I've had progressive osteoarthritis in my right knee since I injured it 34 years ago. A recent MRI of the knee concludes that it is a mess, yet I mountain bike 200 days a year on it and ski over 100 days a year on the same knee. As far as skiing goes I can't ski a day or even a run on this knee, but I have used the CADS ski system to continue skiing for 12 years now (around 1200 days and counting). I often don't wear the system skiing from the parking lot to the lift, and my knee instantly has that bone on bone arthritic ache on the way down. I get to the top of the lift, pop in the rods, sink into the system and away I go relatively pain free. Not only can I ski, but I can ski anything - bumps, powder, crud, hard pack, loose pack wet snow, and as hard as I want. I note that in all the responses you are getting they refer to long time skiers skiing on TKR's, but the common theme is there's a risk of premature loosening of the prosthetic TKR attachment to bone, or fracture of the bone at this attachment. If/when I go for a TKR (not in the cards for now) I will continue to wear the CADS system post op. It dramatically reduces the impact on a TKR by absorbing the shock that comes through the lower body when skiing. You CAN go back to skiing after a TKR, esp. if you are an advanced skier. The questions of how often, how hard, or how long in terms of years you can ski without jeopardizing the hardware need to be answered. I strongly recommend you look into CADS, possibly both before and after you opt for this TKR.
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5/29/16 at 4:15pm