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I had what I thought would be a routine arthroscopy 6 weeks ago (I had had 3 similar operations previously and had recovered within a couple of weeks).
3 Weeks after the initial surgery I was still in considerable pain, could not sleep, had a very angry and swollen knee and could not get anywhere close to straightening the knee by lying prone. Due to the swelling the surgeon carried out a further operation to wash the joint out for fear of infection (turned out not to be the case) and to further trim the cartlidge. He also trimmed the sinovial tissue which had become very inflamed.
I have since been told that I have significant arthritus in the knee joint with a lot of "bone on bone" action and that I will require a TKR in circa 5 years time. This is not ideal as I am only 50.
Following the second operation the swelling has eased very slightly but I still cannot bear any weight on the joint, cannot walk without crutches, struggle to straighten the knee and am in considerable pain.
I am due to see a rheumatologist tomorrow to see whether the inflamation is related to osteoarthritus, or gout (as I have suffered from this in the past).
I wondered if anybody else had had similar problems, what treatment they received to help with the swelling (I am considering asking for steriod injections) and what sort of timeframes were involved before a level of normality returned. I just need to know is there any light at the end of the tunnel!
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