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    Knee replacement

    I have VA disability for my Knees the right one has had most of the cartilage removed (30 years ago) the left knee problems are from the damage to the right knee. My right Knee has started to hurt a lot more so i went to a sports medicine DR they took xrays and referred me to another DR for knee replacement I see him July 1. Has any of you had knee replacement and does anyone know what it will do to my VA disability rating. I will be looking at 12 weeks or so off work. The Dr was amazed that I can still WALK with the bone on bone and twisting of the knee.
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    I've been bone-on-bone since an ortho in 1994 and the VA just gave me a cursory exam and told me basically "get outta here". They don't have any actual ortho department in the VA in my area so I'm not sure who evaluated the xray they took.

    Otherwise, I feel ya but have no idea what happens disability-wise. Sorry (keep us posted, though!)
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    My ex wifes 78yr grandpa put it off for years. He kicked himself for not doing it sooner. He was back cutting grass just weeks after. Better than new.
    My childhood best friend had both his replaced @57yrs old. No issues.

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    Had total replacement of my left knee in 2007. Took me 8 weeks before I could return to my job. My work took me out of doors and a lot of walking on fairly difficult terrain.
    Have had 2 hip replacement since. Much easier recovery. Only 4 weeks.
    As far as a disability rating, I would not think it would affect that. Other wiser heads may have greater insight.
    Good luck.

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    A friend just had a knee replacement. He was home in 2 days with a regimen of rehab outlined for him that he has stuck to religiously. Stiffness for less than a week, limited mobility for another but now in full recovery mode.

    I asked if it was the worst procedure he had undergone. He replied that it was nothing compared to his circumcision. "I couldn't walk for almost a year!" he said.....
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    I am looking at knee replacement in my future, but for now the prescription medication keeps the pain 99% under control. The orthopedic doc said I'd know when it was time to see him. Meantime, I've checked many sources, as I'm sure you have, and invariably, patients who undergo the procedure kick themselves for not getting it done years ago.

    As for the VA question, I don't know. Yet. I suppose it's time for me to become acquainted with that sterling organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopercdrkey View Post
    A friend just had a knee replacement. He was home in 2 days with a regimen of rehab outlined for him that he has stuck to religiously. Stiffness for less than a week, limited mobility for another but now in full recovery mode.

    I asked if it was the worst procedure he had undergone. He replied that it was nothing compared to his circumcision. "I couldn't walk for almost a year!" he said.....
    I have no information on the disability aspect, but I second what cooper said above. My dad had both replaced in his late 60's, stuck to the rehab regimen, and all was (and still is) well. An acquaintance had one replaced and didn't follow through on the rehab--nothing but problems. It may be coincidence, but I assume them medicos know what they are doing, so follow their rehab instructions.

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    Yes the rehab is extremely important. Not fun but you must follow the plan laid out for you by the doc and therapist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucksNCoffee View Post
    As for the VA question, I don't know. Yet. I suppose it's time for me to become acquainted with that sterling organization.
    The VA tends to be somewhat of a schizophrenic organization- Well, maybe just hot and cold...

    I have the much appreciated benefit of having what has to be the best VA organization in the country in the North Florida / South Georgia VA in Gainesville, Florida. I have been getting annual checkups since enrolling during the Clinton administration push, (who said he was absolutely worthless?), plus meds at a very reasonable co-pay and two minor surgical procedures that would have cost me thousands of dollars each in a civilian hospital.

    They, the VA, actually have a tunnel under the street connecting them to the University of Florida Shands Medical Facility in case a specialist is required, as was the case with my ulnar collateral ligament reattachment- (that's what you need when your thumb is able to rotate all the way back to your wrist. Not good for guitar players or baseball players like Dustin Pedroia.)

    I have, however, in a former life, called on VA hospitals that looked like they belonged in the Middle Ages treating the Black Plague. That was many years ago and hopefully not the case in this day and age.

    You need to visit the facility that serves your geographic area and, by the way, apply for coverage if you have not already done so. Take your DD-214 and an open attitude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by winnsman View Post
    Yes the rehab is extremely important. Not fun but you must follow the plan laid out for you by the doc and therapist.
    It makes sense to listen to the doctor, but why the rapist? What does the rapist have to offer?

 

 
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