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Offline Lee Tipton

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Re: Yankee's Arthrosurface Patello-Femoral Implant Diary
« Reply #75 on: March 27, 2014, 04:46:18 PM »
Dear Yankee,

I seems that you guys just cannot catch a break.  I have a boss that is flying out of CA on Sunday (3/30) to head for DC.  I told him that I thought he was nuts - but he is going.  Even the President is getting out of there for a while.

I am so sorry about your issues Yankee.  And honestly, if it were me, I would find the best lawyer I could find that would take your case for a percentage of what is won - and let them go to it.  I have only filed 1 lawsuit in my life and it was my 2nd husband that caused me to file it.  We won it, and then I filed for divorce.  He keeps an attorney on retainer just in case he needs to file a lawsuit.  My first husband died in 1997, we were married for 25 years - and we never sued anyone. 

But in your case - I would make an exception.  That doctor is dangerous Yankee - and it is obvious that he has NO care about what he does to his patients.  He should have to pay the bill for having that knee repaired - and all the tests that go with it.  Even if you don't get a settlement - he should have to repair the mess he made.

I know you have no choice but to keep on truckin' - but truck easy on that knee please.

Lee

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Re: Yankee's Arthrosurface Patello-Femoral Implant Diary
« Reply #76 on: April 26, 2014, 07:45:28 PM »
Hi Yankee,

your story is very interesting, because doctors suggested for me to get the same/almost the same implant you have (for it would be the hemicap wave - the bigger one). I´am very sorry, you had to go through so much pain! And of course I´am terrified be your story! I think my hospital and the doctors are really good, but anyway your story is not very encouring for me of course.

Hope you are improving by now! What about the thing with the implants not being implated the right way? Did they have to change them? Hope everything will be o.k. for you! Good luck and all the best!

Lila

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« Reply #77 on: May 09, 2014, 12:58:41 AM »
I am so glad I found this thread.  I had a patello femoral arthrosurface in June 2013 and it has been a disaster. Have a history of about 34 surgeries on both knees due to patellofemoral problems. I am age 37. 

My incision is still open despite 3 debridements and we can't find anyone that will help us get it closed. I just had a scope 3 weeks ago due to severe swelling and pain after the arthrosurface. he found extensive synovitis, arthrofibrosis and cartilage thinning all since the arthrosurface. I have underlying rheumatoid arthritis and think I should have had a total knee opposed to an arthrosurface as it has caused diffuse inflammation. I am still in a bledsoe brace from June and I can only walk a few feet without significant pain.  I have almost no quad muscle despite good efforts with PT.   I fell after my 2nd debridement due to my leg still being numb from the femoral nerve block and split my incision open and it had to be derided again.  I had to do IV antibiotics at home during several months.  Now the incision is still open. my surgeon doesn't know what to do and has sent us to multiple specialists who keep punting me off.

 I wanted this thing converted to a total but my surgeon insists that it won't help me.  I have contacted the arthosurface company to see if any surgeon can convert this to a total but am not getting much response. just to ask my current surgeon.  We travel 3 hours to see my orthopedic surgeon and are getting tired of this especially because he is not all that helpful now.  My knee has been left in quite a state due to arthrosurface. wondering if I will ever be able to walk again with some regularity.  What a mess. Am so glad to find this thread! Margaret
-37y/o; multiple patella dislocations
-34 knee surgeries- bilaterally- fulkerson osteotomies/
right knee patellofemoral arthrosurface 2013

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Re: Yankee's Arthrosurface Patello-Femoral Implant Diary
« Reply #78 on: May 09, 2014, 10:41:10 AM »
Hi Wofford,

wow, what a story! I´am very sad, this did not work for you and you are in so much pain! 34 surgerys - you had one almost every year of your life!

I´am sitting at the sofa at the moment and can hardly walk - but when I read such stories, I really think, I should not allow any surgeon to do anything to my knee! Maybe I should just take painmeds and doing all the exercise I can and never start with surgerys - now I´am in pain, but what if I have even more pain afterwards?

