Improper alignment of last knee replacement

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Hope no one here is in my shoes it stinks. To date I have had 17 surgeries on my L knee and another on the way. Since my last TKR ( May 9th 2016 ) I have had increased pain in left knee. The surgeon that did several of my knee surgeries retired and he referred me to another surgeon. No matter how many times I sent a message about how my knee felt nothing. Finally I got tired and found another surgeon. Had lab work and Bone scan done. The lab work shows no infection the bone scan was glowing!! To confirm whether it was infection or loosening more lab still no signs of infection. That is great had an infection before no fun. Now I find out the implant was put in wrong not aligned properly. I was told there is supposed to be 2mm of spacing and on my left its almost 40mm. Another issue I have had 5 TKR and there is going to be significant bone loss when they take this implant out. Now I am waiting to see a specialist who treat cancer and bone tumor patients since from what I have been told this will be a very complicated surgery . Has anyone gone thru anything like this?? I have had 17 surgeries so far on my L knee now I am in constant pain. Even with jeans on the average person can tell I have lots of swelling this really stinks.

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    17 surgeries...wow. I feel so sorry for you. I will say a prayer that the pain eases. BUT I DO AGREE WITH ROMISZ....see a lawyer. You say you have no case but you say you have data that shows the implant is 40mm out of position. Get legal advice.

    Best wishes,God Bless.

    Alan

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    Sorry i joined this forum make one post and get slammed how wonderful!! Its real easy to say go see a lawyer no s__t. Its another thing to prove mal practice is going to be tough I truly believe the last surgeon did his best. In fact the surgeon he suggested after he retired saw nothing wrong with the X-Ray and was convinced it was fine. I have already spoken to a couple lawyers I cannot say I had a faulty implant if it was put in wrong nor I can I prove the Dr. knowing put it wrong to prove mal practice. In my wallowing in excuses no but I sure as hell do not tell someone they are wallowing in their own crap either. Sorry but this site stinks and I know who thank!!!!!!!!!!!
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      Hi nwf. Please don't get discouraged about this group because of one nasty post. Believe me that is really tbe exception rather than the rule. And there is so much help and support to be had here.

      I didn't mean to upset you re the attorney thing. Thought that since you mentioned it that you were still considering it and merely wanted to give you my point of view.

      I believe that my implant is failing too almost 1 year post tkr. Based upon your post I think mine may be misaligned as well and need to call my surgeon. I'm glad you told your story because its hard to figure out what may be happening by Google alone:-)

      I had 2 prior knee surgeries before my tkr. I feel your pain although can't compare to what you've been going thru.

      Btw- the moderator deleted the nasty post. I'm glad to see attacking is not tolerated

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      The moderator deleted it after I read it and reported it. I sent an e-mail on the feedback area and the person that wrote me said I was not following the rules per terms and conditions. As far as that jerk that first replied the hell with whoever it is. They can wallow in their own garbage.

      If your still having lots of pain it is still possible that its related to the surgery? I know you can have severe pain and swelling and the knee feels normal to the touch. The only way to find out about improper alignment is to have a bone scan. It can show there is a problem but not what the problem is. If the knee has issues it will show up on the camera image as I call it glowing or as Dr.'s refer to it as hotspots mine was glowing. Then more tests to rule out infection and you can have an infection inside the knee joint without the normal signs of skin being hot lots of pain swelling and fever. Trust me its no fun.

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      No, don't think its still due to surgery. While my pain never really went away it has gotten much worse these past couple of months. And the outside of my knee has become very numb as has my shin and foot. All of which have never been a problem before. And my knee has become weaker. Impossible to get up from a seated position without great difficulty.

      I think there is something really wrong but of course only my doctor will know for sure.

      So not looking forward to the barage of testing if there really is something not right.

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      I hate to say this but I get it after the pain from surgery goes away it still hurts sometimes a great deal. If and this is my own experience if I over do it which I do frequently because on a nice day who wants to be inside? I tend to over do it and yes I pay for it. the part that is normal is if the pain subsides the next day. If like in my case if I over do it the pain is slightly better but not where I can say I am okay with it. It gets real annoying when your in lots of pain you finally see your Dr. you tell him what is going on he looks at and says its normal or they take X-Rays and it still looks fine. If I went with what the last Dr. said things would really get much worse since he refused to do anything no X-Rays nothing. It finally got to the point I needed to find someone different. Even if the Dr. says it looks okay the way I see it there is no way he is going to know how you feel and if the pain gets worse instead of better I keep questioning or in my case find someone else that will listen. Like you wrote what stinks if there is a problem they have to do lots of tests to confirm what the problem for me waiting stinks.
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    Really sorry to hear all your troubles. I can not imagine that many surgeries for knees. Any relief on the costs? If they are put in wrong there should be some compensation. What country are you in. It seems like there are a lot of UK stories with problems. 
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      Sorry for being harsh the first person who replied is a jerk. Anyway I live in Va. on disability due to this wonderful knee. I was a Electrician not anymore. It easy to find a lawyer turn on the TV pick up a magazine etc. they are everywhere. The problem is proving the Dr. was negligent and I cannot prove that he did not do his best. I wanted to try and say the implant was faulty but my new surgeon says no it was put in wrong and he also made it clear unless you stay current on procedures he feels the surgeon I had did not know any better in fact the one he suggested was convinced everything was fine.Now I am in a situation that really stinks since I have had 5 TKR's the implant that I have now is large and due to the results of the bone scan the implant is failing or loosening ? it has to completely come out no big deal but I will also have a decent amount of bone loss. As it stands there is not enough bone on the tibia for the bottom part of the replacement to sit on. As a result now I have to see a specialist the Dr. I will be seeing is 1 of 3 in the US that can do what he does. If anyone thinks I love going to the OR they are completely nuts!!! My only advice is to make sure you get a good surgeon do your research ask questions. If you think PT is fun just try it after surgery there is nothing fun about this. With one exception I hope no one here has to go thru what I have been thru it does stink.  

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