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I had TKR 26 months ago on one knee following my orthopedist diagnosing me as having near bone on bone on both knees. My present status on the TKR is one of having all the negative outcomes possible, i.e., pain, can’t squat, can’t kneel, knocking, limited range of motion and stiffness. Needless to say my quality of life has suffered. My good working knee, the one that wasn’t replaced, is beginning to bother me when I overwork it. I don’t want to make another mistake with a decision to replace it because it brings on a fear I may be totally incapacitated.
 

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Hi @dislocate - welcome to BoneSmart. Before you know it, there will be some other folks on here who can guide you through the resources and help provide you with support as you discern what to do about both knees. I can understand your concern about potentially experiencing the same outcome you seem to be having with Knee#1. Having had both knees done and by the same surgeon, I can assure you no knee recovers the same. And when my husband had his done 6 years after mine by the same OS, he too has had a different recovery. I'm sure you've explored with your surgeon and with physical therapy why they think your outcome has not been what you hoped? You will see on here that people continue to experience improvement even after 2 years.
 

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I had TKR 26 months ago on one knee following my orthopedist diagnosing me as having near bone on bone on both knees. My present status on the TKR is one of having all the negative outcomes possible, i.e., pain, can’t squat, can’t kneel, knocking, limited range of motion and stiffness. Needless to say my quality of life has suffered. My good working knee, the one that wasn’t replaced, is beginning to bother me when I overwork it. I don’t want to make another mistake with a decision to replace it because it brings on a fear I may be totally incapacitated.
I had a ton of issues with my knee replacement. After 1 1/2 I got a second opinion from a different doctor which put everything into perspective.
I was still seeing my original OS but the new OS had a very different approach (he listened to my issues and reviewed my scans :loll:
If you are 26 months out you may want to look into a second opinion. Sometimes wacky things happen and a new set of eyes can help. If you are having limited range of motion, stiffness and pain you want to make sure your original replacement is not infected or loose.
 

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Hi @dislocate . I can completely understand your situation. I had my right TKR a year ago and still have limited range of motion and stiffness. I'm so glad I did it though because the pain is gone and I can cook/walk/stand for 3+ hrs....something I hadn't been able to do in 7-8 yrs. I had issues with this knee before though, so I knew it may never be 100% normal.

But yes--I also have a bad second knee that isn't "bad enough" yet, as long as I'm careful with my activity. My TKR surgeon says I might get another year or two out of it. My fear is since I can't ride most stationary bikes easily due to the TKR knee being so stiff (95-100 degrees ROM when riding and warmed up, so it's not totally comfortable), my fear is I won't get the range in the OTHER knee because I can't ride the bike normally/much.

I keep telling myself what you'll hear a lot of here though----no two people recover the same, and even on the same person, their 2 knees do NOT usually recover the same. I've never had the scarring/tightness problem in my other knee that I did in the right TKR knee It's also only had 3 surgeries compared to 8 on the right. Thus, I have hope!!!!! Lots of hope that that one will be easier. I am still improving 1 year post-op with the right TKR, and my surgeon (who is a Reconstruction and Revision specialist) says he has a lot like me who keep improving into year TWO and THREE post-op!!!!! :yikes: So I'm not to give up hope. :)

I don't know if any of this helps much, as it's a tough decision and only you know your knees...however, I definitely get it when deciding if/when. I have a feeling I'll end up knowing when the time comes though, as that's usually MY bad luck.:heehee: If I lose my newfound ability to shop, exercise, clean, cook, stand, and vacation----I'll take my chances and do Knee #2. Best of luck on whatever you decide. :console2:
 

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