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Hi everyone. I regularly get asked about my tkr – or total knee replacement – updates. It’s nice to know that my insight is helpful to so many of you. The time has come for another one.

It is hard to believe that nine years have already passed since I had my total knee replacement. So, here is my 9 Year Post-TKR Update:

I have stated it before throughout this blog, but need to reiterate. I am a successful recipient of a bionic knee. Luckily, I am experiencing no complications, nor have I ever. I have never had a manipulation.

Here are some of things going on that are worth mentioning….

I am proudly on ZERO medications and in my 60’s.

My tkr knee still swells when overdoing it. Sometimes it is painful.

My “good” knee occasionally crunches like paper, but has no pain.

My tkr sometimes click. It is nothing of concern. I have written about this previously.

My bionic knee flexibility is where it was prior to my total knee replacement.

Kneeling is possible, but with some support and pain.

I can get on the floor, but it surely is not a pretty picture. It would make a good YouTube video, for sure.

I regularly exercise. Many exercises are the same ones I did preparing for my tkr.

My exercises include: swimming, isometrics, walking, chair yoga, yoga, lifting weights, and balance – among others.

Walking on uneven,unsecured surfaces (like gravel) is uncomfortable. It can be done, though. I just take my time. This issue occurred prior to my tkr and still exists.

I maintain an ideal weight.

I believe the reason I am doing so well is that I have been living a healthy lifestyle, long before it became the current rage. I eat plenty of produce and always have. So much, in fact, that it can get tiring having so much to compost. 🙂

My meal plan plays a key role in living with my tkr. I severely limit my consumption of the standard American diet. “We are what we eat”, as the saying goes. Nothing pleases me more than enjoying some steamed veggies and a protein. I firmly believe that moderation is the key.

I hope this 9-year post-tkr update helps others going through the same thing. – Marie

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

2 comments to Nine Year Post-TKR Update

  • Lucette Lapointe

    Hi Mary,

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am a candidate for a TKR but am terrified. I must decide by Monday when I will be meeting my surgeon. The only pain I feel is when I have to take the stairs, or go up or down a hill. Otherwise, I do not have any pain when walking on a straight surface. Kneeling is a problem and getting on and off the floor an even bigger one. Reading your comments about stiffness, and not being better than before, really makes me Wonder if I should have the surgery. Could you please give me your comments. If by getting the TKR, I cannot go up and down stairs, or uphill etc, then why should I do it. Cortisone shots are fine for me. Please advise and thank you so much.
    Lucette Lapointe

  • Hi Lucette,
    I also sent you a private message. Check your inbox.
    Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving your tkr comment. I cannot tell you if you need a total knee replacement. I am not a medical care professional. I can say, however, that I went forth because my pain level was so extreme I couldn’t function properly. I have written about this numerous times throughout my site. Kindly take a look around for further insight.
    Best of luck and stay in touch!

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