My knee problems started in 1998. At first, I thought it would go away just the way it had come. But it just kept coming back. By 2002, the pain became very intense. One by one, it slowly took away all the things that I loved to do: driving, playing badminton, spending time with my grandchildren, even walking. My life just came to a standstill. Even climbing a few steps began to feel like a trekking expedition! At every social function I went to, instead of enjoying myself and interacting with other people, I was always looking for a seat. I couldn’t even stand! I felt isolated, different! It was horrible!
One day, at the swimming pool I met a doctor. He said- “Have you seen the way you walk? You need new knees, my friend!”
My heart sank. I didn’t want surgery. What if something went wrong? How long before I recovered? So many doubts! But it turns out that six years of home remedies, Ayurvedic massage, etc, were merely delaying the inevitable!
The unbearable pain finally forced me to approach a joint replacement surgeon. You know what he said? “Why have you delayed this for so long? Get the surgery done or things will become really complicated later on!” He explained osteo-arthritis, the disease and all related aspects.
So, I decided to get new knees!
What a relief! All the credit goes to my surgeon and his staff. They made things so easy during the post-rehab program that recovery was quick.
My yearning to move and be mobile was so much that I developed a love for running marathons. 10 months after surgery, I ran my first marathon at the age of 74. I was even covered by the media. It felt great!
But above all, it is spending time with my grandchildren that I find most satisfying. With them, I feel young. After all, age is just a state of mind!
Important safety information
Knee replacement is not for everyone. There are potential risks. Recovery takes time and success depends on factors like age, weight and activity level. Only an orthopedic surgeon can tell if knee replacement is right for you & implant options suitable for you.
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