Sunday, July 25, 2010

UPDATE!!! One Year Since My Knee Replacement(s)!!!

OK...It's about time I updated this blog.  So here it is, my 1-year post-op knee replacement report (actually my exact surgery date was 7-27-2009).  I'm stoked!

Where I'm at:
  • One of the best decisions I've ever made (although I didn't really have a choice - look at my first blog post); my knees/legs are 95% better than they use to be; I've seriously been physically reborn
  • no more knee braces
  • 55 surf sessions as of 7-23-2010 since I got back on my board post-op on 12-20-09
  • 3 rounds of golf
  • 1 bowling session (3 games)
  • a lot of bicycle riding
  • a lot of hiking
  • many trips to the gym
  • it's all about rehab
  • range of motion: right knee:130 degrees flexion, 0 degrees extension; left knee 138 degrees flexion; 0 degrees extension (left knee works a tad better that the right knee, but to be expected as right knee has had more previous surgery
  • normal "clicking" from implant pieces 
  • pain: none to minor; some from right knee during max flexion, also some random right shin sensation, infrequent random spot/phantom pain in general knee areas
  • stability: excellent; I feel strong and confident with most activities; upon hyper-flexion of my right knee, sometime have slight shift in knee compartment (slight popping sensation- but no big deal)
  • health products: Max-GXL and Max-Nfuse ( - clean cellular health with increased Glutathione
Many thanks to God, my Family, my Friends my Docs and Associated Medical Support, my Physical Therapists, my Dogs and Cat....the Ocean!

My surgery was done very very well by a great Doc and his team, my new knees/legs are awesome; but if you want to heal, progress, and accomplish more, you got to keep: rehabbing, moving, bending, stretching, eating well, having a positive outlook, and having the faith!

Kawabunga, Keep on Truckin, and if you're going to have total knee joint replacement surgery..."why do just one, go for the gusto and getum both done"'s all about balance baby (I'm just having some fun here...or am I :+)

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phone: 888-828-8884
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Peace, Love, and God Bless!


P.S. >>>> Surf Nicaragua:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Total Knee Replacement- Both Knees - Same Time - 6 months Post Surgery- YAAAH000!!!

"Ocean View from Cliff" - Annie Bauman -

Happy New Year and Blessings to all!

I'm So Stoked!  at 6 months post Bi-Lateral Total Knee Replacement (BTKR)!

Today was my 10th surf session and the 3rd time this week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thusday) on the new knees (see previous post for first surf session at 4 months 3 weeks).  Surf ranged between 5 and 8 foot faces with plenty o juice.  Each day the wind was offshore in the morning and sunny! Got a bunch of long rides with plenty to test me, both mentally and physically... my confidence has been pretty good the last 2 days, big turns, cutbacks and banking off the lip!  My arms and lungs were hanging in there too, after diving under a few and making consecutive long paddle-back-outs.  Still riding the 8'6" Pearson Arrow HP longboard.

Not only is surfing awesome, but just being able to walk and hike without pain and instability is a miracle (thank you God!).

My knees/legs are getting stronger and my flexion is good at about 130 on right knee and 138 degrees on the left (last checked about 6 weeks ago).  I'm still fully rehabing my legs at both the gym and home; also added upper body workout for strength and conditioning. I still continue to push the knee flexion, which still hurts when pushing it a little to far, but it is helping; can really tell when popping up on my board.  I spend a lot of time balancing, both on a "Bosu" and a smaller "Cando" version, which definitely helps keep all the nerves and muscles firing in each leg.  The "Perfect Push-Ups" are great for a quick upper body work out at home. MaxGXL continues to give my body and cells "healing power", strengh, and energy!

Hey....who knows the possiblities with these high-tech bionic knees...maybe I can go from my 8'6' to a 5'7" swallow tail, like Tom Curren did while surfing Bawa, Sumatra in 1996 ;+)... check it out:

Ok,  thats it for now...

Peace Out!