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I had knee revision surgery 3 weeks ago. My knee replacement surgery #1 was Aug. of 2014. I develolped a contracture, had -30 for extension and do not know what it was on bending. I had a MUA as well as a Arthoscopy surgery, none helped at all. So, fast forward to Jan. of this year, I opted for my only choice left, a knee revision. While I was really worried about all the "what ifs" I knew this was my only chance at trying to walk normal again, as I was now in a wheelchair following the first knee replacment.
I did well in the hospital, as I did before, up quickly, participating in pt at the hospital, home within two days, etc. My knee does not feel as stiff as it did, before it literally felt like concrete. However, it measures -20 for extension and 60 for bending. Not very good numbers. I have been in physical therapy, just had my fifth session. I fear the numbers wont get any better, they did not budge before, I came out of surgery number one at a minus 30 and after three months of pt was still at a minus 30.
I am better able to walk with a walker, which I attempted before, and wound up on the floor. Now, I can take short walks about the house on the walker, into the pt office, etc. Anything longer than that and I need my power chair. What frustrates me one of several is my surgeron saw me at my two week followup, saw me on the walker and declared no more wheelchair! How does he expect someone with the ROM I have to be able to walk much further than a short ways? I dont know if he is not being realistic or what. I would LOVE to be able to say no more wheelchair, ever, but thats just not possible at least not yet.
I am feeling a bit discouraged, as like I said I have been down this road before, I feel as if I am gaining absolutely nothing, and very worried I wont be able to leave the wheelchair behind someday. The pt tries to force my leg to straighten, oh my gosh does this hurt, but to no avail, it goes right back. Anyhow, thanks for letting me vent......
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