Major problems following a full knee replacement.

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I had a full knee replacement opp carried out in January 2014 but I am still in horndos amount of pain. I knew something was wrong from day one but none of the docotors or consultants would admit that there was anything wrong even after lots of further ex-rays and scans. I went for a second oppionion 15 months after the opp and was fianally told that the replacement joint had not been fitted correctly. The new surgeon showed me new ex-rays which clearly showed that the lower part of the replacement joint has been fitted at an odd angle. Because of this there is constant inflamation around the joint. This has left me with a crooked leg which I am unable to bend, I now walk with a very bad limp which in turn has affected my hips and lower back. Dispite taking very strong pain killers I am still in pain and my mobilty is badly affected, I am unable to walk without the aid of a stick and climbing stairs is near on impossible. I am at my wits end, I am  far worse off now than I was before I had the opp. I have been advised by the new surgeon to have the opp done again as it will just get worse if I don't..I am only 58 years old but feel like my life is on hold unless I agree to go through this dreadfull opperation again....what do I do? Do I suffer or take a big risk and put myself through it again. It has been suggested that I sue the hospital that has made this terrible blunder but I'm not sure what to do there either. any advice would be much appreciated.

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    What do you do?

    Whether to abandon efforts to ingnore the silent heart's call of ........especially in the mornings light's........the real pain of neuropathy; to ignore the arrows and stings of arms, legs etc. To shun or not the call of ache that lies not so deep under the skin... that is the question. Perhaps it is more virtureous to winse and say that my pain is great with focus and stretch and strain the muscles and with the heavy breath the follows. To forgo the non-effort that drives and to be active with resolution..

    Or, to per-chance seek a remedy and to go the length to ease the crawling and burning inside that wels up to conquer your very attitude of the day. 

    Then begs a question of how far the remedy doeth go; the full measure of the body or just to tickle the pain spots within;.

    Perhaps a Pill, a patch or a just a more possitive attitude.

    For sook.... shall I seek relief with my behavior or deed and not lanquish only but let my feelings blow in the wind..To instead enjoy the labour of effort; to exhort the bodies lateral and other movement that produces some persieved relief.

    In other words what do you do about neruropathy or Fibro pain? Ha [confused]

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    Hi Barnboy;   I guess firstly, if you were in Australia, I would know whether to comment re the "suing of hospital", and if you were a public patient/private......from my experience on seeing issues re improper surgery on knees, if you are sure that this new doctor has a Good reputation (which seems so to me, if he has picked up the problem), it would be beneficial to have the repair done, for as the dr says, the way you are walking now, etc, is doing damage to your other joints in hip/back etc, too.  
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      Hi Bronwyn, thank you for your response. I have been told that there is no guarentee in having it done again other than the joint will be fitted properly next time. It is a more complex opp second time round and a lot more risks with further nerve damage plus there is the recovery process all over again which can take up to another year. i have the opp in one of Londons leading hospitals but even they got it wrong so obviously i am very aprehensive about going through it all again. the hospital that has suggested i have it dne again is the same hospital where Prince Williams babies were born so i should trust them right?
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      Well yes Barnyboy; I think the Royal Family would be making sure that the Medical/Nursing Staff were of the Utmost , ensuring the life of the furture Monarch is delivered and cared for by the best there is........and if this is the same as Australian (how I get an idea of what the drs are like are by the hospital, as I know the best hospitals only allow the best drs/nurses etc to work in their facilities)......I think ultimately the decision to have the procedure again is your's and how much pain you can take for the rest of your life??????                Bron
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    You definitely need to make a strenuous complaint as this mistake has given you a life changing injury.   I am quite surprised that the mistake didn't show up in the first X Rays and scans.  It is a scandal that you had to get a second opinion because the original consultant would not admit responsibility and investigate further when the initial tests failed to identify the problem.

    I too would be very wary of having corrective surgery.  I suffered severe pain and exhaustion after chiropractory and massage which was supposed to help the chiropractic pain.  I think the massage set off a hyper immune response.  I learned to manage my symptoms by trying not exert myself.

    I eventually had a blood test to find the cause and the nurse left me black and blue and in permanent pain.  I complained to the Practice nurse about her colleague and had my arm checked.  She laughed at my concerns and said there was nothing wrong.  I don't believe her!  This was my first treatment at the doctors.