To the PFR: I´am sure, I read in the arthrosurface flyer, that their product is contraindicated, when you have rheumatoid arthritis. On the other hand your surgeon might be right and a total knee would not help you much either. You never know and I have spoken to people, who have similar problems with their total replacement also (e.g. arthrofibrosis). I guess your surgeon choose the hemicap, because you are very young and he hoped to gain you 10 years. Anyway I guess first of all, some expert has to see your incision and why it is still open. I´am not an expert - but I would not allow another surgery on my knee, as long as there are still so many unsolved problems with the previous surgery. The actual problem might not be the implant but the underlying rheumatoid arthitis or any other problem, that does not allow you to heal. If this problems are not solved first, another surgery may not give you the sucess and relief you are hoping for. But I´am sure, someone will be able to help you! Do you maybe have a university hospital or anything like this near your area?

As I said: I´am not an expert - I may be wrong with my ideas.

All the best!

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« Reply #79 on: July 04, 2014, 04:06:38 PM »
Hello folks, it’s been a long time since I posted an update.  I wish I could say that I have been doing well and recovered, but this surgery has been a complete and utter disaster.

The specialist I just saw said that he believes the patellar implant is both too small and too thin, so that the edges of the bone hit my femur and that’s what’s causing the constant pain on the outside of my knee, and the fact that I really can’t put much pressure on it at all. He says he “might” be able to revise it with a bigger implant, but I must agree to go into surgery with the knowledge I could wake up with a total knee replacement, if he thinks that will give me a better outcome.  He is a well-respected surgeon and university professor as well, my doctor’s mentor, so I trust that what he’s telling me is what he feels is right – however it’s not what I can deal with right now for something that shouldn’t be this god damn complicated.

I neither want nor need a TKR, the cartilage that would replace is perfectly fine, it’s my patella and has always been just my patella.  Worse still, since June 4 I am unemployed, so the chances of me getting anything revised are between slim and none now.   So now I have to look for work in this less than perfect state and hope I can find something where my knee won’t be a detriment.  It’s not easy, because it affects everything I do.

I have met twice with the hospital and the practice managers about what they did to me, and not only have they behaved in a way so stupid it defies belief but they have now stooped to flat out bald faced LYING about what happened to me.  They take responsibility for NOTHING.  They lied about the nurse removing my sutures from the first surgery and smearing my leg with surgical glue, claiming that IS the way it’s supposed to be used (it is not, any 4th grader can read the directions). They also flat out lied saying that the nurse never embedded steri strips into the wet glue which not only caused burns but broke open the incision which four days later started spewing infected fluid.  The fact that I have pictures of the resulting burn marks means nothing to them, nor does the fact that they reference the steri strips they supposedly never used in the office notes.  They just caught themselves in their own lie, which should sit well when the Board of Medicine takes up my complaint.  The doctor continues to reiterate his surgical procedures and how they can’t possibly be wrong, because he followed directions.  Really?  How does that explain the poor outcome, if you did it so well?

They claimed no responsibility for the Pseudomonas infection I got there, nor did they seem to be aware that it is THE most common hospital acquired infection, and that it is spread by poor hygiene.  I handed them a printout from the CDC which they didn’t seem to be familiar with. 

All of this has been compiled and sent to the state board of medicine as a formal complaint and request that they be investigated for their procedures and their complete lack of documentation, not to mention the doctor’s lack of familiarity with anesthetics.  Meanwhile, I am still in agony and trying to continue a normal life – I have a house, and gardens and things need taking care of, so I get to do it in pain. Every time I get up out of a chair, the pain is different – today it’s pounding on the top of my tibia for some reason, along with the usual throbbing on the outside of my knee.  It is brutal.  I did call an attorney, three times, and he wouldn’t even call me back, so I guess the prospect of getting any kind of relief is nil.  I know of someone who had a routine colonoscopy and was punctured – suffered through peritonitis, the whole 9 yards, lost work, sick for months.   She sued the doctor (who had done this to ten others but that wasn’t admissible in court) and she LOST.  My state has a tribunal that decides whether your case has merit and can proceed to malpractice or not, so you basically have to pay to prepare a trial twice.  No lawyers will do that unless there is a MASSIVE payoff at the end, i.e., brain death, permanent injury, blatant malpractice.  I’m going to continue to attempt to get some resolution out of them to cover fixing this, and if they fail to help me then I guess I go to the media and give them a little more bad press, beware patients, you need to know what you’re getting into with this hospital, they don’t give a s**t whether you’re happy or not.