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Knee fusion at 33?
Aug 16, 2006
I am new to this site and looking for advice from anyone who has undergone knee arthrodesis. I found a few testimonials, but I'd really like to hear from as many as possible before I make a decision. I'm a 33-year-old single mom with a preschooler. I have been on crutches since November 2002 when I received serious knee dislocation and multi-ligament tears in a MVA. Since then, I've been through at least ten surgeries and now the docs are telling me my only option is knee fusion to regain any stability. I'm frustrated, angry, depressed, and scared. Can anyone help answer some of the questions I have and make it easier for me to decide what to do? Thanks.
[QUOTE=slave2crutchz]I am new to this site and looking for advice from anyone who has undergone knee arthrodesis. I found a few testimonials, but I'd really like to hear from as many as possible before I make a decision. I'm a 33-year-old single mom with a preschooler. I have been on crutches since November 2002 when I received serious knee dislocation and multi-ligament tears in a MVA. Since then, I've been through at least ten surgeries and now the docs are telling me my only option is knee fusion to regain any stability. I'm frustrated, angry, depressed, and scared. Can anyone help answer some of the questions I have and make it easier for me to decide what to do? Thanks.[/QUOTE]Hi, Slave to Crutchz. See my earlier posting, Arthodesis in 1970. My advice to you would be, go for the fusion so long as you are confident about your diagnosis. I have never had any pain in the fused knee, my later problems have been backache and complemntary pain on the right side of the body. Sounds like yoyur situation could only be improved by this op. If you have any specific questions let me know. I should think I'm as big an expert as anyone - I'm now 53 and had this op. in 1970. All the best.
[QUOTE=slave2crutchz]I am new to this site and looking for advice from anyone who has undergone knee arthrodesis. I found a few testimonials, but I'd really like to hear from as many as possible before I make a decision. I'm a 33-year-old single mom with a preschooler. I have been on crutches since November 2002 when I received serious knee dislocation and multi-ligament tears in a MVA. Since then, I've been through at least ten surgeries and now the docs are telling me my only option is knee fusion to regain any stability. I'm frustrated, angry, depressed, and scared. Can anyone help answer some of the questions I have and make it easier for me to decide what to do? Thanks.[/QUOTE]


Hey there, I also am 33 but I had too have my right knee fused 10 years ago at 23. I'd also had a sever dislocation, which tore my posterior and anterior crutiate ligaments, basically seperating my leg.

My oldest son was just a year old, and a year after it was done I had my youngest son. It was hard giving birth with a straight leg, but managable. i was in so much pain before the op, it was such a relief to have it done. A god-send if you like! It took no time at all to adjust too and no problems except for arthritis in opersite leg (but tht is because I have weak joints anyway). I develpoed multiple sclerosis in my late twenties, and then the dificulties started and now am considering amputation (any advice welcome on that issue) because I am in a wheelchair a lot of the time and being over 6ft tall, its kinda hard with a straight leg!

I really do recommend the op tho, you will recover real quick (especially if your strong willed). It dosen't affect the children, except not so easy to play football with them! I've even been rock climbing, horse riding, rollercoaster riding. Dosen't stop me and i've been pain free ever since!

Good luck huni:)
hi am new to this as well!!! I am older than you am 35 and i am thinking about a knee fusion as well, i have had problems all my life and had my knee cap removed in 1989, i have been offered a fusion but like you im not sure at time i could quite easily chop my leg of due to the pain thats my main reason for having it. If any one could give me advice too i would be greatful. My main concern would be not to be able to drive so if anyone who has had it done and can still drive and do all activities i would love to hear from you. I hope everything goes well for you whatever you decide to do good luck!!!!!

carole x
Hi I read your posts while looking for some help for my burning hips. I just wanted to quickly share with you the knowledge I have of my boyfriend's fusion. He was 39 when he was hit by a car while jogging...to make a long story short eventually after about 5 years of pain and many failed surgeries and too much damage to his knee they decided that it would less painful if they fused his leg. I met him after he had his leg fused. He ended up going to a Dr. in Toronto, who did two years of prep work on his leg getting ready for a fusion take down. He put balloons in his leg and every week my b.f. had to go the 2 hr. drive to Toronto to get an injection in the balloon, which eventually grew into a big bubble and he grew more skin to help with all the scared skin that needed replaced. There's a name for this, but at the moment I can't think of it. Anyways, he eventually had his fusion take-down....and he's now living a wonderful life again. He goes to the gym daily.....still has pain when he works out too hard though. They are doing wonderful work now. Don't give up. His fusion take down was 5 years ago and at that time the Dr. who did the work had only done 50 before him.
Can you explain why a fusion rather than total knee replacement?
Seems like if you have a fusion won't you walk stiff legged then
Crspy
Yes, he did want stiffed legged, as you put it. His leg did not bend it was fused solid with metal plates. My understanding is they fused it because it was so damaged and they didn't think he was a candidate for a knee replacement. One reason they said he was too young orginally. I guess technology has improved and they are making the knee replacements last longer now. When they fused his leg he thought he'd never have a replacement that it was a done deal. When he had his fused leg it still caused him a lot of pain, but not as much as before the fusion. Hope this helps some. He probably could explain this alot better than I am.
Hey, i know this thread is a little old, but i thought id dig it back up for a moment. haha

Im about to get my taylor spatial frame off for my fused knee and I was wondering if you other knee fusion people could give me some advice/support. Im 20 yrs old and in college, so therefore am forced to be active to get around campus. Im worried that the pain will be hard to deal with or it will be too hard to get around campus. BUT ill be able to wear pants again! haha

ashley





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