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Offline blkgryphon

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Help for my mother? Post-knee replacement surgery pain
« on: October 31, 2013, 04:33:51 AM »
Hello,

I am new here, hoping that someone might have some valid suggestions to help my mother. She is in her mid 70s and had a total knee replacement about two years ago. The first surgeon she went to declined to do her surgery, telling her that because her knee was very crooked ("knock-kneed" build) to start with, he didn't feel he could create a good replacement knee -- he simply didn't have the expertise. She finally found a surgeon willing to take on her case. Well, she is now two years post-op and having terrible, constant pain. She has seen her surgeon and other doctors, pain specialists, arthritis people, etc., and they have said they really don't know why it is hurting and they have not been able to help her. The surgeon thinks it is likely because of the crookedness of her natural knee, and that the replacement knee is not angled the same way, so it doesn't fit perfectly with the rest of her body.

My question may sound a little crazy, but I am a horse person, and I know that in some cases, when horses have chronic pain in the lower limbs, a veterinarian can "nerve" the horse, meaning that they basically damage the nerve to that part of the leg so that the horse no longer feels pain in that area. The horses get used to the lack of feeling in that leg and can still function. Is there any kind of procedure in humans like that? My thought is that if the nerve(s) carrying the pain "messages" were transected, the signals wouldn't reach the brain. I think my mom would put up with a numb leg if it meant no more pain.

If that is not something that is done, are there any suggestions?

Offline MyKnee2010

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Re: Help for my mother? Post-knee replacement surgery pain
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 12:50:20 PM »
Hi,

Yes, nerves can be blocked or disconnected. Your mom should find a good neurologist to see if nerves could be causing her pain. I have had several surgeries to disconnect nerves that were causing pain in the knee area of my legs. It has helped some but knees are so complicated that finding the true cause of pain & fixing it is a very tricky job. Has she asked her pain specialists about the possibility that this is nerve damage?