Aseptic Loosening in Total Knee Replacement.

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My Mum had a total knee replacement 30 years ago at the age of 50.

My Mum's Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon has diagnosed Asceptic Loosening, ie: the failure of the bond between an implant and the bone in the absence of infection. The Orthopaedic Consultant has said a revision could be done but there is no guarantee the operation would be successful. Just wondered if anyone has had this procedure.

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    yes I had the same thing after 3 years and I had a revision 11/18 meaning they put a whole new knee in with more cement

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    Hi Julie i had a left TKR done in september 2017 and found recovery really tough. i had lits of swelling but was constantly told its normal. At a year post op i had a routine xray done which showed a shadow in my tibia. when my surgeon looked at it he said the implant is loose. He sent me for bloods and a bone scan which just showed lots of activity in the knee due to loosening. He referred me to a different surgeon who specialises in revisions. I had it aspirated to see if there was any infection which came back negative. He wanted to leave ne for a further 3 months and repeat everything. I lasted 2 months but had to see him because the pain was unbearable and couldn't weight bear at all. He decided to treat it as if the loosening was due to infection meaning i would have a first stage revision and then have a proper revision done later on when he was confident there is no infection. To cut a long story short i have had the operation 7 weeks ago and they found a cavity where the infection had been so i basically healed myself. Recovery is going ok although i am aware that i will need another operation in the near future as this one is only plastic . I'm not even 50 yet!! I was expecting my TKR to last into my 70s but that hasn't been the case. It sounds like your mums had done really well but surgeons will never say that any operation will be successful just in case it isn't . Good luck Sue x

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      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for your good wishes. So very sorry to hear about your experience. TKR surgery is said to be one of the most successful procedures in medicine but it is truly devastating for the patient when there are complications. I wish you all the best with the next stage of your surgery and hope your new knee gives you many years of service. Julie x

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    I cannot fathom imagining being 80 and facing having to go through this Hell all over again. I am 68 and post op into my 7th month and still in horrible pain. Don't think I could do it again. Prayers for your Mum.

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      Hi Purplelover,

      thank you for your prayers for my mum.

      I'm so sorry to hear that you are still in terrible pain following your knee operation.

      I wish you all the best for a speedy return to health.

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