Dude you are not getting any younger. Go get two new knees. 8 months later you are back in business with no pain.
I have a friend who did both knees in her early 60s. Had put off the surgery for at least 10 years for assorted reasons. Took a 3-month medical leave but was getting around just fine after about 4 weeks. Not a skier, but she was a runner before the knees weren't up for it. She was very happy with the outcome.
Skied with the creator of Floskis at Mammoth in May. Just happen to come across him. Adrian is mid-70s. Has two replaced hips and a partial knee replacement. Happy as can be to be pain free. Skiing way better than most people half his age. My ski buddy and I skied with Adrian for a couple hours, mostly on black terrain with plenty of soft spring bumps. We demo'd his skis for kicks.
TJF, Marznc: Thanks for the advice, but I'm not a replacement candidate yet. Except for the meniscus tear, I don't have any serious symptoms at all. I have at least 8 friends who have had knee replacements, and only one of them was as healthy as me after a double replacement. Five of them resulted in serious infections, and three of the replacements had to be redone. I'll wait until I get much worse and the technology gets better.
Z: Thanks for the offer, but I'm the best coached skier in North America. Old age is a bitch, but mostly I'm feeling sorry for myself.
Z: Thanks for the offer, but I'm the best coached skier in North America.
Damn! that's quite a statement right there --- good on ya!
I've had the opportunity to ski with some of the best coaches in the US. One of them was Ned Crossley, who was the AD and gymnastics coach at West Point for a long time. He told me that other coaches thought of him as a "turd polisher," meaning he could take guys with limited ability and make them competitive, but he would never coach a champion. Maybe he was trying to tell me something.
I would avoid the dr and hospitals they went to. I know dozens of people that have had the replacements done with only one complication. Just met another one this morning. He is getting his hip done in august.