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Hello, Jan here from so.Calif. I've had a tough year this last year with 2 knee surgeries and another one coming up in a few weeks. First surgery was 11-10 for a partial knee replacement. Second surgery for same knee 12-10 to adjust my thigh muscle to help support the knee and keep it from shifting to the left as discovered in physical therapy. A year later and it still I am still in pain. Not so much from the hardware but the other side of the knee is basically collapsing. Now I need a complete knee replacement which will be scheduled in the next few weeks. I've had MRI's, x-rays, Cat scans and a bone scan to confirm the need for full replacement. I just feel I've been through the ringer this last year. It has been a difficult recovery and after all this, I'm now going in to have it all removed and do a full replacement. Has anyone else gone through what I have been through? I'm suppose to have the "best" Dr. in town according to several people. My insurance will change after the January,2012 and now is the time to get this done for financial purposes too. I'm frustrated with the process but hopeful that a full replacement will do the trick. I know what to expect for the recovery period and I know it's not fun at all. Just wanting to get it over with. Thanks for any advice whether I take it or leave it , it's good to have a place to vent.
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Hi:
I have not had knee replacements, but have had 2 hip replacements, about a year apart. I have had no problems with the replacements, but can offer your some empathy and understanding of your dread of more surgery.

This forum was a major form of support for me after each replacement. I urge you to keep reading here and also inform us readers of how things are going. I think you would find that the support and encouragement are priceless and help you in your recovery.

I sense that you may live alone and that is even more reason to bring your concerns to the wonderful readers of this forum. They have so much experience and wonderful ideas of how to get along and recover from the knee replacement.

Shirley H.
[QUOTE=Janagain;4878804]Hello, Jan here from so.Calif. I've had a tough year this last year with 2 knee surgeries and another one coming up in a few weeks. First surgery was 11-10 for a partial knee replacement. Second surgery for same knee 12-10 to adjust my thigh muscle to help support the knee and keep it from shifting to the left as discovered in physical therapy. A year later and it still I am still in pain. Not so much from the hardware but the other side of the knee is basically collapsing. Now I need a complete knee replacement which will be scheduled in the next few weeks. I've had MRI's, x-rays, Cat scans and a bone scan to confirm the need for full replacement. I just feel I've been through the ringer this last year. It has been a difficult recovery and after all this, I'm now going in to have it all removed and do a full replacement. Has anyone else gone through what I have been through? I'm suppose to have the "best" Dr. in town according to several people. My insurance will change after the January,2012 and now is the time to get this done for financial purposes too. I'm frustrated with the process but hopeful that a full replacement will do the trick. I know what to expect for the recovery period and I know it's not fun at all. Just wanting to get it over with. Thanks for any advice whether I take it or leave it , it's good to have a place to vent.
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Hi Jan,
It looks as though we are going to be travelling the same road, at about the same time. Let's hope we both get a good result in the end!

My partial knee replacement, done 11 years ago, has now failed. The spacer between the metal components has broken and the pieces are dislodged. I'm now walking with crutches, but can feel and hear metal grating on metal. The bits of spacer sometimes jam up my knee, so that it gets locked, either straight or partly bent - that's very painful.

I'm scheduled for a revision to a total knee replacement on 9th December. I'm apprehensive, but I can't go on with my knee as it is now, so I'll just have to be brave and get on with it.

Good luck!

Celle.
Hi...I'm Jenny and I've had 14 knee surgeries so far. I "get it".

Twelve years ago(almost 13) I had both knees operated on to see if my right knee could be saved and a preliminary operation on my left to prepare for knee replacement. I'd had 3 open joint surgeries on it and they had to do a "flap" to get the skin to heal prior to replacement. Then 8 weeks later, they replaced both knees in one mammoth operation that took 8 hours. BTW, I only had an epidural as generals are bad for my lungs. Celle...an epidural does not enter the spinal canal so that might be an option for you after all...I can't have a spinal either.

Recovery just from all the anesthesia can be hard on the body in general. Knee replacement is hard on the body and soul....it does hurt and you know that. But I've never regretted it. You just have to tell yourself that you need to give your body time and TLC to heal. The liver alone has a tough job dealing with the drugs and anesthesia so you really have to eat well and sleep when you want to and whatever you do....DON'T PUSH YOURSELF. Had a lady here who pushed herself...said she couldn't sit still....and ended up with horrible complications and more surgery. This is one time you have to let it heal if you don't want more surgery. Bone grows at just so fast a pace. She did way too much and loosened her implant...takes time for bone to grow into the implant.

I was 47 when I had these 4 surgeries and now at 60, am looking at revisions in the not too distant future. They only had 10-15 year knees then. Now they can last about 30 years so these may be your last knee surgeries so do it right.

Eat healthy, sleep a lot and do your PT and give it a year....it actually takes 2 years for the body to fully recover from a knee replacement. You'll like the new knee.

Jen
hi Jen, You are so right about not pushing yourself too hard after the surgery. Thank you for the reminder. I am really looking forward to the new knee working correctly and having a nice recovery. The partial knee replacement just didn't work. I guess it takes a few surgeries for some to resolve the issues. Tell me Jen, did you have a femoral block? Do you recommend it? I have heard it can be a unpleasant experience. Is it worth it? thanks
[QUOTE=Janagain;4891194]hi Jen, You are so right about not pushing yourself too hard after the surgery. Thank you for the reminder. I am really looking forward to the new knee working correctly and having a nice recovery. The partial knee replacement just didn't work. I guess it takes a few surgeries for some to resolve the issues. Tell me Jen, did you have a femoral block? Do you recommend it? I have heard it can be a unpleasant experience. Is it worth it? thanks[/QUOTE]

Hi, Jan ~
You're in the right place to ask all your questions.
This board was very helpful to me when I was planning for my TKR surgery.

Like Jen, I've had multiple surgeries on my knees.
I [I]did[/I] have a femoral block on both knees during my bilateral knee replacement surgery last December.
When you plan for your surgery -- be sure to ask whether the block will be installed/inserted/placed BEFORE you are taken into the surgical suite. That's what they did with me.

I completely FREAKED OUT when I learned that they would be doing this procedure before the general anesthetic.
But, the anesthesiologist completely/absolutely assured me that I would not be fully-awake during the placement of the femoral block.
(Just the idea of that procedure still gives me the shivers!)
Anyway, I have no memory of the block placement.
My anesthesiologist was wonderful, and completely understood my fears & apprehensions.

Keep asking questions here.
Keep asking questions to your surgeon and his/her staff.
Be an informed patient!

Take care,
Lynn





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