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Dec 30, 2019 · Having knee replacement: how to prepare and questions about PT in Joint Replacements

If can travel,Mayo Clinic Rochester,Minnesota where the clinic was founded. Any of the doctors in ortho dept. are very capable. If u go into the Mayo website,than to Ortho dept. can see credentials of the doctors. My doctor is Dr, Pagnano.I have had two knee replacements and one hip.My wife has had two knee replacements and two hips! I do cardio dance 4 days a week and strength training three days a week. Rochester has accommodations from luxury to basic.All are very clean as you are serviced by people who have the Midwest work ethic.Getting around is a breeze, free shuttle service or if close to Clinic just grab a wheel chair, no checking out no return just leave at your destination. The last time I talked to Dr. Pagnano I asked him about my first knee, how long it would last. He said typically 1% fail a year.So if you are out 10 years there is a 90% chance of NO failure. As u know it is very lucrative and in high demand with baby boomers and the obesity epidemic.Orthropedic surgeons are paid on commission,they are incentavized to do more operations! Mayo doctors are paid on salary! The Mayo philosophy is to do what’s best for the patient.I’ll give you an example of how it works. When my knee started acting up I went to three surgeons and they all told me the same thing,we need to operate ASAP. I went to Mayo and after extensive testing, exponentially better than other doctors,Dr. Pagnano said I need not do anything;I would know when I would need the surgery. This is important as the longer u can push the operation the greater probability you will die before it fails.Best to you and contact me if you have any other questions.

Feb 9, 2019 · Limited ROM after total knee replacement. in Joint Replacements

I went to PT twice after my first replacement. I quit because they were putting heat on the knee and they hand you off to kids that don’t know what they are doing.Candidly,I think there is a lot of rip-off in PT because of the exponential increase in business from baby boomers. What I did was to go back to my yoga practice and stationary bike,seat high and spin…no pressure. It took me a year to get over my surgery. My wife had surgery and was back to work in a week…men are wimps! I have had two knee replacements and a hip at Mayo and no prescriptions was giving for PT. My wife has two hips and two knees and no PT prescribed. Mayo did give us a list of illustrated exercises and said most important just move. Be compassionate with yourself, a knee replacement is a tough operation. I also recommend do not let your doctor operate on you again! If you can get into Mayo go! Mayo doctors are paid on salary,they have no need or incentive to operate. My first problem knee I went to two orthropedic doctors in my home town, Both told me,we need to operate ASAP! I went to Mayo and Dr. Pagno told me,you need to do nothing immediately and delay until you knew it was absolutely needed. I push the operation out 5 more years…this is important because the prosthesis may fail with time so you want to die before that happens. It doesn’t cost anymore to go to Mayo,just travel and lodging.If you go to their site, Mayo Rochester, Minnesota there is information on their site. My first knee doesn’t completely straight out but I don’t how it compares to yours.I can do everything I want to do,except run; but I do Zumba 5 times a week…I’m 72. I know each person’s genetics and situation is different. I suggest you find the PBS film on Mayo to have a better understanding of why it’s the worlds greatest medical facility.I also suggest you go to U.S. News and World for a list of hospitals ranked by excellency in a variety fields.You may find a top rank orthopedic hospital close to you.You can also research top doctors by speciality. Unfortunately most doctors are motivated by money…it’s the human condition and much money is being made by orthopedic doctors…aging of baby boomers.My opinion is you are overworking your knee…I would quit PT and use the stationary bike and just move as best you can.Most important be compassionate with your self…healing takes time.You can’t push through to speed it up! Elevate your legs…legs up the wall ( check net, YouTube on how),ice and use Tylenol for pain…I’m so sorry for the pain and suffering you are going through. Again be compassionate with your self… that saying no pain no gain,that doesn’t apply to knee replacement…time, patience and understanding that you will eventually get better is what it takes. Peace!

Jul 9, 2017 · Limited ROM after total knee replacement. in Joint Replacements

Thank you for the detail explanation.I’m glad you did so because your initial statement that Mayo refused to do the operation (without explanation of obesity factor) candidly,seems a negative assessment of Mayo.I wish you the best.

Jul 8, 2017 · Limited ROM after total knee replacement. in Joint Replacements

So it was because of your BMI,just to be clear?

Jul 8, 2017 · Limited ROM after total knee replacement. in Joint Replacements

So curious why did Mayo refuse to do your TKR…which location?

Jul 8, 2017 · Limited ROM after total knee replacement. in Joint Replacements

Google Mayo Clinic post knee replacement exercises, YouTube. A wonderful 4 miniute 30 second video will pop up as well as other similar videos…I recommend just the Mayo videos. I do so because my wife and myself have had excellent surgical outcomes from Mayo. I have had two knee replacements,one hip…just returned from Zumba class that I participate in 6 days a week. I also do weight training including squat, quad lifts which strength the muscles around the knee.However I caution you that I do under the supervision of a personal trainer who is excellent.Personal training like physical therapy are booming occupations as baby boomers ( I’m 70) have exploded these fields. My wife has had two hips a knee and soon to be another knee, successfully at Mayo …. Her second knee per her Mayo doctor will be done when she decides she needs it…Mayo doctors are paid on salary to drive the Mayo brothers philosophy of medicine…Google it.Another example of the Mayo mindset is when I went to two orthopedic surgeons where I lived they both told me I needed knee replacement immediately. Mayo said I need to do nothing immediately and I would know when I would need the surgery. I went another two years,which is important as the prosthesis have a 1% failure rate per year so the older you are the better.While my wife and myself had physical therapy at Mayo…2 days they did not push it afterwards. Mayo gave exercises like in the video for us to do on out own and emphasized ,just move. I did try PT after my first TKR.First session was good,second awful …a young kid who did not know what he was doing. So I went back to my yoga practice which helped. My wife did no therapy beyond what she had at Mayo. It took me a year to get over the swelling and pain…especially at night. My wife recovered exponentially better than I did,You know men are babies. I recommended a yoga posture call legs up the wall to help with swelling,can find on net,probably on Youtube. Be compassionate with yourself!

Jul 8, 2017 · Limited ROM after total knee replacement. in Joint Replacements

This is a free forum u can participate in to ask laymen questions to other laymen, confidentially about any medical problem u have…I follow it fo knees and hips…find much information but unfortunately many people who have had problems.

Jun 30, 2017 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

So sorry.It took me a year to get over pain with my TKR.My partial knee replacement was much easier.I think you need to see another doctor;I had both knees done at Mayo and never experienced what you experienced. In fact I was told that if this happened to contact them.