I would like to hear from people who have had a TKR (Total knee replacement). Im currently considering this surgery.
This is mostly about the HEALTH part of it, but if you want to share your stories about the disability percentages this is good, too.
Even tho I suffered a leg fracture in service, my knees arthritis is not service connected. I applied for it about 8 years ago, never got a decision, just found it from reading my cfile (in rating “notes” which is not sent to the Vet), that its NSC.
Right now, it is “probably moot” for me to persue service connection for my bad knees, since Im at 100 percent, but Im not ruling out re applying to go for SMC S. However, I have an appeal for SMC S, and Im fairly confident they will award that anyway.
The “bad” part of trying to get SC for my knees is that my rhuematoligist told me that my type of joint pain is not due to trauma, but is more of a degenerative (age) disease, so this means I would need an IMO/IME for service connection for the knees, and that is rather expensive, especially since I dont think it will be necessary.
Anyway, I would like to know the result if you got a knee replacement at VA (or from an outside doc, too), and how long were you “down”, and was the TKR successful in releiving the knee pain.
A problem for me is that Im overweight (about 250 pounds), and they dont even really like to do TKR’s if you are that heavy. Its catch 22, as its difficult to lose weight when your mobility is limited. If I walk too much in a day, especially on concrete, my knees and feet start hurting.