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Offline WRB

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TKR AND Proposed Patellaectomy
« on: June 08, 2006, 03:45:10 PM »
I am 79 and healthy.
Feb 2005 I had my right knee replaced successfully.
Oct 2006 I had my left knee replaced, but an old  dislocated knee cap caused more
complicated surgery and a metal patella was installed.
The  patella did  not fuse properly, tipped on edge and and subsequent soft tissue
repair has just failed to correct the problem.
The metal patella tips edgewise when the knee is flexed and is threatening to puncture
the skin which might cause an infection.
The two failures of the metal patella to fuse properly with the ligaments has caused my
Dr., whom I trust, to decide because of the the circustances to remove the prosthesis and go with none.
I just started reading this website and the stories are somewhat unnerving.
Seems to be a predominance of female patients many of whom younger than me.
Any old geezers out there with experience.?
I am use to PT and pain. My TKR's were a result of osteoarthritis.(old age wear)
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Offline Doc79316

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Re: TKR AND Proposed Patellaectomy
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2006, 04:12:05 PM »

Is it not possible just to have that prosthetic kneecap removed? The rest of the knee could stay in place and there are other surgical options for a dislocating kneecap.
If the metal hasn't fused properly then maybe it is better to have it removed. The rest of the hardware just stay put just nicely.
Sorry I can't really be of any more help. Personally, my next durgical option is a PFJR so I'm not far behind you already at 32!

Take care,

Laura x
Left knee surgery
13/08/03-Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05-Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06-Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06-RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07-Excision of scar tissue
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation