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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.

post #62 of 64
Would strengthening your quads accomplish the same thinga the cads?
post #63 of 64
Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post

Would strengthening your quads accomplish the same thinga the cads?

I've been skiing with CADS for many years now. The short answer is nope. CADS for me acts as a shock absorber and "softens" the affects of the little bumps and bangs that rattle your legs. CADS also takes just a bit of your weight and transfers it directly to your boots. That seems to help a lot too.

I had a lesson a few years ago where one CADS line broke. I finished that run and did one more without the CADS hooked up and my knee was burning at the end of the lesson. I some missing meniscus in my right knee resulting in bone on bone contact.

If you are ever out at Vail stop by Walter Dandy and he can set you up with a trial setup to test them out. CADS.COM

BTW I had a client this year skiing on two replacement knees and two replacement hips. He wanted a tune up for going out west to ski back country powder. AMAZING! icon14.gif
post #64 of 64
Update from Exgonzo
10 weeks following R TKR and am scheduled for L in 4 weeks.
First month was forgettable as I got off crutches at 2 weeks, then increased walking distances.
PT helped with getting Range of motion from 0 to 125.
Stopped after 1 month.
Have been walking 2 to 3 miles a day.
Using stationary bike ergometer 20 min a day and using pool for stationary running and general swimming 2x a day.
Now 3 x weekly squats with hand held kettlebells about 50#, 3 x 15.
Could do more but want to minimize reactive swelling. So far, so good.
Getting ready for #2 in 4 weeks.
Dr. Steve Howell, in Sacramento, a friend and colleague.
Already, R knee is better than L.
After a year both should be good to go.
Not getting younger, so want active life as much as possible.
Will update after next procedure.
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