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Knee arthritis and rowing

I have osteoarthritis in my knee - I had to have major surgery in it 20 years ago to reattach torn knee ligaments and now I have arthritis, with bone spurs and my knee is slightly bent inwards.  
I've been doing aerobic workouts on the Concept 2 rowing machine.  Is this bad for my knee?  I don't bend my knee much past 90 degrees when I row, because it's stiff.  Also I don't row with the damper set high.  I use it with the damper at 2.5 or 3.  It doesn't make my knee hurt or stiffen up afterwards.
I asked an orthopedist I'd seen, through his PA.  He said he didn't recommend the rowing machine for people with arthritis because it compressed the patello-femoral joint too much.
I'm kind of skeptical about this because it doesn't feel like there's much impact.  I'm a woman, I don't row with as much force as a strong guy would - although I do kick pretty hard and I get an intense aerobic workout.  Also not doing deep knee bends on the rowing machine seems like it would ease the stress on my knee.   Any perspective on this?  
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