Under the Knife

It doesn’t seem that long ago.
Back in 2002 my 3-on-3 team won the NBA sponsored Hoop-it-Up tournament in downtown St. Louis.

But a lot has changed these past few years. Since then I have had horrible problems with my knee. The last couple years I had the cortisone shots. Earlier this year I had arthroscopic surgery. It didn’t go so well. I had more shots this summer and fall. Nothing has worked and walking even 200 to 400 yards is very painful. So on Tuesday morning I am having knee replacement surgery. I will be out for a few days. In my absence I’ve asked Andrea, Rachel, Mara, John, Ed, and several others to fill in. I’m sure you will be in good hands. I won’t be checking email for a few days.

Thank you all for helping out while I am recovering. Hopefully, all will go well and I will be back soon. And, thank you everyone in advance for your thoughts and prayers.

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  • Duane in Fort Wayne

    Good luck!!! I’m fairly new to the site and I love it. Great articles and videos linked to the stories. I’ll be a fan for a long time and I’ve told a few of my friends too.

  • Concerned American

    Will keep you in my prayers

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  • saveus

    speedy and complete recovery!

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  • myohmy

    Good wishes. Good to do it now before Obamacare kicks in.

  • Militant Conservative

    Wish you’d have contacted me. I know one of the best.

    Dr. Andrews in Birmingham and Gulf Breeze Florida.

    He did Tiger Woods knee and others. Absolutely the master.

    Good luck and do your rehab exercises.

  • Sasja

    Good luck and here’s to a speedy recovery. (We’re clinking our orange juice glasses).

  • luckyone

    Best of luck and have speedy recovery.

  • Tom Kubiak, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

    Our prayers for a speedy and total recovery. We need you in our fight for freedom. Godspeed, Jim. Tom & Kathy

  • jojo

    Take care!

  • Chris W.

    Get well soon.

    You got in just in time. Once Obamacare starts, they will hand you a cane and put you on a waiting list for a year.

  • NeoKong

    Good luck Jim and take it easy for a few days.

  • Anne Willey

    Jim,
    I read this site many times a day and appreciate your work. At 52yo, I had TKR over 2 years ago – hints for recovery: get out of the hospital as soon as you get to their rehab requirements to decrease infection (I left after 36 hours), don’t get disappointed when you feel like you go backwards in rehab, take max pain meds before rehab, do more rehab than they ask you to do (if they say get to 20degrees, get to 25), get up and move as much as possible, move to the cane as fast as you can, for sure by 3 weeks. The more recovery you make quickly, the more strength and movement you will have. No pain now at all, can do almost anything except run a marathon. One of the best decisions I made.
    Good luck.

  • lakewriter

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I say ‘amen’ and ‘ditto’ to Anne’s remarks. It’s all in your hands, the rate of recovery. I somehow dont think you will be lax! No pain, no gain! And from what I’ve seen from friends, it’s a terrific gain!

  • denise

    Prayers coming your way.

  • Pink Tie Republican

    Best wishes and good luck Mr. Hoft.

  • Praying for you in New Mexico! May this surgery resolve all your issues and that your recovery is painless and swift!

  • njrazd

    Good luck, Jim! I’m sure the procedure will be a success.

    Smart getting it taken care of before Obamacare kicks in!

    Wishing you a speedy & complete recovery!

  • Tim Tomlinson

    Hope you have health insurance. Feel better soon!

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  • Highlander

    Good luck and get well soon!

  • Redstate Red

    Praying for a fast and complete recovery, GP!

  • Heidi

    Good luck!!!!

  • Good luck and best wishes from down here too….

  • Steve

    GET WELL SOON! WE NEED YOU BACK IN THE GAME!!!!

