Preparing for surgery


A long time ago, David could sit like this with his two daughters.  Now, he can barely bend his knees due to severe arthritis.

David has seen an internist, an allergist, an anesthesiologist, a radiologist, a physical therapist, and an RN to prepare for his total knee replacement surgery, set for July 30.

His blood test, lung Xray, and EKG were normal.

Humana Medicare Advantage has approved his surgery and 2 nights in the hospital.

Maria has agreed to pick up David when he is discharged, because I can’t drive a mid-size car and she can. He needs more leg room than my sub-compact car can provide.

Today, David will drive to the University of Hawaii, where he will be interviewed and videotaped for a research study. They want to see him walk before and after the surgery to chart his progress.

We can only hope that this surgery has a good outcome. The surgeon told David that there is a 99% success rate and 1% failure rate. He said that when the outcome is bad, it is really bad, especially when there is an infection.

This surgery will determine whether or not he will proceed with surgery on his other knee next year.

15 Responses to “Preparing for surgery”

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    good luck to David and a speedy recovery

  2. Jan Says:

    I wish him well and hope he will be as good as my friend John has been with his new knees. John chose to have them both done at the same time in December and his back to doing everything he did before, without pain. 🙂

  3. Christine Says:

    All the best for a successful outcome!

  4. Hattie Says:

    Fingers crossed for David and you.

  5. Joanne Noragon Says:

    All will be well; David will have a successful outcome.

  6. dkzody Says:

    I have many friends who have had knee and hip replacement and they are doing great. David will too. Just don’t let him fall on that replacement. That’s when bad stuff can happen.

  7. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    I will be following this closely so keep us posted. David facesthe same surgery (his second) in September. He is walking with a cane at present. Sounds like David is getting first-class care.

  8. Kay G. Says:

    Oh, good luck to David! Medical stuff is always a bit stressful to me,, but then, I get antsy if things don’t go right at the grocery store! LOL! Seriously, best wishes for your hubby. x

  9. Olga Says:

    Best wishes for successful surgery. The odds are certainly in your favor.

  10. Linda Reeder Says:

    Good luck to David. Hopefully he will come out of this pain free. that is something to look forward to.

  11. Kailani Says:

    I will be praying. For both of you. 🙂

  12. Cathy Says:

    Popped in to say ‘Good Luck’ to David. 1 in a hundred are very long odds against something going wrong – you’ve got more chance of being hit crossing the road lol

  13. Tom Sightings Says:

    I could never cross my legs like that, even as a teenager. Anyway, best wishes for the surgery … everyone I know who’s had it reports a positive experience. May David’s be as well!

  14. Mary Flora Says:

    I had my right knee replaced 5 years ago – the best thing I ever did. I thought I would be doing the left as well but I now have no pain in that knee. It used to buckle but no longer. Maybe all the rehab on the right has strengthened the left. Best of luck to David. Mary in KC.

  15. Beatrice Says:

    We are keeping David’s total recovery in our thoughts. Although, I can’t sit cross-legged either for long periods of time, thankfully (so far) no surgery is needed. Friends have had the surgery and are so glad they did.

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