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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by leebritt00, Mar 13, 2019 at 8:33 PM.

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    Does anyone know if the meniscus is removed with a TKR?

    About 5 months ago I underwent my 3rd TKR (not including 2 revisions) on the same knee (right) within 3½ year and I experience severe pain in that knee in the area where the meniscus is located. The pain occurs whenever I stand, but the pain goes away after I take a few steps. Doctors are perplexed. Has anyone experienced this?
     
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    You might want to post this in the knee forum. This is the social room. In the knee forum your question will more quickly catch the eye of someone who can advise. cheers
     
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    Hello @leebritt00 - and :welome:

    I have moved your post and its thread from the Social room to the Knee Replacement Recovery Area, where you will get more responses.

    Please will you tell us the full dates of all your knee surgeries, so we can put them into a signature for you. Knowing when you had the surgeries done, and what sort of surgery each one was will help us to advise you appropriately.

    Yes, the knee meniscus is removed during a knee replacement.
    This article explains what is done during a knee replacement:
    Knee replacement surgery types and suggested videos

    No matter what sort of knee replacement is done, the meniscus, together with some bone is removed and the bone ends are shaped, to fit the replacement hardware.
    The meniscus itself is replaced by a plastic spacer which keeps the two metal parts from touching each other.

    I'm going to ask @Josephine , our Nurse Director, to advise you. She has worked in orthopaedics for many years.
     
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    Here is the Recovery Reading that we give to everyone who's had a knee replacement. There are lots of informative articles, many of which will still help you:
    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
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork.
    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. At week 4 and after you should follow this
    6. Access to these pages on the website

    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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    My goodness, your one knee has been through a lot!

    Orthopedic surgeons tend to ignore aches and pains that crop up in the first 12 months. I have a theory but would rather have someone with expertise answer your question @Josephine
     
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    Indeed it is! Totally!

    Perhaps you would tell me the site of this pain using this chart?

    aa knee-references-horz.jpg



    After that, I'd really like to offer you some structured advice but in order to do that, I also need to ask you some questions. Are you willing for me to do that?
     
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    Right Front 2, between C and D. Thank you for your reply.



    Thank you for your question regarding the dates of my TKR surgeries:

    Revision TKR October 5, 2018
    Revision TKR May 4, 2018
    Revision TKR April 3, 2017
    Revision TKR January 2016
    TKR April 1, 2015


    I realize this sounds ridiculous and I wish that I was making this up. However, it is unfortunately true and fully documented. I may be the youngest person at the age of 54 to have 3 TKR and 2 revisions on the same knee.
     
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    Hi and Welcome to Bonesmart!

    It is just so unfair that some people have this much trouble with their surgery outcomes. I’m sorry you’ve been through so much.
     
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    Wow that’s awful you’ve had to go through so much in such a short time. I have had a partial a revision partial, and a week ago a tkr my 3 surgeries were within 16 months. What we’re your symptoms of a failed implant? Did x-rays show the loosening and allergy? I sure hope this one is a winner! This is a tough recovery. I’m praying for a good outcome myself. It gets beyond frustrating when things don’t work they way they should. I’m 49 so I feel your pain! Hope you find answers and get relief soon! Xx
     
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    Wow, 5 knees in 4 years must be awful. All power to you for keeping going, that must have been tough. I hope your pain issue resolves soon.
     
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    This made me cry. So sad. Hopefully the recognition of sensitivities to the components of joints implants is gaining. I'm highly sensitive to nickel so got a nickel free revision, which makes me really happy.

    Did you have all your surgeries with the same practice/same hospital? I made the mistake of going local the first time, went to Boston for the revision.

    Glad you've joined us.
     
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    Oh, Lee - did you not see the example in the smaller image? It explains quite clearly how to use this chart.
    I need the references for each square you want me to see. That's 3 characters from the top and one from the side for each square.

    And you never responded to this question ....

    Honey, I can 100% assure you that you are not!
     

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