8 Surgeries, 3 ACL replacements-ins won’t approve TKR

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Newbie to the Forum. Ive had 8 knee surgeries, 5 on right w 2 being ACL Replacements & 3 on left w 1 being ACL Replacement. I'm in my late 40's and can barely walk because i'm in so much pain. Insurance wont approve TKR's & I'm at a loss as to what i can do. I used to be very active & athletic (tore up my knees playing baseball) and it's very depressing to not be able to do normal things like WALK without being in so much pain. Exercising is difficult & no access to a pool. The pain is getting worse & worse and my QOL is going down hill. I've tried both orthovisc & synvisc which minimally help for about a month or 2. Don't think the pain of getting the shots outweigh the benefits of the shot. Looking for any suggestions on other treatments or therapies that may be helpful w the pain. At this point, I'm desperate & willing to try most anything that will help with the pain.

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    if hour insurance wont cover TKR.....will they cover physiotherapy

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    I feel for you mate!

    Can you go and get a second/third ''' opinion? you need an immediate solution, sorry I can't help!

    I had TKR 12 months ago and I can't straighten my leg and my ROM is a mere 25 degrees.

    Good luck!!!!

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      These are great exercises to get your ROM back at home...

      ROM At Home

      I started out at -14/+84 and got to -1/+123 at 12 weeks post op. Four years later, I'm 0/+133...it took a ton of work and pain to get there. There's an aid device that could help....


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    Damn...you beat me!!! I had four knee scopes, two each side and then years of Synvisc shots before a left TKR. It was a brutal surgery with an equally brutal initial recovery (3 months) and then a full recovery at the one year mark. This is not an op to go into lightly. I've had five lumbar spine ops plus the knee and a hip...the knee was the worst.

    Lucky for you, there is an intermediate step between what you've done and a TKR...and that is COOLIEF. This is a Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation of the nerves surrounding the knee. During the 15-minute op done under sedation, the doc deadens the nerves around the joint (knee, hip, elbow, shoulder) that are causing the pain to be transmitted to the brain. Takes a few weeks to take full effect but can last up to two years. Hurts again? Just redo the procedure. COOLIEF is FDA-approved and known to put off a TKR for quite a while.

    Visit the COOLIEF website for more information and to locate a certified doc near you. Worth a look.

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