Knee replacement surgery

susie51 Member Posts: 57
edited 3. Feb 2011, 14:01 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi I have been recommended a knee replacement joint this summer, I was warned that since I am v knock-kneed I might have a problem with nerve damage ie I may be left without control over my foot! Needless to say I do not wish this and would like to hear from anyone who has had a knee replacement; generally and also specifically any information on how to get fit for such an op? Cheers


  • elnafinn
    elnafinn Member Posts: 7,412
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Susie

    I have had both knees replaced one in 2008 and one in 2010. I was 60 at the end of last December. Both ops were successful and I am so pleased that I had them done. One of my legs was turning in because of the knee problems before the op. I had this one done first.

    I was able to walk before the ops without a stick(s) but used my husband's arm when out with him. I much preferred to use my bicycle locally than walk because I had no pain then. Only when I got off the bike!! You do not say if you need crutches to get around or not now. To get "fit" for the op to my way of thinking is to lose weight if possible, if that applies, less strain on the joints. Stretching exercises if possible and if you have an exercise bike and can use one, that would be good too. The thigh muscles ideally need to be as strong as possible - this helps post op.

    Elna x
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  • lindalegs
    lindalegs Member Posts: 5,393
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Susie,

    I had both mine replaced at the same time in 2000. I was knock-kneed before the op and had to use a wheelchair outdoors. Since the surgery I don't need any walking aids and the only nerve damage I suffered was a numbness on the area of the kneecap, but this is normal and most people experience this.

    If you have exercises, do them, if you can, before your op and afterwards as Elna advises. Muscle strength is the best way to support painful joints and also helps to keep them mobile too.

    Any other questions, please ask. :grin:
    Love, Legs x
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  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Susie
    Sorry I cant offer any help, but I want to wish you well, I really hope that if you decide to go ahead, you will be happy with the results.
    Please let us know how you get on.
    Barbara x