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First off, I can't pin anything to my start Medifast menu or taskbar.? Many thanks for any response. Second question.. I have my GBS set for April 15 and was really looking forward to it. I had arthroscopic knee.

Surgery.

In Nov and it has never really improved and I am still in a lot of pain. It is VERY painful to walk. I just came back from the Ortho doctor and was told that I need both my knees replaced. The right one as soon as I lose some of my weight. He said to come back in 6 months and see how much weight I have lost, and we can discuss the replacement then..

I am always.

Reading.

On this sight how important it is to walk after.

Surgery.

Is there anyone else who has had the.

Surgery.

And not been able to walk a lot. The Dr. said that the weight loss may help the pain some but not a lot because my knee is bone on bone. He did suggest when I am feeling better to use the pool to.

Exercise.

, but I am look for help post op before I can go to the pool. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. I am feeling really down..

MJ..

Comments (9)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..

Comment #1

Before my RYN.

Surgery.

, about 6-8 years ago, I lost about 60 lbs without.

Walking.

(I lived in -50 degree Winnipeg in winter!!!). Due to fibromyalgia pain, all I could do was aquafitness - my arthritic hip and extremely sore muscles couldn't handle the challenge of 300 lbs going up and down and up and down......

I did the deep water aquafit (so no knee or hip impact) using a floatation belt (easy to get online at.

Swimmingmatters.com).

For 3 days per week, and I swam laps 2-3 days per week. It worked for me...then again, the.

Walking.

Has been amazing for me after RYN last year. Like Jerry said, as your GBS team, but look into water forms of.

Exercise.

, it may be just what you need. Good luck and let us know, eh...

Comment #2

Here's my suggestion. As part of my preop work, I had to have one visit with a Physical Therapist to basically assess me and my physical state. She told me that I qualified for.

Physical therapy.

Based on just me being obese. She told me to have my doctor or surgeon right a "prescription" for.

Physical therapy.

I would then be able to go to the hospital and work with a physical therapist, all covered by my insurance. I could use all the equipment, which is all very low impact and used in rehabilition, so it could be perfect for you. My hospital also had a pool for therapy. See if that is an option for you, it may be a great way to be safe and exercize with a medically trained professional to eliminate the possibility of injuring yourself..

Wish you the best!!!!..

Comment #3

Thanks for the advise. I will be seeing my GBS team next week and will discuss this with them. Due to my insurance, doing PT will not work for me beause my copay is $15 a visit and I can only have 30 visits a year. I will be checking out the.

Swimming.

But was worried about right after.

Surgery.

My ability to walk is limited but I can do a little it is just very painful...

Comment #4

Hi..

I don't have any mobility problems so I can't speak directly to that but a very good friend of mine had GBS in December and is having hip replacement.

Surgery.

In May (about 5 months after the GBS). She walks with a walker or quad cane and not very much because of the pain. Has tried water.

Exercise.

But finds getting in and out of the pool very difficult. Basically she has not been able to do any real.

Exercise.

Since.

Surgery.

Except climb one flight of stairs twice a day. She got the GBS in order to lose enough weight for the hip replacement. She is doing fine, has lost enough weight to keep both surgeons happy and is ready to move forward. Certainly she would have lost more weight if more.

Exercise.

Had been possible and is looking forward to it. I think that the biggest problems are right after.

Surgery.

When.

Walking.

Helps alot with gas relief - but so does standing and rotating your hips. She was told 6 to 9 months after would be better but because of the mobility and pain issues they are going with five. The orthopedist needs to know about the prior.

Surgery.

Because of potential clotting problems I understand..

Personally, I'm a water.

Aerobics.

Fan. Pre op I was told 6 weeks off, but at my 2 weeks check-up, I was told to get back in the pool..

Lin..

Comment #5

I had.

Surgery.

The same time as a fellow in a wheel chair. It must have been OK for him, but all doctors are different. I'll tell you this, I didn't walk for about a month after my.

Surgery.

Because of my back and I did OK. I walk a mile every morning now...

Comment #6

I mentioned in an earlier post that I haven't been exercising like I should be. I barely walked at all, aside from day to day stuff, work, daily activities, nothing.

Exercise.

Oriented to raise my heart rate, etc. You will still.

Lose weight.

Because you're taking in drastically fewer calories, but I agree it is a good idea to discuss it with your surgeon first. Just some Medifast food for thought.. pardon the pun...

Comment #7

I also had.

Arthroscopic surgery.

2 months prior to my.

Surgery.

I am 30, but the doc says I have the knees of a 70 year old. Terribly arthritic. I had my.

Surgery.

13 weeks ago and I have lost 94 #'s. I am able to move a lot more, but I do not do the.

Exercise.

Like most of the people on this site. My goal everyday is just to MOVE MORE! I don't go to the gym. I don't walk 3 miles a day. I just go to the park with my kids, go up and down the stairs at the house more often..

You will do fine. I promise!.

Once you lose the weight in 3-4 months, you will be able to do a lot more!.

Love ya and good luck,.

Krissy..

Comment #8

MJ.........this is something I know very well..

I have a degenerative neuro-muscular disease called Primary Lateral Sclerosis.........it is a variant of ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease..

I am in constant pain and can't walk very good at all. I can use a quad cane around my home, even though they want me to use a walker. For longer distances I have to use my powerchair, scooter, or wheelchair..

So, I can tell you from the bottom of my heart, I don't walk. Hell, I don't even think 200 steps a day, most of the time..

I had.

Surgery.

On Sept. 23rd, 2009, I lost 39 lbs. prior and all toll, I'm down 115 lbs..

The weight comes off, even though I'm not.

Walking.

I can't even.

Exercise.

Properly, I do lift handweights every other day..

I wish you luck on your upcoming.

Surgery.

, and with the weight off, the knee replacements......you'll be golden..

Good luck..

Kelly..

Comment #9

Thank you so much for all your support. I was feeling so down yesterday. After.

Reading.

Your posts today I feel like I will be ok. I am so glad I found this sight, I don't know what I would do without it. I don't write posts very often but I read it everyday and do get a lot of my strength from it. You guys are great!!..

Comment #10


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