ice hockey after knee replacement

by John
(fenton michigan)

I play hockey now 3 times a week ( had knee surgery 20 years ago)on left knee

I have no ACL use a donjoy knee brace & 3 advils , plus extra strength ben gay before each ice time. But it is not getting any better. I believe I am at 65% performance on that knee.

If I can still play hockey ( and water ski on the the slalom course) that is what I would like to do, with improved performance.

So my question is after knee replacement surgery can I play hockey?

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Oct 19, 2008
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hockey after TKR
by: Bart - SII

I wish I could give you a straight answer, but I have very little experiences dealing with TKR's.
I know that the technology and techniques for knee replacements are improving every year - and returning to a lot of different activities is possible. I am not sure about hockey or slalom skiing though.

Talk to your doctor about your prognosis after replacements - they should have an idea of what kind of things you will be able to do.

Sorry I can't help more.

Bart

Oct 18, 2010
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Hockey after Knee Replacement
by: Jimmy Rags51

I injured my knee nine years ago in a boating accicent (in my yard, yes in the YARD!), the Doctor basically repaired my knee with donor parts (menuscus), few screws and a plate (five operations). That got me five more years of playing and now I'm getting bone on bone in my knee, I'm going through a series of Orthovisk shots to buy some time, but it's already been diagnosed I will need a total knee replcement and (repaired knee)my good knee needs a partial.
I'm 53 and maybe I should finally give up playing....NaHHhh! I play pickup hockey, it's my hour and we've had it for 38 years come Febuary.
I still play with my friends and my son as well.
I would really hate to give it up. With modern medcine you'd figure by now that the Knee joint would have been perfected along the lines of replacement. I was told if it does wear out the can refit the joint without removing it from the bone. I'm really not ready to give up my knee but it looks like both are on the way out...

Nov 10, 2010
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Hockey...my love
by: Tom

I am 49.

When I read your question, I thought I had wrote it. I have had the same exact surgery (except used patellar tendon), and now am bone on bone. I play 3-4 times a week at least 48 weeks a year. My Orthopod has told me I will need TKR.

So I asked him will I be able to play afterwards. He told me I could, but it will wear the knee out sooner, and I may need another replacement when I am in my 70's, and recovery is more difficult. He asked me if I could bear the pain, and since I have been living with this same pain for the last 10 years, I told him I am used to it. His response was to continue to play until I can't bear the pain anymore, then get the TKR.

My biggest concern now is that if I wait, will I ever get a TKR due to Obamacare.

Long and short, I am playing until I can't walk anymore, getting it replaced, and assessing the situation then. Hopefully, I will play another 10 years.

Cheers!

Jan 22, 2011
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Gotta be a solution
by: David in NJ

50 years old, no right ACL, just bone and arthritis after two orthroscopic repairs. Oh yeah, ice hockey twice a week, year round.

One surgeon told me no hockey after TKR. Another told me only "old man" hockey. I'm going to try the Orthovisk while I think about it. But I'm not likely to take recommended advice. I do know this sucks, but I'm glad to hear from you guys.

Mar 30, 2011
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I play hockey with 2 knee replacements
by: Steve Haines

I had my first knee replacement (total knee) in 1997. The 2nd on in 2007. I play mens hockey 3-4 times per week - no pain. My first one I had done April 15, skated warmups in July and started games in September. The 2nd one I had done May 1, skated warmups the end of June, and started games the end of July.

I worked my knees hard before each surgery and worked hard on strength training afterward. I still workout hard. In 2011 I turned 51.

The knees worked out great. I had them done in Muskegon, MI - Dr. Schneeberger (1997) Dr. Levin (2007).

Aug 25, 2011
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Don't want to give up hockey
by: Anonymous

I'm so happy to see people are playing hockey after knee replacements. I'm 47 female and playing occasional rec league hockey. I need a partial knee replacement and am worried I won't be able to play after that. I'm interested in hearing how those of you who have been playing are doing it? Are you protecting the knee with a brace when you play or doing anything different? Has anyone fallen on the knee and if so, any problems? Thank you

Aug 25, 2011
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No braces when playing ice hockey
by: Steve Haines

When I play I don't use any knee braces. As I wear shin pads when playing I have not had any problems when falling on my knees.

