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Hi Brandon123,  I have done all the alternatives now, had TTT surgery, meniscus repair, loads of physio, pain clinic, a failed attempt at nerve block, knee brace, doing all the at home stuff like ice, tens machine ,weight loss etc and there is nothing else can offer me.   

I'd have liked to have tried hyaluronic acid but not got the money- my Dad is in France & got that and its worked amazingly well for him.  to be honest though they have said on latest scan that the arthritis is in all compartments so doubt it would work..    On good news front the terrible hip pain I am now getting is not arthritis- the x-rays came up clear so that must be because I am walking badly because of knee.  Can't help but think the hip won't stay good unless I get knee sorted- it cannot be doing the joint any good so all more reason to get knee fixed.
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The Dr gave a lot of warnings about how in my age (49) I will likely be unsatisfied with results & will need revision at some point but at the moment I am barely leaving my home as knee is so bad so its a gamble I am willing to take. Last night it locked while I was in bath and I was stuck there till it unlocked and it was difficult and painful to get out- I cannot carry on like this until in 60s. (which is age the favour for doing TKR)

Did the Dr give you any alternative options/treatments/surgeries? I understand that he/she has concerns about a TKR at your relatively young age, and gave your warnings, but what is the option if the knee is shot? And you cannot even leave your home/live a normal life? It sometimes feels like 'young' patients (<60) with severe cartilage damage/arthritis is a patient group that do not fit the script, have no good treatment alternatives, and is just a big annoyance for knee surgeons.
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saw the consultants team today and have now joined the list for a total knee replacement.  The arthritis is now in more parts of my knee then before and apparently the anatomy of my knee structure was bad conformation wise so it was inevitable would get bad arthritis in it.

The Dr gave a lot of warnings about how in my age (49) I will likely be unsatisfied with results & will need revision at some point but at the moment I am barely leaving my home as knee is so bad so its a gamble I am willing to take. Last night it locked while I was in bath and I was stuck there till it unlocked and it was difficult and painful to get out- I cannot carry on like this until in 60s. (which is age the favour for doing TKR)

estimated 9 - 12 month wait
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Bone breaks around the knee / Re: Four year Post TPF (Schatzker V) ORIF
« Last post by MichaelF on November 23, 2021, 01:37:43 PM »
Wanted to report back that wife hit her 125 degree ROM Turkey day goal, she was at 133 degrees ROM and Thanksgiving is this week - for her TPF.  She is abut 9.5 mo PO. She is still using a cane for long walks, and minor limp, but things are slowly better. Her goal is 140 degrees ROM at 1 yr, walking without limp. She is doing about 4000 steps a day now. Those with TPF, hang in there! My wife is still doing PT with a sports therapist nd that is helping.
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Quizzes, games & fun contests / Re: Word game
« Last post by John42 on November 23, 2021, 06:47:50 AM »
Thanks - but we have freezing ice this am




Bie for a couple of days
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Please could someone who has been in this position offer any guidance on how on earth to approach my research and thinking ?

Thank you

It's a really good question, and often a very personal one. Generally the decision to go ahead is largely based on quality of life. Quite often we have to live with compromise, but when those compromises become overwhelming, then it's good to know there's a reliable operation to address.

If it was me, at your age, I'd want to ask the surgeon if it makes more sense to do a full as opposed to a partial (I'd want to know that the other half of the knee is pristine) and if you're leaning towards a delay, you might ask if there's any potential complication as a result of more unaddressed wear. I would doubt it, but wouldn't hurt to ask.

Good luck!
 
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Quizzes, games & fun contests / Re: Word game
« Last post by 60schld on November 23, 2021, 12:26:07 AM »
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Ooo nice!!  Have fun with your new toy! ;)
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Quizzes, games & fun contests / Re: Word game
« Last post by John42 on November 22, 2021, 09:23:43 PM »
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Now you have a couple days of rest - I get a new computer tomorrow, so its going to take a couple of days to set up - enjoy peace and quiet!!
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Quizzes, games & fun contests / Re: Word game
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