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Has anyone out there had a total knee replacement and been able to get back out on the trails again?  I had my knee replaced this past January followed by three more "procedures".  I really want to get back out there.  Is there any hope?
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Has anyone out there had a total knee replacement and been able to get back out on the trails again?  I had my knee replaced this past January followed by three more "procedures".  I really want to get back out there.  Is there any hope?

God I hope so.  I am going to have it done sooner or later.  What advice, tips do you have?  And why the multilple procedures?

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Hey Bad Knees!

I was backpacking the AT up in Maine when my knee swelled up and would not bend.  I had to get to a logging road and hope for a lift into town.  When I got back to Kentucky and saw the specialist they decided I needed a new knee.  While I was waiting for the knee to be built something happened to a ligament that none of us where aware of until they got in there and found it during the surgery.  They had to totally repair it which caused me to be put in a immobilizer cast for six weeks and the dang thing healed straight.  So . . . after three more procedures I am finally walking again!  And I am hoping to get back out on the trails again.  I really miss backpacking, so I am trying really hard to get things working their best.
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Hey Bad Knees!

I was backpacking the AT up in Maine when my knee swelled up and would not bend.  I had to get to a logging road and hope for a lift into town.  When I got back to Kentucky and saw the specialist they decided I needed a new knee.  While I was waiting for the knee to be built something happened to a ligament that none of us where aware of until they got in there and found it during the surgery.  They had to totally repair it which caused me to be put in a immobilizer cast for six weeks and the dang thing healed straight.  So . . . after three more procedures I am finally walking again!  And I am hoping to get back out on the trails again.  I really miss backpacking, so I am trying really hard to get things working their best.

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Well, my Mom didn't get back to backpacking after her knee replacement, because she is, well, old (old enough not to even mind me saying that).  But she regained enough mobility that it's clear that if you work like heck, do the PT until you want to scream, and get out and walk, walk, and walk some more, you can hike for sure.

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Thanks Rebecca for the reply.

I have been the "star" PT patient.  I even brought a resistance bike and a Total Gym.  Each day I do stretches with straps, work out with weights & resistance bands.  I also walk and walk and then walk some more.  Stairs are still a "challenge" for me and like your mom I'm up there in years.  

I'll get back out there again, I just may need to do base camp instead of long distance.  We'll see :;):
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I'm guessing your age and skill level of your physician has a lot to do with it. I've got a buddy with a beautiful new titanium knee who's had no problems getting back on the trail---and off. He was 49 when he had the procedure done but in excellent shape. Another friend who is 61, carrying an extra 40 lbs., will have both replaced in january. He specifically asked his doctor if he could be backpacking again in August and the Doc said there was no reason he couldn't.

So yeah, there's hope!
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Wanderer, for perspective,Mom is 85.  She was pushing 80 when she got the new knees.  You are probably a young whipper-snapper to her! :D

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Hey Rebecca!

I am young at heart that's for sure!  In the past I have never met any obstacle that I didn't think was "doable".  

When this all started back in the summer of 2012 I was lucky enough to have backpacked in UT doing some slot canyons in Escalante off Hole in the Rock Rd , and then the next month I was onto CA and Kings Canyon to backpack a loop at Road's End up to the PCT and back out.  Both trips were amazing!  Then I went up to Maine to hike on the AT through the 100 Mile Wilderness and got within 40 miles of Baxter Stare Park.  That's when I had to stop.  Bummer!  Anyway, the knee is fixed now and I am trying very hard to get my fitness level back to what it was before this all started.  I make a very grumpy cripple :p

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