Titanium-alloy suspension

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:13
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Hello Everyone,

Yes I am back! Arrived home this arvo.

Now I am kitted out with a brand new titanium-alloy knee joint in my left knee with a 12 year guarantee. Sorry, no grease nipples fitted. Not sure what will happen when the warranty runs out. Am hobbling about on a walking frame and I should be able to walk with ease within 3 months. Have been banned by the Doc from driving for 3 months. Bugger!!! That is like a sentence. Will have to be chauffered around in Mum's taxi. Oh well, this should give me lots of time to play on the internet and to be involved with Exploroz :-)Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:16

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:16
Good to hear ya in once piece!
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:43

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:43
Couldn't say it before Willem, but I once saw the op on TV - you aparantly didn't. They treated the bloke like he was in a boning factory. Put me right off my tucker.
Wont be long before your chasing the girls around the block again, glad your back home.

BTW do you play cards ???Carpe Diem
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:58

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:58
Hi Cocka,

No, I didn't play cards. I was concious (without drugs) throughout the whole operation which lasted 2 hours. Had an epidural which numbs the lower half of ones body. Could not see what the specialist was doing but it sounded like a metal fabricating factory. And you should see the X-rays!!!Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 20:52

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 20:52
Why don't you load the photos in the My Rig bit on ExOz

My Q was Do (not did) you play cards.Carpe Diem
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 17:59

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 17:59
I'll see what the scanned images look like.

The cards answer is still.........NoCheers, Willem
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:48

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:48
Welcome back Willem

sounds like all went OK
re 12 year gaurantree did u ask about extended Warranty

CheersPrado TD Auto
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 20:26

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 20:26
welcome back the all new & improved willem not quite the 6 million $ man but thats probably close to what they charged
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Reply By: ThePublican - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 20:51

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 20:51
Good to see all went well,,my beloved trouble and strife is an anesthetics nurse,just the thought of the epidural is enough to "feel" uncomfortable..
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 22:01

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 22:01
welcome back willem.
good to hear it all went well.
12 year gaurentee sounds good but try making a claim roflmao,
ps whats the service intervals.looking foward to september(landcruiser park/fraser island)
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 18:11

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 18:11
I would hate to think what the process would be to replace the metal knee joints.

Maybe they will come up with some new formula in the next twelve years to increase the logevity of the joint....like maybe a graphite injector or some gooey fluid which can be pumped in.

Of course I might still fall off the perch before that time is up :-(
Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 10:10

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 10:10
So if we see an old bugger with a walking frame lashed to the roof rack of an equally decrepit 4WD we'll know who it is.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 18:03

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 18:03
You are right ofcourse, Bob! I now realise that it would probably be in my best interests to acquire an Auto 4x4. That means 'old decrepit Rosie' will have to go. Once I have stripped it of all the goodies attached I may get something from the scrap metal yards? :-)Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 22:17

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 22:17
"...I may get something from the scrap metal yards?..."

A laugh maybe????

But seriously, with your knee I wouldn't stant too close to the electromagnet!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Friday, Jun 27, 2003 at 10:16

Friday, Jun 27, 2003 at 10:16
Hey Gary,

I was only trying to make light of what was in my view, a sarcastic or smart-arse comment. Your follow-up is in the same vein. You don't have to agree with my views on this forum but if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all.

The metal in my new knee is non-conductive so an electromagnetic field should not worry itCheers, Willem
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Reply By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 12:00

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 12:00
I too saw it ...the operation ...on TV....i'm going buy a 4wd wheel chair before I have it done (hope I never have to)....geeez seeing the docs hitting the new knee into the bones was enough....the pain afterwards must be another story.

Glad your well.Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 12:33

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 12:33
Richard,
Yes, the operation is pretty horrific but you don't feel a thing. I was concious throughout the whole 2 hour operation.

The pain is not too bad. You come out of the operating theatre and get hooked up to an automatic morphine injecting setup for a few days. Once the swelling goes down and you are able to do exercises with your leg things improve all the time. I am now 12 days post op and walking freely for short distances. Should recover completely within 8 weeks or less. You must go into this thing with a positive attitude, however.

Next year I will have my right knee replaced. It sure beats living with constant arthritic pain.

BTW there is a 4wd wheel chair on the market for around $10,000. I have a manual lightweight one. Gets me around when I get tired of walking.

Cheers, Willem
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