Four years ago today I had a total knee replacement. I am always reminded of the date because it is on Veteran's Day and because I have a yearly check up on that day. My check up was wonderful. The knee bends more than it did last year, I am exercising again, and I have lost weight. The doctor was pleased with all these things. You may be asking why a then 35 year old man had to have a knee replacement. Well, here goes: about 15 years ago I had a horrible car accident which severed my left leg at the knee. The doctors worked diligently for 3 months to save the leg, which they did. However, by the time they finished and I was able to begin physical therapy, I had only about 30 degrees movement in that knee. I lived this way until 4 years ago when I finally found a doctor who would do more than an x-ray to find out why I was having pain and what real shape my knee was in. Reason for a 35 year old to have a knee replacement: the only cartlige left in my knee was less than the size of a dime and the only thing holding my leg together was one ligament, which was quickly tearing. My doctor is renowned for finishing a knee replacement in 35 minutes, mine took 2 1/2 hours. I am totally pleased with the results.