I started a thread two years ago about a fusion I had on the big toe joint of my left foot. The thread was excellent for me because I used it to keep a log of what I was doing and how things were progressing from the surgery through to full recovery (and skiing again). Since that time, many people have posted to that thread with their own experiences and a lot of other people found it helpful when they found themselves facing a similar fate. The thread has been a very popular one on EpicSki with over 70,000 views so far.
The purpose of this current thread is to do something similar regarding total knee replacement. I'm now scheduled for Total Knee Replacement (which I'll shorten for the rest of this thread with the widely-accepted acronym TKR) on both knees in Salt Lake City on June 17. When someone has both knees done at the same time, that's known as BILATERAL TKR.
In upcoming posts, I'll write a little bit about my knee history (as well as other joints), how I came to make the decision on what to do and where to do it, how the surgery goes, how the rehab goes, and - I sure hope - how the skiing goes again once I get back on snow this coming fall.
I know that more and more people are experiencing knee problems as our population ages. I just made the final decision and scheduled the surgery this morning, so I'm really excited about it (and scared at the prospect). There is a lot of conflicting information out there about knee replacements and what "optimal" results are and what kinds of activities (like skiing) are acceptable following replacement(s). This will be my log of what goes on and how it all feels.
This thread isn't intended to be medically complicated - or even correct, necessarily - it will just be my own experiences and thoughts about the process.
Hopefully, those of you with personal experience with TKR will drop in with your thoughts, suggestions, success (and failure) stories, warnings, etc.
My next thread will address where I am right now, symptoms, motivations, etc.