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Knee gives out one year after replacement

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  1. jehda

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    Husband had total knee replacement a year ago.:thmb:
    We forced him trough rehab.:hissy: He did well maxed out all his goals that the new knee could do.:D
    THen awhile back his knee started to give out on him.:sigh:
    Saw doc he said nothing wrong.
    Finally, he was walking down stairs, felt like someone kicked him behind knee and it gave out.:shk: Plop down stairs.
    Saw, doc he says nothing wrong.
    Should there be a constant exercise program to keep muscles tight?:sct:
    Has anyone else had this problem?:wub:
    :wub:Thank you for your time
    Jehda
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    Re: Knee gives out after year after total replacement

    Jheda,

    Welcome to BoneSmart. This is the place where you can find help and encouragement.

    I have not experienced this and honestly, I hope not to... I was under the impression that PT to keep the muscles strong needs to keep going--because the muscles are the support for the knee.

    This message board has two moderators--Josephine who has 50 yrs of experience with othopedic nursing and Jamie. They are your best guides
    I am sure that one of these folks will be by this way soon.
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    Re: Knee gives out after year after total replacement

    Jehda, your post did not provide enough information. Can you please expand on the following:

    * You say your husband passed all his therapy with flying colors. What ROM did he achieve at that point and do you believe it has stayed the same?

    * Please tell me what you mean when you say you "forced" him through recovery?

    * What was his activity level before surgery? And how active has he been since the operation?

    * What age is your husband and does he have any other physical problems?

    In my opinion, if his surgeon says the knee joint is fine you have two choices: ask for additional physical therapy to rebuild his muscles or get a second opinion from another orthopedic specialist.

    Maybe with more information about your husband Josephine and I can be of more assistance.
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    Re: Knee gives out after year after total replacement

    Hi Welwcome so sorry he is having trouble. I would think if it still hurts and giving out, I would have to seek another opinion. Just my thought. I sure hope things work out for him.....Good luck. I agree Id wait on Jo.....Try to hang in there though...
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    You guys confuse this Brit when you say "saw the doc". I never know whether you mean the surgeon or your personal physician! Here in the UK if we see the surgeon we say the surgeon. If we say we saw the doc we mean our GP. Which was it in your case, jehda?
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    Re: Knee gives out after year after total replacement

    Hi Jamie,
    Thank you for your post.
    Lets see, His rom I think was 123, it seems to be same.
    He was worse with the physical therapy than recovering from quad by pass. Didn't want to do his exercises. Had to get a therapist to come out to the house to put him through his paces. Had trouble getting him out of sitting position. You know how your told to walk every 45 minutes are so.
    But I pushed him through.
    He works 8 hours a day and watches movies. If we need work done around yard he does it.
    He is 73 and has chronic high blood pressure. Has had quad by pass and three stints. But other than that good health.
    I bought him a reclining cycle machine but he doesn't want to use it.
    He tells me, that I'm wrong he doesn't have to do any more exercises now that he has his range of motion.
    Before the open heart and knee, shoulder rotor cuff we were traveling and exploring..Hikes, walks but no golf or sports.

    Thank you
    Jehda
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    Re: Knee gives out after year after total replacement

    Thank you Texas.
    I just think he needs to continue working with the knee but unless someone other than me says it he wont.:D
    The recovery was more than he expected and he wasn't happy with the pain.
    I try to remind him possible there is maintenance program he needs to do. :doh:
    He seems to now favor the natural knee and that can't be good in the long run. I remind him he really doesn't want to do it again.:shk:
    Thanks for your post
    Jehda
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    Hi Jos,
    Thank you for your post.:D
    I will attempt to explain the Doc's.:thmb:
    Once your Gp sends you to your specialist or surgeon he no longer takes care of that problem.:skp:
    So technically he is out of the picture. He got his money for being the gate keeper for your insurance. You get his blessing to go to specialist or surgeon. :D

    As far as responsibility he doesn't want to be involvement since he didn't do the work (surgery) and wants no legal entanglement for something he didn't do.:thmb:
    Now if you get a cold Gp,or for referral to surgeon or specialist.
    After that you don't see your Gp for that (special)problem. He wouldn't be qualified to do anything.:doh:
    Hope I cleared that up for you. How does it work in your country?:cool:
    Have you are your family member had knee replacement and do you continue exercise program?
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    jehda,
    He does need to continue to keep the knee moving or he will lose some ROM. Did he get the book? If not, he should. It tells him all about recovery and exercising for the first full year of recovery. JMO
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    I agree, He does want to go back wards and do this again.....We all know its tough, aggravating, but if he thinks his rom is ok and doesnt keep going he will. You hang in there as well. I know it must be very hard on you....Tell him he has gone to far to give up....
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    Jehda
    That is how some HMO's work. On other policies such as I have.
    I just go to who ever I want to and there are no referrals needed.

    I just went to the ortho surgeon because got tired of pain and not being able to do anything.

    My GP (general practioner) some what like a family doctor will give me meds if I need for the knee. He makes sure he has copies of all health problems we might have. We have any doctor we go to to send copies of reports etc. to him. Makes me feel good because he always knows what is going on with his patients. At least those that follow through with having copies send to him.
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    Where did you get your book? Found 1 on amazon for about $14. Wished I had one before. Will order it today! Thanks
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    Rose sorry Real quick didnt you have an appt today. If you want to answer on your thread ill go there...
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    Rose

    How did your 3 month check up turn out. Have you posted yet?
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    Awww Rose I just saw a possible scope on 7/6. Let us know when you feel like it what is going on.

    Bless you
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    Thanks, I posted on new thread. 3 month post-op checkup. Lengthy so didn't want to break the rules interrupting someone elses. OOpps, gues I just did. :hehe:
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    Crystal,
    I truly believe you are correct about use it or loose it...I do remember a book but I think he read it to mean do your rehab then all is great with the world.
    I just need to find out what are the best at home exercises and how often.
    Then the big step of getting him to do them.
    Thank again
    Jehda
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    Hi Logon,
    We are lucky and don't need referrals.
    Might need to change GP ours will just redirect you back to whickever doc wrote the prescription.
    So I know how lucky we are to need to go through the gate keeper system.
    I think possible it is good procedure to let each doc continue with the meds,ect. Gp gets records and test results from all specialist.
    So he can see big picture.
    Thank you for your post.
    Jehda
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    Hope your check up went well...:D
    Are you doing your exercises.
    The book was it a pamphlet like from the hospital or a book you bought?:sct:
    I need all the help I can get with a opinionated man...:hehe:
    Take care
    Jehda
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    It is all spelled out in the book for the entire first year during recovery and after as I suggested in the last post. Click on the link in that post.......
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