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hi everyone, just a word of caution for you all if you have been given the option to have your knee bursa removed. if I could turn back time I would rather of changed my job so I didn't have to kneel on my leg.
I am a 47 year old marine engineer physically fit but not super fit.
within the last 12 months I was getting swelling in my right knee more and more, caused by frequent kneeing, if the type of work changed I got no swelling at all, but work demanded I use my knees a lot, I went to several different private doctors who prescribed injection, anti inflammatory drugs leading up to an appointment with a traumatologist,I explained the past eight months had been difficult to work so he recommended minor surgery to remove the bursa sack and stated I should be back to normal in 4 to 6 weeks,I of course did as you are doing now reading up on the net first.
so on the 16th Dec 2009 I had my surgery, the small surgery gave me a 1 night in hospital, 10 cm scare on my knee, a little swollen which I thought was obvious and very little discomfort from the healing process all seemed well.
unfortunately my knee filled up with fluid again restricting my job, I returned to see the traumatologist who seemed un-surprised at first and drained about 50ml of pale red fluid from my knee this problem persisted for 1 month more the last time I visited him he made a small cut with a scalpel to help remove more fluid and small blood clots.
but it still filled with fluid, so he suggested a second op to do negative drainage? not sure what he meant but I was desperate to get back to normal.
the surgery took place on the 8th Jan 2010 this was a total failure ime sorry to say my leg swelled up like a football, the pain was terrible but I was discharged the next day to rest, I had only been home 3 hours with my leg raised up when I became tired and confused, luckily my wife was with me and noticed I was bleeding heavily through the thick bandages onto her new cushions, she got me an ambulance to the emergency depot, where they did very little except bind it up too tight and kept me in hospital again so my surgeon could see me the following day.
I cant express in words the severity of pain I went through that afternoon when the doctor performed drainage of my knee in my hospital bed, along with 2 bags of blood transfusions, I honestly cant believe how strong my heart is, it did me proud.
the next day the 9th Jan 2010 my surgeon called to see me and suggested emergency surgery, within 1 hour I was being operated on under gen anaesthetic.
today is Sunday 14th Jan 2010 I should be out with my lovely wife celebrating St valentines day but I am still in hospital, with a drain tube in my leg.
I look awful, I am so pale I feel totally deflated, I cant wait to get better, and get out of here.
please reconsider the full necessity why you need your op, think about your options, there probably has been hundreds of successful bursa operations but I have been so unlucky.
family and friends have already indicated I should take the private hospital to court, but I would not know where to start I just want my life back soon and I pray he has not taken away anything inside my knee that will stop me doing a job I love.
if anyone's interested I will update my experience next month.
on a lighter note the blood stain washed out of the cushion.
take care of yourselves
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