• 1 month ago

    Osteoarthritis in both knees

    I'm at 56 year old female who has been diagnosed with moderate to severe Osteoarthritis in both knees. My symptoms began in 2011 and have gradually become so bad that I had to stop working. I've taken OTC pain meds and on 2 occasion prescribed pain meds for a short time because I fell twice in the last year due to my limited mobility and fractured my ankle the first time and broke my wrist the second time. And OTC meds just weren't helping with my knee pain on top of the pain from both falls. I've also had Cortisone and Euflexxa shots. Neither give me much relief for more than a month. So my Orthopedic Dr. and I agree to get back to a somewhat normal life I should have total knee replacement surgery.

    My question is after doing one knee, how long should I wait after recovery to do the other? I can't find any articles that address this question.

    Thanks!
    Deb

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  • 23 days ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis in both knees

    I had had problems with my knees since High School. I am now retired and my "job" is to go to the gym 5 days a week. I started out really slow
    walking on a treadmill. Amazingly it cured my knees of the osteoarthritis. My Orthopedic Dr. is also amazed. I had been told in HS that I would need knee replacements when I got older. Now I don't. If I don't go to the gym, I get cramps in my legs. So I go to the gym 5 out of 7 days a week. I also go to Yoga, Pilates, and Spinning classes, but I always walk on the treadmill to keep my knees functional. If you do have knee replacement surgery, my friends who have had knee replacement surgery, do better if they are not both done at the same time. But if you start walking on a treadmill, you may not need the surgery!