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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2008, 10:40:03 PM »
Hi Heather,

Did you have your OS appointment yet? I thought it's  either today or tomorrow. Update me when you have time. Talk to you soon.

Robin
Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2008, 01:14:30 AM »
Hi Robin:  ;D

Thanks for remembering and checking back in about my appt!! You're very sweet!  :D Yes, I saw the new OS today and it was good news and bad news...Oh good golly and more PT! I wanted to graduate, too! Aw shucks! Guess I just got lucky, LOL!  ;)

Well, the good news is that I'm not up for additional surgery just yet. My quads are still too profoundly atrophied for anything to work, including Hyalgan injections. The doc took one look at my thigh and said I want you to rehab with my PT here for a few months and see what happens. O.K. here we go again... this is PT #3 in 15 months of rehab. Maybe this one does magic because I think I've been doing just about every quad exercise known to PT without great results. Also 3 rounds of Russian E-stim. Sorry, this is sooo frustrating. The new orders say quad strengthening without pain. Not sure how he plans to go about that one. None have been painfree yet. OK, I've dodged surgery for now and more good news. The only compartment that's trashed is the PF one, which we already knew about. The biggest reason why I have SOOO much pain with standing/walking is because I have no quad to protect that damage and the shock goes straight to the knee. Make sense?

The bad news is that the doc is very doubtful that I will be going back to work in my previous position. No pushing med carts, assisting with patient transfers, etc for me he said. My knee will never be the same no matter what he does. OK. I know that but, I do want it to feel better than it does. Surely, I hope he knows that I will face a major dilemma in finding someone to hire me until I'm fully rehabbed. I know, I did try just to see what would happen last summer. What happens if I find a job that works but can't get time off if he does decide to do surgery. I'm perplexed!! OK. this is the second bad news he gave me. If I still have alot of pain after successfully rehabbing, he will do a patellectomy or joint replacement, probably a partial. I'll admit it, I'm scared to death. Is that normal?

I really hope you're still plugging along and doing well in your OWN rehab now. YAY for you!! Have you been cycling at all? How's your hip? My son has been having problems with his for about 3 months. The OS says his is from quad weakness, Osgood Schlatters and flat feet. He's officially back in PT, too and up for orthotics next summer. Time to stop rattling on now... I'd love to hear how you're doing. Please post back soon!! Take care....

Heather ;D
5/10/07- Comminuted-20 frag., displaced L patella Fx
5/15/07- ORIF L patella, Bledsoe brace, crutches
7/07- PT 3X/week
8/07- Brace off, ambulate without crutches
9/27/07- Hardware removal, MUA, crutches x 8 wks 
6/08- J-brace for lateral maltracking, Cont. PT
8/08- Referred to soft tissue OS

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2008, 06:23:38 PM »
Hi Heather,

Glad to hear that you got some answers from the new OS. If you didn't have PT to go to, whatever would you do with all your free time LOL! Hopefully this new PT can get your quad strength back. Before  the mosaicplasty I had alot of pain, weakness and severe quad atrophy which made it difficult to strengthen my quad prior to surgery. Since I wasn't in PT at that time I was doing the strengthening on my own. After the surgery and the 6 wk. NWB period followed by the LOA/MUA it took 9 mths. of PT to gain the lost quad strength. I wish you luck,having been where you're at, I know how frustrating it is. Sorry to hear about your work dilemma. I'm in a similar situation. I just assumed after the TKR I would go back to my same per diem position. My nursing position also requires pushing a med.cart,transferring patients, and long hours on my feet. I've been advised to look into another job position that won't be putting so much stress on both knees. The right knee will eventually need a TKR but I don't want to wear out the HTO sooner due to putting unnecessary stress on it. I've been in this job position for a long time and it's scarey thinking about doing something different. At this point I'm not able to work in any position that requires long lengths of time standing so this gives me some time to think about what I want to do.

It's natural to be scared about the two surgeries that the OS discussed. For the past 4 yrs. I've done everything possible to avoid an early TKR. At least in my case, when I finally reached the point that my knee was that deteriorated and there wasn't anything left to do but a TKR, I felt that I was making the right decision.

I'm doing well with rehabbing on my own. The rehab would be easier  and more motivating if I was back at the gym. I continued the hold on my membership due to the problems with my hip. Most of my knee exercises aggrevate my hip. I have a stationary bike at home which I ride everday. It makes the hip hurt like crazy. I had the hip MRI on Monday and the ortho. appt. on the 27th. I have copies of the films to take to the appt. I sit and analyze them. It's making me crazy.

Hope to hear from you soon. Take care.

Robin
Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2008, 07:31:15 PM »
Hey Robin:  ;D

I know what you mean about trying to strengthen and causing more pain. That's my biggest dilemma, too!!  :-\ 15 months now in rehabbing this leg and have spent 3x/week since January with a PT whom I consider to be pure genious and up with the best of the best around. He's a pretty smart cookie. Before anyone, he was the one mentioning I needed to have the problem repaired before I could successfully rehab my quads. Looks like they did go ahead and try that with you on the mosaicplasty, too. Do you think I just need more time or is there a time when they finally say o.k., this is all we're going to get?

Have you been given a return to work date or are you looking for a job now? It really is scary to think of a future career in doing something else, isn't it? To me, nothing else would be as satisfactory. After all this time, I'd hate to see us have to give it up. Somehow...someway... we will find something suitable in the nursing profession we CAN do, right?

Yikes, I hope your R knee stays as good as it can. My good one (right side, too) was jumping the track when the OS was checking it yesterday. Not nearly as bad as the left one does, though. I was told I need to be very careful with the overcompensation on it. Maybe we can both somehow manage to keep the right ones ok. I met a nurse in the ER this summer when I took my husband in for his kidney stones that had a double TKR and was doing GREAT! My OS is also doing great with his new knee. How do some folks just get sooo lucky, I'm jealous!!!  :P

Keep posted about your OS appt on the 27th ok? Feels like tag, you're it.. your turn to go. Can you have PT on your hip now? Maybe a really good one could figure out an exercise regimen that won't bother any of your joints. Have you been doing any aquatics? I've found water exercises to be sooo much less painful and equally efficient in strengthening, alteast in various "other" parts of my leg. I've also been doing some really hard stuff like short arc quads, the quad slide board, stair master, leg press, wall squats, theraband exercises, treadmill, single leg stands for a few seconds, heel touches for many, many months without much success. I've also picked up a walking regimen on my own this past June. Can't figure out what the problem is, I'm perplexed!! If you have any better suggestions, I'd really love to hear them... kinda at my wits end ya know?

Take care of that hip there, gosh I can't imagine the hip pain AND knee pain, too. Hope you have some decent pain meds to cover that one!! Somehow, I've escaped that even with all the limping and muscle atrophy around my hip from this. Not sure how, but YAY it's all good just a little bit tight around the muscles! Hope to hear from you soon.... TTYL!  ;D

Heather

5/10/07- Comminuted-20 frag., displaced L patella Fx
5/15/07- ORIF L patella, Bledsoe brace, crutches
7/07- PT 3X/week
8/07- Brace off, ambulate without crutches
9/27/07- Hardware removal, MUA, crutches x 8 wks 
6/08- J-brace for lateral maltracking, Cont. PT
8/08- Referred to soft tissue OS

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2008, 02:47:28 AM »
Hi Heather,

How are you doing? Have you started with the new PT? I've been busy with the kids Fall sports which have just ended this past weekend. Our daughter's cheerleading squad won first place for their division(second year in a row) at Saturdays competition. The girls did a great job and were so excited.

