I had been dealing with the chronic knee pain from arthritis for several years. I was debilitated to the point of almost total inactivity. Every decision I made was based on how much walking was involved. Synvisc injections did not help and a physical therapy regimen only made things worse. Dr. Essis told me the only other option was a total knee replacement.
My treatment and recovery
The surgery was not a picnic but pain management was made a priority. I knew this pain could be managed and would be ending, that is what makes the difference. I worked hard with the physical therapist during my sessions and did all the exercises that were recommended between my therapy sessions. I returned to office work fulltime within 5 weeks. When my therapy ended I transitioned to working with a trainer at the gym 2-3 times a week. I am 3 months out at this point and able to ride bike and walk all day at amusement parks with my grandchildren. I have lost 25 lbs just because of being able to be physically active again.