Because of my orthopaedic care, I can sit on the floor with my grand children, getting up and down without holding onto support; go up and down stairs without hanging onto the railing and without “one footing” each step; be on my feet, either standing or walking, without pain or time limitation; and, once again, water ski.
I injured my knee in a college football game in 1968, had to have a major meniscus repair (before arthroscopic procedures) in 1976 and finally, total knee replacement in November 2007. I didn’t know what pain I was in until I didn’t have it any more. After the therapy prescribed by Snyder, which I duplicated every day at my gym for three months after surgery, I was walking without pain and actually considering running (I didn’t do it but felt like I could). After 7 months we went to Italy for 15 days and I walked and walked and walked without pain. After 9 months I got back into my water skis and had a fabulous vacation on Norris Lake in TN with my kids and grandkids. My goal today is to ski into my nineties like Banana George. Arthritis in my right knee wants to challenge my ability to accomplish this goal but I will not hesitate to replace that knee as well when, and if, that day arrives. I love my “steel knee.” My friends call me the bionic man but I know I am just so fortunate to live in a time when such miraculous results may be achieved.
Beyond Surgery: The Full Impact of Knee Replacement
Ortho-Pinion: Knee Arthritis
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Ortho-Info: Meniscal Tears