How relevant is the surgeon to after effects of knee replacement

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Has anyone on here had both knees done by the same surgeon but got totally different results after, or have they been more consistent?

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    I 've only had one knee done but I guess it would depend on the condition of your knee pre -op and if there were any intra-operative problems. In the UK surgical outcomes are published for Consultants but it doesn't indicate 1st or 2nd knees.

    I can understand with all your problems wanting to know this but there an element of risk in any op. I think I'd feel the same if mine wasn't straightforward .

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      Yes Jan - I do remember checking up on my surgeon before the op and being happy about what I read.  It's just that so often we read that one person can have a very different experience from one knee to the other.  So I wonder how much of that is down to the surgeon - if a different surgeon has done the knees, or if their experience is likely to be similar for each knee if the same surgeon has done them.  I know both of my knees were similarly affected by arthritis as far as the bone on bone went, although the one that has been operated on was bowing out more, and the leg shortened more by the arthritis (it's now the longest leg LOL!), so perhaps that was the worst, but I'd love to get any idea if I can expect the same easy ride with the second one LOL!  If the same surgeon does it:-))))

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    My personal experience - both knees done within 7 months of each other by the same surgeon, knee #2 is fine, knee #1 has just undergone a Revision as it was prematurelly loose....Revision has been done by a different surgeon as the first surgeon felt it was too complex for him to take on......so you probably couldnt get 2 more different results than mine! 
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    Hi Chris

    I've had two knees done by the same surgeon with very very different results.  One done in December 2015, and the other this past October, 2016.  The second knee is giving me many many problems - so healing can always be different no matter if the same surgeon does it or not.  I was expecting an easier outcome, but to my surprise, it's worse.

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      Thanks Jeanie.  Yes I'm prepared for not such an easy ride with the next one.  I'm so sorry to hear you're having so many problems though!  I hope things get better and better for you now!!!!  For me, it couldn't be easier than the first one, but if it's half as good I'll be well pleased:-))))

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    Hi I had both knees done 3 weeks ago so to early to really comment although I was at physio today and she seemed very pleased with how they are both looking.  Still very painful, to be expected.  I will repost in a few weeks time
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      That sounds really good Marilka!  Would you say both knees are healing at the same rate, are both about the same pain level etc?  Hope the rest of your recovery is good.  It is SO nice when physios are pleased with what you're doing!:-)))))

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    Hi Chris!

    Two knees done by same surgeon three and a half months apart (June and October 2015)

    First knee done was my second-best knee but gave me more problems with swelling, feeling VERY HEAVY for DAYS after surgery.

    Second knee done was my knee that had always hurt the most. I expected LOTS of trouble with surgery and recovery ,but my hospital experience was MUCH easier, less swelling, home after just two days.

    For me I have NO IDEA why one was harder than the other and why my knee in the worst condition prior to surgery had such a fast recovery.

    I think that each surgery is a unique experience. I think that you can follow everything the same and STILL end up with different results.

    I'm doing really good, by the way, and often think about how MY KNEES are often THE ONLY parts of my arthritic body that DON'T HURT!

    I hope all will go well for YOU!??

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      Thanks so much for this Cheryl.  I'm finding it so useful to know how it differs with both knees.  It's definitely a case of prepare for the worst, but hope for the best:-))))  I know what you mean about other parts hurting - wrists have flared up over the past few days - maybe the weather, don't know.  I'm looking at the other knee being done with the attitude that it might not be as easy as the first (and let's face it, it couldn't be easier!) but there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and I WILL get there and then I'll have ....... TWO good knees!  It seriously only was yesterday that I suddenly realised I HAVE A GOOD KNEE on the one that's been done and I'm so chuffed now the reality of that has hit!  I'd been walking around unaware of it but it wasn't until I got out of a low car that it hit me!  I'm SO SO pleased with it!

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