It was very difficult to do anything. I couldn't climb stairs, I couldn't stand, I couldn't even sit for a long period of time, and walking was certainly very, very difficult. The pain was so severe, I really could not continue my life as I had known it before. I felt like I was living a part time life. I have six grandchildren, and my husband and I do a lot of traveling, we have a motor home and we had to stop that.
My favorite thing is being a very big part of my grandchildren's lives, and to travel, to do gardening. I enjoy singing and I had to stop that because I couldn't stand for long periods of time. There really wasn't one moment I decided to have knee replacement, because my life just deteriorated so that I knew if I wanted to continue with any quality of life, I had to do something.
Right after the operation I knew that it had been a success, and my progress was just so wonderful, and the physical therapy, although it was a little difficult, just went beautifully. And I have my life back again. I'm living a full time life.
When I talk to people that have knee problems I say, go for it. I knew the Stryker Knee was a quality knee going in, and it has certainly not disappointed me. It's given me my life back. My surgeon took me through every step of the surgery, what happens before, what happens after, and I just am so grateful to him, I will always be grateful.
Each patient will experience a different post-operative activity level, depending on their own individual clinical factors. Your doctor will help counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.