Jan 27, 2012
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2 total knees NEW
by: melanie

I am 49 year old women I had my first knee 2009 second 11/29/2010. It was a great decision would've done it sooner if I had known. I play Ice hockey men's and woman's travel I was on the ice doing drills at 5 weeks. it was the first time I was pain free while skating. I now can dig deeper into the ice and go faster already I can't wait till my first tournament it is States 1/17 working in the gym and on the ice my rec team won nationals 2010 with my one knee look out this year I have been nicknamed bionic women I plan on bringing home the win once again this year for my Orthopedic Dr George Markvich. He gave me a pain free full life back. Surfing, paddle board, stand up jet ski,Solomon ski, sky diving, the sky is literary the limit but most of all I can walk ,deep knee bend for the first time since I was 19 pain free and yes play with my granddaughter pain free.if you don't have a replacement you only limit your ability's in life.
Melanie

Jan 27, 2012
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What kind of prosthesis? NEW
by: jrags51

Melanie,
The only thing I can say is you must be in great shape. I have yet to take to the ice this season and I'm 54. I'm looking forward to going back to the ice but don't like the feeling of my knee bones floating on top of one another. Please share if you can the type of replacement you had and what type of prosthesis (Manufacturer) that was used. I was told to stay away from Johnson and Johnson because of sub-standard issues.
God Bless and keep shooting!

Jan 27, 2012
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by: Heidi

Melanie, Your story is very encouraging to me! It's wonderful you've had such a great recovery and are back in action and even better than before. Do you wear any kind of brace or support now when you play hockey to protect your knees?

Nov 12, 2012
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Hockey NEW
by: Michele


Going for a knee replacement in February. My surgeon saud no Hockey or snowboarding ever again! I am a hockey goalie and want to play. Is my surgeon covering his own ass by saying NO!

Nov 12, 2012
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Hockey NEW
by: Michele

Going for a knee replacement in February. My surgeon saud no Hockey or snowboarding ever again! I am a hockey goalie and want to play. Is my surgeon covering his own ass by saying NO!

Nov 12, 2012
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No hockey NEW
by: Heidi

My doctor told me the same thing. Hockey is not a good idea. He said its because of the danger of falling on the knee and damaging it. Another surgery would be needed to fix/replace it. Not wrth that risk. I have given up cookery and am quite sad about it. I'm 49 and really miss it.

Nov 12, 2012
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by: Heidi Ellen

Need a spell check. I meant to say I've given up hockey not cookery.

Dec 15, 2012
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Hockey, skiing, windsurfing after knee replacement NEW
by: Monty

I'm 68. Had arthroscopic lateral cartilege surgery on Nov 16. Played hockey 16 days later, then again in 2 and 4 days after. A little tender by the third game. Then on 12/12/12, had Makoplasty lateral partial knee replacment on the other knee. It's been three days and I can put weight on it. Not a lot of pain (drugs help, of course). I plan to play hockey again in 8 weeks. I'll let you know if that happens.
Check out Makoplasty, it's robotic-assisted surgery. NOT EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE, but it has at least 5 advantages that made me choose it, though I had to drive 81 miles each way as it hasn't gotten into Maine yet. A good friend of mine did the arthroscopy on the 'good' knee, but I had to tell him I was going to NH to get the Makoplasty. Google Makoplasty, there are some great Youtubes and descriptions of its advantages. Only downside I see is that it hasn't had history before 2006, so it might not last as long??? But if it doesn't, there's less bone removed and easier to do a total knee later.
The doctors tell me that skiing, windsurfing, hockey, etc. should all be fine! Hope this helps.

Dec 23, 2012
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Playing after TKA NEW
by: Anonymous

Dear hockey nuts,

Like the rest of you, I was born with skates on. I have played all my life. Tore my ACL in 1975 and lived with chronic degenerative arthritis in my left knee. Last spring I finally couldn't take it any longer. I searched the web for some hope that I might play again after TKA. I did find hope in comments left on this site. At 55 I had my left knee done in May 2012. I played in our summer league in August. Winter league is well under way and I am skating 3 X's a week. I have a Zimmer installed with a replaceable poly disk. My ortho pod has me wearing a DJ. I had a little play in my joint. I have some peteller tenderness and tendon soreness. I waited too long. The ortho pod said my knee was so deformed from osteoarthritis, that he had a had time fitting the joint. Don't put it off..work out. Skate.

Dec 24, 2012
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Still going strong after 16 years NEW
by: Steve Haines

FYI - I have now had one knee replacement for nearly 16 years and the other for 6 years. I am now 53 and still play men's hockey 3 or 4 times a week - no problems.

