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    #amputee
    Left leg amputee, right leg new knee, Feb 10, 2019
  1. Bob_notts

    Hi folks, I am new to the forum living in the UK in Robin Hood county. I am a left leg below knee amputee of 50 years now and 10 weeks post op with TKR in my right and ONLY leg. I have had 3 surgeries on my left leg ending with my amputation and 6 surgeries on my right leg culminating in my knee being replaced.

    My amputation was a result of being knocked off my motorcycle when I was 16 by a 30 ton lorry and as I recovered and got back to being "me" I thought if I have now got back to what I was before is it possible to reach even further? So I did all sorts of crazy stuff which made me become a risk taker and as a result I did not take much care of myself.

    Unfortunately this lead to being run over at work by a 7 ton fork lift truck which resulted in 3 surgeries and being in a wheelchair for a year. Arthritis kicked in so the surgeon suggested cycling which was awesome till seven years later when I was knocked off my mountain bike and blew my PCL in my knee again and had 2 more surgeries.

    I was in my late 30s then and was told I would be unemployable by my early 50s.

    Err they where wrong lol.

    I worked till 65 and had my knee eventually replaced last November at 66 years old :)
    Life is now good again, I am reasonably pain free and have 130 degrees knee movement which is more than before my new knee


    #amputee
  2. What have I done?, Aug 31, 2017
  3. kinnykin

    I had a TKR about 10 years ago now and have had no problems. I'm an #amputee so this is my only knee and I walk using crutches.

    Knee started feeling painful about two days ago and this morning I really cannot bend it without causing a lot of pain. I don't think it's anything to do with the bone.... feels more like I've pulled or torn something?

    I can walk straight legged and stand on it but it feels kind of swollen and tight but not painful....but bending it to sit...ouch!

    What could I have done? Should I see my doctor or will it ease up with rest?