I’ve had enough of this bone on bone pain!!! Lefty, the knee, is scheduled to be replaced next month by a Zimmer Bionic Knee!!! My Orthopod said I would be ready for RAGBRAI. I will be back in Iowa next July!!!!!
Hope everything goes good. My Mom is one off the horror stories out there with knee replacements. The first was misaligned and the second was replaced with a smaller bottom ball. It’s been 2.5 years and she still isn’t back to 100%.
The northern route next year should be good for your rehab.
Seriously, Mich, I have about five orthopods as clients. If you are getting the Zimmer Nexgen then I am told you are probably getting a total knee replacement. I’m a bit surprised you could not get away with a partial (like the Oxford partial). If you need total, your knee really must have been killing you when your rode your bike.
iceman: Seriously, Mich, I have about five orthopods as clients. If you are getting the Zimmer Nexgen then I am told you are probably getting a total knee replacement. I’m a bit surprised you could not get away with a partial (like the Oxford partial). If you need total, your knee really must have been killing you when your rode your bike.
Iceman, I have severe arthritis in Lefty. He has no cartilage left, none! Yes, I had severe pain much of the time while riding. This year I had to leave GOBA due to the pain!!! I rode one day of RAGBRAI this year (on the PBV bus the rest of the week). Luckily, Lefty did not seriously impact my drinking. We (Dr & I) discussed a partial knee but he said I’d be back for a total within a year or two. I’d rather get it all done now! I’ve had 3 rounds of Synvisc in the past 2 years and 3 doses of cortisone. Synvisc worked the first time but not much since then! Lefty needs to replaced soon!!! Lefty 2.0 is sitting on a shelf somewhere waiting to take over!!!!!!
Good Luck with the new knee. I can sort of relate. Last week I had Arthoscopic surgery on my right knee. A 3 cm chunk of cartilage was loose, and it was stuck under my IT band. When it worked itself loose it would cause all sorts of problems, and pain.
As it has been said before, “It’s not the age, but the miles”!
I had my hip replaced last January and rode quite easily this year. Now, the hip is a much easier recovery than a knee, but you are from Kentucky and won’t know that because ya’ll don’t have books and the like, so you will recover even faster. LOL. Just remember, there is no hurry on the Brai and there are many curbs that will await your resting.
Best wishes on a speedy recovery. Remember you are a tough, fit, well humored man who will be ahead of the recovery curve (kurb) established by whinny couch potatoes. Plus this gives you a great excuse to book some extra time with the PBV massage therapist. Look forward to seeing you under the big tent next summer.
Am I correct in assuming that Mich is either on the table or in his recovery bed, glowing in the warmth of whatever controlled substance his orthopod had prescribed for him?
My dad – probably 25 years ago – had both knees done at one whack (pardon the pun). He was really sucking down the pain medication for a month or so. The procedure was crude back then in comparison to today so Mich’s recovery should be swift. Plus, the stronger the leg prior to surgery, the better and more rapid the recovery.