• 2 months 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

Responses

  • 1 month 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!
      • 16 days ago
        Did you have xrays? Do you have cartilage in your knees? I am curious because I was told I have no cartilage left in both knees and my hip needs replacing also. I am glad you are feeling better.
  • 16 days ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis in both knees

    I am reluctant to get any of the shots. I had cortisone when I was younger. The shots hurt, but I took them. I had a knee operation removing some cartilage many years ago, that's what they did I was told by a surgeon a few years ago. Evidently he meant today they don't do that. I am reluctant to get knee replacements, but that's what the surgeon told me I needed (yesterday). He also told me I would need a hip replacement. Wow. But then I'm 75. He said it would be about 3 months between surgeries. However, I am having a thyroid problem and said I need to get the thyroid situation cleared up first. I can't figure that out, but then again, he didn't seem to like answering too many questions.
    I have a friend who is older (like me) but I think her body is stronger. She had two knee replacements last year and did very well with both. I am pretty sure she waited 3 months between surgeries.
    On the other hand, I have a friend who did not do well with surgery, I personally am very, very reluctant to do anything right now other than lose weight and take antioxidant supplements if possible. I'll see how it goes as time goes on.