I know there is always a risk of injury although that is the case anyway.

There is no guarentee that a knee replacement will be totally successful, but mine were.

My advice to anyone that is getting one is to work your knee out as hard as possible before and after the surgery. Yes - it hurts but I think that is one of the things that helped me.

Steve Haines

Jan 05, 2013
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Hockey angst NEW
by: Mitch

Contemplating playing tomorrow night.It will be nine weeks since my replacement.I'll take it easy and stay out of the corners.Can't be any worse than I was before the surgery.Keep yer sticks on the ice!

Jan 06, 2013
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Update from my Partial Knee on 12/12/12 NEW
by: Anonymous

Monty here again, I posted a comment about 3 comments above this one. It's now 1/6/13, 25 days after the surgery. I'm 68, had 4 or 5 arthroscopies and now this partial Makoplasty. I snowblew the entire drive on day 15 (paid a little for it that night, but not bad). I can now walk almost normally, haven't tried running yet. Hardest thing is going down stairs. Still a bit swollen, especially above the knee. Never had much pain, weaned myself off the Oxycodone (1 every four hours) a week ago. After a few days with nothing, switched to heavy Ibuprofyn, mostly for the inflammation. Now weaning from that. Things would have gone better had I not suffered big time from a back sciatica nerve thing, just before the surgery. That was from an unrelated incident. Maybe that's why the knee didn't hurt, too much pain in my back, but only at night. During the day both were fine. My goal is hockey by the 8th week. I'll let you know. I may try windsurfing in Florida next week, not sure if I want to risk it yet.

Jan 06, 2013
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Played hockey an hour ago NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I left a note yesterday,Sat.,that I was going to try and play some old timers hockey.The TKR worked just fine! It was my other knee (that also needs to be chucked out) that let me down.I'm seventy two and still enjoying the game,..we won!

Jan 06, 2013
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Played hockey an hour ago NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I left a note yesterday,Sat.,that I was going to try and play some old timers hockey.The TKR worked just fine! It was my other knee (that also needs to be chucked out) that let me down.I'm seventy two and still enjoying the game,..we won!
Mitch

Mar 19, 2013
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Hockey after Partial Knee Replacement NEW
by: Monty

I posted a couple of times two-three months ago regarding my partial knee replacement, performed on 12/12/2012. It was done with Makoplasty (robotic-assisted surgery), in Laconia, NH. I had bone-on-bone, from 2 or 3 previous cartilege removals. I was a candidate for a partial knee rathr than total, because I had little arthritis and the other side of my knee was still good with cartilege. I am 68, and in good physical condition.
My goal was to play hockey in 8 weeks. That didn't happen, partially because I did too much weight training too soon, causing some mild pain and swelling. I did play my first hockey game after 12 weeks, and though I was a little unsure how it would work, I'm happy to report that it was the first time my knee didn't hurt in 12 years! I felt I could finally turn right as well as I always could turn left, and no pain. It was just a little swollen above the knee after the game, but nothing significant. Hope this helps.

Dec 06, 2014
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Hockey post tkr and pkr NEW
by: Bob

55y/o. Playing old man hockey. Just had a partial on right 2 weeks ago..absolutely great! Total is Dec 15 on left. I'm hitting rehab real hard. Plan on playing around march-april. Just control the intensity..Not that old yet.
Bob
Canfield Ohio

Dec 07, 2014
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Follow up to my March 2013 note..... NEW
by: Monty

This is Monty again. It is now 12/07/14. Turning 70 in a few days. I had TKR on my right knee on 12/12/12. Still playing hockey 3 days a week, pumping iron with sprints afterwards on the off-days. The knee is still perfect, no pain, no restrictions. The other knee is still a candidate some day, it occasionally bothers me in hockey, and definitely skiing. I had the Makoplasty (robot-assisted surgery) in Laconia, NH, by Dr. Jeremy Hogan. Hope this helps.

Apr 02, 2015
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Had my knee replaced. NEW
by: Jimmy Rags51

Hey All,
I had the total knee done in Dec. of 2013. The Doctor suggested waiting a whole year before taking to the ice. This leads us up to Dec. 2014.
I got the green light to return to hockey and I'll admit I'm a little afraid. I've had my hockey hour for 42 years, got it when I was 15 so do the math. I want to leave hockey on my terms so I want to go back.

