- Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:12 pm
I am 63 - was a couple of weeks off turning 62 when I had my knee replacement. I went private to have my operation. As my husband is still in full time employment, we can afford to have health insurance, but that will change when he retires as health insurance in New Zealand is very expensive at our age. I suspect if I had to go through the public system, I would still be waiting to see a Surgeon. Surprisingly, I had very little arthritis in my knee. I do try to keep walking every day (my Neurologist advised me to do that when I was diagnosed with OT in 2009), but I am overweight, so having little arthritis was good to know.
I can kneel on my undamaged left knee, but it is very uncomfortable to kneel directly on my right replaced knee. I suspect it has a lot to do with all the sensitive nerves and muscles having been stretched during the operation. By all accounts, it is a very brutal operation as the new joint is put in place. Also, with OT I find it difficult to get down on the ground/floor, as it is very hard to get up again unless I have a wall to pull myself up against, so I try to avoid doing that. Prefer to just stand and bend over with my legs astride to keep my balance.
Regarding using crutches, I was very determined to do away with them as soon as possible - being very stubborn helps. The physiotherapist said she did not want to know when I told her, but acknowledged how well I could walk when she asked to see me doing it with only one. For me, it was all about pushing through the pain to get back to normal (as much as OT allows to be normal) as soon as possible. When I saw the Surgeon four weeks after the operation, he told me my recuperation was much further ahead than many of his patients.
What part of Canada do you live in. We love Vancouver and the whole of BC is beautiful. Have seen much of that area, but have only been as far east as Calgary so don't have the rest of the country to compare.