A Tale of Two Knees
New Knees and New Adventures
Following the total replacement of both my knees I was delighted to find that I could still participate in my favourite activities at the same level that I had done prior to surgery. Now I was ready to find out how my new knees would react to trying new activities and experiences like bog walking in Estonia and conservation in Kenya.
Skiing – After Total Knee Replacements?
When I asked the question, would I be able to ski after surgery to replace both knees my surgeon, Professor John Skinner responded that there was no reason why not. Conclusion, the knees had the technology so success or failure was up to me. As skiing is one of my passions I was determined to succeed.
A Trip to Myanmar
It had long been an ambition of mine to visit Burma (now known as Myanmar) and I was not going to let the fact that it was only a few months since I had undergone total replacement of both knees in the same operation put me off. I was still doing exercises every day and my range of movement was increasing every day. I was confident I could take on the new challenge of leading a group on a long haul sightseeing tour.
Back to Work After Total Knee Replacements
After several weeks of prehabilitation followed by a simultaneous total replacement of both knees and then six weeks of rehabilitation it was time to go back to work as a tour manager. My first trip was a walking holiday in the Italian Dolomites. I was looking forward to testing my new knees on the challenging mountain tracks.
Rehabilitation Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Simultaneous bi-lateral total knee replacement on 30 April 2013 and departed to lead a walking holiday in the Italian Dolomites on 07 July 2013, ten weeks later. I had decided, and prepared for, rehabilitation to be my fulltime job for the first six weeks after surgery. I followed a strict regime of walks and exercises and slept whenever I felt the need. Sleep is a great natural healer.
Preparing for Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Decision made and date decided it was time to get fit for my total knee replacement surgery. As walking was becoming increasingly more difficult I took to cycling and swimming. Most of the hotels I stayed in on my travels had a swimming pool and a gym so no excuses.
A Tale of Two Knees by Valery Collins
Working on a freelance basis my health and fitness is very important to me. When I was in full-time employment as a university lecturer in law a few days off on sick leave would have been a welcome relief from a career I was not enjoying. Now I was totally committed to maintaining my fitness in order to continue doing a job I loved - travelling the world taking groups on holiday, sightseeing, skiing and walking. But, my knee had become a problem. After one reconstruction, ten arthroscopies and numerous steroid injections it was time to consider a total knee replacement.