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Post  Nightjar on 22/10/2019, 7:48 pm

My serious knee injury from years ago is leading to a replacement.
Are there any do's and don'ts related to this operation.
Many more years of detecting is at the top of the list.
Advice welcome here.


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Post  davsgold on 23/10/2019, 6:57 pm

Ouch, just make sure it good by next detecting season ay. Very Happy

The only don'ts I can think of are:.........I don't need one. and and and make sure they don't put it in backwards or use a left in stead of a right, sorry, it's no laughing matter, just trying to add a bit of humor. Very Happy

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Post  Nightjar on 23/10/2019, 7:10 pm

Dave, That's what worries me, along with planned OS holiday that entails lots of walking.
I see where you coming from with your humour....

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Post  davsgold on 23/10/2019, 7:15 pm

Laughing yes I'm sure all will be fine, just don't get an apprentice on his first one though.

Wish you all the best mate, take care.

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Post  koeh on 23/10/2019, 7:52 pm

Write on your leg before the operation “not this one” had a friend go in for a knee op done it on the wrong leg,so ended up getting two done, makes you wonder sometimes
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Post  Detectist on 23/10/2019, 9:12 pm

Good luck with the op Nightjar. When is it scheduled?

I've a number of friends who've had this op (and I think I'm in line some many years in the future) and can only suggest to do the rehab they push, religiously. It seems to me to be the fastest way to get back to "normal".
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Post  adrian ss on 24/10/2019, 6:37 am

Do the rehab as instructed and continue after you are home and above all else, do not get an infection in the knee and that means no cuts n scratches anywhere on your body and if you get dental work done after the op make sure the dentist knows about the replacement so as to give you antibiotics to ward off blood infection. An infection in the knee is a major issue.. If you don't do the rehab correctly the knee will stiffen up real fast and pain will persist for quite some time.. You can expect a dead spot or two around your knee coz some nerves are likely to get cut.
My knee is ok but still a bit stiff. It is very strong as I discovered when after just two days in hosp I slipped and almost fell over, my whole body weight went onto the operated knee . It held up just fine with no ill effects aside from a bit of strong pain. Being a bit of a dh I did not tell anybody that I fell.Rolling Eyes
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Post  Minermike on 24/10/2019, 10:39 am

My mother had one done when she was over 80 . After 2 days she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home . She did not have any problems and could then get around without a stick . She passed away when she was 94 .
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Post  harryopal on 21/11/2019, 7:01 pm

So a month later. Did you or didn't you get the replacement?

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Post  gcause on 11/12/2019, 10:57 am

Nightjar wrote:My serious knee injury from years ago is leading to a replacement.
Hey NightJar, sorry to hear that, hope the operation goes well and you are doing better now.
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Post  Nightjar on 11/12/2019, 11:53 am

Replacement op was on 22/11 and now almost 3 weeks into recovery progress is ahead of schedule.
Photo when dressing was removed 04/12.
Still lots of pain, especially through the night, but can walk short distances unaided, relying mostly on one forearm crutch.
Should be ready to go digging a nug or two by next season.

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Post  gcause on 11/12/2019, 12:07 pm

Nightjar wrote:Should be ready to go digging a nug or two by next season.
Glad to hear it mate looks like its healing nicely. Bunnings sells some good knee pads you might want to look into also https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/tools/safety-equipment-workwear/knee-pads The padding might help you. I bought a pair of the tradesman ones ages ago and wouldn't be without them now. I only wear one of them when I am detecting.
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Post  Jen on 11/12/2019, 1:01 pm

Hi Peter

Good to hear you are up and walking about
I wish you a speedy recovery.
 
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Post  Kon61gold on 11/12/2019, 1:09 pm

Take your time in excising it right & you should be back to normal in no time Pete. Speedy recovery.

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Post  Mike54 on 11/12/2019, 1:12 pm

G’day Peter,

Glad to hear your operation went well and you are on the mend now. Very Happy Wishing you good luck for the next season as well.

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Post  moredeep on 11/12/2019, 4:32 pm

Looking good pete,the most important thing you can do is follow the physios instructions to the T.
Time for a long handle pick?

