Just saw my knee ortho this morning and GREAT NEWS!!!!! I AM GETTING MY NEW LEFT KNEE!!! YAYAY - A FULL KNEE REPLACEMENT OF MY LEFT KNEE!!!! The date is January 9th. I am SO psyched!!!! We had a nice chat and he was trying to pursuade me to get a partial, but I persisted. He took another xray (last one was May 2010) and he said even he was shocked at the severe deterioration between then and now and agreed that I needed a full knee replacement. I was giddy as I left the office, then as I neared the elevators, I was overcome with emotion - I had to go in the ladies room to cry - then I was giddy again. I called my 65 y/o sister who just had both knees replaced earlier this year and we both just screamed! She would have had them done 15 years ago but she didn't have insurance, so she had to wait for Medicare. Once that kicked in she made her appointment. I don't want to wait. My quality of life is important to me, I have insurance, why not?? Anyway, I just wanted to share this most excellent news!