Last Monday I had my follow-up appt. to go over the MRI of the hip. The hip joint has arthritis. It has cysts, some cartilage loss, and bone spurs which is probably the cause of the pain and clicking sound. the radiologist doesn't see any cartilage tears but I have some type of cysts that are usually only seen in the joint when there is a tear present. For now I'm back in PT until my next appt.(Dec.29) At that time the doc may order an MRI with contrast or do a injection into the hip joint under X-ray. The doctor doesn't feel that I need a hip replacement at this time, but he's concerned that my hip is worse then what the MRI is indicating. I guess the MRI with contrast(dye) would give a much clearer image. I wish they would have ordered that type of MRI to begin with now he probably doesn't want to order another one so close to the original one. I'm sure it has to do with insurance. My insurance is pretty good with covering tests,etc. but not sure how they would view this. So for now I'm back in PT and just have to wait and see how things go. The doctor also said I should decrease the amount of exercises for the knee since many of them are aggrevating the hip. Not what I wanted to hear! I have to discuss this with my PT tomorrow. The TKR knee is doing really well and I want to keep it like this!

Hope you're doing ok. Talk to you soon.

Robin
Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2008, 03:11:04 AM »
Hi Robin:  ;D

YAY!!! Congrats to your daughter's squad! I'd be very proud of her. Mine just found out today that she made it on the competitve cheer team, too! It's soo funny because she's danced since she was 4 and is now 13. This is her first time cheering so, I guess dancers make good cheerleaders, LOL!

Ewww! sorry about your hip, there's some crazy things going on in there!! Can it be scoped to remove the cysts and spurs? I would think he spurs could worsen the damage, right? My hubby had them in his shoulder and it felt ALOT better when they were gone.
How'd you handle being in the MRI with your hip like that? Were you comfortable?

The latest diagnostics on my knee were digital x-rays and VERY detailed like a sketch. I showed them to my PT and he looked quite puzzled. He said that doesn't even closely resemble a kneecap, no wonder you have so much pain. The patella is jagged, rectangular shaped, and totally black. The femur has a large dark area directly behind it and it doesn't appear to have any cartilage between the 2. In comparison, the good areas on the medial/lateral sides are white. Maybe you need x-rays like that?  ;)

My first PT session with the new on just about killed me, no joke!! I had horrible knee pain/warmth/some swelling in addition to muscle strain from the hip to the knee for 3 days. It was difficult to bear weight because the goofy thing kept buckling on me. Kinda like post-MUA, yuck! I won't be so anxious to please tomorrow. He's agreed to back off now.. whew! Can you do a SLR without pain? Whenever I tighten my quads, the immense pain back there feels like the knee is going to explode.  :o It almost brings me to tears and that takes ALOT!!

I hope your new PT can get creative and find some exercises that still work the leg but, are easier on your hip. Sounds tricky, doesn't it. According to the new PT, he's not as concerned about how much weight I'm pushing, it's the reps. Maybe that would be better for you, too? My rehab has been quite difficult as well. My quads are still mush!! Maybe the pain is truly hindering them? They do fire though, I can feel it. Just not much tone/mass/strength. I'm really very glad your new knee is doing so well, though. That's wonderful news!

I am waiting to hear from a PF specialist on Patella MD. He's asked to see my x-rays and will let me know what options I may have per his opinion. Isn't that great? He also agreed with my PT in that I may be wasting time and $ in PT now. It won't fix permanent damage and that may need to be done before I can rehab any further. We'll see..

Take care and keep me posted about tomorrow ok? I'm very curious to hear what your PT will say and do now. Hope it's all good!! I'm gonna fire my new one, LOL! Hope to chat with ya soon!

Heather
5/07 Sev. comminuted,displaced L patella fx,ORIF,brace,crutches
7/07 PT
9/07 Hardware removal,MUA,crutches,PT
5/08 J brace,patellofemoral arthritis,PT
12/08 Appt w/ patella specialist: L-TTT,LR PFJR,scope,scar tissue debridement-1/26/09
8/09-RSD,PT
2/10-TTT screws removed,scar tissue debridement

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2008, 05:06:18 AM »
Hi Heather,

How are you? Sorry it took me so long to respond to your post I've been feeling discouraged and haven't had anything to talk about. Have you heard back from the PF specialist? How's the PT with the new therapist coming along?

