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Revision TKR frmgrl TKR problems

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Hoping someone can help me!

Bilateral TKR's in Dec., 2018. Left knee never felt right from the time the block from surgery wore off. Surgeon said it could take a year to improve the pain and swelling but it never did improve.

I consulted another orthopedic surgeon who promised a 50% to 80% improvement in pain with another surgery so it was scheduled for Jan., 2019, one year later. The plastic spacer was replaced with a larger one and dr said everything else looked ok during the surgery. The first time nurses got me out of bed following the revision, there was a big pop in my leg and I could not bear weight.

After testing, I was released with brace in place without diagnosis. After obtaining the medical records, I discovered I actually have a quad tear. Same doctor has followed me for another year. Pain in knee has increased and now with this tear, the pain has gotten worse to the point that I can hardly walk. At the last visit, doctor said he probably should have repaired the tear last January. This physician wants to do another surgery but I am leary for good reason.

Extremely desperate to find a revision specialist and I am willing to travel. Would greatly appreciate names of physicians that you feel might be able to help me. Thanks so much!!
 
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Hello, @frmgrl. You will notice that I moved your post from adicoll's thread and started a recovery thread for you. If you would like the title changed please let me know and I'll be glad to change it for you.

I will tag @Jamie for you to help you find a revisionist. You need to keep far away from your current OS. He already had his chances to help you and didn't. You need someone who has no contact with your doctor, so it's a good idea to travel some distance for one.

You've had your surgeries a year ago, but I'll still leave you your very own recovery guidelines.

The following are our basic guidelines and should help get you started. As you read more on other members recovery threads, you’ll get a better perspective of what to expect and what not to do, especially regarding PT.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now; they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
5. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for TKRs


The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
 

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Can you please tell me the names of previous surgeons you have seen? It helps to know this because your next surgeon needs to have no connection with them whatsoever in order to ensure an independent opinion. You can either post the names here or send them to me in a personal message.
 

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Hello @frmgrl - and :welome:

I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with your left knee.

Please will you tell us the full dates of all your knee surgeries and which knee it is each time, so we can make a signature for you? That will make it easier for us to advise you appropriately in the future. (I've started your signature, but it still needs additional information added.)
Thank you.:flwrysmile:
 

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