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Went to a new doctor’s office last week and moved a seat cushion from another chair to give mine more height. Checked with the receptionist and she laughed and said she wished more people would do that so she wouldn’t have to keep coming out to pull people out of the chairs.
 

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@bland9 , Interesting about the bowlegs. Before my first PKR, myOS asked if I had always been knock kneed(genetic) or had become that way.
Definitely genetic from my dad’s side. He said most knock kneed people tear the lateral meniscus, which is what I did, my late father did, my late brother did....

I was cautioned about becoming bowlegged after the surgery if the knees didn’t achieve satisfactory extension. @Celle , what is the BS thought on this?

Is your bowleg condition hereditary or developed since?

PS to @Celle , since I’m in @bland9 ’s thread, did I need to use the @bland9 ? Sorry, I’m still confused about when to do that or not.
 

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Went to a new doctor’s office last week and moved a seat cushion from another chair to give mine more height. Checked with the receptionist and she laughed and said she wished more people would do that so she wouldn’t have to keep coming out to pull people out of the chairs.
My OS' office has some high chairs. Not as high as a stool but higher than normal chairs.
 

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The ones in the offices of my OS and regular dr are okay. They have arms.
These were the ones in the Pulmonologist’s. And the ones in the Orthodontist’s I recently visited were so low I stood!
I have a rolling cart for using an artist’s easel outdoors and it has a fold down seat that is pretty high. I’m going to take it in the car until my ligament has healed and both knees have matured.
 

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I was cautioned about becoming bowlegged after the surgery if the knees didn’t achieve satisfactory extension. @Celle , what is the BS thought on this?
That's a new one to me. I've never heard that before.
The main reasons for needing to achieve full extension is so that you can walk properly, without limping. You need to fully extend your back knee as you stride forward with the other leg - like this:
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PS to @Celle , since I’m in @bland9 ’s thread, did I need to use the @bland9 ? Sorry, I’m still confused about when to do that or not.
You only need to tag bland9 if you want to address him in particular.

However, you're writing several posts about your recovery in his thread, when the main purpose of his thread is to talk about his recovery. Updates about your own recovery should go in your own thread. Otherwise, you're hi-jacking bland9's thread and taking it off the main topic - his recovery.
 
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@marieltha @Celle - the answer to your question is that I became bow legged due to the severity of my osteoarthritis of the knees. for my straightening of the knee is still very poor and walk with terrible limp,when I walk I try to do the above ie walking
Surgeon say the new knee looks great so cannot understand why my knee so bent,
My question could this be excessive scar tissue and CAN it show up in an X-RAY. Do it look like a revision is needed
 

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I hope you are able to improve, get answers from the BS folks, and your OS, and get relief from your pain, @bland9 .
 

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@bland9 ... in answer to your question, scar tissue will not show on an xray. You are still fairly early in your recovery. Although your original TKR was in April, having an MUA in July resets your recovery clock as your body must now adjust to that trauma. You need to give yourself more time for your body to gently readjust itself to the new normal position of your knee.

I went back to your MUA in your thread and, in reading your posts, one thing stands out to me. I think you need to seek at least one and maybe a couple of other opinions from different surgeons. But you will have to drive to get to them. And you'll need to do some research to find out which surgeons are experienced with problem knees. You'll want to go to one of the larger hospitals where doctors are more likely to be able to help you. Your current surgeon's approach to just work through the pain and threatening you with amputation isn't the answer.
 
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Well what more can I say -Surgeon done x-ray and blood test- He stated knee looks great ,does not expect Infection etc, Stated I must really work the knee through pain- if not I will lose the knee, reason why severe pain on Medial side is because of stretching during OP. Pain is something I got to endure and see you in three months-
Why I got bent knee is just because of stiffness and needs working on- so There it is chronic pain for the unforeseeable future
@bland9 Did your surgeon actually tell you you might lose your knee meaning amputation or was he implying you’d lose what ROM you have now of knee meaning permanent bend? I agree it’s time to seek another opinion.
 

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My question could this be excessive scar tissue and CAN it show up in an X-RAY
No. Scar tissue would not cause this and it won't show on X-Ray.
I agree with Jamie. You need to get an opinion from a surgeon who is skilled at dealing with problem knees.
 

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@bland9, I feel for you, having had similar poor recovery. I agree with Celle, you need to see someone who specialises in revision and/or problem knees. Unfortunately we don't have a register of UK surgeons as there is on BS for US ones, so I guess you will have to ask your GP to find out the name of such a surgeon. Maybe even call the Orthopedic Department of nearby hospitals and ask them too - nothing to lose by asking. However, you are still in early days after your MUA, so keep on icing, elevating, exercising etc. I am now 10 weeks post revision, still having pain, swelling, poor ROM, not able to walk much etc, but I can see tiny improvements when I look back week to week. It's just a very slow process for some of us.
 
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@tabbykit rather fed up with operations had three post operations and cannot take anymore:beg:. these last 5 years been very difficult if it was a stoke and then a DVT and now just recently disaster groin operation. been at death door a few times now . so really not going through another OP if I can help it:bignono:. going to live and work through this
 

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Lots of medical issues.. it’s no wonder you’re fed up. I think @tabbykit just meant (as I did) perhaps a second opinion as to what other options or suggestions to get through this difficult time in your life. :sigh:
 
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Strange has soon has I said that's it and no more moaning and go with the pain- my knee pain has changed -went for a good very slow walk today the pain was there but felt different and same has the bent knee that's still evident with bad limp but this too felt different and suddenly I feel so positive :yahoo:and really do hope this slight improvement increases :fingersx: each day/week
 

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@bland9 glad to hear you have had a good day at last! I didn't mean to say you should be looking for another surgeon now, you are not far along in your recovery yet (counting from the MUA). I am also in pain and very limited mobility, at 11 weeks, but I can see it slowly improving. I know it can be a bit disheartening when we read about those fortunate people who sail through recovery, but we are all different and it may take us longer to get there.
 
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Rom is still stuck at 70 and knee still cannot straighten even when swelling almost gone and pain easing - afraid don't look good. maybe suggest another MUA to surgeon before anything else
 
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Got to go back to work - knee in worse state then before OP - its not the pain I can tolerate that its just the leg not straightening I can literally put both my hands under knee extension . walking almost on tip toes. seeing the Surgeon in 2 weeks time - others giving my wife sympathy for how bad I look while walking
 

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