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Patient Story: Amanda from Vanceboro, NC
- Name: Amanda
- Location: Vanceboro, NC
- Replacement Type: Knee (Left), Knee (Right)
- Hobbies/Activities: Walking, Dancing, Swimming, Snowboarding
"Life Now is Dramatically Different"
Life prior to my double knee replacement was horribly painful! I couldn't walk a 10th of a mile with out having to stop because my knees hurt so bad. My back also hurt because of how I was walking. When shopping with friends I would have to take frequent breaks to sit down. My work suffered, my home life suffered. I couldn't sleep at night because the pain was so bad. My knees would swell and have so much fluid that it hurt to sit in my desk chair. I couldn't work out any longer because it was excruciating, which caused me to gain weight. That just made my knees hurt worse. I tried steroid injections, Synvisc injections, pain management, but NOTHING would help. I was only 48 years old!
I'm a nurse, so I knew that surgery would happen someday. My entire family has knee problems, and mine had been injured growing up. My ah-ha moment was gradual, but after the cortisone injections failed and the synvisc injections failed, I knew I had to do something or I would never have a GREAT, quality life!!
Life now is dramatically different. I am active, starting to lose weight, I work 2 jobs. I love my life!! After surgery I was only out of work for 1 month exactly. I did my physical therapy at home and in clinic. Stairs are no problem now. I have never felt better. It's weird because it's the little things... I can't remember the last time I squatted down, but now I can!
Follow your doctor's orders, try to keep your knees healthy, get any weight you need to lose off now. Just talk to your doctor! It is truly the BEST thing I have ever done for myself. I'm proud that I had the surgery. I loved my surgeon Dr. Raymond Bradley. Now a year later, I feel better at 49 than I did at 40! I'm certainly more active.