A Total Knee Replacement Journey…

Our very own Mark Moeller will undergo a total knee replacement surgery mid-October, over the next six months we will follow Mark along his journey to full recovery.  We know Mark is going to push through this procedure and be back at 100% – living the dream Park City lifestyle we all cheerish.  Good Luck Mark!

My Total Knee Replacement Journal
by: Mark Moeller PT

In some sort of weird sense, I kind of feel like a death row inmate….. waiting for the scheduled date. In my case, the date is set for October 18, 2010. However, my date will bring about a new lease on life for myself and my family. I am talking Total Knee Replacement ( TKR) . Yes,  at only 44 years of age, I am scheduled for my second TKR. My first happened 5 years ago when I was only 39 years old.  I know…quite a bit on the young side to get a knee replaced, but  it was totally necessary. All the competitive mogul skiing  I did when I was in my teens and early twenties  on the Freestyle World Cup Circuit definitely caught up with me.  Anyway….now I have hit the crossroads with my other knee.  Two arthroscopic knee surgeries within the past nine months and I am still having trouble. If I had to, I could probably gut it out another couple of years and not have the surgery. But I definitely would not be able to do all the activities that I enjoy with my family. The simple things seem labored such as playing football and lacrosse in the yard with my children, or even doing a little roller hockey in the driveway with the kids. Add to that youth lacrosse and hockey coaching duties.  Let alone skiing with my family or participating in adult ice hockey which has become my favorite recreational sport.  I felt like my knee really began impacting my quality of life more and more which prompted a return to my knee doctor.  After careful evaluation, we decided to proceed  with Total Knee Replacement surgery. At the same time I will also have my original knee operated on to replace  the “plastic insert” . You have probably heard me say it before,   but even a Ferrari needs a 40,000 mile tune up!

So, I am just waiting for my surgery date set for mid October. I keep having thoughts of self-doubt in my head, wondering if I am making the right decision…although I know I am. Even though I will be making many short-term sacrifices over the next 6 months with regards to my post operative recovery and rehabilitation, I know that I will be building  the foundation for remaining active personally and with my family  ( and belive me… my kids demand it!) I will try to keep you filled in along the way.  Check back periodically for my updates. and a first hand account of what it is like to undergo Total Knee Replacement surgery.


Author: alpinesportsmed

Alpine Sports Medicine provides physical therapy, orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, massage therapy, and hand therapy services. Our team of physical therapists, exercise specialists, and massage therapists provide each patient world-class, personalized care to assist them in full recovery from injury.

2 thoughts on “A Total Knee Replacement Journey…”

  1. Your story inspires me, I am 39 and need knee replacement. They want to try to put me off for 5 years, but I am miserable, in pain daily…which puts a huge damper on family life with a 6 and 8 y/o. YOur story makes me realize what am I gonna gain by waiting 5 years??? a gain of five years at the end of the life of a TKR…I need that time now!!! My children are young, we had planned on doing disney this year, which CANT happen with my knee like it is. I am terrified of the surgery, wondering what if it doesnt help, or is worse afterwards. I am sure all TKR patients worry about this, but I think as a mother of 2 young children I worry even more. I also worry about the added burdon on my husband and family while I recover. I wish you luck, and will definately follow your journey!!

    1. Kim…I’m so glad this has been beneficial to you, this is the entire reason we’ve published this journey. If you have questions, please feel free to contract the offices > 435-645-9095.

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