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Post  Nightjar on 11/12/2019, 6:26 pm

Thanks for the encouragement fellas, sure hope to be back to my old ways in a couple of months, with out lugging a long handled pick around. Laughing
The chest mounted one has dug 99% of my nugs.
Should get clearance from surgeon on 23/12 that wound is sufficiently healed then 5 hydro sessions with Physio beginning 07/01 and I'm on my own paddling around in the ocean after that.

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Post  Wombat on 11/12/2019, 7:30 pm

Peter I'm glad that you are slowly but surely recovering from your op. But mate don't rush it as you will only be bushing the recovery time further backwards, not forward.
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Post  piston broke on 12/12/2019, 8:22 am

It looks to be healing nicely. Take care mate.
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Post  boobook on 12/12/2019, 10:04 am

Certainly looks good Peter, did they stitch with needle and thread or staples?
Staples certainly lift you as they yank them out. Shocked
You will be surprised where that scar ends up, will show you how much out of kilter your knee was Surprised
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Post  Nightjar on 12/12/2019, 12:17 pm

No external stitches Michael, we are in the age of "super glue"
Was bone on bone inside of knee joint.

Pretty scary when you see what they replace your old joint with.

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Post  adrian ss on 17/12/2019, 3:50 pm

This is my very manly and super attractive left knee  Laughing 15 months after the replacement . It was 20cm incision stitched with staples that gave no probs when removed. The nurse said that I might want to hang onto something while she removed them. I said don't worry about it I will finish my cross word while you do it.
Healed up just fine.
Give it a bit of time mate and rub a bit of vitamin E cream into the scar(after fully closed over)and give it a massage now and again

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Post  piston broke on 17/12/2019, 8:02 pm

Healed well Adrian. Has it improved your mobility ? less pain? cheers Pete.
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Post  adrian ss on 17/12/2019, 8:43 pm

Can ache  a bit on cold days and is still a bit stiff even tho I work it pretty well most days. Is no where near as painful as prior to the op Mobility is not as good as with a natural knee but still is ok. I can scramble around the rocky river banks but have to be careful not to subject it to strong side on forces. Does not like that very much and will let me know about it.
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Post  Nightjar on 18/12/2019, 1:30 pm

You're a hairy bugger Adrian, great to hear it was a success.
Me, one month has ticked over on Friday, Monday should get clearance from surgeon to do a bit of aqua exercises in ocean nearby.
Last night was the first refreshing sleep, only woke once.
Still a fair amount of pain but can flex knee to 125°.
Discarded first forearm crutch a week ago, have now discarded second and getting around OK (carefully) SWMBO comes in swinging if I don't. queen
Apparently the puckered lip look on scar will disappear in time.

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Post  AnnieL on 26/12/2019, 4:43 am

Nightjar, looks like you will just have to be patient with your recovery. Hope all goes well.
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Post  god's money on 2/1/2020, 8:55 am

Nightjar,
I remember the days when we all talked about how much we had drunk the night before, now we seem to talk about our ailments Wink honestly I do hope you are back kicking dust soon, take care!

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Post  mungass on 5/1/2020, 10:18 pm

It’s amazing the tech now , my new hip is a beaut
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Post  mungass on 5/1/2020, 10:27 pm

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Post  adrian ss on 6/1/2020, 7:11 am

[quote="Nightjar"]You're a hairy bugger Adrian, great to hear it was a success.
Me, one month has ticked over on Friday, Monday should get clearance from surgeon to do a bit of aqua exercises in ocean nearby.
Last night was the first refreshing sleep, only woke once.
Still a fair amount of pain but can flex knee to 125°.
Discarded first forearm crutch a week ago, have now discarded second and getting around OK (carefully) SWMBO comes in swinging if I don't. queen
Apparently the puckered lip look on scar will disappear in time.


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Lotsa hair yeah yeah. The missus calls me  Chimp. Rolling Eyes
Yes the scar will fade. You need to massage it a bit in a length wise direction with a bit of vitamin E cream a few times per week. Flattens it out a bit and maybe helps with the healing.
Anyway it worked for me.
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