I got your message but when I try to reply it says that I'm not allowed to reply to personal messages for some reason. I don't use this forum very often so I'm not sure what that is about. I will un-hide my email address so you can email me directly if you want. I was #14 for arthrosurface, but I was #2 to have it done on both knees, Left in March and Right in July of 2008. It was terrible, I never had any relief and in 2010 I had them converted to unicompartmental knee replacements (3/2010-L, 11/2010-R). I would say my right knee has done okay, not great but manageable. My left knee has been a nightmare. Since my left knee conversion I have had an I&D (7/2010) for what turned out to be a false positive or contaminated sample for staph, a revision of the knee replacement in 1/2011, complete with bone grafts, revealed a loose femoral component, and to top it all off, I found out last week that the femoral component has come loose again so I'm getting a total knee...yet to be scheduled.
I used a different orthopedic surgeon for the unicompartmentals because my first surgeon was in an accident and was out of work for a while. The second doc said that on x-rays mine looked fine, but he was not so keen on the arthrosurface procedure any more. He said that some patients just don't do well with the procedure for unknown reasons. He did mention that it is routine now to include a plastic "button" or spacer on the tibia for the arthrosurface to rest on. Neither of mine included that component. In January of 2010 he scoped both my knees and saw lots of damage to the cartilage in the area of the implants. He suggested unicompartmental knee replacements as opposed to totals because of my age, I will be 32 in June. I have since found out that unicompartmentals are less common and more involved then total knee replacements. Email me if you have any other questions.[/email]