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TKR options for someone with heart/blood supply issues
« on: November 24, 2008, 03:20:10 AM »
A friend of mine aged 76 is in serious need of dual TKR but when he was going to have his hip replaced 5 years ago, he had a panic attack and his heart started fibrillating. As a result they postponed the hip replacement operation for 6 months, but it was subsequently successful.
He has since had an exploratory operation on his knee since but he was informed that the circulation below the knee was poor and the surgeon would not recommend a full replacement as a result.  However, now he is getting to the stage where he can only walk a 20M because of the pain in both knees and has collapsed from the pain while trying to walk back from the shops (100M).
From what I have read, I understand that they can now do a MIS TKR which means a reduced cut and therefore blood loss.  Would it be worth him investigating this procedure and any different options for anaesthetics? Is there anything he should ask about as an alternative? Is there anyone in the London area who specialises in MIS for TKR?

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