The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: monstercookies on October 06, 2004, 09:43:35 PM

Title: Question about "the good knee" following
Post by: monstercookies on October 06, 2004, 09:43:35 PM
This isn't necessarily a post-op question, I don't think. Forgive me if I post in the wrong place.

I'm 7 days post-op...and yesterday, I started noticing that my GOOD knee is now "popping" when going up and down stairs.

Is there a lot of history with people having their good knees go bad after a surgery, during recovery?

Hopefully, I'm just being paranoid. But it's straining, and hurting.

Title: Re: Question about "the good knee" follo
Post by: maxfactor on October 06, 2004, 09:50:54 PM
I don't know if there's a lot of history but sometimes I think my surgeries failed because of the stress I would put on the non-casted leg. I hopped a lot too. After all my major surgeries the "good" patella dislocated before I ever got the cast off the other leg. I think there is a definite correlation because you put more stress on the "good" parts of you body. Just my humble opinion.
My surgeries may have very well failed even I didn't put stress on the other leg. They were all about 70-80% successful. They just may have failed sooner. The doc's thought my dislocation problem was something genetic, increasing because of my competative sports life.

Title: Re: Question about "the good knee" follo
Post by: monstercookies on October 07, 2004, 03:43:09 AM
Thanks for your response. I'm so sorry to hear that your surgeries have failed. IT makes me really nervous to think that so many people have had surgeries that were unsuccessful.

Gosh, I hope I don't add myself to the list. =(

I hope you have a wonderful evening!
Title: Re: Question about "the good knee" follo
Post by: dm on October 07, 2004, 03:49:20 AM
stairs are stressful on knees that are okay anyway, nevermind adding your entire body weight only on the "good" knee the entire set of steps.

I would look into changing how you're navigating the steps. yeah, i know sitting down on outside steps isnt possible, but might be good idea if your steps are in your house.

For outside steps, going up isn't easy that's for sure. I used to just grab the rail with the hand on the bad side and just loop the other crutch over the wrist of the hand holding the crutch on the good side. Awkward, but it worked. Being able to use the nonmoving handrail allowed for a more controlled "step" more like walking and less like a hop. getting someone else to carry the crutch you're not using is more helpful.

I would hope that using your postop exercises bilaterally would help. certainly can't hurt.