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Feb. 20
9 ball

28 posts

Hello everyone..gotta get this procedure done soon. Been doing prep work over last year (lost wt,pt exercises,etc) to help my rehab period go smooth,and shorten the transition period back onto the ball field. To those of you that have gone thru this experience...what sage advice could you offer up? Maybe something you wish someone had informed you about, either before or after your operation, that would have been helpful to be made aware of? I'm 71 male in good physical condition,just need to get my left tie rod repaired. Thanks folks,george
Feb. 20
T-mon
Men's 70
15 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Hi George, I had a total knee replacement 11 months ago. I had been bone on bone for years. Slipped in the snow and tore my ACL so had the total knee surgery. I strongly suggest you have the anesthesiologist give you a nerve block above the knee right before surgery, save you some pain those first couple of days. Get an ice machine and use it religously. Work hard on getting as much range of motion as you can early. Go to PT as much as you can and when they say they have done enough then join the YMCA or gym and continue working to get that leg strong. Lots of walking and bike riding really helps, stationary bikes when the weather is bad but biking really helps with the ROM. I started playing 4 months after my surgery, could only jog to first base then but by Worlds it was much better but still not 100%. good luck, work hard and you'll be fine
Feb. 20
9 ball

28 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Hi T-mon..tku for feedback and sound advice. I'm also on 70aaa travel team, was kinda hoping to be ready after 2 1/2 months, but I don't wanna do stupid. Geo
Feb. 20
MurrayW
Men's 65
221 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
I echo what T-mon said since this is the same thing I told him. :)

Do your PT religiously, but ensure you are still icing and elevating your leg. I have had three knee replacements, and the biggest mistake I made with the first one was not elevating and icing it enough, which made it difficult to reduce the swelling and get more range of motion.

Two and 1/2 months is pretty aggressive. I came back quicker with each one because I knew where to push my recovery and when to rest. I was hitting in 4 months, three months, and six weeks, respectively, for each surgery and was playing about one month later as a DH with a runner when I got on base. It took me about a year to get back to running at a world-record pace! :)

Good luck!
Feb. 21
ZMan33
Men's 65
14 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
I strongly recommend you seek a rehab provider trained in BFR. They will help you accelerate your recovery from knee surgery. www.bfrproviders.com
Feb. 21
T-mon
Men's 70
15 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
2 1/2 months might be a little early. I guess it depends what position you are playing. I pitch and play 1B. Covering first on a grounder to the 1st baseman I couldn't beat the runner even at 6 months post op. I can probably do it now but you will find that the first game you play in, you will be sore. Like Murray the speedster said, it will be a year before you really start feeling normal again.

I've been going to the YMCA everyday since my PT ended, you will never have the ROM you had before the replacement, but you can strengthen your leg to pre surgery strength and in the coming months you will notice improvements.

Get a leg elevation pillow and use it all the time, I slept with my leg on it the first couple of weeks. make sure you get the pillow and ice machine before your surgery. Just be careful and don't push yourself too hard, you'll know what I'm talking about the first time you do it.
Feb. 22
9 ball

28 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Tku to all, good advice to plan with. I tend to be an impatient and aggressive individual,more apt to be my own worst enemy and overdo myself. But I am also disciplined,so appears best to rehab in earnest,but work myself back onto the field little more slowly,for safety sake. I can take some BP and be scorekeeper for awhile. George
Feb. 22
JAB

21 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
9 Ball I/m 78 this year and had a double hip plus a knee (all total replacements) over a 4 month period when I was 70. I have been playing at a high level since-three visits to Vegas (two wins) and five TOC wins. Your current preparations will pay dividends post surgery. I did something different and I think very impt to speed your return to playing AND prevent growth of scar tissue (Scar tissue is like rubber bands that begin growth w/in 24 hrs of surgery. It is painful and will restrict your range of motion-very impt) My tip: spend several days in a rehab hospital (post surgery) strictly for physical therapy. Rehab hospital gave me 4 hrs of therapy daily instead of 1-2 hrs weekly at home! Another tip: your post surgery workout-in my opinion-should be more intense than your current one. My MD simply wrote an script to my insurance company saying I needed the extra phy therapy. Good luck
Feb. 25
Kiwifair
Men's 50
5 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Anyone playing with both knees being replaced? If so, please provide pros and cons (if any). I currently have been playing with one replaced but need my other one replaced. I want to ensure I can play after having the second one replaced. Thank you in advance.
Feb. 26
JAB

21 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
I have played with 3 total replacements-two hips/one knee-since I was 70. I have been active with 70/75/and now 80 teams at major and major plus level. You look funny when you run but ... very doable. My advice: pre and post surgery workouts very impt. Good luck JAB
Feb. 27
AZRealtor
Men's 60
23 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
You have to research getting a jiffy knee replacement. Go to jiffyknee.com. Recovery time and pain is drastically reduced.
Feb. 28
Born to run
Men's 75
8 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
A friend of mine had both knees replaced and sent me this book to help when I had mine done. “Fast Track Recovery from a Total Knee Replacement.” The author is Michelle Stiles. I had total knee replacements done on both - one in August 2023 and the second in October 2023. I played in both the Bullhead City tournament and the TOC in January 2024. I echo the advice JAB gave that your post surgery workout should be more intense than the pre surgery workout.

Best of Luck! You can do it!!
Feb. 29
9 ball

28 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Shout out to folks providing advice. Had left TKR Tuesday, back home last night. Getting that nerve block prior to surgery was indeed a godsend,as now that it's worn off I realize the pain relief break it offered. PT guy already coming to house today..not looking fwd to intentionally inflicted pain, but that's the deal to get back to the game. Doing ice, elevation,etc. I will update May 01. Tku everyone, George
March 7
Kiwifair
Men's 50
5 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Thank you to those who responded to my message. I had TKR on my right one with nice results; just making sure that I’ll be able to play ball after of get my left one TKR. Best of luck to all look forward to 2025. I’ve been playing Major.
March 9
CABOOSE
Men's 60
4 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Hey George, I've had 4 acl repairs and played for rears. Eventually they all lead to both knees being replaced all before the age of 60. the best advice is to train what you can while you can! get into the gym and work the quads and hamstrings... what you do now, will help with a shorter recovery and return to play. in both cases, I was back playing tournament ball in less than 5 months! good luck.
March 9
CABOOSE
Men's 60
4 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
PS dont baby your rehab!! push yourself to the point of breaking!! it helps. don't forget to ice as needed.
March 10
Boomer2085

1 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
Double knee replacement after Vegas last year. Heading for Florida this week to play in the TOC tourney. Lots of rehab and I am contining working on strengthening the knees.
March 12
Swany20
Men's 50
9 posts
Total knee replacement surgery and rehab
9 Ball. Both knees replaced 10 years ago. Going well for me. I echo the comments above, PT as hard as possible and don't slack on the rehab. If you have access to a pool, it's great for early rehab as it helps with no gravity lifting and bending. I wear a full leg compression sleeve on both knee's for stability and protection. I do not wear a brace at all! I wish you the best of luck. Have fun and stay active!
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