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    Knee replacement.

    I had a complete knee replacement done beginning of July. New titanium parts.
    Has anyone experienced the recovery process?
    Two is there any recommended exercises I should be doing?
    Close to 800 miles on stationary bike.

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    Haven't had that procedure done yet but likely will at some point in the future. I can tell you that many friends swear by their new knees and their skiing has improved considerably.
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    I said to the doctor I poured 74 bags of concrete the week before the operation. I will only consider it successful if my ski racing times go down.
    Do not want to repeat what he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pi_guy View Post
    I had a complete knee replacement done beginning of July. New titanium parts.
    Has anyone experienced the recovery process?
    Two is there any recommended exercises I should be doing?
    Close to 800 miles on stationary bike.
    I had both knees done in 2012. Total Knee Replacements. (TKR) Left knee on March 30th and the right one on May 28th. I was back on snow on Nov 4th, 2012. It was the best possible surgical outcome I could imagine. I skied for years in utter agony due to old football injuries and totally worn out joints. I was skiing bone-on-bone and never made more than 4-5 runs a day. Probably all of them were in a 20-30 second NASTAR course. Never free skied. I couldn't.

    For post-op rehab, I went to a professional sports training center in Denver that was owned by a former Broncos Trainer. Once they sent me out on my own, I too, rode the Life Cycle everyday for 3-4 months. I swam a lot, as the kicking was so easy on the joints and helped me recover some of the muscle mechanics. I moved back into the gym. I worked a lot on my flexibility and range of motion using the stretch bands, my Bosu Balance Trainer and at home, my Skiers Edge machine. Then I began to work in the strengthening exercises: extensions, ham curls and light weight leg press. Frankly, it's as never-ending chore. For the "health of it", right? It is a good idea [when not skiing] to stay active, keep exercising, and have muscles in good shape.

    The first year back on snow, I only skied groomers. I focused a lot on my balance and never trying to push the speed. But I have been back in the gates the past 3-4 years, a little at a time. I competed in Nationals this past March in Steamboat. I was slow, I am old and need to drop more weight. But the desire to kick the wand, make my turns and close the timing eyes, while still on my feet is really all that I care to achieve. I mean, how much fun it is to slide down hills on sticks! Love it!!


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    Your scaring me. I am 60 and if I do not race this year it will scare me from racing again. Get back in the saddle sort of mentality.
    I plan to race this season.
    I make my PT people crazy by being a step ahead. I have been balancing myself with a bent knee and trying to hold that position, they told me it is too soon. I told them I have been doing that exercise since I got home from the hospital.
    They do not want me on skiers edge machine yet, I am itching to get on it. My balance is good had my sea legs on my vacation, spent over 30 hour on a boat.

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    I'm 58. So we're about the same age. I do wear neoprene braces, more for comfort and a little more warmth over the joints than anything. My PT & Surgeon were both cautious as well.
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    I think I am at front of healing curve.
    My body has not done all this by being cautious. I plan to get on ice skates in the next two weeks. So I get the feel of it, not to race about. I ran behind a shopping cart and my knee felt great.
    But I feel the Dr & PT are misleading I was told walking on a beach would be difficult or dangerous. My second day on vacation I walked the beach, it felt like I was walking on sand then I started stepping on rocks with right foot. Then balancing on the rock felt like I was standing on a small rock under my shoe. Then I went and walked on shale it felt like I was walking on shale<piles of smaller rocks> no problems. Shortly after the operation I stepped on a tube of RTV and my knee felt like it was going in 37 directions at once, I have been trying to recreate that feeling but think I am healed past that point. My leg two weeks ago on the balance board was firing all funky you could see the muscles trying to sort them selves out. It no longer does that, even though I put balance board at 45 degree position and try to balance on weird diagonal position no problem
    They keep telling me not to fall, I tell them I do not fall. I told them one of the exercises that I do is fill a HD cart with 300lbs of material and push it only using the new knee so I can get more extension. Was told no weight on knee, so when I move 40 lb bags of mulch I stand on the good leg no weight on new knee and toss the bag of mulch
    I really freaked out the PT people when I said I planned to weld. OMG you are going to get hurt do not do that. I said if you can tell me how I am going to get hurt welding I will respect your input, if you can not give me a rational reason please be quiet with your "I think I know better" but really do not have a clue. Did not weld yet the fix I needed for the exercise bike was done by machining a shaft for a better seat.
    I drove 4 days after the operation only take pain killers at night <left foot braker> so I knew driving was not a issue. But did some hard braking with left foot and I could feel all the stuff moving in right knee due to g force.

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    I ice skated today. The first lap was a WTF and then it sorted out. I skated 3 nice laps then I felt the weakness in my lower calf in the next two laps and stopped. Feeling very good about my balance and strength after 3 months. It is starting to feel like my knee again.

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