Dealing With Fluid on the Knee. Is Knee Surgery a Pain?


Bone cutter told me 16 years ago I should think about getting my knee replaced. His advice was put it off until the pain interferes with my acts of daily living:

  • Bathing  – nope shower.
  • Dressing and undressing – yep, hard to  put on my left sock which also could be a result of Dunlop Disease. But Spanx would be cheaper than surgery.
  • Eating – see above
  • Transferring from bed to chair, and back. See above
  • Voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge. So far so good.
  • Using the toilet. Nope, if I would pay attention and try not to read while peeing the problem would be solved.
  • Walking (not bedridden) Now here’s the rub.  Sometimes my knee hurts – like when I walked to the top of the friggin’ Bunker Hill monument.

Me: Doc, it only hurts when I do this…

Doc: Don’t do that.

One of these knees is not like the other,

one of these knees doesn’t belong,

can you tell me which knee is not like the other

before I finish this song?

Recuperation from knee surgery just seems like such a pain.

Anyone? Anyone?

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Dealing With Fluid on the Knee. Is Knee Surgery a Pain? — 10 Comments

  1. Considering you lopped of the top of your right knee when you cropped the picture I’ll just have to take a wild guess it’s your left one.

    So get the knee surgery already while your still young enough to recover from it and enjoy the pain free benefits over the next several years.

    Of course you always could (virtually) perform knee replacement surgery a couple of times yourself just to get the hang of it:
    .-= Kirk M´s last blog ..DoS attack yesterday aimed at one single blogger-Chaos Reigns =-.

  2. My mom has a ton of knee pain too.
    She’s avoiding the surgery because one of her salon customers had the surgery and ended up worse than beforehand.
    For me, the problem is my back.
    It’s hard to move around much these days.
    I haven’t gotten a lot accomplished since… since…
    Well, truth be told, I can’t remember the last time I ever really accomplished anything.
    Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..The Embarrassing Bratwurst Incident of 2009 =-.

  3. You have my sympathy. Lynn needs to have his knee done also and he is a chicken, too. Can’t say as I blame him but it is affecting our leisure time activities because it hurts him so much he can’t walk on it much. I think when we get back in the Fall he’s decided to do it.

  4. suck it up and have it done! think of the benefits in the long run-sure it will hurt for a few days, but in the long run it will be worth it! the longer you wait the harder it is-if my 86 year old FIL can have it done with no probs, then so can you!!!!!

  5. @Kirk: true, but then see Janna’s comment. yuck. Think I could get a double your money back guarantee?

    @Janna: thanks for the encouragement! and Hey! those of us who read your blog know you don’t get anything done except terrorizing truck buying men.

    @Grandma Henke: Yup, if I hand grandkids your age that I would want to tussle with, that might change me too.

    @bulbous: the recovery is months, not days. I think I’ll wait until I’m 86.
    .-= GoingLikeSixty´s last blog ..Dealing With Fluid on the Knee. Is Knee Surgery a Pain? =-.

  6. Hmmm, I have mixed emotions on this too Mark….and I’d be debating it just like you. I know the recovery time can be fairly long. I’ve heard both success and non-success stories….but honestly…mostly success stories….even at our ages. My sis-in-law had surgery on her knee, and it got better…in general. It’s probably worth it if getting around in the long-run means a lot to you. I guess that’s what I’d tell myself. I probably didn’t help much, did I? Good Luck sweet guy… ~Joy

  7. Did you really read/listen to what Joy wrote: if getting around is important to you. You need to admit that you do not do things because your knee hurts or will hurt; ie: golf!