May I ask, do your thighs hang over your knees and how long were you down? My thighs are very saggy and hang over my knees that is how I was diagnoised with lymphedema the Ortho Dr. said doing replacement maybe a problem with healing because of the skin overhang on the incisions. I went to a plastic surgeon to maybe get lypo and she told me what I had and that if she interrupted the lymphatic system anymore I may not ever be able to work due to increased swelling, being a nurse I was devistated. She sent me to the Lymphedema Institute in Houston where I was wrapped and compressed for 5 months. Now I wear compression pantihose. I had RNY 2 yr.s ago but now along with the saggy skin I have huge rope like veins all over my my thighs and calfs. Since the RNY and wt. loss my knees don't ache and I can walk for 12 hr.s without pain. I need double total knee replacements that I would also like to do this year. Thanks for sharing any of your experience.