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Cyn's Journey -- knee #2

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Cynrob, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Cynrob

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    Just recently had a facebook memory pop up from three years ago. At that time I was just 7 months post op from my Right TKR and I had gone for a 4 mile walk. Now I can't walk 4 blocks because of my other knee. But, today I got approval for my Left TKR. I met the surgeon and I'm very pleased with him. I have a lot to do to get ready.
     
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    Welcome back and good luck with the next TKA.
     
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    Welcome to Bonesmart!

    Best wishes with this next surgery! You pretty much know what to expect this time, since you’re experienced, so that’s a plus.

    Hang out with us here at Bonesmart before and after. It’s always a blessing to be around like minded people and we all know what you’re going through.
     
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    It will be great to have 2 good knees.
     
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    Welcome back @Cynrob .
    We'll be here to hep you through the second TKR.

    Here is some pre-op reading, to help you prepare:

    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

    If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

    Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
    Stories of amazing knee recoveries
     
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  6. Cynrob

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    A little nervous about an allergy to surgical glue, and whether or not to go cementless. My last surgeon felt that it was enough of a risk that we went cementless. This surgeon said he is not convinced that a topical reaction to surgical glue is equivalent to a reaction to bone cement. He is doing some research before our next appointment, and encouraged me to do the same. He says that the cemented versions are much better than the cementless (as I have been hearing on this thread). I have not found much recent information about allergies to bone cement. I hope he finds something that will reassure me.
     
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    Usually when people talk about 'surgical glue' they're referring to what closes the skin which is actually medical (sterilized) superglue. Bone cement is a whole different thing.
    I totally agree with this surgeon. I think your first surgeon's action was unmerited.
    He is correct.
    And you won't because the instances of people having any problems with it are very small. It's true that staff have a problem as inhaled, it can give rise to occupational asthma. But nowadays we have devices that mix the cement in a contained tub and the fumes are suctioned away from the work site. There has also been some reports of occupational dermatitis in staff who have used it but these are very rare.

    I really don't think you have anything to worry about.
     
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    He says that the cemented versions are much better than the cementless
    I have had cementless TKR, should I be worried if they are not as good as cemented. It wasn’t something that was discussed pre op.
     
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    I have 2 cementless and so far so good. I'm approaching my 7th year anniversary with knee #1. My how time flies! My OS does have me come in for check ups every couple of years just to make sure everything is still good.
     
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    Not really. The main issue is loosening but if this was to occur, it would be early in the process, certainly before 3 months out.
     
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    good luck and speedy recovery.
     
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    good luck with your up coming surgery.
     
  14. Cynrob

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    Thanks for the support everyone. I wish you all the best too @VonnieN and @crhdeh. I'm so glad I found this forum for my first TKR and kept a journal. I just read through some of it and I can see some themes. 1) I completely and consistently underestimated my pain. I've also seen this in some of my medical notes. 2) I was overly worried about taking pain meds -- an yet I was off of them far before the doctor said I needed to be 3) The physical therapy was too much. Although I ended up ok, it was a painful and mostly unnecessary. The surgeon that I have this time has a very minimal PT routine. Hallelujah!
     
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    That’s wonderful! I know it’s our choice when it comes to how much PT we do or don’t do but it’s less pressure on us if the surgeon is on the same page as we are!
     
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    You sound so completely in control of your next surgery and recovery, at least as in control as it is possible to be. It takes a big load off the mind to know your surgeon will support you, too!
     
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