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nanaB

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I’m curious if anyone has had a knee replacement due to Avascular Necrosis?
If so at what stage did you have the surgery? And how painful did the AVN get before you had the replacement?
 

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@nanaB A huge number of members have had joint replacement due to AVN. When you have surgery varies. It's all about how narrow your life becomes due to the pain.

My left hip had AVN and finally collapsed. Very painful! Right had the same but I had it replacement before my limp was significant.

Have you had a diagnosis? What does your surgeon say?
 
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@Jaycey My surgeon said I could have it now but I opted for an injection because I have been really sick with the flu and my strength is shot. I need to build my body up before I go through such a major surgery. I now have to wait five months to avoid risk of infection after having the injection.

I also have pseudo gout and meniscus tears, both inner and outer, which were caused by wear due to the psuedo gout. And arthritis. So with all that I definitely qualify for surgery.

My pain and swelling came on rather sudden as I began to get over the flu. Which I’ve read it can come on suddenly. I was afraid it was some kind of infection the it came so sudden. But not the case. Had really had no problems, walked three miles most days with no pain. Not now though. I just got the injection Thursday so hopefully it helps. It only shows on MRI not X-ray yet.

I had bilateral shoulder replacements due to AVN in 2000. The right collapsed but the left I had done before it got so bad.
 

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I had a successful knee replacement due to AVN in March. I am having a right shoulder replacement in July. My knee (and now shoulder) pain was very severe and the knee was already arthritic so I decided to go forward. I've never had shoulder problems before, but it collapsed and my right arm is semi-useless the way it is now. My AVN also came on suddenly. I think you have surgery based on the pain level and how much your life is affected. I'd rather heal from surgery than wake up knowing the pain isn't ever going to go away.
 

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