacement surgery too. They are really great there.

Jun 20, 2012 - 08:37 pm
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Recovery is long. My husband is going through this and now we hear it is about a year before you are close to what was normal.   You have to go to Physical therapy and exercise and do what they say if you want good mobility back.  It was very painful too for quite a while.  They don't tell you that!!  Having said all that I think it will be worth it in the long run.

Jun 20, 2012 - 09:22 pm
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I had knee replacement surgery on June 5th. Dr. Lionburger at Methodist Hospital did the surgery. He does the minimally invasively knee replacement with computer assistance. The recovery is supposed to be shorter than other types and hopefully it is. You do have to go to PT and do the home exercises. I'm going to John York at Thera Works on Atascocita Road. He is excellent. I am using a walker, but the knee is getting stronger every day. Have followup appt. next week with dr. and hopefully will be using walker less than this week. I was dealing with so much pain just trying to do everyday things and am so looking forward to walking with no pain again. It was even affecting my back and that seems to have stopped with the surgery.

Jun 20, 2012 - 09:51 pm
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Yep bellalady, that is what my uncle found.  His gait was totally off because of the pain in his knees.  He was trying to help out his knees by walking differently, not consciously.  And all his back pain just went away with the surgery.

@Retired_Engineer, your wife will have a rough go for a bit, but she will feel so much better when it is done.   Don't share this thread with her, she doesn't need to be scared

Get a butt kicking doc I really think that makes all the difference.  The Fondren Group, downtown are miracle workers.

Jun 20, 2012 - 10:14 pm
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I've had a total knee replacement in November 1994....I got up the next morning and walked down the hall....PT folks came in the next day and talked to me and decided to leave me alone sense it was obvious that I wasn't gonna lay around and wait on them to come make me move around.....The joint is still with me today and gives no problems....Some days it's the only thing I got that don't hurt......

Jun 21, 2012 - 04:15 am
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I have know a few people who had knee replacements done by Dr Lionberger, he is supposed to be one of the best in doing knee replacements.

My dad had this surgery a few years back by a doc @ KSF. He needs his other one replaced but keeps putting it off.

Jun 21, 2012 - 08:46 am
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my cousin age 71 had this done & she took 3 months to get back to "normal" . I was amazed that when she came out of surgery they had this machine on her leg that kept her "new knee" moving all the time . She kept this machine on 24 / 7  except for one hour per day when she was doing PT with her therapist . It has been 5 years since her surgery & she said if she had it all to do over again she would have done it alot sooner.

Jun 21, 2012 - 08:49 am
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My dad had his done by Dr. Lionburger.  I think that the most important thing is DOING the physical therapy.  The quicker you get moving and the harder you work, the quicker you will get back to normal.  My dad's physical therapist said that the ones who let the pain rule them are the ones who have the longest and most painful recovery. 

Jun 21, 2012 - 08:54 am
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Thank you all for sharing your experiences.  I'm only sharing the positive aspects with my wife.  She was a nurse, so she already knows what she's facing, but I needed to get some feedback on what to expect from a support role.

@hgmag:  My wife used Theraworks when the knee first starting bothering her and it helped.  I've been using them for my low-back pain.


Jun 21, 2012 - 01:42 pm
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