Carol, an avid walker and believer in exercise talks about her knee gradually became troublesome for her to walk her daily two to three miles. She tried physical therapy and injections, but came to the realization when her orthopedic surgeon saw her X-ray’s that only a knee replacement would get her back to the point where she would be able to return to her daily routine instead of having to return home after just a few blocks of walking and have to ice her knee.
CAROL: Hi, I'm Carol. I am 70 years old. I am a real estate broker. Was a real estate a-agent, I should say, and have nine grandchildren, and love to walk. And that's one of the reasons that I started my journey on whether or not to have my knee replaced.
CAROL: I had a knee issue probably for about four years. As I was walking it was starting to pinch, and hurt, and I like to walk two or three miles a day. I could walk a half a block or something like that without it hurting, of course I can further, but it was going to hurt. And then-then I had to come home and ice it. Sometimes going up and down stairs would hurt. I had cortisone shots, and that really didn't work very well for me, but has for a lot of people.
CAROL: I went in to the doctor and asked him what I could do for my knee. And he took e-rays, and a scan, and decided that really my only option was to have a knee replacement. I'm not wild about surgery, but if it was going to get me back on the right track and being able to play with my grandchildren, and lead a good life, this is what I was going to do. So, in order for preparation for the surgery I do remember that I had to go off of any, like, Advil, Aleve, any of that kind of thing and then they did have some special soap they gave me to wash my knee area down.