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Have been at the hospital for 3 hours. The revision is booked, although this hospital is still on black alert since winter, & it may be up to 6 months before I have the revision done. I have also gone on the cancellation list. First I have to have an aspiration on the TKR in theatre, to see if the large lumps are caused by an infection, to be honest, the lumps are on the side of the malalignment, so I'm convinced there is not an infection, I have had all the pre-op tests today for both proceedures. I am so impressed with the new consultant, who oozes confidence. I know 100% this may also be among the 1-2% that fail, but he has gone through what he is going to do - it will be all so different from last October, when I had the primary TKR. For a start, there will be virtually no chance of having the huge haematoma, as he has not used tourniquets for 9 years, believing they do more harm than good (I'm living proof of that!), he said he repairs along the way, I will wake up with a drain in this time, just in case there is bleeding, & any blood will be transfused back into my body, next - he prefers a leg/calf pump instead of stockings (I had to wear them for 6 weeks!), as again, they are often too tight as our poorly legs swell, the pump is used just for the hospital stay, as walking pumps the blood in the same way, also - he is removing a muscle (I think that's what he said - could have been tendon/ligament) as the scan shows this has attached to my patella & will be usless, so I will have an artificial one which will never attach/get scarred up, & will bend easier. The hospital stay is usually one day longer (I was only in 2 nights before!) as it's a longer op. I know this may not be 100%, & he has drummed that into me today, but to me, apart from the wait, it already sounds better. I may well be on this forum for a long, long time! If you are new on here - please don't worry - TKR's going this wrong are very rare, & at least they do what they can to put them right!
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