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    Total Knee Replacement

    Hello,

    I would like to know if anyone out there that mountain bike rides and or races has had a total knee replacement ? I am facing a total knee in june and love to mountain bike race but I am really nervous that I might not be able to ride as aggressivley as I do now.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Liz

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    had a total left done 12-28-12 started riding 4 weeks after surgery.pt was going good so they gave me the ok.It has been a learning adventure.Been putting in long base miles and ride according to discomfort.Just listen to dr an pt therapist.what is reason for tkr? if you dont mind asking.

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    take a look at this product before you pull the trigger on the knee. I have been working in the medical device world for years now. I carry this product along with several others (including total knee devices) and I have seen fantastic results with it.

    I personally have about 250 patients in the Santa Barbara area on the BioniCare and have seen fantastic results. Not an overnight fix, but if you are trying to buy some time before you have to get the replacement this could help

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    Hi Liz, Im Paul and Iím posting here because I strongly believe that sharing my sisterís story can help others Ė before you are done testing and make a decision please read..

    About 2 months ago my sister had a TKR. It happened to be that I had the same surgery myself 2 years ago. Itís not an easy thing to go through, and I made sure to be as supportive of my sister as possible. The surgery went well, she was recovering, and then, all of a sudden, 2 days after the procedure she almost bled to death. Thereíre many things you take into consideration when going through knee replacement Ė will the surgery go well? Will I wake up from anesthesia? Will my new knee be rejected or not. I discussed these things with my physician in detail, and so did my sister. But apparently, thereís a risk of internal bleeding caused by anticoagulants that are injected after surgery, to prevent the blood clots formation. The risk is not exceptionally frequent, but my sister happened to be in the unlucky part of statistics. When she was in an emergency room, I realized that going through the similar procedure in a different hospital I wasn't even prescribed anticoagulants. I remembered being on baby aspirin and a portable compression device for about 10 days after the surgery. During my recovery period, I didn't think too much of it. But when my sister was bleeding to death, I kept thinking that if she was prescribed that device instead of anticoagulants, her life would probably not be at risk.

    I did some research and found the name of the device. Itís called ActiveCare+SFT, it applies soft compression to your legs, and somehow prevents clots formation without a need of anticoagulants. Hereís their website. They also have a list of hospitals where this device is prescribed.



    Read about it, and please spread the word! This is the best life saving tip anyone can give you if youíre going through any lower limb replacement surgery.

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    Another site to help you with your concerns for riding again..

    Bike Riding After A Total Knee Replacement | LIVESTRONG.COM

    I was back to riding (road) within a cple months, I really feel it depends on the person and how determined they are... Do that physical therapy and strengthen and condition your knee and you will be riding in no time... Best of luck, Paul

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    Sorry for the late reply , but my knee has so much arthritis from an old injury and I also have basically no miniscus so it rubs bone on bone. It almost looks deformed from all the arthritis and I also have 3 bone spurs and that all combined is limiting my range of motion and making any type of cycling uncomfortable . It stinks and I'm scared ! All I want to be able to do is cycle and weight lift and mountain bike race , thats all I ask...

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    I did not have knee surgery but bilateral (2 at once) hip resurfacing about 4 years ago, it is similar to THR. I also had very bad arthritis in both hips and was bone on bone. I have no problems mountain biking and zero pain although I do ride with more caution. I could race if I wanted to but I did plenty of that in the past and do not desire to do it any more. There is a procedure called knee resurfacing that is now available but I do not know much about it, but it is worth looking into. There can be cycling after joint replacement, but the surgeon and device choice is critical. They are not all created equal. If the surgeon screws up or is not super experienced you in for a very tough road, you will not be able to live w/o painkillers never mind ride a mtb. I cannot emphasize that enough. Good luck

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    Both five years ago

    You been in a cave? Search for my posts. Had both replaced five years ago. My 63rd birthday ride:


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    I am 5 weeks and 2 days post total knee replacement surgery, I have been on the stationary bike over 3 weeks now. my flexibility is actually better now than before my surgery. still doing my rehab gaining strength and stamina again. this stiffens up when walking for extended periods of time. my therapist is impressed of my progress and says the good progress is due to riding before surgery. my doc said the only thing I can't do is mogul ski. I might try the actual bike this coming week just riding around the neighborhood. I think it will be a couple months before starting some easy trails. I'll see what the doc says.

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    No moguls, FTS!

    I see a lot of heli skiing in my future.

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