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Bob Dillon

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Jan. 25, 2008
Bob Dillon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement

reading the discussion about total knee replacement (TKR) I Just turned 56 - I have played competitive softball since I was 17 years young - 16 " and 12 " in Chicago and the last 18 years 12 " in Georgia ---- Our league in GA does not offer a senior division so we play in the Open A league - with a good mix of 50 40 and 30 year olds -- I also play on a church team and COED team -- for the past 9 year's plus - I have been hobbling around the bases - popping aspirins ? ibeurpron - getting shots - anything to avoid the TKR that my doctor stated was the only remendy - He also stated I could do no more damage to my knee that was already there - bone on bone (MRI was done in 1998) and that someday I would be back in his office when the pain and discomfort got unbearable - In Jan 2007 I had the TKR surgery with the new technology rotating platform knee - Under DR's order I sat out the Spring 2007 season and returned in a limited role 1B - C - DH for the summer season - The biggest challenge I had was my knee reflect muscle had to be retrained for running or jogging might be a better word to the bases - I did use a pitch runner - swinging a bat was mostly done with my upper body and arms - I was not comfortable (mind game) to trust rotating around on the new knee to drive the ball - Fall league 2007 I was back playing 1B - no pitch runner (a little faster than jogging speed) - and although I lost some distance in hitting (which hopefully I'll keep working on (mind game) to rotate the lower body a little further to add some additional torque (bat speed has not changed). TKR was the right decision for me - I'm pain free now and will trade that off for the small decrease in mobility. I feel your pain with every article I have read in this disscusion board - I kept saying to myself hold off and they'll come up with some new technology - cartilegde replacement injection -- didn't happen - Good Luck
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