Are you considering knee replacement surgery and looking for answers? That is where I was just a few months ago. When considering the surgery, I was frustrated by the relative lack of information on the experience of knee replacement patients. There is lots of medical information out there but very limited content on first person accounts of the experience. As I was lying in my hospital bed following my double knee replacement, I decided I would try to bridge that gap. It is now 3 1/2 months later on September 29, 2019 as my site goes live. I hope to post more content and get more contributions as we move forward.
My name is Ken Silberling. I’m a 58-year old Commercial Real Estate broker and consultant. My award-winning real estate site is at www.kenstrends.com. I’ve been a weekend athlete all my life and have had my share of bumps and bruises. I had my first knee surgery following a football injury at the age of 20 another surgery a few years later. On June 13th 2019, I underwent double knee replacement. At the time of my surgery I was still active in competitive men’s hardball, golf, cycling and yoga. But all of these activities were painful and were getting less and less enjoyable. Both of my anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) were torn as well as each meniscus, the shock absorbing cartilage. I was bone on bone and it was only getting worse.
I am extremely pleased with my decision to undergo the surgery and glad that I got both knees at the same time. Recovery is way ahead of schedule. Other than the soreness that comes from my physical therapy, I am pain-free. As I write this introduction, it is 12 weeks after surgery. I just played my first round of golf, I have cycled over 20 miles and my strength and flexibility on the yoga mat is better than ever. I am hoping to be back on the ballfield when our season starts later this fall. I am thankful that I have a new pair of knees at a time when I am still young enough and fit enough to enjoy them. My 3 most important pieces of advice:
Pre-hab – Get yourself in the the best possible physical shape prior to surgery. Rehab is difficult and can be painful. It’s not easy, but pre-hab greatly aids the process. Cycling and yoga were my keys -swimming is also great. Like they say – just do it!
Rehab – It is up to you to motivate yourself to get back to your favorite activities. You will get as much out of your rehab as you put into it, but pay close attention to #3.
Don’t be a Hero – My theme song throughout the recovery process was “Billy Don’t Be a Hero.” The only thing more painful than rehab was having one of the worst songs of all time constantly running through my head. Work hard, but don’t try to do too much too soon. You don’t want to do this again…
In making my decision to have the operation, I had a lot of questions and looked online for answers. While there is a lot of medical information out there, I wanted to know more about the experience from a patient perspective. I developed this site as a place where you can get your questions answered so you can make the best decision for you. Every case is different. You will have to consider your age, your level of activity, your pain tolerance, your own objectives and your dedication to rehab in order to do what’s best for you. I have developed this website to help you determine if knee replacement is for you, whether you should do one or both and then to provide tips to help in recovery and rehab.