Join Date: May 2007
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Re: Knee Replacement
Make sure you have a surgeon who is really well trained and experienced in total knee replacement.
The metal on metal joint replacement prostheses were not well thought through. Do not allow a metal on metal replacement under any circumstances. Very important!
The results from joint replacement depend upon the effort the patient puts into their rehab. Putting extra effort into your rehab will repay you many times over. Hang a full length mirror at the end of the longest hall in your house. Plan to watch yourself walk post op, and MAKE yourself walk with a flat out dead level symmetrical gait. No cheating here, do it right.
The rehab specialists will have lots of suggestions and tricks. Here is some additional. When you are able start riding a bicycle. Having your body tied into a mechanical device will ensure that your motions are symmetrical. Or better yet, row in a sliding seat rowing shell.
The old rehab saw "No pain no gain" is BS and counter productive. Pain means something is being stretched beyond it's limits. You want to push yourself well into discomfort, but not pain. Your goal is for your muscles to be really tired at the end of a rehab session, but able to recover by the next morning.
If your knee is really giving you trouble now, and cymbalta etc doesn't help, then post op you will be grateful. If your knee is just sore, live with it