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Is it hard to decide about total knee replacement? Totally!
Robert H. Shmerling, MD,
Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!
In 2001 I had a total knee replacement. Prior to surgery I had steroid injections, su-part injections and every thing else my ortho doc suggested. Knee pain was prohibiting me from fully living an active life.
I admit, following the surgery I woke up to tremendous pain. The first night, the pain was unimaginable. I did three months of therapy and water aerobics as soon as possible.
Fourteen years later I’m happy to say I’m so glad I had surgery. I’ve had no problems with my replacement.
I know technique has improved in 14 years. Pain pills are not a solution. Once a joint wears out it doesn’t get better on its own.
I had a total knee replacement over a year ago and had very little discomfort after two months What was affected was my memory, more than likely from too many pain medications.
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