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I had all the usual pre-op tests (again!) yesterday, & had the longest apointment with my new surgeon since seeing him in June. The op. is booked for the 27th October. He is stripping out all ligaments, but the ones he replaces them with are not hinged ones, as suggested by another person awaiting a revision, he said they have a tendency to loosen around the 5 year mark, so uses another sort (which I can't find online). He was not going through the usual "this may not work" line this time, infact, I left the hospital pretty upbeat, as he said he is aiming to give me what I should have ended up with when I had the primary TKR, i.e., a knee that works. He said I should be able to kneel, get down again (& more's the point - get up again) to play with my young grandchildren, stairs will not be a problem etc etc. I should be able to walk our 2 lively dalmatians (we adopted them as 7 yr olds just 6 days before I had the TKR, & I have never had the stability to walk them) - he also said the "buckling" would stop. This has cheered me up so much. Of-course, I will have to work hard - my main "job" now, pre the revision, is to try & de-sensitive the right side of my knee - by brushing, massaging & generally touching it all the time, no matter how much I hate the pain/feelings.
SO- for the 1st time in almost a year - feeling positive.
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