knee replacements and hill walking
by mrssanta » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:39 am
Is there anyone out there who has had a knee replacement and how did it affect your hillwalking career?
I know that people have done the full round of Munros with new hips but I haven't heard much about people who have had new knees.
by Border Reiver » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:19 pm
I went with her on her last visit to see the surgeon and he said that things would have to get a lot worse before he would consider a knee replacement. He did also say that her knee would probably give her problems in the future. I've got osteo arthritis in my knees and they twinge a bit at times, but we both can still manage walks of well over 10 miles. In the space of a month last year we climbed the three peaks in west Yorkshire without too many problems.
As regards the bone death (due to lack of blood supply I believe), the second scan on her knee showed some improvement over the first scan (9 months previously), which her surgeon put down to her keeping up the hill walking.
We do know someone nearby who had knee replacements and she says she hasn't got the mobility that she had before - she cannot flex her knees as well as before the op.
Your best bet is to start with your G.P. and see where it goes from there. My wife has noticed a small improvement since her minor operation, but not much and she's prepared to put up with the occasional pain when hill walking.
by Giant Stoneater » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:01 pm
Mother went to private physiotherapy where they had a look at the scan and confirmed what the hospital had said,but they did look at her posture as she was compensating for the bad knee.They corrected her posture and got her walking more naturally so much so that she is back to going short walks that she was really missing and the pain she was in has massively reduced.
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by Sgurr » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:53 pm
by prog99 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:57 pm
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by mrssanta » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:11 pm
Border Reiver, I am a GP, I was looking for information to inform my practice. My knees do creak a bit but not badly enough to need anything doing. Not many people are "serious" hillwalkers, most think going up Roseberry Topping (200m ascent, 4k round trip) is seriously gnarly. I don't know anyone who has had a knee replacement and done lots of hillwalking afterwards.
I think what I have learned from reading this is what I already thought. Physio, physio, physio, 1st 2nd and 3rd,. Knee replacements have their drawbacks, for instance 50% of people can't kneel afterwards or so I'm told, so it might ruin a wild camping lifestyle too. I think I am going to start doing knee exercises now!
Sgurr that's a really scary and serious complication. Risks from surgery may be low, but they are still there!
by fireman » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:22 pm
by Yoke » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:36 pm
She never walks with poles and says that yes there is sometimes discomfort but it is always manageable, interestingly she suffers more if she does not get the miles in regularly so not surprisingly the more exercise she gets the better.
The surgeon that operated on her knee has recently done a 3rd year examination on her knee and was well chuffed with it and said to carry on doing what she does.
by golfpunk » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:31 pm
I seen a orthopedic specialist at the end of january 2017 and that's when I got the bad news. it's bascially a result of me rupturing my ACL when I was 21 playing football and apparently having any sort of major surgery in your knee like that can lead to this 10-15 years down the line.
with me only being 34 i've been told that i'm nowhere near the age of a knee replacement unless my quality of life drastically decreases. since august last year my knee has been extremely troublesome with locking and days of serious discomfort. i'm currently seeing a physio but she has advised I go back and see a specialist to see if there is anything else resulting in the number of bad days I am having. she thinks an MRI could flag up something as all I received in my diagnosis last year was just an x-ray to confirm that there is basically no meniscus on the medial side of my right knee.
i've not managed up a hill since june last year (sgor gaoith) which is fairly depressing as the way my knee is these days it's not looking good for the future.
would love a knee replacement if it gives me 20 years free of pain.