- Apr 7, 2018
- United States
I just had the hinged knee replacement surgery on June 28 . I was battling an infection in my TKR done January 2018 , since August of last year . On April 19 they took out the knee hardware and put in a spacer with antibiotic , l went home with a pic line and IV for 6 weeks . I finally got the whole thing put back together again June 28 , had no idea that they were going to use the hinged replacement , never heard of it . I was told that it’s for complicated cases , and unstable knees . During the coarse of the 6 weeks IV and leg immobilized , the spacer dislocated , and l had to go back to surgery to fix it , that’s why they said it was unstable . One good thing I learned is with the hinged replacement you do not need PT . My orthopedic surgeon says it will bend really easy . For the first 3 weeks after the last surgery I have a leg brace , need to keep it straight . That’s to let it heal straight , because the knee tends to want to bend slightly . So seems like it is kind of opposite of the regular knee replacement that PT works so hard to bend. I am looking for any information about the hinged knee replacement so will watch this for updates and can add more info here as l get it , since l am only 11 days out of the surgery . My surgeon really gave me li information . I go back in about 12 days to have the staples removed .