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.