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I'm going to be bionic!
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:54:23 AM »
5/12/2014 - the day I become ROBO-CHORNBE!

New knee. Look out, world...  :bigok:
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 12:03:57 PM »
total knee replacement?   do your therapy as prescribed and you will be good as new!
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 12:07:56 PM »
total knee replacement?   do your therapy as prescribed and you will be good as new!

yep, total replacement. It's been bad since I blew it out in '05 refinishing my basement. To quote the doc, "Yeah, it's very mechanical and crunchy in there."
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2014, 12:35:09 PM »
My name is already taken.  ;D
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 12:40:12 PM »
At least your Ex didn't go all Tonya Harding on you.   ;)

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2014, 12:44:48 PM »

At least your Ex didn't go all Tonya Harding on you.   ;)

Yet......


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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2014, 12:47:29 PM »
At least your Ex didn't go all Tonya Harding on you.   ;)

Oh, that's how I got all the metal parts in my neck and am now missing bits of my spine.
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2014, 12:50:19 PM »
At least your Ex didn't go all Tonya Harding on you.   ;)

Ya mean make a really bad video after a break-up and a career going on the rocks?
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2014, 01:43:45 PM »

At least your Ex didn't go all Tonya Harding on you.   ;)

Oh, that's how I got all the metal parts in my neck and am now missing bits of my spine.

Other than that, you're fine...


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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2014, 01:55:31 PM »
Hey! Nice to hear good news  :wings:
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2014, 01:56:58 PM »
Hey! Nice to hear good news  :wings:

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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2014, 05:20:34 PM »
But will you be faster, stronger, and more powerful than before?

Congrats on the new hardware. The TSA is gonna love you.  :bigok:
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2014, 07:59:25 PM »
But will you be faster, stronger, and more powerful than before?

They have the technology.

Congrats on the new hardware. The TSA is gonna love you.  :bigok:

As I understand it, you get a card to take with you through the airport. On the upside, I can change my 5-year gimp tag to a full, permanent gimp tag.  :bigok: :clap:
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2014, 09:47:34 PM »
On the upside, I can change my 5-year gimp tag to a full, permanent gimp tag.  :bigok: :clap:

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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2014, 10:02:47 PM »
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2014, 06:27:42 AM »
Gonna have to change your name to "saustin".
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2014, 06:43:21 AM »
Gonna have to change your name to "saustin".

I never served in the Air Force, so I can't be *just* like him, but if it gets me a shot at Lindsay Wagner or Markie Post, I'm in!
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2014, 06:44:20 AM »
   do your therapy as prescribed and you will be good as new!
:withstupid:  for sure.

But don't over do it!
 I have a buddy who had both knees done at the same time. He thought if he did more therapy than they wanted he would recover faster, better, stronger.
 WRONG!
He now uses a walker!

Good luck...  :thumbsup:
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2014, 06:51:11 AM »
   do your therapy as prescribed and you will be good as new!
:withstupid:  for sure.

But don't over do it!
 I have a buddy who had both knees done at the same time. He thought if he did more therapy than they wanted he would recover faster, better, stronger.
 WRONG!
He now uses a walker!

Good luck...  :thumbsup:

Excellent point. I will be getting the second knee done... at some point in the near future. The left one is far, far worse than the right one (blew it out big time a few years ago). So, I'll be having to keep a limit on it anyway, at least in terms of anything that is doing bilateral strengthening and toning.
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2014, 06:58:41 AM »
This scares me.
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2014, 07:02:25 AM »
This scares me.

Eh, the worse that can happen is infection sets in, my leg goes gangrenous and has to come off. *shrug*

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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2014, 07:03:15 AM »
But all kidding aside, this is a very cool thing, and I'm looking forward to being part of it.
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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2014, 07:13:54 AM »
This scares me.





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« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2014, 07:22:00 AM »

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« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2014, 08:02:37 AM »
So, this is what I'm having done.

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Apparently they don't use screws any more (for the most part). They'll glue the bottom bits to the fibula and tibia, and there are perforations in the part that connects to the femur and the femur will just grow into it and create a permanent mechanical bond (which is what they did with my neck surgery). Very cool stuff.

I'm really looking forward to it, and to feeling better. My knees are all but useless at this point. And I've been living in a three-level townhome the last year; it's taken its toll. I'm moving this weekend into a (mostly) one-story place.
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« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2014, 08:03:52 AM »
Lah lah lah lah lah I'm not listening lah lah lah
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« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2014, 08:05:15 AM »
And they said they'll have me doing stairs the day after surgery!  :eek:
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« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2014, 08:12:52 AM »
Does DE have handicapable license plates available?  I always chuckle when I see them.

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« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2014, 08:19:45 AM »
Does DE have handicapable license plates available?  I always chuckle when I see them.

