Oh dear! That doesn't sound good WHS!
Have you made a recent appointment with
Your 0S? Are you expecting too much of yourself?
Are you doing enough exercising,,,,why did
You have to rest for 6 weeks? Are you
doing too much? What does your PT say?
-I hope you get some answers, start feeling better, then telling us!
Also,,,,how is your pain regime?
In the mean time, Welcome!!!
WHS, I think you need to get yourself to a second opinion as soon as possible. It makes no sense to me that you would be this far out from surgery and in a situation where the doctors looking at you can't decide what is going on or a course of action to take. Is Blue Ridge Summit a small town? Are you near a larger city where you could go to a different orthopedic practice? You need another look from someone totally independent! Take all your xrays from before and after surgery (and CT scans or MRIs if you had them). Your current doctor must provide copies of them for you (you may be charged a copy fee, but they must give them to you). Please write back soon....I care what happens to you and you should NOT be in this position 9 months out of knee surgery.
You need to refresh our memories a little . I am very sorry you are in more pain, I know how awful that is. My situation is different. I had my hip replaced last summer and it is wonderful. My recent surgery in Jan was thoracic spinal fusion. I have more pain than before surgery and my doc does keep trying other things.
I do feel for you and don't remember your story, but I think getting another opinion is the step you should take.
Does the OS who replaced your knee do lots of replacements or very few? It sounds to me like he did not know what he was doing.... Sorry to say that. I had my BTKR last June 18th. I went to an OS who strictly does about 350-500 replacements annually. He also repairs botched jobs from other OS.
Please heed the advice to get another opinion on your knee. I have gained a much better quality of life after my BTKR surgery. I used to be a ski instructor at a local Mountain here in NH. This season I have been out skiing enjoying myself 7 times since February 1st. My OS wants me to enjoy my life.
If your knee is too loose, I am sure it could be from a number of things; spacer is not tall enough, or your ligaments have been stretched and are too loose. Definitely a reason and correctable don't you think?
Please keep us posted on your progress. I am so very sorry this is happening to you for so very long.
I'm sorry I can't offer much except support. I'm 7 mos. post BTKR and pretty much where you are. I just finished 3 weeks of resting and it didn't seem to make much difference. Now I'm back to overdoing it, and I will say it's worse. Otherwise, my OS told me last week that it will be another 5-6 mos. before I'm feeling good and in the meantime, he suggests I try not to focus on it. Easy for him to say, but I think he's trying to tell me that anxiety over whether something is wrong doesn't help. One thing I do find somewhat comforting is the advice of another OS I consulted with before my surgery -- he said you do 80% of your healing in the first 3-4 mos. and it takes the rest of the year to get the other 20%. Maybe ours will come all at once?
Sorry for the late reply on this, but I couldn’t help but read your thread. I’m 18 months out from my tkr and yes it was the worst decision I’ve ever made. I am unable to walk any distance without stiffness; I cannot ride a bike, swim or walk down stairs normally because my knee does not bend. I am always feeling pain, so I did not gain anything just lost more from this surgery. Yes, I told both my physical therapist and Dr. the issues I was having all along. The physical therapist didn’t have a clue and my Dr. told me if I were 80 years old I would think it was great, but being younger (52 yrs) I expect more. As for the bike buy one with the pedals more forward, walking distances take Aleve and ice and swimming….no answer. Well heck yes! I expect more. I stayed with him because I was told it takes up to 18 months for complete healing (bad decision on my part) and I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. I just now started seeing another Dr. to see if anything could be done. I pray there is something, if not I’m going to ask about amputation. I have exercised; as told and followed all instructions to the “T” and this is what I got, so please, don’t just sit back. And if you do find someplace to get your old knees back, please let me know. The best of luck to you.
Lee! Poor you! You need different opinions!!! 80 year olds seem to be more active than you are right! I hope you get someone else to evaluate your lack of progress! Something CAN be done, you just haven't found the right OS yet!!! Don't be so tough on yourslf! Pain is exhausting! You owe yourself relief! Good luck!!!
Lee - So sorry to hear about your situation. As Jamie suggested, you need to see a revision specialist ...someone who is experienced in botched knee replacements and knows how to improve it. Good luck.