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Old 11-30-22, 10:45 AM
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New knee

Knee got replaced November 7. I hope to be on the bike Jan1 and I believe this will happen. Only gripe is not being able to get a good night sleep in bed. Three weeks in and they bent the knee 107 degrees. My new frame is supposed to come in this week, I built the wheels and will be taking parts off of one bike to install on the new one. Day by day.
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Old 11-30-22, 10:48 AM
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Lots of new stuff!
Congrats on all.
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Old 11-30-22, 02:54 PM
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Painful operation, my wife had it done late Sept., she's still doing PT. Unfortunately, she is not active so the recovery is much longer that for somebody who has been active, such as cyclist.
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Old 11-30-22, 04:48 PM
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Best of luck with your recovery. Keep the updates coming.

I imagine you know that the more you follow the PT's suggestions, the more likely it is that your recovery will be good.
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Old 11-30-22, 05:14 PM
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I just got a new hip. The old one was smashed in pieces. They tell me about the same thing
Home at 2 weeks, on a stationary bike at 4, on the trail by week 12.
Best of wishes for a successful recovery!

Dan
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Old 11-30-22, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by DangerousDanR View Post
I just got a new hip. The old one was smashed in pieces. They tell me about the same thing
Home at 2 weeks, on a stationary bike at 4, on the trail by week 12.
Best of wishes for a successful recovery!

Dan
From what I hear from the surgeon who replaced my hip years ago, knee replacements are much more difficult to recover from. After my hip replacement I was walking pretty well within a week
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Old 12-01-22, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
From what I hear from the surgeon who replaced my hip years ago, knee replacements are much more difficult to recover from. After my hip replacement I was walking pretty well within a week
As an RN who has worked in Orthopedics, that matches my experience with joint replacement recovery.
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Old 12-01-22, 08:48 AM
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hang in there

can you vary that angle? at least for part of the evening? how do you keep it at that angle all night? pillow?
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Old 12-01-22, 10:41 AM
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I had a total knee replacement in July 2017. I was taking short hikes in mid-September and cross-country and alpine skiing, to include telemark skiing by January 2018. Best knee I've ever had. You have much to look forward.
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Old 12-01-22, 01:03 PM
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One of my friends got a knee replacement maybe a decade ago. He called it a triathlon knee. He has be speedskating (fast) and water skiing on it ever since. But now it's time for the other knee.
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Old 12-01-22, 04:55 PM
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I had both knees replaced in 2017 - one in January and one in November so I rehabed over two winters. The first was tough to bend and took 3 weeks to pedal a stationary bike. The second bent easily and I was on a stationary bike in a week, but fully straightening that knee took 16 weeks. I've ridden over 22,000 miles in the Colorado mountains since then.
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Old 12-02-22, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by wvridgerider View Post
Knee got replaced November 7. I hope to be on the bike Jan1 and I believe this will happen. Only gripe is not being able to get a good night sleep in bed. Three weeks in and they bent the knee 107 degrees. My new frame is supposed to come in this week, I built the wheels and will be taking parts off of one bike to install on the new one. Day by day.
Never had a joint replacement but have had numerous fractures including a femur that went right into the knee joint. My doctor noted that recovery is 10% due to the quality of the surgery and 90% due to the efforts of the patient. Be prepared to work hard in your rehab, first to get enough flexibility to be able to pedal (getting over top-dead-center) and then to rebuilding muscle. I broke my femur in January and it was August before I could stand and pedal. Four years later and that knee is still stiffer than my other knee, but my riding has fully recovered. It took two riding seasons to get back on top. It's a long haul but well worth it. Best to you.
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Old 12-02-22, 10:39 AM
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Best of luck with your recovery and hitting your planned timeline.

