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Yesterday was my 6 week check-up with my new surgeon after my left TKR revision, & a whole year of pain & stiffness. What a brilliant man he is! He doesn't measure bends etc, he saw me sitting, watched me walk, got me to put my legs up & down, took me to a different room to see my x-rays, all the time watching how I walked & stood, & then told me too much pressure is put on getting to "goals", so never insists patients are at a certain stage - just lets them get on with it. He was VERY pleased with me, told me to ditch crutches outside as soon as I felt confident, (again, my choice) gave permission for me to drive again - in fact, because I really do feel & look so much better, I could see on his face how pleased he was with his handiwork. I saw on the x-rays how deep the revision prosthesis is in the tibia & femur, the false "ligaments" are actually one post, joining the two together. He pointed out my re-coated (again!) kneecap. I don't have the same horrendous pain re cut & re-stitched tendons & muscles, but he assured me it all had to be cut again, so I am putting it down to his skill. All in all, at just 6 weeks, time to celebrate. Did I say he is also extremely good looking - if only I wasn't old enough to be his mother..............................!!!!!
Those of you who are thinking of revisions, all I can say is - go for it. We are just statistics in that little box on the consent papers we all signed, so many TKR's are not perfect, but you do not have to live with it.
Merry Christmas one & all.
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