This is my first time on this site and I am hoping to find others with similar issues with there knees and hear their experiences and perhaps get some advice. i have been having operations on my knee now for 13 years since a football injury and it is now pretty much knackered!! The doctor thinks I am too young for a replacement. However the prospect of the next ten years on peinkillers or in alot of pain with constant swelling in my leg is a very unplesant prospect... Considering amputation. Any suggestions??
By: AmariT: Aug, 29, 2011 18:41 PM
ppatel: I don't think you meant amputation. That seems like it would be a bit of an extreme way to deal with knee pain.
richard: I've heard that they're slowly changing their policy on whether younger people can have knee surgeries. I think the main issue is that the replacement knee is likely to degrade and stop working in 20 years or so, and then you'll have to get another replacement. They're also probably hoping that since you're still young, hopefully your knee will be able to recover and return to a level of natural health. I don't know about your particular knee issues, though, so I don't know what your doctor thinks. ppatel is right that if you haven't already you should have a frank discussion with your doctor about your options. If he insists you shouldn't have a knee replacement, you might consider consulting with a few other doctors to get their opinions.
I understand where you're coming from, not wanting to be on painkillers for years, but I wouldn't recommend rushing into getting a knee replacement if there are still good alternatives. After a full knee replacement, it will take at least a year for you to get back to normal use of your knee, and there are many possible complications and long-term issues. It isn't a magic fix; it's more of something you do when there are no other options. Maybe you've reached that point, but it's good to be certain.
By: ppatel24: Jul, 25, 2011 10:50 AM
Hello Richard. Welcome to knee1. So first of all, can you tell me how you gained knowledge of this site. Do you find it very useful?
I believe that after all these years of pain, you should be able to get an amputation. However, if the doctors forbids you doing so then I believe you shouldn't. The doctors may believe that there are some complications since it is too early for you. Maybe you should meet with you doctor and have an open conversation where you tell him/her about your pain and why you are considering amputation, and where he/she provides you with a better plan.