I have surgery coming up and am hoping for a quick recovery also.
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Old 12-02-22, 11:12 AM
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Thanks everyone for the support. I can get around without the cane, although I will take it if I am walking quite a bit which isnt far for me. Just went outside and cleaned some leaves.
The surgeon told me the operation took 40 minutes longer than normal due to the condition of the knee. There were bone spurs and meniscus pieces floating around. No wonder I couldnt stand and pedal for the last few years. I hope I will be anle to stand and pedal now to give that but a break while riding.
Had a meeting last night and the guys were impressed with how well I was walking.
I will update and celebrate when I get on the bike.
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Old 12-02-22, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
hang in there

can you vary that angle? at least for part of the evening? how do you keep it at that angle all night? pillow?
They don't keep it at that angle all the time. That's a measure of how far it can bend. They want it to go all the way straight, and bend at least 90-100 degrees. 107 sounds good, but more is betterer.
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Old 12-02-22, 01:57 PM
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wishing you a quick and fast recovery
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Old 12-03-22, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by wvridgerider View Post
Knee got replaced November 7. I hope to be on the bike Jan1 and I believe this will happen. Only gripe is not being able to get a good night sleep in bed. Three weeks in and they bent the knee 107 degrees. My new frame is supposed to come in this week, I built the wheels and will be taking parts off of one bike to install on the new one. Day by day.
Here's to a complete recovery! We each recover differently so keep that in mind.
Now if you really want to hear your surgeon laugh, run your timeline past him! In the next few weeks rehab will probably have you on a stationary, let us know how that goes (it will be a good indication of were you are). As for range of motion you are shooting for straight 0 and bent 125.
I speak from experience, had both knees done in the past 18 months and am just now feeling almost normal (they will never be the same.) I ride about 20 miles a day now with no pain or swelling, not bad for a 75 year old fart who just got back in the saddle after 40 years

Be smart in your recovery, don't over do it, or you can screw the knee up permanently.

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Old 12-03-22, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
One of my friends got a knee replacement maybe a decade ago. He called it a triathlon knee. He has be speedskating (fast) and water skiing on it ever since. But now it's time for the other knee.
Its a model. No different than a Canyon Grand Canyon (not meant to be ridden in the Grand Canyon) or a Litespeed Vortex (only whirlpool was in the bank account).

Stryker Triathlon is a great knee. One of the more popular knees out there in fact. Stupid name for it though.
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Old 12-03-22, 09:44 PM
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Update
At PT Friday I was able to pedal the sit down elliptical. I will be borrowing a trainer and if I pedal the bike I will start some easy flat rides. Monday is week 4
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Old 12-04-22, 09:22 AM
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I saw my buddy at our speedskating race Saturday. We had 90 plus competitors from 8 States. He was an on ice referee, we did 125 races and he was out there for most of them. He reports that he's getting a newer model for the other knee in January.
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Old 12-04-22, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by wvridgerider View Post
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At PT Friday I was able to pedal the sit down elliptical. I will be borrowing a trainer and if I pedal the bike I will start some easy flat rides. Monday is week 4
A classic example of how being fit significantly shortens the amount of time to get mobility back. My wife, being overweight and never exercising (not being critical, I love her dearly, just stating the reality), is 10 weeks after surgery, is only spinning a bike pedal slowly and with much effort. Still using a cane, cannot easily walk upstairs by placing all her weight on the new knee.
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Old 01-03-23, 10:46 AM
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Well it happened. Got in 10 miles on Jan 1 then another 10 on the 2nd. Knee is a little tight on the top of the pedal stroke and the arch of my foot is at the pedal axle.
I believe it really loosens up the knee riding so the milage will start to increase.
I am not ready to climb so just the flats for now.
I might get a pair of Catalyst pedals and try them out, they would help with the foot placement and seem like a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
One of my friends got a knee replacement maybe a decade ago. He called it a triathlon knee. He has be speedskating (fast) and water skiing on it ever since. But now it's time for the other knee.
That's what happens when you abuse your knee replacement.
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That's what happens when you abuse your knee replacement.
Now it's time for the other knee!
The first knee's replacement is doing fine.
It's the second knee that's getting it's first replacement knee this week.
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Now it's time for the other knee!
The first knee's replacement is doing fine.
It's the second knee that's getting it's first replacement knee this week.
Orthopedic PA here. Keep in mind a second knee replacement hardly ever works out as well as the first. How old are you? How long did the first knee replacement last?
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