advise from anyone who has now had TKR

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Hi, i'm a first time poster!! I am 41 and after my last surgery i have been told by my surgeon that as there is no cartilage in my right knee, that my only option is to persevere until my knee wears out enough to be replaced, I am around 15 years too young for TKR. I am struggling with this as it is having massive implications on work and family life. Since the op in February I have noticed that the knee is stiff and occassions it locks, mainly on the inside of the knee. My question is have you any advise on how to ease the locking and stiffness( i do stretches, spinning and occasionally yoga). ive recently read a post on Synvis injections, how do you access these? As you can see I have so much that i need to know/ research.

thanks 

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    Hi Steve,

    Someone on this forum has talked about the shots you refer to. I gather they are not yet available on the NHS but cost about £600 a session (or a shot, I can't recall). Good luck.

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    STEVE 

    I AM THE GUY WHO HAS HAD THE SYNVISC INJECTIONS ADND AM DOING REALLY WELL- SEVERAL CLINICS IN THE UK OFFER THIS SERVICE

    BUT I CHOSE THE BLACKBERRY CLINC AS THEY ARE IN GUILDFORD SURREY 1 MILE FROM WHERE I LIVE.

    GIVE IT A GO I THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND IT

    REGARDS

    JUDE

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    Firstly you are not too young for a replacement knee as they cannot discrimate anymore I am only 44 and am having a tkr on 9th September. There are things that can help cortisone injections, synvisc one injections and physio. I wish you all the best 
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      Hello Joanne, is your TKR on the NHS? I've been offered cortisone injections, have you had any? Good luck with the OP, I really do hope its successful, I don't know about you but I'm sick of my knees affecting my life. 

      Steve 

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      Hi Joanne,

      I am the person who has posted a comment on the synvisc route

      the inkjection that I went for was  synvsc 3 injections as opposed  to the synvsc 1 which although is the latest system is not advocated by those who adminster these products.

      I was advised that the synvsc 1 (i injection) has  proved not as good as the 3 injection -  the cortisone injections should not be recommended as a route to go unless the person is suffering from swelling etc.   they have side effetcts and are only really an ati-inflamatory 

      regards

      jude

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      hi steve

      see my post of the knee injections success that I have  recently

      experienced with a synvisc 3 injectionthe cortisone injections should not be recommended as a route to go unless the person is suffering from swelling etc.   they have side effetcts and are only really an ati-inflamatory - hope this helps you both

      regards

      jude

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      Hi Steve yes my op is on the nhs I had an arthroscopy last year to determine the damage and was found to have severe grade 3 osteoarthritis they tried the synvisc one injection which for me did not work if anything I had more pain. I went to see my consultant in June after them trying everything else they could possibly try and they finally agreed to do a tkr which as I say is 9th sept .

      i totally agree with you though my knee has restricted my life for so long now I just want to get the op done so I can start recovery to near normal lol

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    Hi Steve, 

    Sorry to hear about your suffering. Just to let you know I had my TNR 11 days ago and I am 54.

    My surgeon told me I needed this operation when I was 50, he left the decision of when I had the op up to me. I went back to see him in a March this year and he agreed to put me on the waiting list. 

    This is the NHS as well not private!! I realise I am quite young to be having it done compared to a lot of people, but it was affecting my quality of life and also my work( I am a nurse) 

    Hopefully I will be fully recovered soon and back at work and enjoying life again? If I have to have the joint replaced in 10-15 years time then so be it?

    Hope this helps you? 

    Pauline.

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    Hi Steve 

    The Synvis injections are available on the NHS in some regions. I know someone in Yorkshire  who had had them. Don't leave it too long for the TKR.  You have a lot of pain initially but not for too long. 6 months after my op and I feel rejuvenated.

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    your not too young , im 53 and have had both knees done , but i know your fight , there are insoles and leg  braces as well as the injections all of which did nothing for me , but when it afects your life working or at home you need to push it , there not happy about doing tkr on some one young because it will need doing again at some point , my argument is i want to live while im young enough to enjoy it and want to work , this horrid thing should not stop you living , good luck 

     

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    hello, i have just come across this forum when i was looking for prices for synvisc one injections, ive been having them for about 5-6 years now and was told last year my hospital and g.p can no longer prescribe them yet i can have a private prescription! (and i cant afford it)

    for me they were amazing, steroid injections didnt touch me. i damaged my knee when i was 11 and have had 6 operations on my knee and now need a new one, dr told me i have the knee of a 60 year old and im only just 30. i would say if you can go for them, worth a try anyway. 

    good luck.

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    Hi Steve, I am 42 and am 7 weeks post op for a TKR, It took 18 months of visits to my specialist before he finally said there was no other option even then he still didn't want to do the surgery because I was "too young", I now have no knee pain only the post op pain that will eventually go away and have now started the process for the other leg. - don't take no for an answer quality of life is so important.

    Cheryl NZ

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