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    Anyone ride with a partial knee replacement? Having mine done it less than a month

    I'll try and sum up what led up to the replacement.

    Let me just start by saying I just turned 40 years old this year. I have been suffering for the past 2 years with severe knee pain after a failed HTO and reconstruction of my knee. I had a non-union of the tibia that wasn't caught until 8 months after my original surgery. It destroyed all of the work they did in the knee and now I am stuck with even more pain than before. Max I can really ride is about 5 miles without severe pain, but I push it sometimes and do 14 miles. I can only walk a 1/2 block without severe pain at this point. A grocery store or shopping involves me almost passing out from the pain, so I rarely attempt those unless I want to spend the rest of the day with my leg iced down.

    I was recommended a partial knee replacement by a new orthopedic surgeon 4 months ago, but I didn't feel he was as confident as I thought he should be. I did eventually find a doctor after a lot of research and waiting. He was booked for the next 3 months, but after explaining my situation to his secretary she fit me into the schedule. I finally got to see him last week and I was totally impressed with him. Totally confident he can do the surgery in 45 minutes even with the multiple screws and plate in my tibia and give me 90% relief for 9-10 years. At this point I will take anything. He currently is doing a study on recovery time after surgery and he said I will be able to drive in 2 or 3 days. Every other doctor told me 3-4 weeks minimum. He even told me he will have me playing tennis (not that I play tennis) before the end of summer.

    I am amazed that recovery can be this quick and I am hoping this is true. If anyone has had one please let me know your experiences or your current progress you have made?

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    Tkr

    I don't know what's involved in a partial replacement but I've had two TKR and I ride lot.

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    The partial knee replacement will only replace the medial side of my knee. The other side is in perfect shape. The say it will fell closer to a real knee and allow me to recover quickly. I'm glad to see someone is riding with a TKR so that gives me some hope. Thanks for responding.

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    Good luck on the PKR! I'm 37 and looking at a potential osteotomy. I've thought about the PKR route, too.
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    Here's what I had for my first surgery in March or 2012 for my right knee:
    -Autologous chondrite implantation
    -Medial meniscus allograft
    -Tibia Tubercule osteotomy
    -Open lateral release
    -Excision of medial femoral and tibial osteophytes

    That was 9 hours of surgery at once. took me 6 months to somewhat recover enough to be off crutches. At 8 months they realized I had a non-union of the tibia plateau and had to redo the HTO. 3 screws backed out and bone was shifting 3/4" of an inch every time I used it. Because of this, the plate in my leg can never be removed. It does hurt sometimes very severely but I have no choice but to deal with that pain.

    If you do have the HTO, I recommend asking for a closed wedge osteotomy. Faster recovery and less chance of a non-union. It definitely was the most pain I ever experienced including having kidney stones.

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    Wow. That's an intense surgery. I went to the OS yesterday and probably going to end up with a meniscus allograft. Thankfully, most of the articular cartilage is OK.

    Good luck on the PKR!
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