Was fortunate and got in to see another OS sooner than expected. He has an amazing reputation and is a revision specialist. I did my homework and asked specifically for a referral to him. He noted my disabled state, offered cortisone shots for both knees, sent me for blood work to rule out infection, remarked on progression ( although not severe) of osteoarthritis as seen in the x-rays he ordered, also commented on the high revision rate for patellofemoral replacements stating this is why he doesn’t do them. I am signed up for revision to TKR for both knees at 3 month intervals. Due to Covid, I will have a wait time of anywhere between 6 months to 2 years before first surgery. I am getting my head around more surgery and am started to feel grateful and optimistic that I may finally return to my ‘normal’ self. I know I won’t be 100%, but I am hopeful that I will be much improved.
Original surgeon, wasn’t too concerned with my ongoing discussions of pain, the fact that I felt I was losing ground and that I had trouble walking. On my final appointment with her, to sign off on my last surgery, she didn’t take x-rays, no blood work, wouldn’t consider cortisone shots because she felt infection was too risky a possibility, never touched my knee nor even look at it, and continued to stress that physio was what was needed to improve my function. This was after 2 1/2 years of physio which began 4 months before first surgery. So, not the best doctor upon reflection.
Oh well, live and learn. Onward and upward!