If I knew what I know now!!

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I had my first knee replacement February 2014. Things went well for 1 1/2 weeks.... PT like a champ, bending , straightening. Then pain: hideous pain that Percocet didn't touch. Horrible pain after PT. Saw the doc for a routine f/u. The knee was hot and could not be touched. "It's a painful surgery Jeanne" he said. I wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn't tell do it. Went back at 6 weeks....told doc pain was worse, not better. "It's a painful surgery Jeanne"...... I cried and grew depressed because I was a wimpy loser. Then my wound broke open and started draining.....no worries, doc said. You reacted to the glue...."why not at the rest of the incision?" I said. I've seen this before, my pompous surgeon replied. I debridided like he said.....got the wound closed. "But it hurts so much, I think it's infected" I said......"it's difficult to diagnose an infection" he said. I puked, I couldn't eat or sleep, 'y hair fell out, my eyelashes fell out. One day I could not put ANYweight on my leg....went to the ER. This is INFECTED, they said. Took the joint out and placed me in an immobilizer for 4 months with a PICC line for IV antibiotics. Then started all over with a new knee in August, 2014. Recovery all over again, neuropathy, PTSD anorexia and weakness. My other knee? It's now ruined but it will be a cold day in hell before I do it again.

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    Sorrry you have been through all this I think you have just been very unlucky.

    I can understand why you do not want to go through this again.

    Makes me realise how lucky I am to have had a totally successful TKR neasrly 5 years ago.

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    So sorry you're going through all this. And very sorry you that guy for a surgeon. There are so many good and caring ones out there. Mine brags a less than 1% infection rate and is very proactive with anything but "good news" on visits. In fact, I have my one year anniversary for my R-TKR tomorrow. He is not going to be happy with my progress as my right hip is shot and due for replacement in two weeks. So that poor knee is suffering from that. Good luck.

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    If only specialists would listen to the patients, and not always assume that they are being wimps!  If your infection had been caught right at the beginning, perhaps the outcome would not have been so drastic . . I do know of two other people who have passed though this same situation, so it is not so very rare . . but definitely very bad luck.  I hope your s

    revision TKR has finally been a success, but what a terrible trauma to have to go through.


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    Oh crikey, I am so sorry you went through all that. Some of these surgeons really have a God complex don't they!! Why do they not listen?! More like butchers I think!

    Glad things are on the up after revision.

    What will you do with the other knee? Try for stem cell therapy? It's still in early stages & not suitable for all but maybe worth researching & speaking to your GP about.

    I hope you are 'on the mend' but it will take a while.

    Good luck to you.

    All the best



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