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Offline mattie_U

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unicompartmental knee surgery failed
« on: July 24, 2003, 08:25:55 AM »
surgery done 11/02 bilaterial knee unicompartmental -same time. after surgery knees numb but no real pain.
rehab worker overextended exercise and ruptured MCL in right knee.  Now right knee is very painful all the time and there is boney extension pushing out the knee cap.
Mostly pain causes limping both legs and pain beyond pain.  My regular medical doctor says the uni implement has failed, yet it is going to take two weeks to see a proper orth dr.  Why am I not treated as an emergency case? Should I be walking on these legs. I have Percocet for pain; but it does not even start to help. But that is all he will give me until I see Ortho Dr.  What should I do?  Where should I go? What are my rights?
I want to scream.  Am 63yrs old and want to be able to use a comode and get out of the house.  I am in a jail made by this unfortunate incident. No one seems to care.Help, please ....

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Re: unicompartmental knee surgery failed
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2003, 04:13:26 PM »
You might want to go the the ER.  They can possibly change your pain medicine.  ERs also have the connections to get ortho appointments fairly quickly, usually within 3-4 days after the ER visit.  If they have an ortho on call, even better!

As long as you have a referral, you can pretty much chose which ortho to go to in your network.  I would also talk to your physical therapist and see if they might be able to get you in sooner.  If the ortho clinic has a sports medicine coordinator, you might try to schedule an appointment through him.  I schedule athlete's appointments throught our SMC, and we can often get people in within 1-2 days.  I also know of local physical therapists that use him for emergency cases.  
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1999 LR, 2002 ACL/PLC recon, reversal of LR, 2004 ACL revision, 2006 Car accident torn PCL and small fractures resulting in bone chips in my knee.  Torn MCL 3 times.  Wicked screws under IT band and Pes Anserine.  June 2008-Hip Arthroscopy.

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Re: unicompartmental knee surgery failed
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2003, 06:30:11 PM »
Yes, I agree Mattie, I would go to the E.R asap if the pain is unbearable like that, at least at the E.R if it is very serious you will more than likely see the on call ortho.

Good luck and hope you get some help with the knee!

Keep us updated

Love, Jennie
21 yrs. old..Right knee injury. Ligament Recon 6-21-01, 2 LR's 3/02 & 9/02
TTT 11/08/02, patella and ligament recon 5/03
Recently dx with OA, Having hardware removed and knee scoped on 6/24/04

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Re: unicompartmental knee surgery failed
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2003, 03:44:35 AM »
Welcome, Mattie!

Though we're sorry you need to be here, we are glad to meet you.

I agree with the other posts. Go to the ER. The squeaky wheel gets the oil and sometimes the screaming knee does, too!

I'm hoping you get relief and treatment soon.

LizL
2003: 1/28-29Fell on wet floor,broke kneecap
ORIF(hdwr&immob)
Post-op drug reaction
3/4-5/13 brace
3/21-8/28PT
12/19Hardware removal,scope,partial meniscectomies
2004: More PT
lost job
Settledw/WC Oct
2005: Personal injury lawsuit--reschedulings,failed mediation
2006: settled out of court in March

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Re: unicompartmental knee surgery failed
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2003, 11:16:51 PM »
thanks all for input.
Fear is very powerful.  Having been injured by those who should be helping and who have taken oaths to "first do no harm". the ER is like a prison of pain...
I wax poetic...but in fact, I know (having worked for years in an ER) that I will get attention; but attention by NOT the specialist I need.  The ortho dr that answers ER calls is usually overworked and very often sloppy.  
There are two ortho clinics in my area.  Which one? they are all the same says my pain management dr....who is more qualified to repair me??? It is the luck of the draw or day....the most popular, experienced ortho dr is the one who made this mess.....my insurance will only pay for drs in those two clinics...
limping on.....I fear them all, with good reason...
I have a wonderful shih-tzu doggie who holds my hand through all this....for a smile to you , say "shih-tzu happens" fast three times...
Thanks again for being there.
Mattie

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Re: unicompartmental knee surgery failed
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2003, 02:09:25 AM »
Hey Mattie

Sorry I couldn't be of more help :(

I know exactly what you mean about the E.R, when I had my accident I also broke my wrist right into and had to have emergency surgery when the ambulance got me there, and the OS on call did the surgery, and needless to say did a very sloppy job, and my OS for my knee ended up having to fix his mess >:(

Anyway I know this is the crisis board so I will quit rambling!!

Good luck

Jennie
21 yrs. old..Right knee injury. Ligament Recon 6-21-01, 2 LR's 3/02 & 9/02
TTT 11/08/02, patella and ligament recon 5/03
Recently dx with OA, Having hardware removed and knee scoped on 6/24/04