Today at PT my therapist and I had a long talk. She isn't seeing any progress and thinks that my ROM has gotten worse. She doesn't think PT is going to help the hip and I need surgical treatment. She's recommending that I get a 2nd opinion. I'm going to see an OS at the ortho office where she used to work. It's the same group practice that treated me  when I first started with knee problems 4 yrs. ago. She's going to talk to the OS and explain the situation prior to the appointment. She thinks that she can get me an appointment fairly quickly. I'm also having a problem with the right knee. The one screw from the HTO site is backing out of the plate and protruding at the knee further than it used to. I don't have decreased ROM and the knee pain I'm pretty certain is due to the hip problem so I'm going to let it go and hope this doesn't cause any problems. Inspite of the hip pain I'm riding the bike again, my TKR knee has been giving out and I've been having some pain in it. I've haven't talked to my PT about it.I'm going to do some strengthening exercises and ride the bike for a short period of time each day and see how it is until my PT session next week. Hopefully it will be better by then. I'm very frustrated!!

Hope all is well. Talk to you soon.

Robin

Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2008, 04:23:56 PM »
Hi Robin:  ;D

Oh, good golly I hate to hear about things going so rough for you. That's just horrible but, I think that's a wonderful idea about the 2nd opinion. Your PT is going up to bat for you, too? Sounds like you have a smart one, as well! Sometimes I DO think they need to advocate for us as they see us more than the docs do, don't you? Yours is saying the same thing about your hip that mine's been saying about my knee! We're lucky to have such wonderfully talented therapists.

I have a question, though. If your hip isn't articulating properly, will that cause alignment problems with the knee and force the hardware out of position? It makes sense about the pain but, I'm wondering why the screw is backing out. Hope you don't have to have it repaired. Does cycling risk making it worse? Maybe the giving out/pain in the new knee is affected by the hip problem, too. Sure do hope you can get a fast appt with the OS.

I surely do understand your frustration, I'm in a similar dilemma. I did hear back from the PF speciality OS. I officially have 3 OS's with 3 different opinions. UGH! My original one is saying more PT and I've not yet had a full chance to exhaust PT before considering resurfacing. He did however think that the one he sent me to would do a LR, debridement and cartilage plug procedure. Nope, I saw the 2nd one and all he could do was recommend more PT and if that doesn't work, a patellectomy is the bottom line. So, the 3rd opinion has seen about 10 different x-ray films of my knee and says I am a candidate for a PFJR along with a LR or TTT, PT is a waste of time until it's fixed. I was scheduled to see him yesterday but, I have a nasty cold and wasn't up to the 2 hour drive. If I opt this route, I won't be doing anything surgically until after the holidays are over. How do you know who to trust, though?

I really do hope things are turned around for you soon. Let me know if you get into the OS, ok? Take care and hope your pain gets better. Have you seen a pain specialist? Talk to you soon!

Heather  ;D
5/07 Sev. comminuted,displaced L patella fx,ORIF,brace,crutches
7/07 PT
9/07 Hardware removal,MUA,crutches,PT
5/08 J brace,patellofemoral arthritis,PT
12/08 Appt w/ patella specialist: L-TTT,LR PFJR,scope,scar tissue debridement-1/26/09
8/09-RSD,PT
2/10-TTT screws removed,scar tissue debridement

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2008, 02:47:39 AM »
What kind of problem does your PT think you have in your hip that would require surgery?  Does it have to do with alignment?? 

My knee went bad because of problems with my ankle and big toe, and the knee sure ended up needing surgery a few times.  I could have stopped it from getting so bad, had I realized what I was doing, with proper gait.

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« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2008, 06:19:05 AM »
Hi dig,

I had x-rays and an MRI which showed I have degeneration,subchondral cysts,bone spurs,etc. I also was diagnosed with villonodular synovitis. According to the research I've done, treatment is surgical usually an arthroscopy or hip replacement. My OS only does joint replacements so I was referred to a non-surgical ortho. doc within the same practice to go over the MRI results. I had multiple surgeries on both knees, the most recent being a left TKR. I had a HTO on the right leg and that is the hip that's injured. The doctor did mention that the problem with the hip could have occured because of an altered gait due to the alignment change with the osteotomy. I guess with messed up alignment and improper gait you can really cause alot of problems with your knees and hips.

Heather,

Bummer you had to cancel your OS appt. Did you reschedule? You do have quite the dilemma. With 3 different opinions it makes it very difficult to make a decision. With the cartilage defect, pain and such I don't see how you can build up any quad strength. I went through the same thing before the mosaicplasty. Going into surgery my quad was really atrophied.

I'm not sure if I have a true articulation problem with the hip. I have alot of clicking in the joint with movement. I asked the doctor about that and he said it could be due to the degenerated cartilage,bone spurs or the cysts. When I told my PT about it she said,"in other words,he doesn't know." My PT thinks I should have been referred to an OS. It'll be interesting to see what the OS recommends. Since I'm pretty much in limbo til 12/29 I might as well get a 2nd opinion. I've considered going to see the OS who did the osteotomy and mosaicplasty. He was the one who recommended I get the TKR. He doesn't do replacements but he does hip arthroscopies. He's a very talented surgeon and I would trust his opinion.

Well I think I've rattled on enough for one post. I appreciate your listening and input. Take care and hope to chat with you soon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Robin
Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2008, 12:12:32 PM »
OMG Robin!  That's just not what a girl wants to see coming around the corner after finally getting the knees (pretty much) fixed.  Ugh.  I know you've really gotta be tired of going under the knife.  At least a total hip is a much easier recovery than a total knee.....but I'm sure that can't be anu consolation.

Tearing up my hip has been a smallish worry on my mind too.  Now that my knee and ankle are BOTH fixed straight, and I still feel a need to off-load my big toe, even though it's been fixed, it has occurred to me that the next stop upstream is my hip.  So I'm concentrating on NOT doing that.  I'll let you be a reminder....

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2008, 02:33:38 AM »
Hi Robin,

I hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving.  How are your kids doing?  It was really nice of you to reply to my diary.  I am really sorry that you are struggling so much.  It seems like it's just one thing after another with you, sort of like me!!  I am starting to have regular hip discomfort, not really pain, with all my limping.  Sometimes, I'm not really limping, but I can tell my gait is abnormal. 

People just don't realize how long and frustrating knee problems can be.  I get comments all the time about how well I'm doing and aren't i happy to have this all behind me! They don't realize the pain I deal with everyday and how limiting it all is.  I go to the gym  almost everyday, and even there, i get comments like "you should just be grateful you can walk"!  I don't even have to tell you how that makes me [email protected]

Enough! I just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you and hope things turn around for you really soon! :)

peg leg
10/06  Miicrofracture Rt knee on mfc
defect was 1.3x2, small defect under patella
04/07 Arthroscopy/Cell harvest for Carticel
06/28/07 Carticel surgery ,Rt. Knee
12/27/07  Scope to debride Patella lesion,Rt. Knee
4/17/08  Fulkerson AMZ, Rt. Knee
6/25/09 ConforMis BiCompartmental Knee Replacement

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« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2008, 05:33:16 AM »
Hi Peg leg,

It's good to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling. You've really had your problems with that knee. I totally understand what you're saying about the "wonderful" comments from people who haven't a clue what it's like to deal with knee problems. I hear the same thing regarding my recovery. It's true I have recovered well and my knee is doing great. The problem with my hip is ongoing and getting worse. This hip problem has really messed up my continued rehab. of my knee, not to mention my return to work.I haven't gone for a 2nd opinion yet. I think I'll wait and see what comes of this appointment at the end of the month. My PT talked to a local OS who has agreed to see me for a 2nd opinion if I decide to go this route. She told him about my history and MRI results. He says it sounds like the hip needs to be replaced. He mentioned that I should be followed by an OS and not a non-surg. doctor. Hopefully the non-surgical doc will refer me back to my OS.

