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Total knee replacement
« : December 28, 2017, 05:48:40 PM »
Hi all
Back in 1971 i had a bad motorcycle accident which broke every bone in my leg.
My knee sustained a large impact and as the years have passed has led to osteoarthritis.
up until now i have learnt to live with it but last week i had a sharp pain shoot up my leg and couldn't get my leg straight.
The movement has improved but am unable to walk without a stick.
After seeing a consultant {knee surgeon} he has said looking at my x ray and examining both knees that i have got to have a total knee replacement as i  have no cartilage left. :(
He also said i do have some arthritis in my other knee

I have heard many stories of knee operations going wrong so my question is.
Has anyone here had the op what is involved.
Many thanks.
I don't want to beat the system.
I just want it to work.

jackson7

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Re: Total knee replacement
« #1 : December 29, 2017, 12:03:50 AM »
just like any other knee surgery, most people recover quickly and others don't.  My knee is still barely usable, despite having relatively simple surgery.  Most people come back from what I had done within a few months...I'm almost at a year, with no light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm worried my knee will just get worse and I'll need a TKR or at least PKR within a few years. 

The good news is, if you do get a TKR and recover well, the latest prosthesis are pretty incredible...so much so, some retired athletes that get them are able to return to their sport.  Gone are yesterdays huge and clunky "coconut" knee replacement.

My other thought is that, since you already recovered from such traumatic leg damage, your chances of doing well after a TKR are probably in the higher ranger.
Dec 2015: slow speed bicycle crash (wet leaves)
Jan 2016: a zillion x-rays & 2 MRIs only showed tendinosis
Mar 2016: bone scan showed "uptake" in all compartments
Aug 2016: cortisone shot (did nothing)
Mar 2017: diag scope (partial med meniscus resection, med fem chondroplasty, synovectomy)

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Re: Total knee replacement
« #2 : December 29, 2017, 01:06:02 AM »
Many thanks for your reply.
Sorry you are still having problems it does get you down after a while.
I have been unable to walk for six weeks and still waiting for the appointment date.
Consultant told me should be 8 to 10 weeks with a hostpital stay of 2 to 3 days.
I am a very outdoor person so having to stay sitting for long periods does get me down so feeling very low at the moment.
I don't want to beat the system.
I just want it to work.















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