Second Knee Surgery

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Old 08-28-11, 11:15 AM
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Second Knee Surgery

Had the right knee replaced Friday. I can't believe the technology upsurge in just the past 4 months. Left knee I had unbearable pain from the time I left the OR to my room, where it finally was controlled somewhat.
This time I have had absolutely no, zero, nada pain. Instead of drugging you up with narcotics (which only tell your brain there is no pain) and making you fuzzy, the new technique is a softball sized container of a product similar to lidocaine which is infused through a very small spiral shaped catheter inserted near your groin. It sends this local anesthetic all the way to your toes. Everything is "dead", BUT it don't hurt. They gradually back off it over a day and a half until they turn it completely off. Then you can go on a reasonable amount of Percoset and go home. Got home a few minutes ago, and feel great.
 
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Glad it's going well for you although I suspect it still isn't a walk in the park

Wish you a speedy recovery!!
 
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No pickup basketball games for a while huh?
 
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Old 08-28-11, 05:20 PM
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Not for a week or so, at least! Walking is no problem. Site pain is setting in, now, so control that, and I'll be fine. Thanks for the well wishes!!
 
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Hope you get better.
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Get well soooooooooooooooon!
 
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My knees have had me sidelined for over a year now, doctor saying my joints are worn out. Finally got to the specialists and got a better opinion. Reviewed x rays and flexed my knees like a door hinge and announced I had young knees. Said he would see me in 20 years. Might have to dig me up. I aint been easy on them and they have hauled an oversize load most of my life, but I'll take it. Know they just have to figure out why they hurt like mad.

From the people I know who have gotten replacements, you should be in good shape. Good luck with the new hinges.

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Glad to hear GOOD NEWS
I am 66 years old and I too am facing knee surgery. I had it scheduled, locally, but wanted a second opinion. I got an appointment with a well recommended specialist in a much larger hospital and the first thing he asked me was "what is your greatest problem"
I stated that I was not in great pain but was before the cortisone injections. He advised me against surgery as long as the injections were working.
Really surprised me but I took his advise and it has been relatively trouble free for a couple of months.
I guess I am just postponing the inevitable, but this is not a good time----Will there ever be
 
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Old 08-29-11, 04:50 AM
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Yeah, Giles, I was having the Synvisc One injections, and my "owie" doctor (who is in sports medicine) told me he would keep injecting me as long as I wanted and as long as it worked. HOWEVER, there will be a day when they don't work. That day, you'll have to decide on the knee surgery. I did, and don't regret it. I was bone on bone on both knees (one worse than the other). Good luck with the shots, and your ultimate decision.
Bud. If you can flex them and have relatively low pain, you're good for a while IMO. My problem was the joints were swelling and keeping normal flexion down. Only way to get on the floor was to fall near something that you could get back up with
 
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Old 08-29-11, 08:58 AM
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Sure I told you about my BIL having a new knee last summer and it was loose. He went to doctor #2 (same office as doctor #1) and he couldn't believe how loose it was and that he didn't injure himself climbing ladders for a year.

Anyway, about a month ago they took out the 13mm spacer (the white part of the joint) and installed a 16mm one. Hundred percent better, he's a happy camper now.

Odd but true and the surgery didn't hurt near as much. BIL did mention that doctors are practicing medicine.
 
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Yeah, I hate relying on people who are only "practicing". I think that may be the problem with my left knee and it's inability to properly flex. Mine is the opposite of your BIL. Mine is too tight. In his operative notes, the first "surgeon" stated he did not resurface the kneecap. Well, if you don't resurface it, and you insert a 10mm prosthesis in it, duh! I think I will have it looked into as well after some healing takes place on #2.
 
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And I bet it wasn't done "under warranty"!!
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Sure I told you about my BIL having a new knee last summer and it was loose. He went to doctor #2 (same office as doctor #1) and he couldn't believe how loose it was and that he didn't injure himself climbing ladders for a year.

Anyway, about a month ago they took out the 13mm spacer (the white part of the joint) and installed a 16mm one. Hundred percent better, he's a happy camper now.

Odd but true and the surgery didn't hurt near as much. BIL did mention that doctors are practicing medicine.
 
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Old 08-29-11, 09:24 AM
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And I bet it wasn't done "under warranty"!!
Actually, doctor #1 said he would fix it up for half price. "No thanks."
 
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Old 08-29-11, 09:25 AM
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Giles, it's odd you would mention that. I contacted my insurance company and told them I was having a little problem with the knee and had no intention of going back to the monkey with a chainsaw, she told me since I have what is called an "Open Access" policy, if I am not satisfied with the original surgery or surgeon, and to get if fixed by anyone anywhere I wanted ( as long as it was in network). I was amazed they would say that.
 
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