How was your ortho. appt? I think it's great that your therapist went with you to see the OS. Whatever would we do without our caring PTs? Update me when you have time. Thinking of you and hope to talk to you soon.

Robin
Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2008, 05:09:22 PM »
Hi Robin:  ;D

WOW! I'm glad to hear you did your homework on your diagnosis and solutions for it, too. Talented OS's are worth their weight in gold so, I'm very happy you have one!!  ;D I can't wait to hear what he has to say!! There is a minimally invasive hip procedure for younger folks. Have you seen that? Yes, it was arthroscopic. It's tough to rehab properly when other parts are faulty, isn't it?

I've had hip pain once in my life for about 6 months and EWW!!! It sucks, too. I'm surprised that it doesn't bother me with all the limping I've done on this knee. I can't imagine having both at the same time. I hope you're ok!!

I know how frustrating this is and I really thought I'd be alot better by now. Gimpy is making my other knee very angry with holiday shopping because I still offset totally onto the strong leg alot. Walking is still on a timer, too!  :( Back to the big guns to manage it- Vicodin, J-brace, walking shoes (Shox yay!!!), ice and benches to prop on when it's had enough. I honestly doubt that if I hadn't stopped PT, I'd have been able to pull through. Sometimes taking a break is good for us.  ;) My new OS appt is Dec. 18th. Should I beg for some cortisone, too? It's the only thing I haven't tried.

So, I have to tell you...good golly this cheerleading business with my daughter is busy stuff! This is her first year of it after having 8 years of dance. I thought that was time consuming but, this beats that hands down!!  :o They sure do compete alot!! I have to laugh about the comment her coach made..."she was born to do this". Back handsprings, backtucks, and she's a really good flyer, I think it's more like all the ballet she's had ha-ha!! I'd tell her to "break a leg kiddo" but, knowing her, she really would!!  :o

How are your kids doing? Hope they are well. Keep posted about the game plan for you, too ok? Fingers crossed that it goes well. I know...I've had enough and just want to get back to work and my usual self, too! We're supposed the be the nurses, not the patients, right? Darn the things that keep stopping us!! Take care and hope to hear from you real soon!

Heather  ;D
5/07 Sev. comminuted,displaced L patella fx,ORIF,brace,crutches
7/07 PT
9/07 Hardware removal,MUA,crutches,PT
5/08 J brace,patellofemoral arthritis,PT
12/08 Appt w/ patella specialist: L-TTT,LR PFJR,scope,scar tissue debridement-1/26/09
8/09-RSD,PT
2/10-TTT screws removed,scar tissue debridement

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Re: Robin's TKR post-op diary
« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2008, 03:57:59 AM »
Hi Heather,

How was your OS appointment? Have you finished your shopping? I'm almost finished, just a few last minute gifts to get. My husband and I will go out tomorrow and finish up the shopping. We're also looking for a new tv, the picture tube is going out in the set we now have. Supposed to have snow tomorrow hopefully it doesn't interfere with us going out. The kids last day of the school is tomorrow and then they're home for vacation.

I have my last PT session next Monday. At PT today my therapist told me that there hasn't been any improvement in the hip and my ROM is much worse. She's says I have classic symptoms of an arthritic hip that needs replacing and I need to have a surgical consultation. When I see the non-surg. doctor on the 29th, I'm requesting a consultation with my OS. If he won't refer me back to my OS I will have to find another surgeon. I hope it doesn't come to that since my OS is a good surgeon and I don't want to go to anyone else.

I hope you're doing ok. Let me know about your appointment. Talk to you later.

Robin

Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision















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