Banner - Hide this banner





Author Topic: My ongoing saga  (Read 470 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline ajzjmsmom

  • MICROgeek (<20 posts)
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Liked: 1
My ongoing saga
« on: January 21, 2022, 12:22:35 PM »
Hello all!  This is actually my husbands saga but since I am his ride to die person, it has become my saga as well.  My hubby is almost 57 years old and has been historically tough on his knees, blown out both ACL's, several meniscus repairs and most recently TKA's on both knees.  Left knee was done July 2020, surgery was very successful with really quick recovery.  He opted to have the right knee operated on in Nov 2020, this time the hospital had just gotten the MAKO system and my husband was selected to have his surgery that way.  I might add, he really did not want that system but Mrs. search the internet (me) had read that it was a quicker recovery, less painful and less soft tissue damage.  I was very wrong, with his first TKA, he had a drain, was in the hospital for 2 nights, with the second due to Covid, he was operated on as an outpatient, no drain and no overnight stay.  He bruised alot more and had a lot more swelling with the second surgery.   

Fast forward to March 2021, towards the end of the month he began to comment that the right knee was feeling sloppy, in May he had his 6 month follow up for the Nov surgery and sure enough, on the lateral side, there was a huge gap or opening.  Dr said that he would have to have a revision, they said either just replace the plastic spacer or potentially replace the upper prosethetic with a non cruciate retaining piece, they ended up just putting in a thicker spacer on 7/6.  7/22 we went back for a follow up, knee looked great, dr said he could do his Pt on his own and on 7/23 he ended PT at the facility.  7/24 we went to our local gym to do some PT and leaving the facility, someone had dripped water down a high waxed tile floor and he hit the water and went down.  In trying to keep from falling, he pulled the top 1/4 of his patella apart on the left knee, had a displaced fracture which required surgery on 7/30.  His surgeon put him in non-weight bearing status in a brace and on crutches for the first 4 weeks after surgery, he got up twice a day to go to the bathroom and in doing so put all of his weight on the right knee.   At 4 weeks after the patella repair, both knees looked good and they allowed him to go to weight bearing, opened up his brace to 30 degrees and he started PT.  4 weeks later the right knee had yet again developed lateral laxity and his surgeon began to discuss operating again, this time his options are either a LCL reconstruction or going to a hinged knee which his doctor doesn't want to do because of my husbands age, activity level and he is a big guy. 

Let me tell you, trying to find a revision specialist to get a second opinion on that right knee is horrible, they all want one full year since the last procedure.  I can't imagine my husband waiting until July to have this right knee fixed but at this point in time I don't have alot of confidence in his original surgeon, since he has never performed a LCL reconstruction on a prosthetic knee, plenty on native knees.  This has been such a frustrating time and seeing my husband in so much pain and how much his life has changed is heart breaking. 

Any input or ideas would be greatly appreciated, right know traveling out of state is not a good option since he can't sit or walk for long periods of time due to the knees.

Offline ubercool

  • MINIgeek (20-50 posts)
  • **
  • Posts: 47
  • Liked: 2
Re: My ongoing saga
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2022, 08:43:31 PM »
So sorry to hear this. :-\ Since he can't travel, we have to know what city you are in to make recommendations (unless I missed it).

Offline ajzjmsmom

  • MICROgeek (<20 posts)
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Liked: 1
Re: My ongoing saga
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2022, 11:35:59 AM »
I am so sorry, I didn't even think to post the city we live in.  Thankfully about 10 days after that post, the revision specialist we were trying to see, approved my husband as a patient.  We met with him on 2/4 and my husband is scheduled for surgery on April 8th, everything is backlogged due to Covid.  The knee revision specialist will be working with a Sports medicine surgeon, he will completely replace the prosthetics to a constrained TKR and the other surgeon will do a LCL reconstruction at the same time. We really like this surgeon and were very impressed with him, he knew almost immediately what needed to be done, explained everything very well and in depth.  He did labs to rule out infections and since they came back normal, there was no need to pull any fluid.  He also did a long bone xray to make sure there was nothing else in my husbands leg that was causing the issues with the LCL.  He thinks he will be able to make it work with the constrained and then that will still leave a hinged as an option if need be further down the road.















support