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05 Mar '18

I'M HAVING TWINS!

Posted by Patti Clancy

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But something tells me I won't be grinning like this next week.  I'm not talking about new grand-babies, I'm talking bilateral total knee replacement. That's right, folks, a two for one special. 

 

Here's the situation: a picture tells a thousand words.

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In the past eleven days I've gone from, "I really need to do something about these knees", to "Holy crap, I'll have two new knees six days from now!" Everything happened so fast, but I've never had stars line up for me in such rapid order before, opening every door to make this possible in such a short space of time.

I dove into 50 hours of emails, phone calls, verifying insurance coverage, three trips to NY and back, one consult, nine pre-op appointments, and sleepless nights trying to talk myself out of it.  Each day, the chronic pain would sharpen my focus, though.

Meet my doc. Dr. Mark Figgie of Hospital for Special Surgery did a total hip replacement on me four years ago, which I am thankful for every day. I have complete trust in him to get me back in the game with my TKR's next Monday, Mar 12th. See for yourself what a respected, skillful surgeon he is in this video.

It's going to be a hard path to recovery, but with the help of my family, friends, and some awesome PT, I'm determined to power through this and 'g

 

I am certainly looking forward to pain-free dancing, hiking, biking, kneeling, walking, and working out - and the girlie side of me will be thrilled to actually wear a pair of heels again!

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Each knee will have a scar of course, but well worth the trade off for painless mobility.

Please feel free to share your battle stories with me on your own knee replacements!


5 Comments

Your story is so much like mine:) I have been in pain for years. Schedule for Bilaternal robotic makoplasty on May 18th, I have put it off for 8 years but I’m counting down the days..only 8 remaining. Thank for sharing about your journey!

Posted by Carol Marandino Ballestrini on May 10, 2018

My left is bone on bone and due to be done next year. Having ankle surgery next month first to create a firm foundation for recovery! Good luck— My Dad has had both done and it changed his life! Will be thinking of you!!

Posted by Laura Smith on March 06, 2018

Patti I had my L knee replaced at hospital for special surgery in New York by Dr Cornell a year ago. I had a great experience. I can’t say enough about it. Good luck ?

Posted by Laurie Burgess on March 06, 2018

Hi neighbor JQ told me how brave you are having the 2 4 1 deal? I gree you will do great!! Your going to the “BEST” !! Only advice PT PT PT PT work your ass off with that and you’ll be in heels?? before you know it. If I can help you in any way PLEASE let me know. Ask about the ice machine..PS your knees look soooo painful ?? “YIKES” ?

Posted by Glo on March 06, 2018

You will be great, Patti! With your attitude, disposition, and most importantly-your determination, it is all good! You have a terrific
support system, an amazing outlook, and you are one of the best human beings that I have ever known. I am here for you and Peter;
Break a leg, sweetheart! xo

Posted by Margo Neistat on March 06, 2018

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