See how real people have conquered their knee pain and returned to living full lives.
Bob, 67, is a business owner, competitive handball player and ATTUNE Knee replacement patient.
Before I had my first knee replacement, the progression of pain had gotten worse and worse. My knee pain was caused basically by genetics—arthritis from my parents and overuse—I ran a lot of marathons and played a lot of handball. I played it once in the military. One time, and I was incurably addicted. After one time. I went overseas, to Korea. The base that I was on, the commanding General was a handball junkie. Now, that's the way we refer to ourselves, because we always have to have a fix of handball. I've been playing handball for 45 years. It's a passion. I did not want to give it up. I go to tournaments all over the country. I was fearful that I wouldn't be able to play anymore. I would come home from playing handball and I'd have to rest my knees. I'd get up in the morning and go down the steps one at a time because the knee pain was so bad.
I was playing a handball tournament in Colorado on a knee that had swollen up. There was a lot of pain involved in it. Flew back to South Bend, the knee was still sore. Went to my orthopaedic surgeon, he took an x-ray of it and said, “You could be a candidate for a knee replacement." It affected the quality of my life by not allowing me to do the things I wanted to do for any length of time, especially playing handball longer than an hour, or maybe walking more than 15 minutes with my wife, or cutting my grass all at once.
I knew I needed knee replacement for quite a while, but the final decision came when I was tailgating before a football game. Standing for about 2 or 3 hours on my knee, I could barely walk back to my car, because the knee pain was so bad. I sat on the curb and told my wife, “Go get the car and pick me up. “ I knew at that point in time that I had to do something, and the sooner the better.
Bob's orthopaedic surgeon replaced his left knee in 2010, and two years later, when he started experiencing pain in his right knee, he visited his surgeon again.
My doctor told me about the ATTUNE Knee. I had known several weeks earlier that there was a new knee out, and the reason I wanted that knee is that I wanted to have more stability, and I wanted to get back to playing handball as soon as I could. And that was the big thing. I did not want to play recreational handball. I wanted to play competitive handball at my age in my age group. When I went down to have my knee evaluated, I asked him, I said, “Is it possible to get the ATTUNE Knee?" He said, “Yes, it is." So that's what I decided.
The rehab process is only everything. I asked my physical therapist to push me. And I said, “I want to be pushed because I'm on a mission to get back to playing handball." It's one day at a time. You play a little better. The next day you play a little better. Now that I have my ATTUNE Knee, I can do the tailgating for the longest term I want, stand there and enjoy it and not have the pain or the discomfort of the bone on bone situation I had before I had my ATTUNE Knee put in.
The quality of life has changed back to probably where I was in my mid-thirties or early forties. I was able to do things without pain, able to go on walks, able to cut the grass, still continue to play competitive handball, all the things you can do when you have two good knees. People suffer from lack of knowledge as far as joint replacement. They hesitate, they wait, they live in misery when they don't have to do that. I would tell other people, “Why hesitate? If you're suffering from knee pain, can't sleep, can't walk, can't do the things that you have a passion for doing, whether it's playing tennis, golf, walking, don't hesitate.
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