Total Knee Replacement

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    AKPilot

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    Well, I went and did it. Had a total knee replacement almost a week ago.

    The partial, from December didn't take well, and I was still having problems.

    Not sure what the job front will look like down the road, so while I'm fully covered with two insurances I decided to go for it. Another week or so of working virtual then back into the salt mines.

    Already doing better with this one, although there's been some TMI complications.
     
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    I am astounded by the number of people here at work who are going in for knee and hip replacements right now. I think it is a conscious effort to get them done while they are still employed with insurance.

    Good luck with the recovery.
     
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    Thanks Fred.

    Yes, actually, those were my exact words to the doc. Need to get it done, while I know I have insurance and no copayments.
     
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    Troy did you have cadaver or artificial replacement?
     
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    Artificial replacement. Titanium even.

    I've mentioned it elsewhere, but growing up watching the Six Million Dollar man I thought it was sci-fi; not reality television. As I get older, and have body parts replaced, I'm quickly becoming my father.
     
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    Sorry to hear you've been going through that, Troy! But glad to hear that you're getting some relief with the new hardware...
     
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    glad to hear that this round went better Troy! hope your recovery is speedy
     
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    Good luck with your recovery!
     
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    Glad things are going well Troy! You'll be kicking things soon!
     
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    Troy;

    Sure hope this one takes better than the last. Slow down, take it easy, and good luck!
     
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    Good luck with the bionic bits.
    Shame your motive was in part financial rather than clinical.
    We don't pay at the point of use here. If I needed a new knee, and mine are not that good, I'd get it.
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes, everyone.

    In all actuality, I do have medical care for life as I'm a military retiree. Just between this and my insurance from my present employer, there's no copays.

    In all actuality, as some know, I used to live a very active lifestyle until I retired out from the AF. In total, between the two knees, I've been down for about four years and just wanted to get beyond this. The doctors theory is to go as long as you before doing anything. Unfortunately, this includes ingesting as many pain meds as you can tolerate. Looking at it from a holistic point of view, I don't want to effect my other body systems for a knee that can simply be "plugged-n-played". After a few months of course.

    Am looking forward to getting into active things again such as endurance cycling and fresh water kayaking.
     
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    The metal joints, or what the hospital and doctor billed your insurance?

    G.D.
     
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    Glad the knee replacement went well Troy..Titanium, eh? Lets hope it doesn't set off those metal detectors at the airports!:roll:
     
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    Did you get the version that'll make that great bionic "buh-buh-buh-buh" sound like Steve Austin when you use it? ;)

    Good luck, and I hope you get back on your feet soon!
     
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    Keep us posted on your recovery!
    Now get up and do something...
     
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    Good luck with your recovery.

    Not meant as an insult to the orinator of the thread but someone post that knees and hips are replace more common today. Hips are primarily replace due to fracture in the elderly so as we age, yes they will become more frequent. The knees are another story. Knees are replaced commonly in the obese due to wear and tear and the excess weight load. American is getting fatter so yes we will have mroe of those too.

    Knee replacements have come a long way and fascinating equipment. Good luck.
     
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    Ummm, this wasn't the case here. ;)
     
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    A little askew of the subject here - we had our dog's knees replaced about 6 years ago. We've thought of him as the Bionic Beagle since then. I hope things go as well for you as they did for Herbie.
     

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