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Total knee revision post op problems
« on: February 09, 2010, 05:57:39 PM »
Id like to know if anyone has any experience, advice or input on the following problem and what future remedies may be if available, if any.
My mother is 76. Two years ago she had a TKR, right knee. Subsequently the joint became infected (MRSA) and both components loosened. In December of 09 she had a total knee revision (new surgeon, highly qualified). Approximately four weeks post op she had weight on the leg, turned her upper body and the entire support structure (ligaments, tendons and quad muscle) of the knee on one side (interior) tore completely away. Her patella is radically displaced to the outside, her foot will rotate involuntarily because of the imbalance of the muscles etc and her leg will not support her weight, even with a brace. The surgeon has told us that he is unable to do anything at this time ( and may never be able to) given the level the tissue has been compromised (because of two surgeries and the infection) and the proximity to the last surgical date, as well as her age all being factors.

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond.