TKR am I too young at 55?

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Had surgery for torn meniscus in February this year. The consultant who performed the op said I'd am lucky could last 2 years. It's gone from bad to worse. Had Physio and cortisone along with painkillers. Am now reduced to a practical crawl as its so painful to walk. Knee so stiff, aches, clunks, totally ruining my quality of life. GP appt going to refer me back to the consultant but friends have said they won't consider a replacement until I'm at least 60? Does anyone know if this is the case? And are there any alternatives?

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    HI - your story is so similar to mine. people do not get how debilitating a "bad" knee is do they/ I asked my surgeon to do a TKR 2 years ago when I was age 61 and he said I was too young and the knee was too good - after two years of agony and erratic ability I have now had it done. It made me so angry as the last two years have been really really hard. TKR is also not easy but in the long run should be way better. There are several people posting on her your age and younger.

    I do hope you get it sorted !!

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    I had my TKR when I was 55, I said to the consultant everyoe had suggested I was too young, he said if your strugelling and in constant pain moving, why wait?

    They say that TKR can last up to 20 years and you never know if you will make 75 anyway, so I say have it done and start enjoying your life while you are young enough t get soe real benefit from it, good luck. It was 10 months ago and I have never looked back.

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      He was a young surgeon in his 40's and he also thinks is easier to recover and get fit faster when you are young, i am back to lawn bowling 3 - 4 times a week which really speeds recovery with all that stretching anc bending and great fun too.

       

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      I had a total right knee replacement 14 days ago. Two days before my 48th birthday. I had a custom knee made. It's a ConforMIS I total. So no worry of parts that don't fit properly. It's done by CT scan and the 3D image to make it to my body specifics. My surgeon agreed quality of life is very much a priority. He said" who am I to say that you or anyone else is going to live to be 80? So why be miserable until 60!" I'm very early in recovery. Working on ROM next PT session. Straightening has been the first priority. Good luck! Find someone who will listen.

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    I had mine replaced at 46! In my opinion if your knee is shot, it's shot. Mine was a result of several injuries to my knee and similar to you, I also had a torn meniscus surgery which resulted in it getting worse. Best of luck to you

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      These kinds of reports are very troubling.  Have you googled things that could have been done wrong by surgeons, such as oversized parts for the knee?  You might need this reviewed by another sugeon.  The other factors would be how soon you went back to your usual routines and stresses that may have hindered complete healing because bone, tendons and ligaments do take many months to properly heal.  
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    I'm 57 and you story is so similar to mine. I had 2 scopes over last year and had tkr 2 weeks ago. I'm in the army post surgery phase. It's not easy for sure, a lot of PAIN, hard to sleep, Constipation, feeling depressed utility the job is done. The pain now is post op pain and will get better. I'm working hard on being positive and am hopeful for greatly improved mobility

    Good luck in the time ahead

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    if you don't do it now, you could end up like me with arthritis in your hips and other knee. I was a good girl, waited because "I was too young" but by the time I could wait no more ( around 50), the NHS lists were years long, my opposite leg had compensated so much, the rest of me was - and still is - a mess. I'm now 54, still waiting for a TKR. The rest is a long story - just do it as soon as you can - before your muscles waste away as well.

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