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Knee replacements
Anybody have a recommendation on knee replacements? I have been all over the web and they all sound like miracles products. Probably the quality of the surgeon is primary. The new 3D knees sound interesting but not much of a track record. Any recs?


DeafJam73
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re: Knee replacements
I highly advise you speak with an orthopedic surgeon. Talk with a few of them if you want.


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AUCE05
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re: Knee replacements
I have not had my knee replaced. However, I have heard some have success, others not. It is a bitch if a surgery. My uncle had it done as a last resort type situation, and has had 2 post replacement surgeries because it wasn't healing properly. Point being, make sure it is absolutely needed, and be content if it doesn't work out like the internet says.


GynoSandberg
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re: Knee replacements
Look up Matt Vincent on youtube. He just had a knee replaced and has been documenting his surgery/recovery


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Volt
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re: Knee replacements
If you still have an cartilage left then look into stem cell a injection.

One injection could be the difference in not needing a knee replacement for the rest of your life.


Athos
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re: Knee replacements
Consider less invasive interventions first like physical therapy, etc. You may eventually need it, but not at the moment.

Thing about TKRs is that a shite ton who get them are overweight. Which somewhat defeats the purpose. If you get one, you also need to make life style changes if you happen to be over weight.


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crazyLSUstudent
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re: Knee replacements
Have you heard of the mako robot? Mascona is always talking about it


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SammyTiger
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re: Knee replacements
My father in law had one done, got MRSA and basically hang been healthy in the last 3 years since.

My grandmother (around the same age my FIL is older) got one and it did improve her mobility.


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lsuesac
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re: Knee replacements
Couple of things. There is very limited research on stem cells. If you want to go that route I would have an ortho surgeon look at your X-ray first. You need limited OA for that to be an option. It’s a cash business (several thousand dollars out of pocket) and those giving them are often not specialist. The infection rate for total knees ranges btw 1-2% depending on the location but if you are in that 1-2% it is life altering. That being said it is a very successful surgery for pain control but it’s a mechanical device and is not going to make your knee feel like it did when you were 25. Having appropriate expectations is part of your outcome. Also about 1/10 patients aren’t satisfied


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Columbia
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re: Knee replacements
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the surgeon is primary


You can use all the Robotics and Navigation you want, but none of it matters if you have a poor surgeon.


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magicman534
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re: Knee replacements
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Thing about TKRs is that a shite ton who get them are overweight.


I’m a CRNA and can confirm that probably 90% of the people getting them are overweight. Not surprising if you think about it. Imagine carrying around 1 or 2 40# sacks of corn every time you are standing/walking. Just more wear and tear.

I haven’t seen anyone use the MAKO for a TKR, only a partial knee or a hip replacement.


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JOJO Hammer
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If you still have an cartilage left then look into stem cell a injection.


I agree. It may not be covered by insurance because it is still experimental. But check out Dr Jed Broyles at the Bone and Joint Clinic. He is doing some amazing stuff with stem cells.


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