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Hey everyone

I have had 2 hip replacements done one in december and 2nd in middle of february. I am still in recovery from them but was trying to go walks and after l could manage a couple of miles when l got home my knee's were in so much pain and swollen and l could barley walk for a while after it or climb stairs. I thought it was just all to do with my hip replacements but as times went by l am still getting pain walking so went back to my gp who sent me for xrays of my hips and knee's. I was called back a week later to be told l have OA in both knee's he said they are both severly scarred. I have been reffered back to the hospital that done my hips and have an appointment next week. I have no idea what this means for me does it mean l might need knee replacements as well or is the keyhole surgery that they go in and clean out the knee's an option?

The doctor said l will know how badit is with the level of pain and it will be the surgeon that knows best but they might try injections.

I need help what is the injections for to reduce the pain but in the longrun l still will need replacements.

Any help would be great.

I don't know what he means by severe scarring do l have cartliage left or not or is it the same as my hips were as they were bone to bone and thats why l needed replacements.

I am not scared if l do need replacement as its got to the stage l have been in this state for si long l just want to be normal again. I have been off my work since november last year and have lost all my confidence as l have been stuck at home for so long. Don't get me wrong l can drive again and walk small amounts but l am limited to that and l can't go back to work as l am unable to sit fir more than 3hrs on a chair without being in pain in my back and hips and my job is sitting at a desk for 7 hrs.

Thanks

Laura

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    Hi Laura bless you sounds like you've had √†tough few months, I've had my knee replacement 5 weeks ago my progress is slow but sure, prior to the op the last 3 years I had cortisone injection for my OA and I must say at first I felt like a new women, they last appro 3 months but the more you have the less they work, I had last two in September and December and neither of them made any difference, I also went twice a week for physio but although made me fitter and I enjoyed the gym it didn't help my knee, the surgeon said it was bone on bone and because of that going in and cleaning would have been a waste of time si he suggested get in and replace, hope that helps you a bit and take careūüėÄ
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      Thanks so much debbie it does help. I guess l will need to wait and see what my knee specialist says then. He will know by my xray just how bad it is and decide what route to go down.

      Thanks x

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    Lora, poor you. I'm thinking new knees will give you a new life. It's a painful recovery but it will get better. If your knees are gone, they're  gone. Having to many cortisone shots ruin the tissue and muscle around the knee. It's just a bandaid. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. I'm 6 wks post for my second tkr. There's light in sight now.
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      Thanks anne there is no point in delaying the inevitable then if the injections are just a quick fix for a bit thats no use l would rather get them fixed and then recover. The hip replacements were a sore operation and hard to go through l can do it again with my knees if l have to.

      Thanks

      Laura

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    Yes, Laura, you can do it. Have it done so that you can have a good life rather than later. That's how I look at it. Here in Nova Scotia the wait list is a couple of years. 
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    Whoa...lest's back up a second and not jump immediately to knee replacements.  I had both knees scoped twice each (femoral condyle and meniscus) and it was all very successful.  They also scraped off any arthritis they saw.  Since the cartiledge was gone, I started having bone on bone pain a few years later.  So we went to SynVisc...think "oiling the joint".  Three injections (days 1, 8 and 15).  If it works for you, it can relieve the pain for up to a year.  Then you get another set of shots.  For immediate relief, doc may give you a steroid shot.

    So...  Scoping, Cortisone and SynVisc.  Three options before you should even consider a TKR.  Take it from someone who played hockey for 44 years and went through all this knee stuff.  At 68, I now have a LTKR because there were no other options.  I would exhaust all these other paths before even considering a TKR. 

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      Thanks good to know there are other options as well. My knees have been bad for years but i just suffered it as it was not so much pain more that l could not bend them right or when l neeled it was painful..now after my hip replacements my left knee is very painful when walking althoough my xrays showed both were bad. But l will wait and see what surgeon says on wednesday to what my options are.

      Thanks x

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