knee replacement

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i had a knee replacement 9 years ago and still have problams with swelling and pain. my Doctor says their is nothing wrong with it. i find it hard to walk and dance, i was a dance teacher and now i cant work. would like to hear from anyone else that has the same trouble.

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    Having had many joints done not just knees if you are still having problems this far out there is definitely something wrong....I wouldn't hesitate to get a fresh pair of eyes to look at your scans X-rays etc. And a revision specialist, there is one thing putting the first joint it but when it comes to revisions that's another kettle of fish,..good luck and another thing surgeons don't like to admit that their surgery hasn't worked,..

    the one question I ask any potential surgeon is...."how are you going to handle things, treat me if the surgery doesnt go according to plan " that's when a true good surgeon comes to the top. 

    I had major issues with a shoulder revision, but my surgeon gave  me his home phone number and mobile phone, I lost all feeling in my arm and fingers so my arm was paralised,..he was truly amazing. 

     

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    I agree wholeheartedly with Mary. I had a TKR nearly 2years ago and it has never been right. The surgeon told me to "go and live my life".....as a virtual cripple! I finally summed up the courage to see another doctor and am now on the list for revision.
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    Ditto what Mary & Nicky have both said. I could never have waited 9 years. I too am on the waiting list for a revision, & my primary TKR was less than a year ago. We know our own bodies, intuition tells you when something is wrong. I am struggling to live with constant pain, swellings & little to no sleep, when previously, my life was a fast paced one. You should have ultrasounds, normal x-rays, & what the called "long leg x-ray". They need to see it all before they admit it is not right. Even then, you will be scared by them telling you it may not be any better, & could even be worse. They have to to cover all aspects of their revision surgery. My new surgeon is a revision specialist, but my wait could be a long one (months, not years!) as the hospital has only just come off red alert. Make a fuss & get seen.
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    Hi Joey!

    I'm very sorry to hear that you can no longer do what you love to do due to the swelling of your knee. Quality of life issues are very hard to handle at all stages of our lives.

    I am just four weeks out from my surgery, and swelling is my biggest issue right now. As I type this message I have compression bandages on my left leg (surgical leg) and I am planning on heading to our local drug store this morning to get some compression bandages for my RIGHT LEG. (My plan is to get that one done in about 4-6 months.)

    I have had issues with my legs for many years. My varicose vein problems started in high school! Apparently faulty valves in my legs cause blood and fluids to settle in my lower legs, ankles, and feet. Family members on both my mom and dad's sides report similar issues.

    I mention this because MAYBE at least SOME of the swelling you are experiencing COUKD BE from varicose vein swelling.

    I had vein ablation where they use a laser to eliminate the trouble. I also had shots to eliminate spider veins. All procedures were successful. However, two years after all that I feel pretty much the same as I did BEFORE I had all of that done!!!

    Maybe a trip to a vascular surgeon could provide some help.

    On the knee s

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    I had TKR 3 years ago.

    Although my knee is not perfect it is still a lot better than it was before surgery. It is like having my life back.

    I have had problems and surgery with both knees since I was 12 and I am now 64.

    So I suppose I have long ago accepted that they are not going to be perfect and there will be things I cannot do. What is perfect at my age anyway?!!

    To me you can always find someone worse off.

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      thank you all for your reply, My surgon said my knee was fine when i went back to him, if anyone can tell me the name of another Surgon i would welcome that. as i said i still have swelling,pain and stiffness, i am going to Canada in september for holidays and worried as its aa long flight. thankyou you all again.
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      yes you go for it a new surgeon and fresh eyes .most surgeons when you have a problem dont want to hear it hopefully somene will give you a name of a good surgeon  im probably in the wrong country good luck
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      Where in Canada are you ? I have a few friends that have had knees and hips done in Canada,....

      As to the flight get the aisle seat so that leg can be stretched out, go business class if you can afford it. Drinks lots and walk every hour at least. I've done a few flights it's okay...

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      I am going to Halifax as my Brother and his wife live there, i got the aisle seat going out but first class was booked out , i got first class coming 

      back so that is good. thank you for your reply.

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    ive had revision tkr 11mths ago i still have swelling and some pain     revision is not the magic  answer in my opinion but in saying that what other choice is there !!!! the pain is less than before revision it still gets stiff this sh*te weather we are having here is not helping  i think ive accepted that im never going to get any better than i am now i can live with it (no choice) bend at most 95% straightening 5%roughly thats the way it will be and i still will always have to excersise it before revision 70%bend and no problem straightening it so i kinda solved one problem but got another so to speak
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