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October 27th, 2004, 10:09 PM   #1
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I got into a slow speed impact on my Husaberg about 5 months ago while out riding with Tuts and injured my right knee. It hurt, but didn't seem to be seriously injured so I kept on riding, but by the time we got back to the truck my knee was swollen and in deep pain. Being a stubborn sort I put up with the pain for a few months until it became so bad that walking was becoming difficult. My Orthopedic Doctor now tells me that I have a case of advanced arthritis in both knees and I need to have them replaced. The right knee is bone-on-bone at the joint and believe me when I say it hurts!. Celebrex and tylenol are no longer effective so I'm seriously considering the knee swap..
Has anyone had any experience with knee replacements?? I imagine that they are made of Stainless, but it'd be cool to get some titanium parts.
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October 27th, 2004, 10:35 PM   #2
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I'm sorry about your "loss." I just wasn't expecting this when I read the topic subject!

Remember, titanium is far stronger than bone. REPLACE!!!!

Also, when you go through a metal detector at an airport, you probablt will have to get stripped. When they see you've got no clothes on and still "beep" it's time for a cavity search! Think about that!

Good luck!
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October 27th, 2004, 11:17 PM   #3
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get one made from carbon fibre :P stronger than steel and no cavity searches
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October 28th, 2004, 03:59 AM   #4
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Probably made from Ti maybe Ceramic.

Hope for your sake they don't have the maintenance schedule of the Berg
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October 28th, 2004, 05:44 AM   #5
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I work in Hospital,and i am physiotherapist,in our clinic, the knee protheses are made of combination of special light metal and with ceramic for the gliding of the joints surface.

therapy;first days on the kintec,that is a passive device who bend and flex your knee to a certain degrees.When you bend over 90 degrees you can go home.
Besides kinetec also active muscle work out and starting walking with stick and without stick.
in Belgium the patients stay about 10 days in clinic after that at home some therapy.
And always one knee at the time,never both on the same time.
For hip patients they stay for about 14 days.
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October 28th, 2004, 07:53 AM   #6
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Im a therapist in canada ,I would ice it 2-3 times a day 10min and after swelling is down hit the gym to get your quads and hamstrings strong.Put off surgury, as long as you can . Knee surgery is no joke
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Hello dez,
I'm real sorry to hear that, I've had my left hip replaced with a titanium femur and ceramic socket I would amagine the knee would be similar. It's held up fairly well, going on 12 years now. I've got an x-ray posted in my gallery if you want to have a look.

Good luck

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October 28th, 2004, 09:57 PM   #8
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Thanks to all of you for the replys. I haven't been able to go riding for the last few months and the withdrawl almost exceeds the pain. I'm going to get one more opinion and then if the next Doc's diagnosis is the same I'll go get the new joints.
rich501fe, believe me when I say that I don't think that knee surgery is humorous. I've had so many surgeries that I thoroughly understand the risks. Physical therpy after a knee hyperextention was brutal.
madero, there is no way that I will spend 10 days in hospital. I've been an in-patient often enough to have a ward dedicated to me and the longest that I've ever spent was 5 days in March of 2003 for a heart attack. ( that I also had while riding with Tuts).
Husastarts: That's a good looking Xray. If you can still dirt bike with that lump of metal in your hip I know that I'll be OK. Thanks.
And as far as the cavity searches I already came close... I have plates and screws in both legs and one day I was poking my right leg into and out of the metal detector at McCarran airport here in Las Vegas to see if it would register the steel in my leg. The attendant asked me what I was doing and when I told her she had me taken away for a strip search. They made me strip down to my skivvies to be sure that I didn't have anything hidden on me.. No cavity search was done to me, but they sure had a rod up their a$$.
I'm going to have to get the new knee soon because I've gained 15 pounds since I stopped riding and I'll have to get a 650 to haul my lard butt around if this keeps up.
Thanks again for the sentiments and advice,
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October 29th, 2004, 11:04 PM   #9
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joe namath [ny jets qb] had both knees replaced at one time.
2 days after his surgery he said he hadn't felt that good in 20 years.
i hope it all works out. maybe you should chose your riding buddies better.
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Can't help you much but my mum works as an anastetic nurse and brings home the boxes sometimes that the new kneecaps come in.
Great to keep bolts and unassorted little things in...

If you go for the swap, keep the box...

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