Knee Replacement Advances?

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  1. Raul_SJ

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    A guy at my club had a knee replacement (from wear and tear) in March and is now coming back onto the doubles court and seems to be moving well.

    He said he was restricted to playing 2 times a week due to knee pain prior to replacement, but wanted to play more frequently.

    Is there much downside risk for this procedure?
     
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  2. ollinger

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    Knee replacements don't last forever. Go easy on it and there's a good chance you'll need surgery again in about 10 years 15 if you're lucky. Play tennis on it and you'll likely need surgery sooner. A second cousin of mine had it done, played lots of tennis, and the thing collapsed after about 6 months (the bony cracked under supports).
     
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    After the surgery and recovery period (~10 months) the pain will be reduced
    and the mobility will be better than before the surgery.

    Is that the general expectation?
     
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  4. ollinger

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    ^^ absolutely. My wife had what's called a partial knee replacement a year or two ago and now has no pain.
     
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    A friend at my club had this done (he's in his 70s), plays three times a week and runs daily. He says that it feels great. He's in really good muscular shape too.

    I didn't ask him about pain but I don't think that he would be as active as he is if he had a lot of pain issues.
     
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    But he runs the risk of quickly wearing out the knee replacement.

    All the guys with knee replacements I've talked to, say their doctors advise against running and singles tennis.
     
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    Correct, play on clay or grass and life expectancy of knee replacement will be much better, hard courts tale a toll. 6 months however is ridiclous and an anomaly. I'd say 5-10 years is a likely life expectancy for someone who plays frequently - there are a ton of variables however.
     
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    Does anyone know what happens to an artificial knee that indicates failure? Symptoms?
     
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