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I had my original surgery and had a MRSA infection a few weeks later. I had an incision and washout. Then months of IV and oral antibiotics. The knee never recovered as well as my other knee. Now my ROM is getting smaller, its swelling up and is painful. All tests I have had shows no loosening and no infection. The OS thinks its a large amount of scar tissue from the two previous surgeries and infection.

My daughter is getting married in December. I could either have the surgery in September so I would be better by December. (Her shower is in October.) My other choice is to wait until January and have it then.

So here I sit wondering what's best to do. I'm leaning towards January because work will be a problem too.
 

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Aw Marian - I'm so sorry this knee is not giving you a break! I guess the question is can you stand the discomfort until January? If it were me I would just want it over and done with.
 

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I'm sorry to hear your knee has problems again, Marian.

With Covid still messing things up, I'd be inclined to take the September date. There's no way of knowing what could be happening by January.
 

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All I know is that my surgery was in March, and my son got married in August, with a shower in July. I managed the shower ok, but the wedding was tough, too much standing, too late an evening, stayed at a friend’s overnight since it was 90 minutes from my house, my knee was a mess by the time I got home.

Before I had my surgery I thought, I’ll be 5 months by the wedding, it shouldn’t be a problem. In my case, I was so wrong.

Tough decision for you, :console2:
 
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I had to let the OS know asap if i wanted September. He said he would fit me in. My daughter who is getting married asked if I could wait until January. So January it will be. It will work better with my job. They will have to replace me on Wednesday and Thursday during all the weeks that I am out. I don't think they will be very happy with me.

So now I heading for surgery again. Afraid MRSA may appear again. I'm sure my anxiety levels will continue to grow as time goes by.
 

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Afraid MRSA may appear again.
I hear you. But look at it this way - it's probably the safest time to have surgery these days. Areas are being ultra careful with cleaning and patient handling.
 
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Is there any information about how long a revision knee replacement will last? I have one in my left knee and will be getting one in my right knee in January.
 

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I think a revision replacement, done right, should last as long as an original. That is, at least 20 years, hopefully longer.
I'm hoping so anyway, because my revision knee is almost 9 years old now.
 
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I had a few days when I had no pain in the right knee. I was beginning that I didn't really need to have a revision, again. Then yesterday it hurt all day and during the night too. I didn't get up to get some Tylenol because I didn't want to wake up the dogs or else they would all be up and ready to go outside.

On the x-rays everything looks good but when he aspirated my knee, when I saw him, he felt that there was a lot of scar tissue present especially since I had two surgeries on the knee within three weeks. I don't have full extension and sometimes I can't even put on my sock. It aches if I walk long distances. He doesn't feel that the knee would be ok if he did a laparoscopic surgery to try to get all the scar tissue that is holding me back. Hence, the total revision is what needs to be done.
 

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I'm sorry you need another revision, Marian. I hope it goes well.
 

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@newlybionic :console2: look on the bright side January is just 5 months away, you have the wedding & planning to look forward to, just keep yourself medicated and try to elevate your knee and rest as much as you can. I can totally relate where the dogs are concerned:puppysmooze: I even tiptoe around my bedroom in case they hear me:heehee:
 

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