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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. - unknown author

Did I tell y'all that I have date for my knee replacement?? February 17th. I'll be in the hospital for a few days afterward, probably 'til Friday, barring any unforeseen issues. EVERYTHING is going to be fine though! Positive thoughts!!


Total knee replacement, or arthroplasty, is the relining of the joint (bone end surfaces) with artificial parts called prostheses. There are three components used in the artificial knee. The femoral (thigh) component is made of metal and covers the end of the thigh bone.Total Knee Replacement

The tibial (shin bone) component, made of metal and polyethylene (medical-grade plastic), covers the top end of the tibia. The metal forms the base of this component, while the polyethylene is attached to the top of the metal to serve as a cushion and smooth gliding surface.

The third component, the patella (kneecap) may be all polyethylene or a combination of metal and polyethylene.

The new components are stabilized by your ligaments and muscles, just as your natural knee.

Good thoughts and prayers are appreciated!!

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coltpixy said...

Good luck! May your recovery be swift and have you dancing soon.

Connie (The Purple Princess) said...