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Bionic Elbow

bet you didn't know these even existed, huh?  i'll be going in for surgery april 1st & coming out with an arm that bends & straightens the whole way...something i havne't been able to do in about 15 years.  no more hiding my crooked arm in pics anymore, but no more weight-lifting either.  oh, well...no pain, no gain!  looking forward to having a fully functional arm!

kendra77 kendra77 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 19, 2009

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Thank you sooo much for your information. I have looked all over the web for personal experience, and your comments are the first I found. Wow, it's great to know what happened to you, so I can be more prepared. Dr.'s don't tell you the details! Can you tell me the name of your Dr.? I am trying to decide if I need to travel to find the best one. I appreciate your information more than you know.

hello happe...yes i did have this surgery & just had my 4 month follow-up with the surgeon today...he said i'm making them look like a bunch of super-stars! i'm doing tremendously well, now...although it was a rough road in the beginning. the pain was excruciating & i was completely non-functional for 1-2 weeks after surgery...you will need someone to help you with literally everything. you don't realize how important an arm is until you don't have it for a while! my surgeon has told me that the weight limit is 5-10 lbs & there will certainly be times that you break the rules but you have to keep it in mind that it is mechanical & will wear if you abuse it. so it's in our best interest to follow the rules as much as possible & no more weight-lifting for me...at least with the arms! <br />
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i had 1 of the best surgeons...he actually helps design & improve the zimmer elbow...in fact i'm thinking of letting him do my knees someday, he's wonderful! let me know how you make out:) cheers!

Kendra, I'm also getting an elbow replacement due to a trampoline fall. So did you get yours done? Did you find a good surgeon? I can't imagine only lifting 5 pounds. How are you doing with that? Anything you can tell me would be helpful. Thanks