Halima Curry Getting Ready for Knee Replacement Part 2. The long-awaited part two episode of Halima’s wisdom about what to ask your surgeon, what to know, how to get ready for knee replacement surgery.
BILATERAL KNEE SURGERY
The advantages of bilateral surgery are: you have one (shorter) hospital stay (than with two single-knee surgeries), one round of anesthesia, less total opioid use; you are less likely to catch a hospital-borne infection than if you have two single-leg surgeries, and total recovery time is far shorter… especially with the X10. Unfortunately, unless patients have had intensive Pre-hab (see X10 Pre-hab) patients are twice as likely to be discharged to a convalescent home. If they are using traditional physical therapy, recovery can be slow, painful, and difficult on both patients and caregivers. Unless patients strengthen their legs prior to surgery they are typically not independent, and require additional care.
Tim recovered from Double Knee Replacement and then Double Manipulation Under Anesthesia using the X10 Knee Recovery System. In the process he gained extensive knowledge about how to get through a Bilateral Knee Surgery and get back to life.
Larry Meservey had the perfect bilateral knee replacement with Dr. Douglas MacArthur of Littleton, NH. He used the X10 Knee Recovery System™ for his rehab at home.
It is called bilateral knee replacement. Two knees. At the same time. Usually it is performed by one surgeon; at times it is done simultaneously by two surgeons. And it is a massive trend in knee replacement nowadays.
Donna reached out to X10 in late spring to talk about using the program for a single total knee replacement planned for that summer. She did some exploration of doing both knees at once and ultimately went in that direction. Donna discusses deciding on bilateral knee replacement and her recovery here.
Melissa’s full report four weeks after bilateral knee replacement. Driving. Walking the dog. Off assisted devices. No pain meds. A textbook recovery.
Chris Nowacki spends time with us discussing her husband’s bilateral knee replacement. Wallander (Wally) Nowacki was an Olympic cyclist early in his life. Finding himself in need of two new knees last age 65 he took the leap and did both knees at once.
Kathy (70) is a yoga instructor who found herself in the unenviable position of needing two knee replacements. With the consent of Dr. Brian McCardal Kathy did them both at the same time. One surgery. One recovery. It just made sense. A month later, after devoting herself to her recovery at home with The X10 Knee Recovery System™, Kathy got back to her yoga.
My surgeon agreed that using the X10 ONLY was fine since the results I was getting were so great. Smiles and happiness! The X10 was definitely the right decision as was my decision to do the bilateral knee replacement surgery.
Came home, started using it immediately a couple times a day. It doesn’t hurt because the machine knows when it’s putting too much pressure on you, and it will stop if it realizes that you’re getting too much pressure. It’s incredibly easy to use. I am so far ahead of where I would have been if I hadn’t found it simply because you don’t get any feedback on your own.