How much can he tell from an X-ray?

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I see the surgeon on March 8th. Going for my xray on the first. Hopefully he will have my xrays on his desk when i see him. As Ive said,I have a clicking/clunking of my replaced knee which i can feel rather than hear almost every time i move. There is no pain with this and if thats all i have to put up with i am happy as everything else seems fine. Pain in general is minimal. But I cant help thinking something could be loose due to the clicking. Does anyone know whether he would be able to tell if anything wrong by looking at the xray? Or have any thoughts?

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    Sounds like you are pretty upbeat with your progress.  Don't worry about the clunking. Yes it is audible to others and yes it feels weird, but if you keep on with strengthening your quads it will disappear and you knee will be stable.
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    John - my (1st) TKR WAS loose - my leg gave way anywhere & everywhere. It was replaced 4 months ago after a year of hell - yes I clunk clicked, & I do now with the replacement TKR. When it gave way (I had to wait a full year, even tho they knew it was bad - it's all to do with the bone healing from the 1st "attack"!!) the pain was excruciating. It was misaligned too, but that could have happened in the 1st few weeks when pain overtook everything else & it had given way - moving the posts. I'll never know, & I guesss the surgeons won't either. What I am saying, is learn to put up with the clunking, I too hate it, but know this replacement is in correctly, so it's a small price to pay. IF it was loose, believe me - you'd know about it!
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      You are right about the pain of a loose replacement. Absolute pure pain.  If you concentrate on strengthening your thigh muscles you will notice that the clunking will ease.
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      Thanks for relating your experience Veronica. Sorry to hear about your really bad experience. But glad to hear about how you are now. As said if its only the clunking ill be happy. After all they cant replace like for like. And your last sentence is telling and makes sense.
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    John, my physician told me that the clicking (which I can only feel, and it does feel weird) is normal.  He said that I'll have it forever, just part of the deal.  No pain with it, just like a "catch" when I walk.  

    See what your Dr. says though

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      Thanks Mary ann. My experience is the same. Only feeling,i cant hear it. THe physio said she could the other day,but shes younger than me! Sounds like your guy is approachable. Mine isnt,but he is going to be on the 8th. Great to hear other peoples experiences.
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      I had an awesome Dr. (in Richmond, VA)  He has given me as much time as needed to ask questions and he explains everything.  They should all be like that.  Good luck with your appointment and bring that list of concerns!
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      Still early days.  I promise you it will go, it's a hard slog and there will be days when you think the clicking and clunking will never ease, but it will. One day you'll suddenly realise there is silence and not weird feeling.  When the reattach every during the operation, they cannot be 100% the right tension,  but by exercising and strengthening your quads you will get there. 
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      That's great to hear.  Thanks for this bit of sunshine!  I'm doing really well and feel so bad for those out there who are struggling.  I have the usual post op issues, but nothing I can't deal with.  So, thank God, and my sincere thoughts for all who are not there yet.  

      Thanks again!!

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