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I had a TKR of my right knee in 2014 (early in the year). I did well for about a week and a half. Then pain increased, my ability to walk decreased. My wound opened began draining at about 5 weeks post op. I did exactly what my surgeon suggested ( no wound culture, no tap, no antibiotics, worked hard to febrile a get the wound closed. Constant, unimaginable pain.....exponentially more than initial post op period. I told him repeatedly I felt that it was infected, that I felt I was having too much pain. Day 85 post op I could not touch my foot to the ground without excruciating pain. Labs showed likely joint infection and tap of knee confirmed it.
1 week later joint removed and antibiotic spacer placed.....worst day of my life from a pain standpoint. Went home with a PICC line and 8 weeks of IVantibiotics, Groin to knee immobilized ....I lost 55 pounds, my eyelashes and lots of my hair. A new knee was placed after 12 weeks and went as planed. I'm left with neuropathy in right leg, ongoing knee pain as well as pain from the neuropathy. I hear people say " I tease arched my surgeon so I didn't have problems"...so did I. "I did antibiotic showers and had antibiotics after so I didn't get infected" so did I. I did exactly what my surgeon told me and did my PT so I didn't have any problems"....so did I. I'm left with pain and made to feel like it's my fault. My other knee is just as bad....is anyone pain free after this? My right leg is ruined....terrified to "fix ". my left. I did my best; why can't people accept that I didn't cause this?
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