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Created On: 02/26/2005 10:58 PM

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 09/20/2012 04:13 AM

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larry.crowder

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I am also having problems with a Smith-Nephew appliance. Mine was put in by the VA hospital a year ago.
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 05/04/2012 10:21 AM

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donacole

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I read an article that has similar case as yours, I suggest you to check http://www.rotlaw.com/wright-profemur-z/ for assistance.
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 04/26/2012 11:43 AM

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donacole

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Wright Conserve Plus Recall Lawsuits can be of great help of that bad knee replacement problem of yours, they offer services that suited your concern.


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 11/12/2010 11:46 AM

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lakes211

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Oh My, Nora, you have the same knee story I have! I want my old knees and arthrities back! It wasnt as painful! I had both knees done and had to retire from my job because of this! Is there any recalls? I had wright implants. Iam just about 3 years out with 24/7 pain still! Iam also 54!
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 08/24/2008 11:16 PM

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vlc549

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I am 2 years out from my bilateral knee replacements. I have been to specialist upon specialist for the knees. I form Scar Tissue the minute I am closed back up. I have had several other surgeries and not just the knees and am full of adhesions and scar tissue. The last knee specialist told me I have Scar Tissue around both new knees. He said DO NOT let anyone open the knees back up. It will not help. Scar Tissue will form even worse everytime you have the knees cut on. I hurt but I wont go back and have the knees opened up. Not many specialists here will do that. So I live with the Scar Tissue and keep on plugging along with the exercises hoping someday it will break some of the scar tissue up. Vlc Vicki
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 08/24/2008 06:08 PM

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luvsrail

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Roberta2008,I saw that you mentioned the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Did you go there? I was looking at their website the other day and it looked so promising. I live in Texas, unfortunately.luvsrail


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 07/29/2008 04:02 PM

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I would like to know how to find out about recalls of prosthetics. Does anyone know this?ThanksBecky


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 07/29/2008 03:53 PM

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luvsrail

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Nora,I am new to this forum and I was reading about your ordeal in 2005. How are you now? What else has had to happen? I am in a similar situation with my knee and facing more surgeries. I have a staph infected right TKR going on 2 1/2 years now and take 1000 mg of Dicloxicillin a day to hold the staph at bay. I am now having to face doing something to my left knee as it is shot also. I'm a little gun shy right now.I would be happy to hear what has happened to your situation.Becky (Luvsrail)


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 07/20/2008 09:10 AM

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schoust

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I to would love to see these numbers to. I have asked many people including insiders Doc's and most have said that most of these prostetics can be compared to Fords and Chevy's or Buicks,they are all very similer with very little differance. It's the Docter that puts it in that makes or Breaks a sucsessful TKR.I would love to here how others feel about this opinion???Ralph


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 07/18/2008 07:22 PM

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bevmac

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Hi Tammy,how did your 3rd replacement turn out? I met a lady in PT who has had 4 replacements in 6 years on the same knee and still having problems. Did you ever find a site about faulty components?Bev
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 07/16/2008 10:05 PM

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bevmac

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Hi Tammy,I am new to this site and am curious if you ever found a website that gives info. on bad components. I found out in Feb. of this year that my replacement (Smith & Nephew) failed. The first replacement was done Dec. '03. My OS told me what I was feeling was normal when in fact the component was pulling away from the bone. From the beginning I had a lot of popping and it felt like it was slipping. I got a new knee June 2 (wright medical). I am still in a lot of pain but doing well in physical therapy.I would like to hear from anyone whose Smith & Nephew knee failed I hope you are doing well.Bev
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 06/28/2008 02:03 PM

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Roberta2008

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All the doctors at Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City accept Medicare which really surprised and pleased me. They have an excellent staff of surgeons.Roberta
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 05/24/2006 04:29 PM

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wallace_tammy

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I have had 2 knee replacements and going through my 3rd one. Does anyone know the web site to see which parts and companies have a lawsuit on them?
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 05/11/2006 02:16 PM

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Sandra49

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Thank you for the encouragement.Sandra49
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 05/01/2006 05:37 AM

