One of Ragen’s most bizarre Livejournal claims is that she has a plastic prosthetic knee implant due to shattering her kneecap (patella) when she was in high school.
This would be a “patellofemoral” replacement, not a total knee replacement.
To start, the timeline for this injury makes no sense. If you fracture your patella, it’s treated just like any other bone fracture with immobilization and/or surgery to unite the bone and let it heal. It would only be replaced later due to major degenerative complications like arthritis, which would probably significantly impact her ability to compete in an IRONMAN event. It would also be very important for her to maintain a healthy weight to avoid extra stress on the damaged joint.
Ragen has taken numerous opportunities to brag about stress fractures, IT band syndrome, muscle strains, ankle sprains, and all the other exercise injuries she’s sustained. She’s given out her Perfect Bloodwork™ numbers and perfect blood pressure readings. She’s bitterly complained about her doctors ignoring problems because of her weight, including knee pain. She’s written about experiencing knee pain as both a thin person and a fat person, and how differently doctors treated her. But she’s never mentioned her knee implant on either of her current blogs.
Is this another story Ragen simply made up? If not, why is she pretending it never happened, when it would clearly have a profound impact on her claims of elite athleticism, health, and poor interactions with doctors?