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Please share your thoughts and experiences if you have undergone TNR surgery. Also include which type/manufacturer. I am preparing for one in March 2018. Thank you, Jim


  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 116 Baller
    edited September 2017
    Replaced comment. Didn't know there were different brands of knee replacements. Good luck with the recovery.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,233 Mega Baller
    Sorry, can't help you now, but I'm about to do it. Right (back) knee. I'm 59. Been managing gradually decreasing function and increasing pain since 1980. Currently looking at getting it done first week of October and hope to be back on snow by Feb 1, 2018 and back on the water in April 2018. I asked my doc about parts suppliers and he said "they're all good. I just care about the rep, their knowledge, and service." This ortho does over 500 per year and developed his own techniques.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • skistromskistrom Posts: 14 Baller
    I have had both done. I'm 56 years old. 1st knee about 3 years ago. Second knee about 9 months ago. I have been skiing most of this summer, but took a month off because the new knee started to go backward as far as pain and mobility. My take away is: For me, it takes much longer to totally recover than what I was told. Can I function, yes. can I ski, yes. Am I still in constant pain, yes. The 1st knee was about the 1 year mark before I felt it was near normal. This is just one guys experience, others may have way better results. Best of luck.
  • waterskibum01waterskibum01 Posts: 9 Baller
    Thanks guys, I am 58 and have put this off as long as possible. It's starting to have affects on other parts of my body. Have been giving up activities because of this. On the plus side I have been forced to discover surfing and paddle surfing, which i really enjoy now. Have you had Fixed bearing or Mobile bearing prosthesis?
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 984 Solid Baller
    I used to ski with a guy who had both his knees replaced he was still able to run within one of his old line lengths and still enjoy his time in the water. I am not sure what brand of replacement he had it would've been approximately 12 years ago.
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • ntxntx Posts: 823 Crazy Baller
    Most of you are about my same age. (turned 59) No meniscus left. Both knees need to be done. Have been getting injections with limited results for the last 18 months. My ortho says he wants to wait since the replacements have a limited life, and wear out. He says 10-15 years. I am a big guy so closer to 10. Did any of you get the same info? Quality of life has gone way down. Walking is a chore and constant pain. Going up and down stairs need handrail support. Even up and down slight inclines are tough. Anybody look at stem cell???
  • sixballsixball Posts: 211 Baller
    One of the guys I ski with had both replaced same time in Feb. and was skiing in June. He is not a course skier but he skis well and said he wonders why he waited to do it.
  • waterskibum01waterskibum01 Posts: 9 Baller
    I got the same line from my ortho, 20+/- yrs, he relates longevity to amount of impact and activity. He is still using older Stryker model, tried and proven but not created for sports minded people. I have not done my complete research yet and I'm learning as I go. The injection route got me through 2 ski seasons then stopped helping. Now I just ski with a permanently swollen and range limited knee.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,233 Mega Baller
    My ortho says 20 years.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,736 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I am lucky enough to be able to cope at the moment, back knee, but when I have it done it will be the custom conformis, they scan your knee, create a 3d image, the kit comes with a jig that is placed on your knee, the surgeon then cuts down the slots, which are designed to align the new knee petfectly and cut miminal amount of bone, this should result in the nearest thing to your original knee?
    No overhang which can cause problems and No undercut leaving exposed bone.
    Specialist seemed to think 20 years +

    Just remember people have knee replacements and go snow skiing, where they are working there knees for 5 to 10 days at 4,6,8 hours at a time.

    I worked out that in one years worth of slalom skiing, I was probably on the water and in the course for maybe 6 hours a year.

    8 x 16.05 secs add a bit on for the setup and runout, it is not a lot of time.

    Now I Know Why This Sport Is So Hard !

    " My Arms Keep Going Numb May Have To Use My Teeth”

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