Elderly parent with knee problem

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Hi,my dad is 81. He has had a weak knee for years.It's got worse,he's in pain and he has fell twice.Doc won't give a knee replacement.Advise?

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    Hi has he had all the injections he can have into the knee they worked on one side for me but sadly not on the other so had tkr and I have to say it is not easy it's very painful long process so at your dad's age I cam understand his doctors caution. Hope something else helps him

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    Hi cheryl. TKR is not always the answer. At 81 I would NEVER go through the agony of the operation. Maybe get 2nd opinion however with mobility aids, exercise and adequate pain relief, your Dad may be better off. It is a horrible procedure and recovery is far from swift. X
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      Hi again cheryl. My GP told me 50% of TKR patients are unhappy at 1 year post op. I believe it! My sister had one tkr in 2007 and had a great result. My friend had one done in 2009 and is still moaning about how he wished he'd never bothered! My two were done in Mar 2016 by an Ortho specialist who is famous here in Oz for athletic injuries. I have faith in his ability but it's been tested!!! Good luck to your Dad! X

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    I thinks I'd look for a new Dr. Unless of course he has heart, lungs or some other organic related problem. You might just ask the Dr be straight with you whether it's your dad's health or if Medicare would fight him paying for the proceedure. Sorry to say but under the newer changes in medicare many proceedures and tests are no longer paid for or allowed for 75 and older. The determination is sort of an unwritten code that says will the reciepient live long enough to make it worth while. As I am approaching that four score plateau of my life (i don't like to use the term 80 as it makes me seem old) I don't look optimistically at health care coverage, even though I have paid for it and continue to do so.

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      I know what you mean about age. The thing is he likes to be active and walk places like around the shops,car boot sales etc. Plus if he pushes my mom in her wheel chair. But it's like his knee can give way at anytime. He used to be in pain but was given tablets for it ,but now he feel his knee is stiff and he can feel it crunching he said.He has no heart problems,just high blood pressure and type 1 Diabetis.He takes medication for this.It's hard to know what the answer is other than go private.

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      Not sure that you can circumvent Medicare if you are in the US. No knowledge of how other countries work. You sure hate to see anyone held down because of rules. My wife is in the advanced stages of Parkinson's so I am responsible for nearly e eything around the house. I know what it's like to fight doing the necessary when you are in pain

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