Knee Replacement Surgery - Advice sought
My wife (68yo) is facing knee replacement surgery. The X-Rays show no cartillage at all, and the left tibia is angling considerably inwards.
The doc says none of the "alternative" treatments are appropriate at this time. These include the injections of silicone and whatever else they now inject, the cortisone shots, braces and/or PT.
My wife is terrified. She loves to bicycle and hike, among other things. We have seen two orthopods, and both say the same thing.
She is tremensoudly interested in other's experiences with knee replacement, especially any females (wifes or persons on this list, but males will also be ok).
If there is anyone out there who has experienced knee replacement surgery we would love to have you share your experiences.
1. Has anyone done the "minimally invasive surgery?" The doc we saw today says he has given up on MIS due to poor results. Yet, we have some other docs locally who are currently holding seminars on MIS, and specialize in it! ????
2. Success rates and stories and when back to bicycling. etc.?
3. Recovery period?
5. Any other thoughts?
We went to a doc at Rose Medical Center here in Denver, which is a major regional joint replacement hospital, doing over 1,000 last year. ( I wonder what they do with all of those old joints? )
As usual, your thoughts and feedback are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.