After 15 years of dealing with a painful osteoarthritic condition in both knees (worse in my left), my doctor finally convinced me to get my left one replaced in May of 2011. Being a glass half empty kinda guy, I did my due diligence and read up on all I could before committing to it. During that process, I was surprised at the relatively small amount of information there was out there regarding knee replacement surgery (compared to surgeries of the elbow and other joints). That said, I felt sufficiently informed (especially after calling up a couple other patients) and scheduled my appointment.
Almost two years later, I’m incredibly happy to say my left knee is WORLDS better. I can actually lightly jog now (used to run 10Ks!) My only regret is not getting both done at the some time. I’ll probably need to get the right one done soon, but at least I’ll know the routine inside and out. A couple years later I’m also now a licensed physical therapist, specializing in hip and knee recovery (yes, my procedure had a VERY profound effect on me!). That brings me back to the point of this page and site…
I’m hoping this site will help others who are in the same boat and as I continue my career in orthopedics, function as a bit of a diary and platform of my day-to-day dealings with new techniques, doctors and medical debates.
Finally, if you are getting your knee(s) replaced, I wish you nothing but the best and please (PLEASE!), if you have ANY reservations, make sure you get all your questions answered before your surgery. Sometimes, the best move we make is not one at all.