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Patient Story: Devra from Manassas, VA
- Name: Devra
- Location: Manassas, VA
- Replacement Type: Knee (Right)
- Hobbies/Activities: Walking
"I Can Keep up With My Friends & Family"
Prior to surgery, it was extremely difficult for me to walk and use stairs. My knee kept locking up or giving out on me while I was walking. I was afraid to carry anything up or down stairs. I stopped going out with friends because I was aware that I was holding everyone up because of my slow walking. I didn't go on hikes or out to the Mall shopping, it was just too much for me to do all that walking. I couldn't find a comfortable position to sleep in, so was always tired beyond belief. I found myself snapping at others for little things,then I got irritated with myself for snapping at people. Pain at that level is consuming and becomes the focus of your life. Nothing I tried stopped the pain.
My turning point happened when I was going down the stairs and my knee gave out on me. I almost tumbled down the stairs, it was scary and left me shaken. When the cortisone shots and other things we tried didn't help any longer, I knew it was time to try something else. I investigated a partial knee replacement first. After consulting with my doctor and reviewing all of my pain points and treatments tried, we decided it was time to move on to doing the knee replacement.
I am almost one year post-surgery and am happy that I did it. I can walk normally now and keep up with my family and friends when we go out. I haven't gotten back to hiking yet, but I am more mobile now. My knee doesn't give out or lock up on me any more and the pain is gone, for the most part. I am getting better sleep and am not snapping at my family from exhaustion and pain. It wasn't all smooth sailing with my recovery and probably was much longer than others. However, everyone will experience their own recovery in their own way. I just had my one year check up, and don't have to go back for a whole year! Amazing, because I was in his office every 4 weeks before!
I wish I hadn't put it off . I decided after I tried all the treatments, therapy and medication, etc. and it didn't get any better to have it done. I wish I had started building my strength before the operation, so it would help with my recovery. I went to all of my physical therapy sessions and did all of the home exercises I could. Don't give up on your recovery, everyone has their own path, and you may take longer to get back to normal, but just don't give up.