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Old 09-19-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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Knee Replacement

Well, I am running out of options. Since January, I've had steroid shots, synvisc injections, arthroscopic surgery in an effort to relieve pain caused by arthritis. I am bone against bone at the patella/femur.

I had an appt. with my ortho and he is scheduling knee replacement for the end of October.

Has anyone who reads this experienced the surgery? I've read everything I can on the internet, and I am unable to find any new technology. The prognosis is no running, jumping, jump rope, box jump nor anything high impact.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:24 AM   #2
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Re: Knee Replacement

Skip Scroll down and look at the thread list at the bottom of page.
If I remember right the rom thread was a good one.

It has to do with prothesis itself. But I do recall, peopel running but most likely destined for a revision down the road sooner than average person.

Have you seen any of the Orthopods at U of washing in seattle?, most of those guys have serious sports med backgrounds. UW tends to lean more to the innovation side of medicine.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:30 PM   #3
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Re: Knee Replacement

Thanks Frank.
I've been to the UDub and I attended a seminar at Swedish Medical Center last evening. Nothing drastically different.

My doc's a UW grad and has done fellowships with sports med specialists.

Most of the implants will only allow 120 degree flexion. I've asked him to use a Depuy Sigma Rotating Platform-Flexion, which allows a 155 degree flexion. He said it is a good product, and he mostly inserts Depuy implants.

I'm somewhat 'numb' right now. It is hard to believe that the procedure is necessary at this time of my life, but the discomfort is unbearable. I have an extremely high tolerance for pain, but I am miserable.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:13 PM   #4
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Thanks Frank.
I've been to the UDub and I attended a seminar at Swedish Medical Center last evening. Nothing drastically different.

My doc's a UW grad and has done fellowships with sports med specialists.

Most of the implants will only allow 120 degree flexion. I've asked him to use a Depuy Sigma Rotating Platform-Flexion, which allows a 155 degree flexion. He said it is a good product, and he mostly inserts Depuy implants.

I'm somewhat 'numb' right now. It is hard to believe that the procedure is necessary at this time of my life, but the discomfort is unbearable. I have an extremely high tolerance for pain, but I am miserable.
Swedish guys are not cowboys hence they stay the traditional route of in for surgery, and out for rehab... its about dollars and cents with them. ( worked there)

Well you could shop around outside of the state.. if you are looking for that golden bullet before saying yeah, cut me.

The standard of measure when its time for surgery, is.... when you cant sleep at night due to the pain. .. it hurts and you dont sleep , it becomes personality changing. Thats the time to have it done.
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Re: Knee Replacement

I've been researching for 3 months. My sister is a doc on the east coast and she's been keeping her ears open for anything new.

I've always had a high tolerance for pain, but this is getting to me. I am cycling back and forth with ambien and hydrocodone to try to sleep, and I still toss and turn with pain in both knees.

Thanks for your comments, Frank. The surgery is scheduled for October 21st. I'll continue to research till then.

I'll continue operating 2 CrossFit facilities and will continue to set the example. Good will come out of this.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:09 AM   #6
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Re: Knee Replacement

Good luck with the surgery. I am struggling with arthritis in my knees as well, which led me to your post. Fortunately, I am not at the knee replacement stage yet. The fact that you have persevered despite the pain is inspiring and leads me to believe that you will back in action in no time.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:16 AM   #7
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Re: Knee Replacement

Skip,

Take a look at ArthroSurface.com. They are device company that has less- than-replacement solutions for the knee. If your knee is not too far gone, you might be candidate. Next step would to be to find a surgeon trained in ArthroSurface products (it's new tech, so most surgeons aren't trained in this and so will discourage). Good luck. I had my hip resurfaced and came back better than ever.
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Skip,

Take a look at ArthroSurface.com. They are device company that has less- than-replacement solutions for the knee. If your knee is not too far gone, you might be candidate. Next step would to be to find a surgeon trained in ArthroSurface products (it's new tech, so most surgeons aren't trained in this and so will discourage). Good luck. I had my hip resurfaced and came back better than ever.
Interesting!

but note
Femoral Condyle - Knee * An asterisk (*) indicates that the HemiCAP® device is considered an Investigational device by the FDA and is currently being evaluated as part of a clinical study at a number of sites in the US.

So finding an md, is going to be limited and NO insurance company springs for research based surgery.. Maybe the company itself will, or the individual.
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