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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by 58principal, May 23, 2013.

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  1. 58principal

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    I had my right tkr on December 11, 2012 and it went fantastic. I am pain free and able to use that knee freely. My left knee is really arthritic but hasn't been hurting very bad until February. I went to my os who gave me a cortisone injection and it felt really good up until a week ago. Now I'm in severe pain and limping when I walk. I'm unable to stand from a sitting position without it hurting and my sleep is disrupted due to pain. I have an appointment with my os next week and am wondering if I should get another cortisone injection or schedule a tkr. I'm an elementary principal and on my feet a great deal. With summer coming it probably would be a good time to get a tkr because i wouldnt miss work, but I'm unsure. What do you think I should do?
     
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    If your OS says it's necessary, I wouldn't put it off an longer than necessary. And yes, this seems like the perfect time of year if he can schedule you soon. Just be aware that each TKR recovery is different and this one could be a lot quicker and easier, or more difficult and longer than the first. It may impact when you would be able to return to work. But the main thing is the longer you put it off, the better chance that more damage will be done and the longer it takes to recover. Good luck with whatever you decide!
     
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    Unfortunately only you can make this decision. However....you know what is coming. Your knee will not get any better...only worse. If the timing is good for you now, you really might want to consider going ahead with the second TKR now rather than trying to wait.
     
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    I agree my dear. It will only get worse. I certainly know the feeling though. I waited almost too long to have my right knee replaced last July. I'm going in June 14 to have my left knee replaced. I just don't want to go through the pain, and all the injections again just to put off the inevitable.
     
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    When you were still using your old knees did you feel pain and pressure in your ankles and lower legs at all? and if so did your surgery relieve those discomforts.
    Thanks, and I hope you do really well with your new knees.
    Deb :flwrysmile:
     
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    kymamaw. Oh, I sure did!! I had terrible pain storms involving my lower leg and ankle and foot. But my new knee and alignment have made that a thing of the past.
     
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    I have it really bad in both legs and it is worse when trying to shop, stand in one place, etc. Gosh, I need to get my mind in gear and get it done. ;>D
     
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    Excellent point about the knees affecting the ankles and feet too. My right ankle and foot are better since the TKR.
     
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    One of the reasons I got my second TKR when I did (March 8th, 2013) was because I had developed terrible plantar fasciitis in my opposite foot. Nothing seemed to help it. Although my surgeon said he could not say for sure the TKR would help, it did. I still have to do a lot of stretching, but the pain has lessened since I am now in proper alignment. It's a work in progress as I'm really still in recovery. I'm needing to get some new shoes too because of wear patterns on my old ones.
     
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    :goodpost: I also had lots of feet problems and getting two new knees and a new hip corrected my feet. It was the best things I have ever done to improve my physical and mental health. Good luck. Tashia
     
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    Well, I went to my os and he and I agreed, my left knee needs a tkr so it is scheduled for June 25th. I hope it's as successful as my right tkr has been! I'll keep you posted!
     
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