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    Mikes Knee

    Question for Mike/Guy or Eastman staff.
    I know that Mike had a knee replacement recently and was curious as to how he is doing? I am facing the same issue with my knee, but do not want to quit hiking the mountains. I would rather deal with the pain rather than having to quit chasing critters.
    Was it a good thing having it done?
    Has anybody else had to face this?
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    I have a good friend that had both knees done last October. She had a tough rehab, but by New Years she was able to do a difficult 5-7 mile hike in Canyon Lands National Park. Before the surgery she wouldn't have been able to do this hike.

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    I will be in that same boat next year or so...arthritis and having no meniscus in my right knee has taken it's toll. And while I can't offer my own personal experience, from a professional view point (I am a retired health care scientist) if your ortho doc says it is time, then it likely is time to do it. A second opinion may put your mind at ease.
    Putting it off will make things worse. Once you decide to get it done, follow up with physical therapy. That is really critical.

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    My father had total knee replacement a couple years ago. Within a few months he was getting around better than he had the last 15 years and said he just wished he had done it sooner. We spent 4 days in the NM mountains in October and he did fine. The materials and technology they have today are amazing.

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    From the photos on Mikes blog I would say he is doing pretty well.

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    I waited until it was so painful that I couldn't sleep at night and was dragging it around. I would recommend waiting until you can't handle it then have it fixed. Its been a year and its better then the old one. But in my case it still isn't right. The thing makes noise while walking. My foot gets colder easier then before. Some people just go on like it was a new knee. Me its taking longer. I think I use it heavier then most. Good Luck on a new one. Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I waited until it was so painful that I couldn't sleep at night and was dragging it around. I would recommend waiting until you can't handle it then have it fixed. Its been a year and its better then the old one. But in my case it still isn't right. The thing makes noise while walking. My foot gets colder easier then before. Some people just go on like it was a new knee. Me its taking longer. I think I use it heavier then most. Good Luck on a new one. Mike
    Thanks Mike, appreciate the info!
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    Mike, are you clickin like a caribou ?
    Pretty cocky for a starvin pilgram...

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    My dad has had both knee's replaced and his is soooooooooo much happier. He could hardly walk it was so painful for him. He does a heck of a lot better now. I ruptured a Patella Tendon in my left knew about 4 years ago and had it operated on. Everything went well until I started PT and I noticed that my brain would tell my leg to move but there was a split second lag time before the leg would move. Not my fault of the doctor's, but somehow the tendon had stretched so he had to go back in right away and cut the tendon, clean up the end AGAIN, and put it back together. It was a tough journey, but I'm glad I had it fixed properly or it could have caused me problems with all the hunting, hiking, and snowshoeing I like to do. Get it done!
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    I've had both shoulders "fixed" and couldn't be happier about the results with those, so I guess I'll do the knee when the time comes. But I do think I'll take Mikes advice and wait until I can't stand it any more.
    Thanks everyone!
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