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I had a TKR last year and this year I am considering getting the Lap Band but I am concerned about possible infections when getting a fill. Does anybody here have a knee replacement and if so, how has it worked for you? I keep thinking that getting the extra weight off will help my new knee last longer.

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I had a TKR last year and this year I am considering getting the Lap Band but I am concerned about possible infections when getting a fill. Does anybody here have a knee replacement and if so, how has it worked for you? I keep thinking that getting the extra weight off will help my new knee last longer.

I had a TKR in 2005 so I guess I am past the concern of infection traveling to the knee site. I remember having antibiotics the day of any procedure even dental for 2 years afterward. Maybe that is all you will need to do. Just make sure your lap band surgeon and knee doctor both know about each other. Then THEY will say whether its a good idea. I think its a great idea! :)

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I had a TKR in 2005 so I guess I am past the concern of infection traveling to the knee site. I remember having antibiotics the day of any procedure even dental for 2 years afterward. Maybe that is all you will need to do. Just make sure your lap band surgeon and knee doctor both know about each other. Then THEY will say whether its a good idea. I think its a great idea! :)

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How much weight have you lost so far? I need to loose about 100 pounds. Did losing your weight help with any lingering knee pain that you had?

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How much weight have you lost so far? I need to loose about 100 pounds. Did losing your weight help with any lingering knee pain that you had?

I Have only lost 23 lbs since March 7th surgery. My unoperated knee already is thankful for that and my back is too. When I had the knee replacement I weighed 10 lbs less than I do now. I gained weight each year after. Felt like my legs were balloons about to pop when I went for my lap band. Now they are soft and not full of Fluid or fat. Legs seem so light. If you tried everything and can't "not eat" the band should be wonderful for you. It's like you still decide what you want to eat but your stomach has more input in the decision. It is a wonderful tool I am still waiting for another fill to get more restriction but even without that I eat 1/3 of what I always did before.

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I had a TKR in July of 2005 due to my obese state. I had the lap band August of 2010and have lost 65 pounds to date. I love my band and when I pick up my 60 pound grandson I can't believe how heavy that is and how much pressure on both knees is now gone.

I would do this again in a heartbeat. It is not the easy way out, but I have found a system that works for me. I eat 1/3 of the food I used to eat. wow. Now when I think of those portion sizes it makes me kinda sick.

I have hit a plateau, as expected, since I have about 20 more pounds. I will definately have to step up my exercise. I must admit I am not a big exerciser type person. Now the weather is nice I am walking and have got some hand weights.

Bonnie

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Thanks so much for your replies. This helps me as I go forward facing this decision. My TKR was due to a motorcycle accident and I have gained a lot of weight since then. I was a little overweight before the accident but now I am almost 100 pounds overweight. I know I would feel so much better if I could get the extra weight off me and I think this is the way to accomplish that. I've went to the seminar last week and I have an appointment with the doctor on Friday so I guess that's when I will know exactly what path I will be taking and when it will start. It's good to hear how soon your joints/body start feeling better after losing some weight, glad to know you feel the effects almost right away!

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