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gammawbecky

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Yes, you DO read pretty much about the problems some of us are having on this forum. That is why we are here....we are hurting terribly....physically and mentally. BUT - the good news for you is that percentage wise, only 1% of all TKR patients have the troubles you read about here. Most folks do just fine and go on their way feeling better. You have no reason to believe you won't be one of the many lucky ones! So, head up! Think positive and do all of the physical therapy they throw at you...especially in the beginning. That is when you will make the most progress with your range of motion.Good luck! I really think you will be fine.Becky
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 04/30/2006 05:09 PM

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Sandra49

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Hi, I have been reading this forum and I am scared to death. For the last 10 years I have had severe arthritis. I have had Synvisc, and many cortisone injections. Both of my knees are bone on bone. I had a bone scan in October and a Orthopedist told me I needed surgery on both knees. I went to another Orthopedist three weeks ago and he agrees, but wants me to pick a knee and only do one at a time. I am very stiff and in pain, but from reading this forum, I am not sure surgery will help me. I am 49 years old. I know that working as a shipping clerk, a rural carrier for the US Postal Service, and helping my husband on the farm are responsible for my bad knees. I have depression, carpel tunnel,and narcolepsy to contend with besides my arthritis. I get a lot of infections (sinus, ear, etc.). That is a serious concern, because infection is drawn to metal in your body (so I've been told). My husband will not help me make a decision about surgery. He just says that he would not want it done on him. If I thought I could get disability without waiting years, I would not attempt the surgery and just try to stay off my feet as much as possible. The problem is: I owe, I owe, so it's off to work I go. I am endangering everyone on the interstate in the afternoons, because my medication is ineffective late in the day and I fall asleep at the wheel. That is a problem that will continue even if I have successful knee surgery. I believe my doctor is the best choice for an Orthopedic surgeon, but he can't promise me anything. I am a teacher now and it is difficult to walk. Field trips are real hard. I can barely get on the bus. I have been trying to find numbers on how many surgeries are unsuccessful and any factors that might increase the chances of TKR being unsuccessful. This forum is the first place I have found mention of unsuccessful TKR. I would appreciate any advice or words of wisdom.Sandra49
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 03/24/2006 11:10 AM

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SuzieR

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Well, it's me again. I made my appointment and the new doctor stated that the total knee replacement will have to come out due to a lot of bad scar tissue. I have an appointment with the Director of Joint Replacement on March 30. These two doctors will be doing the surgery. I have a friend that is the mamnager over a med surg floor at a hospital and I asked her how many TKR's come back and have to have it redone within the first year and she said that she has never had one. Now, this makes me very nervous. The new doctor took me out of all therapy. He said that there was no therapy going to help my knee at this point. But, since I have been out of therapy, I have lost even more mobility. My pain is horrible and I limp worse than I did before my surgery. Looking back, I was so very naive.....I thought having the TKR was going to cure me from all the pain and limping and it's just made it even worse. I'm just so afraid that once they start ci\utting on me again, there will be no end. Any thoughts? I don't know the name of the replacement. I really think the first surgeon just didn't give a flip! He never looked at my knee or took my complaining about pain and still limping serious. He never read any of the therapist notes. He didn't believe in the motion type thing that most patients have after the TKR. SO, I didn't have that where most patients do. Wheww....plus, I wore the Dyna Splint forever and spent almost 6 months in therapy. On March 30, it will be 7 months since the TKR.Thanks for listening.Suzie : SuziefromTn@aol.com


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 02/16/2006 11:14 AM

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Tamara13

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I am writing on behalf of my mother. She had bilateral total knee replacements a year ago and has never been without pain. She is going under again for revision and polyethylene exchange next week. I have been told her manufacturer has had several recalls. Does anyone know anything about this" She had a ZImmer total knee and Stryker homedics parts. I have read horror stories. Please , I hope I find someone to lead us in the right direction as to what to do about all these companies making bad parts . Thank You
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 02/12/2006 02:46 PM

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terr481

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Nora54 I know it's been a year but what has happened with your knee? What kind of replacement did you have. Three years ago, when I was 54 I had a uni-replacement. I had a bonescan done and this is the results: for some reason it has loosened and there is an infection. I was told by my doctor I will have to have a total knee replacement. After reading your post I'm a little afraid to have it done and a little afraid not to have it done. I had a Zimmer. What was your's?Kathy (terr48@hotmail.com)
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 02/07/2006 09:31 PM

