- Aug 21, 2019
- United States
Hi all. I was scheduled to have my left TKR yesterday 9/11. On Friday, 9/6 I decided that I had some questions for the surgeon so I scheduled an appt with him. I must have seemed pretty nervous and unsure of my decision because he called me after I left his office and said he wanted to see me back on Monday 9/9 to go over everything and make sure we are "both on the same page". I do admit that I was extremely nervous because I know how big of a surgery this is and how long the recovery is. We started talking about my symptoms and I kept pointing to the area where my hamstring tendons are and how that is a big source of my pain. The surgeon said that the knee replacement would not get rid of that pain. I'm not saying that is the only place I have pain...I also have pain under my kneecap and occasionally on the lateral side of my knee and sometimes even the back of my knee. Mostly what I experience is a generalized overall achy, throbbing pain that gets worse with any activity. I also get sharp pains under my kneecap when I go up or down stairs. Now I am sitting here regretting my decision to cancel the surgery. I finally felt that I had some hope for my knee pain and I felt that I was moving in a positive direction....or at least in any direction other than spinning my wheels like I have been for the past 2 years. I was wondering if anyone else had cancelled their surgery because they were having doubts or second guessing themselves. Am I just being a big baby because I know my pain could be so much worse? The surgeon said that my xrays still look pretty good and that I have only a small amount of joint space narrowing. Should I wait until my pain gets way worse before I have the surgery so that I have no doubts that I am making the right decision. I am literally so confused right now about what to do. Any advice, thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.