Everyone's opinions are pretty much where I stand, so it's good to hear that I am not being delusional. My OS and I feel like we are spinning wheels right now trying to salvage my current "trashed" knee. I haven't walked in 20 months and just want to get back to the simple things, carrying my daughter, and being a dad and husband again. I was always very active...my injury happened while snow skiing...but I realize I must re-define my life and activities from now on to make my TKR last as long as I can. I'm 6'1'' and weigh 215pounds, so it wouldn't hurt to lose a couple of lbs. My attitude is to make my TKR last as long as I can and deal with things as they come. Hopefully, as time passes, further medical advancements will be made to benefit revisions. Thanks for your inputs and I'll keep you posted. I'm getting a 2nd opinion Nov. 6th, and my surgery is scheduled in two weeks. Thanks!
Pretty much all the reasoning I went through, I had my TKR 8 weeks ago aged 42. I have had 5 years of Grade iV arthritis in R knee after a carbon fibre ACL was taken out and "we" realised how mashed the joint was. I was told "get on with it come back when you are 60" I have not been able to do much with my daughters for that time, and my back giving up the ghost this year was the final straw. I found out before Christmas that there were far more options now, and I referred myself to a first rate specialist on the NHS under Choose and Book, who outlined the cementless knee options and the replacement of the implant parts that can be done a fair few times. Obviously prserving the joint is the number 1 aim now, and best advice is to keep going as long as you can, but if you can't walk and you leave it recovery will be lesser, and other joints start packing up from wear and tear. Physio and getting fit and losing some weight (I need to lose a couple of stone ideally) but it is so much easier when you can do things!!
I have been back at work a couple of weeks, but as it's my business my staff do the heavy work, and I can dictate my hours. My physio has incorporated the back problems and I feel an improvement already. I was on Diclofenic SR (sp!) but have not taken that since before the op and am now on paracetamol and/or Ibuprofen as and when I need it (1 -2 doses a day,) Getting rid of the strong pain killers has improved my well being a lot too.
You may not be running round with your daughter at Christmas, and the first week post op is tough but as you make progresss every day it doesn't seem that bad.
I think you may have had your surgery now, all the best.