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question Dr. Grelsamer
« on: November 07, 2004, 04:38:28 AM »
Story: almost 3 years ago simple scope for lateral retinacular release. Overzealous with recovery, popped incisions open, results 4+ staph infection with resulting 2 I&D's in 3 days, a manipulation 3 months later, scope with chondroplasty, debridement a year later, continued pain/gaurding resulting in changing job (discover this is not what I want to do, want to get back to clinical care of patients in surgery not be the manager who sits and does the other work) and my activity level at least walk normally, to see a specialist and almost no joint space.  

Recommends another scope (less than a year from last one) and synvisc (steriods didn't help and synvisc less success rate than steroids) then a TKA later or just a TKA at 37-38. My gut is telling me, wait as long as you can based on when could return to a clinical position then go for the TKA. My pain doesn't seem as bad as a lot of people's but am totally frustrated, spending way too much time trying to figure this out, being limited in job satisfaction/outside activities (live in the country and can't walk in the grass comfortably/easily/etc). What do you all think?

Am totally frustrated. Decsion is up to me but can't stand the thought of another palliative surgery. What are your thoughts?