Total Knee Replacement: Taking Advice from The World

I’ve never had a Total Knee Replacement, (ta da dummmmmm) so I’m taking advice from anybody who has been through it, is going to go through a Total Knee Replacement, knows somebody that went through it, or is thinking about going through a Total Knee Replacement for a great blog post series.

So far I have this advice:

From Bulbous: Do the rehab.

From Brian: Do the rehab.

From Kirk: Do the rehab.

From Aubenades: Take the narcotics

From BBQandBourbon: Apply Bourbon liberally internally to kidneys.

From The Hull Truth: Blame it on work. Yeah, like people would believe that, HAR.

From Debbie: Kwitcher bitchin’

From Catch Her in The Wry: Do the rehab in water. Which is a great idea. Bourbon and water!

Since we have a hot tub (or spa as we owners prefer to call it) I think I will toss the treadmill in the spa, hop on and have Nancy plug that sucker in.

From Top Dog: Keep the old knee. Which is another great idea, but I my expelled body parts will be declared a bio-hazard and I can’t have any part of my ownself.

Damn shame, because we have:

  • bone chip from Nancy’s knee (which she told people was the remnant of her unborn twin)
  • Nancy’s gallstones
  • a dead dog’s kidney stones (Tramp, a former dog of ours, the removal of the kidney stones had nothing to do with his death.)
  • a part of one of my molars

When I think about what we paid to acquire these assets, I bothers me that Dr. Patton will be recycling my knee.

Back to the advice on the Total Knee Replacement. What say you?

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Total Knee Replacement: Taking Advice from The World — 11 Comments

  1. Bourbon and narcotics will make the rehab go by quite pleasantly, but don’t fall asleep in the hot tub. That brings on a whole new set of medical problems, namely, drowning.
    .-= Brian´s last blog pithRandom Acts Of Blogging =-.

  2. Be kind to your wife – she’s reached the age that she can only do one thing at a time – don’t ring the bell in frustration or I’ll send a dog to tend to you! LOL

  3. DO NOT HAVE A TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT. I’m shouting here because there are alternatives that traditional medicine doesn’t know about or doesn’t want you to know about. Try every kind of alternative medicine treatment you can think off before you let a doctor cut out your knee joint.

    See my article “Baby Boomers Should Try Alternative Medicine Solutions Before Opting for Knee Surgery for Arthritis” at It offers ideas to try.

    Surgeons are just waiting for baby boomers to get older so they can make even more money doing these total knee replacements.

    Also, remember that total knee replacements only last about 10 years. Then you have to have another surgery. And, it’s possible that the surgery can not go as well as envisioned, then you’re in a worse position than before you had the surgery. But you can’t go back and get your original knee joint back.

    Rita, Consumer Specialist, Blogging at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide

  4. @Rita: It’s been at least a dozen years since I was diagnosed. Five years of alternative treatments, it’s time. I agree that it should be delayed as long as tolerable. You may be a little off in your estimate of how long the knee will last.
    No, I will never want my old, worn-out knee back.

  5. @Rita: BTW: I think Dean Neary, N.D., associate professor and chair of the Physical Medicine Department in the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr … (your “expert”)

    …is a Snake Oil Salesman.

    Doesn’t mean I don’t like you!

  6. Okay, so I lacked imagination the day I made that comment. I highly recommend all those things as well (especially the booze and the narcotics) but I do not recommend the treadmill in the hot tub. Well, you can put it in there if you want but I don’t think it would be wise to plug it in.

    A new artificial knee in a freshly roasted corpse isn’t much good now is it? Besides, how are you going to enjoy the narcotics and booze if your dead?

  7. Sounds like a sense of humor or should I say femur is essential!
    Scared to death …. Surgery planned for Jan 2010