I am 48 and weigh 310 pounds. I had my TKR 11 weeks ago and all is going well so far. My OS recommended that i did lose some weight before the operation but as i had severe mobilty problems this was an issue. The main thing i can recommend is get your husband to visit a physio to get his muscles built up before the operation as he will get a lot of muscle wastage. I did this and it helped a lot i was discharged from hospital 4 days after the operation. My OS also told me that although the new joint normally last about 15 to 20 years as i am overweight the joint may only last 8 to 10 years, so it would be in your husbands best interest to try and lose some weight as i have started doing as i am more mobile now.
On Monday i will be 12 weeks post op. I have to admit that the rehab bit is a bit hard but getting easier every week. Yes, being overweight is a problem but it is something i have to deal with. Doctors etc think it is so easy to lose weight, try being in my shoes, it's not especially with mobility problems. oh the choir so hears you They keep trying to tell me it's a 'simple' matter of calories in vs what you burn. geez, if it was that simple no one would be overweight! Last year when my OS put me on the waiting list for the TKR he had no problems doing the operation but recommended that i lose the weight so that the new joint would last longer, so really it is yours and mine best interest to lose some weight. Don't let your surgeon talk you into the tummy op, is there a weight loss program they could put you on? the op seems a bit drastic to me. Me too. No, I'm not going to do the surgery. I wish there was something that would work: it's been the bane of my life. The only time I was 'thin' was when I had stopped eating entirely and was depressed and suicidal. I really don't want to go back to that. In general I'm very happy and enjoy my life - well, I'd enjoy it a lot more if my knees weren't so trashed. Excersize (even if my knees would let me do any) oddly seems to work backwards with me: dunno why becaue I'm not eating differently, but it makes me gain and then after about 2 months my system shuts down and I can't even do it anymore. very wierd. Try not to worry yourself too much, when you have your knee done you will wonder what all the fuss was about, you will have pain and stiffness but not as bad as the pain you have now. If you read my post op diary you will see that i go through a lot of ups and downs and i moan a lot. Basically i am a very impatient guy but really i should be very thankful for what i have got now