I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in my early teens. Throughout my life, I consistently had severe knee pain. I lived with this pain for over 40 years. I have had several arthroscopic knee surgeries and injections but nothing would release the pain. I started using canes and walkers. By the age 50, the pain was so severe that I started losing mobility to live a full, active life and sadly, I became dependent on a wheel chair.
After many years of being denied surgery due to my young age or the doctors saying there was no hope because a surgery would not benefit me, Dr. Michael George agreed to knee replacements.
My treatment and recovery
I had both total knees replacment done within a few months apart. I was able to walk without any type of equipment one month after my second knee was done. I have total motion in both knees, and when people see me are amazed I walk better today than I did all those years before.
TipMake sure you do everything your therapist asks you to do. When you leave the hospital continue daily exercising.
My Second FirstI now have my life back!! I am no longer confined to a wheelchair and enjoy the freedom of walking around the house, driving a vehicle, and playing with my grandchildren.
-Vicki Cross-Grigsby, knee replacment surgery, Age 54 from Houston, Texas