My question is The Don Joy carbon fiber brace I was fitted for doesn't fit under my hockey pads, I have to use the deluxe hinged brace (neoprene hinge). Has anybody else had this problem? I had my ACL removed with the total knee replacement. The Doctor suggests the carbon fiber which I can only use for skiing. Any suggestions?

Apr 23, 2015
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nice post NEW
by: Kamille7

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Apr 23, 2015
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Brace after TKR NEW
by: Steve Haines

JimmyRags51 -

I have had both knees replaced but never had any tendon issues before or after so I have never worn any type of brace.

I had my left knee done in 97 and the right done in 07 - still skating 4 times a week in the winter.

You could try skating warmups or public skating to test with and without the brace.

Unless your doctor plays hockey, he does not have an idea if what is involved with skating. Most doctors will err on the side of caution.

I would suggest that you trust your instincts and do progressive skating testing. You will know best what you can and cannot do.

Steve Haines

Feb 25, 2016
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Can you sprint and hockey stop with replaced knees? NEW
by: Michael Bacall

Dear friends, like many of you, I had ACL surgery many years ago. I'm now 56. After a new injury, I have been rehabbing my knee for six months. My surgeon tells me I can play if I can bear the pain. However, I can't. I can't sprint or hockey stop on the leg without severe pain. My surgeon says I may get 12 more years of hockey with a partial knee replacement. For those of you who have had the surgery (or full knee replacement), I have two questions:

(1) can you sprint from a stop without pain and with strength? and

(2) can you effectively hockey stop without pain?

Thank you for sharing your experience. I really don't want to hang up the skates and begin a new life as gym rat and rollerblader.

Michael

Mar 02, 2016
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Hockey after PKR NEW
by: Anonymous

This is Monty again. I'm 71. Had my PKR in Laconia, NH, using Makoplasty (robotic-assisted surgery) by Dr. Jeremy Hogan, on 12/12/2012. I had very little arthritis, just bone-on-bone from three previous cartiledge surgeries on the outside of both knees.
I used it too soon (15 days later snowblowing the driveway, and hockey inside of 8 weeks), and it swelled up. Since then, it's been great, playing hockey 2-3 times/week, pumping iron and doing 60-yard sprints, etc. on non-hockey days. Doesn't hurt skiing (the worst of any of my sports regarding knee pain), but the left one does, which is also a candidate for the PKR.
The right is almost perfect, stops and starts in hockey show no sign of discomfort. So 3 years, 2 months, and it's still great.

Mar 02, 2016
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Thanks Monty NEW
by: Michael

Thank you Monty. I will have the surgery in May. I can no look forward to returning to my life (i.e. playing three times a week). Playing is like going to gym and the bar--getting exercise and hanging with guys. Thanks again, Michael

May 01, 2016
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Not ready to give up Hockey NEW
by: Dawn

Hi there! As I sit in the hospital bed awaiting the surgeons to do morning rounds I find myself feeling hopeful that my hockey days may not be over even with a full replacement. Especially after finding this site. I'm 48, female and played for 10 years growing up then got into bodybuilding which did me in. I had one PARTIAL knee done 5 yrs ago and the other done 4.5 yrs ago. The most recent one broke so it was repaired and I carried on. I got back on the ice 2 winters ago and I've played in a competitive level until my hamstring ripped off (a whole other issue). Needless to say I have had NO issues with my partial knees while playing hockey. No braces! My same replacement broke yesterday while getting dressed to go golfing. Now I am trying to decide if s full would be the wiser choice. I'm gaining some hope after visiting this site. 48 and a full replacement but I figure if this Oxford has broken twice now then a full might be my best option.

May 10, 2016
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Back to the Ice NEW
by: Jimmy Rags51

Hey All its been a while,
I made it back to the ice this year, I skated from February until April and I plan on going back in the fall, the hard part is losing the extra weight I put on in my down time, and I sit at a desk when I work so that doesn't help.
The funny part about getting back on the ice was the different mechanics with the new knee, but like anything you adjust. I'm not as fast as I use to be either, not that I was lightening fast to begin with. I can remember last time I skated before the replacement the pain I had, now nothing. I tried to hold off as long as I could with the replacement because of my age. Just remember anything is possible if you want it bad enough. Hopefully by the end of the summer I can drop 40lbs and get back to fighting weight.
Ya'll be cool till next time.
Jimmy Rags51

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