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Offline Davos007

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Knee replacement for younger patients
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:13:36 AM »
 Ok team, here's my situation. After a recent visit to a specialist I was a little shocked to hear a full knee replacement appears imminent . After two meniscus tears and resulting surgeries in my twenties followed by micro fracture surgery as well about eight years ago I had hoped that would be the end of knee ops for me. I am still just 34yrs old, very active and fit, but still quite large, topping the scales at 100kgs and six foot three (think typical kiwi rugby guy). I live an active life and take pride in being fit, and although running has been off the menu now for a while, I find other ways to maintain general fitness. My work in the military requires good levels of strength and fitness and over time I have catered and adapted for my knee problems to not just "get by" but lead my unit when it comes to health and fitness.
My question is.... Has anyone else out there gone through a knee replacement at a similarly young age? And if so, what was the recovery like? How has the knee coped with exercise post op? Any advice on exercises to avoid or undertake in the hope of coming back stronger and fitter?
Any general advice or testimonies will be happily received.

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Re: Knee replacement for younger patients
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 07:48:41 AM »
Hi there,

Im sorry to hear about your upcoming surgery. I am only 27 years old and like yourself am needing a total knee replacement. The issue that I'm having here in the uk is that as I am so young they have advised that the knee will only last a max of 10 years, therefore I will (hopefully!) out live 2 replacements so I can't find a surgeon who will do it for me at the moment. At the moment I don't have a very good quality of life, I'm dependent on 2 crutches and don't get out of the house as the pain is so severe. If I could find a surgeon who would operate and give me the replacement then I would jump at the chance.

I was advised to work on the supporting muscles like glutes, abdominal and hamstring as well as quads to make sure they are in the best possible condition before the surgery.

Good luck with your surgery! let us know how it goes :)

Offline bizzylizzie

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Re: Knee replacement for younger patients
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 10:57:14 PM »
Ditto here, I'm 30 and the only solution to my knee problems seems to be a replacement but because of my age they wont do it. Crazy when I'd prefer to live my life now rather than hobble around and be in agony! Sorry I cant provide any advise but be nice to hear how you get on if you go ahead with the replacement. Good luck!

Offline dm

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Re: Knee replacement for younger patients
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 11:27:26 PM »
I'm 41, and a TKR is the only option left for my situation as well. I've a surgeon who would do mine, but my holdback issues are financial... I have to have the insurance deductible and copay for the surgery upfront, plus the copays for therapy, and money to pay household bills while out of work for approximately 3months on short term disability at 60% of my base salary. I still will have to pay insurance premiums, along with all other bills, while out of work, so will have to have the money saved up to pay what disability won't cover.

This means I can't afford the surgery anytime soon, but if the knee fails completely and I have no choice, then will have to deal with what happens when it happens.
multiple arthroscopies 2/00,3/01,6/01,1/03, 12/07,10/10. chondromalacia, severe medial joint space narrowing following 3 partial menisectomies, chronic pain problems, kneecap problems, OCD lesion, failed mfx.