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I am 64 year old female. Was active, did a lot of walking but arthritis took knee to bone on bone. TKR april 2019 became infected may 2019 so knee reopened washed out and liner replaced. Hospital appts every 2 weeks, but do not see the same surgeon / registrar each time, and each has a different diagnosis of whats happening. now 6 weeks since last surgery. They nod and say they are monitoring it, one sent me into a panic when he said they may have to reopen it and wash it out again or replace the whole knee again. I ask lots of questions, they go off and debate but no clear answers. My blood markers are going down. My knee gets inflamed as the day goes on, is stiff and feels like steel bands around my mid thigh and ankle and feels hot. Bend is around 85% and its very painful to try to go more it fixes at that point. COPE nurses visit, and say it will improve over time, but I am very worried that I will not be able to walk properly or very far . There is still a question of low grade infection as bacteria was found in the wash out, but I have been waiting 2 weeks to see the head surgeon who will decide if it needs further antibiotic treatment or not. I take pain relief but sleep badly as my knee feels fixed. Is there hope.
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