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

    ps. Link Exchange??? (we already have you linked, lol)

  • Look-Out

    Prayers for you, Jim, and all best thoughts for a speedy recovery after successful surgery. We’ll miss you over the next few days…

  • COLO KID

    Word from a double knee replacement patient. Good Luck with the replacement. There are knee surgeons and there are knee surgeons, so I’m hoping you have a real knee surgeon. A knee replacement is neither quick nor easy, BUT ABSOLUTELY necessary for those who need one. Good advice from earlier letters; get out of the hospital as quickly as possible, get on the therapy as quickly as possible and stay on therapy as long as necessary(work that knee, don’t be afraid to take the pain pills). Eighteen months from now you will be enjoying the strong new knee and wondering where the pain went. No more marathons or high jumping—ever. KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN—THE LONG TERM SUCCESS OF KNEE OR HIP SURGERY IS DEPENDENT ON BODY WEIGHT—LOW BODY WEIGHT.

  • good luck.
    need both of mine done sometime. kneecap ground top of joints off, military injury.
    let us know how it goes please.

  • Eddie Baby

    How tall are your teammates? It looks like you are posing with kids.

  • Jim, good luck on your surgery – there will be a great disturbance in the force while you’re gone, so get well soon!

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Best wishes, the recovery will be well worth it Jim. I know lots of people who have had excellent results with knee replacement.

  • SKay

    You will be in my prayers.

  • Rainmom

    ditto what nice deb (#31) said about the disturbance in the force…you will be missed.
    feel better and come back soon, jim!

  • Lifting you up Jim… may our Father in heaven guide the doctors hands and give you the blessing of a perfectly accomplished surgery. May your recovery be quick and well worth all the pain and effort to achieve! God bless you, may you be made whole, in Jesus Name!

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Best wishes, Mr Hoft.

  • BuddyG

    Feel better, mate !

  • Sandy

    Jim Hoft — You take care of yourself honey. Your loyal fans will be right here waiting impatiently for your return. Bless you for the hard work you do.

  • You will be sorely missed. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

  • EBL

    Good luck and speedy recovery. Get well soon. I hear the results are miraculous.

  • FMB42

    Good luck!

  • jorgen

    Best of luck and a speedy recovery!

  • Patty

    Pray for success in curing your pain, this time around.

    With so many good wishes, you will breeze through this and back on the court.

    🙂

  • bg

    ++

    shake a leg, oh wait.. 😀

    ==

  • Flintstone F.

    Have fun? You’ll be a new man afterward.

    Nice job on the championship and all but you did have four guys.

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    Best to you but I hate to tell you that I know of several people who’ve had knee replacements.

    The ONLY thing you are going to be doing for the better part of the next 3-4 months is pop fistfuls of vicodin to ease the pain – which is only going to be made worse by physical therapy. However, once you’ve recovered, you’re like new.

  • Emma Thoni

    Good Luck Jim!!! Feel better soon!

  • Tim

    had both of mine done 5 years ago. One of the top 10 wisest decisions I’ve ever made. Do the PT religiously and you will be great. I now ride my bike to work every day. I knew I was in pain before, but I did not realize how much pain I was in until it was gone. I count these as miracles.

  • dave

    No wonder you won the 3v3 tournament. You had 4 guys.

  • Larry Sheldon

    My wife has been there twice. She is glad she did.

    The key, after surgeons that know what they are doing, is a physical therapist who does AND family members and friends that make you do the stuff.

    It they do their job right you will hate them for a year and sing their praises the rest of your life.

  • Best wishes for great success and prayers for a speedy recovery! !

  • BigAlSouth

    Jim, there is a clue to your medical problems found on your drivers license. Yes, it’s there on your driver’s license.

    Wait for it . . .

    Wait for it . . .

    It’s right there just after that line that says DOB.

    YOU AIN’T 18 ANYMORE!

    (That’s what my friends tell me anyway. I need double knee replacement from 45 years of sports. Can’t run anymore, can still mountain bike and lift. Get a bike if you don’t have one, it’s great therapy and it WILL make you feel like a kid again.

    Yours, BigAl

  • mountainwilliam

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Mr. Hoft. I hope you’re shooting hoops by Christmas.

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