Forthcoming TKR, and jig being manufactured?

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Hi

A quick question, i am waiting on going in for TKR left knee, (which is to be followed by THR Left hip when possible after)  

I recieved a letter from my Consultant saying he is arranging another MRI scan as they are having to get a specific jig made for my op due to having compoud fractures of the Femur, tib and fib year's ago in a rta.

Has anyone heard of this before, and does this mean the joint i get will likely be a one off?

Cheer's for any replies.

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    There is a method of of custom design that a company in Sweden (?) has been doing. These are precision cut prosthesis especially done kon an individual basis. Most of us get an "off the shelf" system and they whittle and chisel as necessary to make it fit.. Those that have been on here that have used this new system have high praise for it. New technology all the time keeps making this a better process. I believe the system you will experience require less drilling.

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    Hi clive. My Ortho surgeon had me go for a CAT bone scan two weeks before. The measurements of our bones etc. are digitally sent to Sweden or Japan and the devices are made to fit perfectly. My recovery at 18 weeks is similar to others here but I am starting to notice the strength and power of my incredible new knees. The technology is awesome and I am super grateful that I was fortunate enough to have very little side effects EXCEPT pain. Get it under control as soon as possible. If it hurts tell someone and insistvon pain relief. Hydromorphone worked for me! Good luck and may the Force be with you!
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    Hi, I had tkr 10 weeks again here in the UK, at an orthopadic specialist hospital stanmore. As I also had previous fractures to my femur and my tibia and I had a deformity to my knee because of fractures. I had a custom built knee joint called smiles. My recovery has been very slow because of the complex surgery. I see my surgeon tomorrow for the first time since leaving hospital 9 weeks ago. I will suggest to you, and please please start exercising your quad muscles now! That has been my biggest hold back... my quad muscles have been so weak because of the change in my leg, they have had to work differently. And now finally I am just able to walk free from crutches in doors. My new would just give way on me... never hurt but scary. So please start exercises them muscles. I am pleased I had the operation and the pain has gone from my knee... it's the muscles have held me back. Good luck with your surgery.

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    Hi due to have the same type of op next week the jig allows the doc to keep everything in line because with a low down break of the femur they cannot insert

    a pin in the femur bone for alinement doc at my hospital said he has done a lot of these useing this method they still use a standard knee its supposed to be less painfull i hope so i had the other leg done last year and that was very painfull

    also i think by useing this method surgery needs to be done within 3 months of mri scan ill keep you posted im having mine done at  the

    rnoh hospital  stanmore i will post the result

    good luck

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      Hi Alan, I also had my knee done at rnoh on the 17th may. My ct scan was done a whole proiry to operation. I had a year of waiting on the list for my surgery. It was defiantly worth the wait. 10 weeks later and finally I am beginning to enjoy my tkr. Mr Pollock done my surgery. The waiting list was extremely long. I wish you good luck.. such a fantastic hospital.
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    Yes, when you have a fracture of the femur, even years ago there is a possiblity of the femur breaking again when the new hip is inserted. A special one has to be made for the exact size. You have a good consultant.
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      Many thanks to everyone for the info and best wishes, it,s great to hear from other's that have or are going through the same thing.

      Just waiting on the scan appointment, so hopefully it doesnt take too long once they have the data until it's made

      Cheer's folks

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      Slowly getting there, had MRI scans of the hip,knee,ankle (all left leg) yesterday so as they can get the jigs made (radiographer said it was the first time they have had to do that proceadure (. i thought there must be a few with alignment issues like me after rta's etc), still looking at around 6wks before the TKR, unless anyone knows if they are made any quicker ?

      Will post back on any developments, This is in the UK by the way.

      No date as such yet though

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