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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465629

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Does anyone on here caravan, erect an awning etc, post knee replacement?
Mine are knackered. I can still manage no problem on the whole but if I have the op is that the end of caravanning?
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465632

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Not personally, but I do know several people who have had knee replacements and manage to caravan with complaints ( about the knees anyway)
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465634

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From family experience after a bit of physiotherapy you should be as mobile as you ever were but with no pain. .

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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465636

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Where there's a will there's a way. In my case after 3 serious surgeries (not knee related) I still manage. Albeit taking twice as long and dragging a low stool around to sit at each peg point! The benefits outweigh the pain!
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465638

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Does anyone on here caravan, erect an awning etc, post knee replacement?
Mine are knackered. I can still manage no problem on the whole but if I have the op is that the end of caravanning?

Not post but pre op :woohoo: . Like you both of mine are totally knackered and my god its painfull. I know lots that have had it done and caravan, so don't let that put you off. The biggest problem I have is that my back is also knackered and bending is very difficult. Putting the awning up is no problem for me, shorthouse that I am, but pegging means I have to get down to them.Keep getting up again to move to the next peg is excruciating, but its either that or crawl about on the floor, which just looks daft. This is partially why we have bought a Magnum porch, less pegs.

Anyhoo, you can't miss me on site, Im the one with a pint of Old Pec in one hand, and a bottle of Orimorph in t'other.
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465639

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I believe the problem after knee replacement is that of kneeling down. My sister in Law has had a knee replaced and has been told she is not to kneel on that replacement knee.
A small stool or a double step to sit on while hammering in the pegs might be the answer
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465640

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Dustydog wrote:
if I have the op is that the end of caravanning? )

Being just a few months away from my 90th birthday, I'm happy to say both my knees are fine. However I like to spend four winter months in Spain in my caravan. Towing there is no problem however putting up and taking down my full awning on my own is an effort. Fortunately, some good mates give me a hand. The most reliable guy had both knees done just prior to him leaving home in mid-November. His bending and dog-walking ability didn't seem to bother him in the least.
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465642

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A friend of ours had a replacement knee and the change was unbelievable. She was back to cycling, walking and activities that she hadn’t done for a long while without a lot of pain. What she was like kneeling down I don’t know but she said that she couldn’t believe the transformation. However that didn’t last more than six months. Her husband was doing some decorating and meticulous bloke that he is, Dave covered the lounge floor with a dust sheet. Chris tripped over it and smashed the new knee. She was hospitalised for six weeks and even now some two years on she’s not at all confident the second new knee and uses a stick.

So Dusty as long as you keep caravaning and keep off DIY you should be absolutely fine.
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465643

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My wife had a single knee replacement in November 2017. Walking was nigh on impossible up to then, and she had developed a noticeable limp over the years before the replacement. Since then walking is almost pain free, although prolonged hard surfaces can be tiring, and the limp has all but disappeared. She continues to do exercises daily, after the physio ended, but has never gained the full 90 degree bend so steep stairs can be slow. As others have commented while you retain your original kneecap you are advised not to kneel and many find this painful. However we know of others who after the initial painful bit post-op who still climb ladders and have a cracking golf swing! It will take grit and determination on your behalf, but most likely to be well worth the obtained comfort and new-found mobility, and many years happy exploring in the caravan! The very best of luck to you!
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Total Knee Replacements 8 months 2 weeks ago #465662

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Hi Dusty D,

My wife has had knee rplacements in both knees (twice).

Been a godsend to her earlier mobility problems.

Have a chat with your consultant (who is likely to be the one carrying out the operation), I guess you will be pleasantly surprised as to what you can and cannot do post op.

I'm sure it will go well for you, and I know you will offer to give me a hand with hammering in my awning pegs on our future meets :P
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