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Submit an Entry: I Wish I Knew Before Knee Replacement...

By Nancy Walsh

Updated December 22, 2009

What Made You Decide to Have Knee Replacement?

It took me about 6 mos to decide to have both of my knees done at once. I couldn't even walk well and I was an avid tennis player as well as someone who works out at the gym regularly. I was so far from doing anything much and my Doctor told me I would be able to play tennis and go to the gym afterwards. With hard work and guts and determination, after 3 mos of physical therapy, I was working my way back to the tennis courts. It's been 2+ years since my surgery and I'm a better tennis player than ever. I work out every other day @ the gym and the other days I work out at home doing different exercises.

What Were You Not Prepared For?

The amount of time I was on pain medications, and the swelling in my knees. Also, how happy I am that I had them done. I have my whole life back and full flexibility in both knees which you can work to obtain. I think I was pretty prepared because i had 4 other surgeries on my knees over the years.

Lessons Learned

  • The success of someone else who was active is something I wish I had seen before surgery. I was very scared I wouldn't really be able to do the things I wanted to. I was not thrilled about living at rehab for 12 days either. Turned out to be the best thing I did. It was a nice place w/ intense physical therapy. I received all the help I needed and didn't have to put my family on the task.
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