Knee Arthroscopy ..... Good idea ?

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Ive had the above procedure on both knees. There was no improvement either time and it hurt like hell.

Ive since been through a TKR in June 2017, which is being ripped out next March, as its a shambles and has left me so much worse than I was after 20 years of bone on bone. However, I digress.

I have a client who is very senior person in private health care. I mentioned my Arthroscopies which resulted in a chuckle.

Essentially, these procedures are the 'bread and butter' of the private health care world. Easy money in effect.

In 2017 the NHS produced a report calling arthroscopies 'a waste of time' in most cases...Google it..

The message therefore is, think really hard and ask some searching questions of your surgeon before you go ahead..

Another friend of mine always asks any surgeon 'how many times he has been sued' !

Im sure I will be back on this forum after my revision. If anyone has any experience of a revision, would be interested to see how it compared to the original TKR, in terms of discomfort, recovery time etc...

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    so sorry to hear this i had TKR ON RIGHT knee FEB 2017 The knee cap hurts and i can't figure it out going back to ortho doc FRIDAY. As if that isnt bad enough ive been awaken from sound sleep with left knee pain can hardly walk. SO, left will be looked at as well but im afraid its a tear. After reading your post, i sure don't want a scope!

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    Hi Peter, I've had 2 arthroscopies...one on each knee. the 2nd was on my right knee+ I had the fatpad ( I'd never heard of it either) removed, this was 5 months ago and I'm still struggling with stairs and single leg squats. Had a consultation with my consultant last week, he said another arthroscopy would probably not help with pain relief, and a TKR would probably end my career has a train driver....GREAT.

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    yes i had one and it was a waste , and really painful , told after that i had done too much damage and would need replacement. But I have known people that its given them a number of years before needing tkr . Sorry dont know much about having it redone , but think you need a surgeon who is experienced doing them. Good luck

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    hi , i had the procedure on my left knee 5 years ago and it gave me 4 years pain free before needed full resurfacing last year .

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