Knee PKR becomes Knee Arthoscopy

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I have a hyper extended knee that has now become extremely painful and prevents me from doing virtually anything !

My hospital consultant, who I saw 3 months ago - told me that a PKR was on the cards and I waited and waited - until finally, I received a date for the op of Wednesday 16th March (Pre op date Saturday 12th) - I got my head around that.

Then,2 days ago - I received the pre-op forms to fill in - which stated "Knee arthoscopy" which has upset the apple cart somewhat

What, exactly are the hospital playing at ?

I am in the UK on NHS..

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    Ring them up & say you were under the impression it was a PKR. I had arthoscopies in both knees prior to my TKR ( a few years prior!) & both ops. did diddly squat!
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    I have my pre=op tomorrow morning - so I guess that they should be able to tell me - but I am just slightly confused

    Unless the Arthoscopy is a pre-amble to the PKR ?

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    Hi Steve

    I would ring the hospital now and ask if they've sent you the correct forms which should the clarify it for you

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      This is where the problems only begin - another disability that I have is almost total lack of speech (on the phone - it is impossible) -  so I will have to wait until the morning !
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    Sometimes arthroscopy is done to see if 1) PKR is needed or something else can be done and or 2) if it might be possible to do a partial PKR (Replacing just one side which is a smaller operation) It the joint surfaces are good and a ligament reconstruction would solve the problem this would be the way to go. I would assume that the X-Rays show bone on bone if they were for sure planning a PKR in which case the paper work may have been messed up. You will have to wait 3 months after the arthroscopy before you can have a PKR
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    I can feel (and hear) bone-on-bone whenever I put any load on the joint.
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    then is sounds like the arthroscopy is a waste of time
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    I agree with Tom - they were complete waste of time for me, they did the knees at different dates (6 weeks apart) - & it made no difference, other than delaying the TKR. Can you not get someone to phone for you - who can hand the phone to you just for consent?
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    They confirmed at the pre-op this morning

    They are only doing an "exploratory" look into my knee

    I had arranged for time off with my employers  etc

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