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Removing spacer

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After 6 years I am finally have spacer removed and hopefully knee replacement put in. I’m very anxious. I am almost 76 with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).
Anyone have experience with this?
New to forums. Surgery August 16
 

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Hi Im sure you will find support here.
Your surgeon must believe any risks you have related to CKD or age are able to be managed. Ask the surgeon and anaesthetist about this.
After that make sure you have all the aids and assistance to help you in place. Be positive. Its very safe and successful surgery xxx
 
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Thanks. I’ve found. Good info on this site.
My surgery is scheduled for 8/16. Will get all test results on Monday. My kidney doctor is on vacation.
In the past few months I’ve had intermittent incontinence which has me very concerned about making it to the bathroom as slow as I will be. Oh my so humiliating. . With those stockings etc. will use the most heavy duty pads I can find. Know this has nothing to do with my knee but it’s on my mind all the time.
 

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Incontinence is horrible. I went through a stage of it post op. Just couldnt make it to the bathroom. I felt embarrassed and depressed by it. I didn't go the pad route. In the end sorry to be graphic, I used bath mats to mop up little puddles and threw them in the washing machine
Disgusting I know and U cant believe Im discussing it!!! It got better as walking improved and bladder tone came back
 

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Hi, @fly2tink....welcome to BoneSmart. I'm so glad to hear that our forum and website have been helpful to you. We will continue to be here for you as you go through surgery and recovery with your knee. I know it's going to be a relief to get a new implant put in.

You may experience some incontinence following surgery. Actually it can be a common thing for people even without having kidney disease. With both my knees I had about 3 weeks where I needed to wear the disposable panties, especially at night. Try not to worry about it, as it will likely just be a temporary problem. The point is to be safe on those trips to the bathroom. You want the protection of a pad so you don't have to hurry and risk losing your balance and taking a fall. Be sure you purchase pads or panties that have the gel inserts to trap moisture. They hold much more liquid and are more comfortable (feel dryer as they wick moisture away from your skin) than a regular pad.
 
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I can’t believe I brought up the matter but it’s so on my mind. If I’m in the same kind of room as last time. I’ll never make it. They didn’t want me to go by myself. If I have to wait for assistance I won’t have to worry about messing the floor. . Oh well. Maybe they will come a little faster after that Just have to get going at the first inkling. Used to be able to ignore for some time. Not any more. I keep old towels near by on bathroom floor. Luckily have made it from carpeted bedroom. .
 

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You can take some of the disposable underwear with you to the hospital and put it on after surgery. You don't have to depend on the staff to get to you or their disposable products, which often are really icky diaper-type products.

Don't worry about needing to discuss something like incontinence. We are used to all kinds of topics here on BoneSmart. Nothing is really taboo and sometimes, it's these things that can cause the most worry. We're happy to help you with anything at all that is worrisome.
 

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Hello @fly2tink - and :welome:

Please will you tell us what happened to your knee (and the dates) that caused you to need a spacer for 6 years? That's a very long time. Did you develop an infection in your knee?

If possible, we'd like the following information:
Date of original surgery/accident, and what was done,
Date of spacer insertion, and why,
August 16, 2019 for removal of spacer and re-insertion of replacement hardware.
When we have that information we can make a signature for you, so your knee's history will appear at the bottom of every post you make, and we won't have to keep going back to your original post to see what you've had done. Thank you.:flwrysmile:

You've had good advice about dealing with incontinence. One more thing you could do is schedule regular bathroom trips, say every 90- minutes (or whatever you decide is appropriate). That way, you won't be busting and you may be able to get to the bathroom without any accidents.
 
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I hadn’t first tkr Nov 2012. Rehab never got better. In May my PT. Said he felt something was wrong (I had just seen my surgeon). My PT recommend a second option with a bone infection specialist. I saw her in July where besides xrays she took a “horse” needle and withdrew the nastiest brown stuff from my knee. She scheduled me for surgery for Sept 2013 in which she hoped she could give me a new knee. Not to be. I had a bad staph infection. I was given a pic line and a full leg cast from groin to to and including my foot and was shipped off to a rehab nursing home. I have trouble with. Anesthesia. Severe nausea. I didn’t eat or drink more than a few ice chips for 10 days. Spent two months there with Vancomycin Iva twice a day. And gradually slight pt. Continued pt after home. Then my daughters life fell apart with a five year divorce. That’s the reason I put off surgery which is not really a good time as she is try to sell her house and find a job. She was a stay at home mom. But I am useless. To myself and everyone. So have to get the surgery now. Praying my CKD will past the test. Will know tomorrow.
I’ve developed severe tendinitis in arms especially left arm so am concerned about using walker.
Thanks for interest and tips.
 

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