Yep, car and bike.
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« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2014, 08:31:39 AM »

Eh, the worse that can happen is infection sets in, my leg goes gangrenous and has to come off. *shrug*

 :willy: :lol: :lol: :lol:

If it's your left leg that comes off, I'd be happy to sell you my Mana. No shift lever = no need for a left leg  :bigok:

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« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2014, 08:34:16 AM »
See? There's a man with vision and the courage to take an opportunity.

I like the cut of your jib, good sir!

And I'll take you up on that offer.  :thumbsup:
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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2014, 08:46:52 AM »
   do your therapy as prescribed and you will be good as new!
:withstupid:  for sure.

But don't over do it!
 I have a buddy who had both knees done at the same time. He thought if he did more therapy than they wanted he would recover faster, better, stronger.
 WRONG!
He now uses a walker!

Good luck...  :thumbsup:

Excellent point. I will be getting the second knee done... at some point in the near future. The left one is far, far worse than the right one (blew it out big time a few years ago). So, I'll be having to keep a limit on it anyway, at least in terms of anything that is doing bilateral strengthening and toning.

Ok so I'm gonna be a little confrontational here...

Your friend is NOT using a walker BECAUSE of how aggressively he did his rehab.  When you get out of surgery, hours later the methyl methacrylate is set.  The tibial plateau is as solid as it will ever be.  The femoral condyle has some healing to do, but it would take serious trauma to dislodge it.

Most problems people have with joint replacements relate to the implant not having been set at the correct angle (that's where an experienced Ortho comes in and why getting by with the least expensive guy isn't a good idea) or infection (cleanliness and dryness are important).  Bilateral replacements have a higher redo rate than sequential unilaterals.  It is unclear why, but may be related to asymmetric rehab (we tend to rehab our dominant leg faster/better).

Chris, do the "pre-hab" that they recommend.  The stronger you are before hand, the better your post op rehab will be.  TALK to your PT and let them know EXACTLY what you expect out of the finished product.  Do the rehab as prescribed.  When you meet with the PT for sessions tell them exactly what you've been doing at home.  If they think it's excessive or dangerous, they will tell you.

That said, USUALLY pain stops people from working the replacement leg past where they should.


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« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2014, 08:54:59 AM »
I can definitely see bilateral PT being... problematic... if something isn't seated, is not quite correctly installed, or the patient is having unequal pain on one side or the other. As I'm not going bilateral - nor would I elect to even if they were both equally as bad - I'll be able to work pretty hard and still be within the limits of my right knee. I'm confident for a quality recovery. I also heal pretty well, and I have a high pain threshold. I'll be more limited by cardio than muscle strength, honestly; I'm so ridiculously out of shape, cardio-wise, thanks to my knees and lower back issues.
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« Reply #34 on: March 14, 2014, 09:03:48 AM »
Patients with osteoporosis (low bone density) or serious atherosclerosis can have problems healing in the femoral condyle, but they end up with the implant wiggling loose over time.  Again, not a rehab problem. 

I would seriously doubt you have any bone density issues at all.  Again, communication with your PT is key, if you don't think you're making progress in the right direction, let them know that too. 

When I had an ACL repair done YEARS ago (15? wow), I had finished rehab but a year later, I still felt unstable on uneven ground.  My PT went through everything and determined I just needed to desensitize the knee.  He started me running because the pounding makes the knee less sensitive to positional changes.   I've been running ever since and I have no hesitation jumping out of the back of a pickup in a horse pasture.

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Re: I'm going to be bionic!
« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2014, 09:11:59 AM »
oh, yea.. if they ask if you want the post op nerve block (aka baby bottle) say YES! it's fantastic. lasts about 3 days and gets you over the hump on pain. Had an new ACL and took a total of 1 pain pill. it was great!

as for the rehab I did about 2x what was prescribed and recovered amazingly well. My mother had both knees done in her 70's and recovered fine, it should be no problem for you.

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« Reply #36 on: March 14, 2014, 09:51:23 AM »
My mother-in-law had her knee done and she is still cranky and cantankerous. Anecdotal evidence IS everything.
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« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2014, 09:52:08 AM »
My mother-in-law had her knee done and she is still cranky and cantankerous. Anecdotal evidence IS everything.

I should have been more clear. her knee's are fine ;)
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« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2014, 10:03:06 AM »
My MIL just had her knee done.  She said the first couple of weeks of PT was a bitch, but she did the exercises as-prescribed, +10% or so. 

It's been a few months now, and she doesn't have a problem at all.



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« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2014, 10:19:22 AM »
OOOH! Here's a thought...have them add an inch or two on the that side. You might walk a little funny, but when you ride, no more scootin' off the side of the seat at stops. It would almost be as good as having a longer inseam. When you have the other one done, you can even it up. If that works, maybe I'll get my knees done so I can look at KTM's.
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« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2014, 10:21:10 AM »
An inch or two won't do.  ;D

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« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2014, 07:43:14 PM »
An inch or two won't do.  ;D


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