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Total knee replacement
« on: 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.

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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #1 on: 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, full synovectomy)

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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #2 on: 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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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 03:27:53 PM »
I have been given my appointment date for 17 April for total knee replacement 
Should I have a general or local anaesthetic.
Or do they give you a choice I have heard the local one is better for recovery.
I don't want to beat the system.
I just want it to work.

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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 03:47:20 PM »
Youíd be best to discuss with the anaesthetist and surgeon.

Personally, given I donít generally have issues recovering from GA and knowing what TKR surgery entails, there is no way Iíd be anything other than completely unconscious! I had a very bad experience with local on an infected leg so for anything major Iíd only get GA. Not the same as was a relatively junior Dr in A&E but itís put me right off locals!

But itís up to you and your medical team if given the choice

Good Luck for the op :)
« Last Edit: February 13, 2018, 03:52:38 PM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 03:54:14 PM »
Thanks  I guess u will see the anethasist before the operation and talk which is best for me then.
I don't want to beat the system.
I just want it to work.

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Re: Total knee replacement
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 04:04:44 PM »
Presumably if NHS? Youíll have a full pre op assessment presumably

Iím not sure what difference anaesthetic recovery makes for something major like a TKR, as youíre not going to be moving around much for a few weeks anyhow but discuss with anaesthetist and surgeon, they have preferences

Certainly, Iíve never been offered a local for any of the (private) ortho surgery Iíve had over the last 8 years (3 knee scopes, 2 shoulder and elbow), I have no GA risk factors though
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation