I was diagnosed with RA 10 years ago and have recently been told surgery is the last option on my right knee after x-ray shows severe damage. Doctor has agreed to operate next year and I am very keen to go ahead. He has had concerns because of my age but agrees it will make a big difference to my lifestyle. He has said I still won't be able to kneel after surgery but flexibility and pain relief will be better. Has anyone had the surgery? Realistically what benefits has it made? Can you stand for long periods of time, walk far or crouch down? Have there been side effects? How long until you are up and about? I'm a drama teacher and struggling very much at the moment but don't want to be any worse after surgery! Any help gratefully appreciated!!! Thanks
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