    I resolved never again to see a doctor but three months after this I developed stomach pains and I was forced to go back.  It took three months and eight doctors to diagnose IBS.  I am sure the stress of the chiropractor and the blood test brought this on.

    My IBS is more or less under control but if I need any further medication I will get it over the counter at the chemist rather than go to the doctor.  I don't feel like visiting the scene of the crime again.  Just going to the surgery would be enough to set my IBS off.  I feel my personal safety was disregarded.

    Although all the doctors at my Practice are good, there is only one who is exceptional.  If he moves, I would be prepared to change my Practice to where he goes.  At the moment, the only reason I am staying with my surgery is because he is fortunately still there.

    I was so angry with my treatment I wrote a limerick to make a fool of the nurse and posted a photo of my damaged arm online.  I am a writer, so I made use of my skill to get my own back.

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      Thank you for your responce, I am so sorry to hear that you too have had such bad experiances with the medical staff. We put our life in their hands but when things go so terribly wrong we are a loss as what to do. I have had to give up my job of 30 years as a child protection officer with the Met Police as I was not able to go back to work after my opp. I would not have been able to carry out my work to it's full because of the amount of time I had to spend running about, I can hardly walk now. The problem I face now is if I don't take a chance and have the corrective surgury I am never going to be pain free or even be able to walk again without the use of a walking stick. If I do decide to go ahead there could be further complications, more nerve damage and high risks as it would be a much more complex opp. My partner thinks I am wrong to consider suing the hospital unless I have the second opp and it was to be sucessful then I have solid proof that the first was not carried out properly but there is no guarentee.
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    I would say you don't need to wait until you have had the second op before suing. You already have the XRays showing that the knee replacement was inserted incorrectly.  The very fact that you need more surgery proves this.  You have also had to give up your job because of their incompetence.  They owe you big time on this!

     

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    Hello Barnyboy,

    sueing the Dr / hospital will not give you pain relief or help your mobility.

    Take the opportunity to have the corrective operation done - soon as possible and hopefully get your life back.  You have many years ahead of you and need to get this sorted, all the time you delay your other joints are worsening and the recovery time is getting longer and more difficult.

    Thousands of people have very good results from a full joint replacement,  a mistake has been recognised, give them a chance to correct this - it is your best and really, your only option.

    I wish you all the best and hope you are soon mobile again  and living a full enjoyable pain free life.

    Warmest regards

    Jessie x

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    Hi Barneyboy;; I know that i have replied before, but after reading the others' inputs, I still feel that you should have the repair.....(I am getting the feeling that the new specialist is Telling you The Worst That Can Happen, as they are obliged to do, but it doesn't mean that it Will)......and I do think (from my own experience of a Dr stuffing up my back, and which caused me to have to stop working in  my career, that If I'd known how much this was going to affect me for the rest of my life with no financial income.....I should have sued him.....but here in Australia we only have a period of 3 years to make a complaint/sue.....so cannot do so  now, and this makes me Very angry, as he is still  practicing and has an income)...so start the process now  .....do you have Solicitors/Law Firms who work on the basis of "NO Win, No Pay", as we do here in Australia?     These firms are very good, that is why, if they feel there is a case, they will proceed....if not a case, then they will tell you so...............worth looking into now.....it will take a couple of years to sort out, but if you feel that this is what you want to do, then start the process now...............good luck..................Bron
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    hi barnyboy  i know where your coming from as i too had a major problem with my tkr (replacement )not only was one of my knees put it misallighned but he also broke my leg ,i was 55 when this happened and i was in so much pain no propper bend and a few months later i had broken cement around the joint so it had to be opened up again to wash out joint and also then they got bend going but it never bent properly last year i went for a revision to replace the joint it has improved my bend i still do have some pain but it is alot better and i have a better quality of life ,also just to let you know i certainly didnt go back to the same surgeon for my revision
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    I had an elderly neighbour who had a knee replacement.  The surgeon smashed his knee cap and so the new joint was never a success.

    I have joint problems because of living in damp Scotland for most of my life and a lack of exercise.  I have poor coordination and no spatial awareness due to Asperger's Syndrome.  At school, PE was always a torture and I often injured myself doing the various games we had to learn. So later in life I learned not to exert myself at all.

    However, if my joints get very bad, I will just put up with the discomfort because medical interventions have a habit of going wrong for me.  Due to my autism, avoidance is a practised art!

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