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dnovo
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Thanks for the info. I was worried about climbing trees and stands. I figured hiking wasn't going to be an issue but your experiences are encouraging for my hunting going forward

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I had total right knee replacement a few years ago. Did all the rehab plus extra & was walking around w/o any cane in 3 wks. If the replacement goes well & you do what you need to do after surgery I say it wont limit what you will be able to do, only YOU will limit what YOU can do. If you tell yourself "I can't" do something you probably won't be able to do it. Keep a positive mind & attitude & you will be fine.
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Dan, you know that all you have to do is holler and your ole buddy, Darren, will throw you over his shoulder and tote you around to wherever you need to go.
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I had a total knee a couple of years ago. My only regret is not getting it done sooner. Do it before you have too much thigh muscle atrophy, while you still have something to work with.

Most important thing is to get as much knee flexion as you can, as soon as you can. If you don't get things stretched out right after surgery you will never get back to full flexion. It may be uncomfortable, maybe even painful but you have to do it. If you are motivated as I was you will not need rehab, but if you aren't willing to push yourself harder than your rehab specialist then you should seriously consider rehab.

Another good tip I received from a friend that has had multiple joints replaced is to put about a quart and a half of cheap pancake syrup into one gallon Ziploc freezer bag and double bag it. You can by a gallon of syrup and make three of these syrup bags. Throw them in the freezer. They will not freeze solid but forms kind of a gooey slush that will conform to your knee better than any bag of ice or cold pack. Keep your joint iced immediately after surgery to keep the swelling down and you will make faster progress in the healing process.

As far as kneeling on that joint replacement goes, I would rather crawl over broken glass than kneel on my knee joint replacement. Small price to pay in exchange for getting rid of that painful joint.

Good Luck.

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I had a knee and both hips replaced,the only thing you should not do is kneel on the replaced knee. I still climb ladders and put up tree stands. I would find out what knee (product) your doctor is using as there are some that are better than others. Do your therapy and be smart about your exercise program in the future. I went on an elk hunt this fall and did not have any problems related to the new parts I have.

Good Luck.

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Thanks Darren.
I'm probably worried that you'll get me there, but how do I get back?

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I've had both of mine replaced. The left one 2.5 years ago, and it was good enough for a Colorado elk hunt last year where I had to pack the elk out on a backframe (three trips up the mountain). I had the right one done earlier this year and it's not 100% yet but getting there. I can walk without pain. I can kneel but like others said, that's a little uncomfortable unless I have a little padding. I can even run a short distance if I need to, but don't make a habit of it. I can walk as far as I want to, pain free. I hit rehab hard. If they said do 30 reps I did 40. I went to the gym on the therapy off-days and worked it some more. I know it doesn't work the same for everyone, but it was the answer for me. I'm 59, btw.
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On Nov 10, which was the evening before firearms season opened her in Missouri, I killed a fat little 4 pt buck. It was the only shot opportunity I had this year with very limited hunting time. This stand was about 200 yds from my house but downhill. It would take me 15-20 minutes to get there with my knees.
A week ago I went out and took down my hang on stand for the year.
On Wednesday I had double knee replacement surgery. I'm at home now recuperating and working my physical therapy. I'm pleased at the progress I can see just from one day to the next. I'll be glad when I can get out for late winter scouting.

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Good luck! Had left done Dec 15 - couldn't have written a better outcome - flex is 130 deg plus. Right done Dec 16 - tougher recovery with more pain but flex is now near 130 deg. !st few weeks I worked on flex constantly. Let it hang off the side of a recliner and gently relax and hold. A lot of such passive stretching. Work on quad strength as well - it huge in support of the knees. And ice as much as you can.

I choose December to be ready to for spring weather (upstate NY) and really up the recovery. Did great walking the hills on the lease this fall and no problem climbing ladders. Can kneel but get there gently - no dropping to your knees. All in all far better than 3 years ago - would do it again if I had a 3rd knee [Wink]

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Had my left done in June 2016 and my right in September 2016. My biggest piece of advice is to don’t be a slacker when it come to rehab. I hunted in 2016 and had no problems with walking and climbing ladder stands. I am just getting to the point of being able to crawl on my hands and knees. My biggest limitation is the ability to squat.
Good luck!

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I couldn't squat before knee surgery, so that wasn't a loss for me. Ha.
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I get my left knee replaced on January 3, 2018. My biggest concern is being able to climb my tree stands. I use climbing sticks, does anyone have any experience or thought s about using them?
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Had mine done at 67... rotted out inside.

Kneeling was recommended to NOT do..plastic underside to knee cap...but I do it--gently on a pad to do some exercises and with pads on knees in yard work.

Only thing I cannot do is to put that leg's ankle on the opposing non operative knee and bend the operative leg out at a 45* angle..used to, but as others said, small price.

Mine is still stiff if I stand long in one spot doing something, but I sailed thru rehab working HARD! Arthritis has likely set in where it was all done as that is prevalent in my family history and creating some post op issues...

Sounds like you're on the go and doing well so keep at it..what you don't regain early on, my surgeon said their post op follow up shows no gains in a year over post rehab!

DO IT!

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I'm faithfully doing all my therapy. At 9 days post op, she took my walker away and I'm just on a cane. I'm getting around pretty good. The worst thing is trying to get a good nights sleep.

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it's been a couple years and I happily forget the sleep issues...

Guy (older) from church initially drove me to my PT cause I couldn't drive and he commented how much better I got around so soon compared to him... I told him it was because I wasn't married, he was.

He couldn't understand that till I pointed out if I want to use the bathroom, I have to get up and go. If I want to eat, I get up and cook and clean up. If I want my mail I walk out and get it...He had a wife to spoil him...

He went home and told her I said she made his rehab longer! [knothead]

Pain is just a way to know you're alive after an operation... Embrace the pain! [Smile]

Continue the progress...this too shall pass

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