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SuzieR

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Just wondering how everyone is doing. I'm still in therapy, but it's not improving anything as far as the extension goes. I have went to another ortho. doc and he tells me that he has some opyions for me and for me not to give up.I have another appointment with him in a few weeks. I do have some concerns about having any more surgery. It just seems the more they do, the worse it gets.But, at 55-years old, I don't want to limp around and be in pain 7/24.Hope someone here has some good news to relay.Suzie


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 12/17/2005 08:47 PM

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Judie52

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The cold weather makes my knees feel like they are pulling so much tighter. It's not painful just feeling extra tight. It makes me not want to go out. I don't really have the energy for work and don't how others go back in such a short time. I have had periods of being very tired plus it takes me a long time to get showered and dressed. I was glad for good insurance but it doesn't pay the bills. I know if my son in college weren't living at home I would be having much less of a holiday spirit. Merry Christmas to everyone. Judie
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 12/17/2005 01:01 PM

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SuzieR

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<<>>Oh My Gosh, The more I read ....the more it seems like we all have some things in common. Due to running out of FMLA, I had to return to work in 28-days. Now, I'm only getting like 8 or 16 hours a pay period. I had my surgery on August 31,2005. I'm still having therapy three times a week. Thank Goodness, my insurance allows 60- therapy visits a year with no co-pay or I would have been sitting on the side of the road with a tin can to pay for them.Speaking of epidurals, that's what I started out with, but I was alergic to the adrenaline(sp) and had to have 4 shots of something to counteract it. But, they took me on to surgery and in the middle had to put me out, due to me trying to reach for the tourniquet. Today, I still don't have full extension, my bending is getting worse. The therapy, the Dyna-Splint and home therapy doesn't seem to help at all. Like most, I can't pull myself up from a sitting postion without holding on to something.My doctor only say's, you will get to feeling better sooner or later. That's very heartening to hear after 3+ months.I have to agree about the pain, it's not like at first, but it's a constant aching that never goes away.I did have a bone scan last week and it showed a lot of activity at each end of replacemet. Plus, my left ankle has activity, the doctor said due to shifting my weight from the right knee.OMGosh, it's Christmas time, I wish all of you a wonderful painfree time through the Holidays and all through the year.Suzie


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 12/15/2005 12:48 AM

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Judie52

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I am new to this site. I had bilateral knee replacements on Sept. 30 2005. I did better in the hospital than at home. I had to move my bed into the dining room downstairs as the bedrooms are a full flight up. I have a hard time maneuvering in close quarters, bathrooms, pantry, etc.My hospital is a learning hospital in Texas. My doctor said absolutely no more pain meds after 60 days. I have had difficulty getting a bend past 90 degrees. I also have trouble getting off of sofas, low chairs, etc. Although I feel better than before, I feel a stiff tightening when I maneuver my legs from side to side on the outside of both thighs. My therapy is through. I don't know how else to help myself. If my college son weren't living at home I couldn't get everything done. I am wobbily on my feet and lose my balance easily. I did figure out that one leg is more than a half inch shorter than the other.I was told that would happen but guaranteed not to exceed a sixteenth or eighth of an inch. I usually wear my shoes in the house with a small insert in one but in the middle of the night going to the bathroom isn't practical. I can say my pain is more aching but the more I stretch and exercise the tighter my thighs get until it's unbearable. I still have trouble with swelling under the knee area and my ankles and feet. I don't know when this will go away.I got little info. before my surgery such as namebrand and size and what to expect afterwards. I was prepared with questions on my first visit back but got an assistant as my doc was in surgery. I feel the frustration and depression that others are mentioning. I think some of it for me as it is hard to get a good night's sleep! I liked hearing that I am not alone. It makes me feel a lot better. I have been active in sports for my entire life and am just turning 52 this Chiristmas. It makes me feel older now. If I don't go to work I don't what is going to happen but how do you go like this? I don't have a job anymore as the hotel I managed just closed for a new mini mall. I am living off the profits of a house I just sold but will be broke before I feel like going back to work. Did anyone else have this problem going back to work? Also, did anyone else have an epidural instead of full anestesia? I had an epidural and a little loopy medicine but heard a LOT of hammering! The epidural was left in for three days and had no pain at least for those days. I offered them all my credit cards not to take that thing out!


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 12/07/2005 02:24 PM

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Hi Suzie, This procedure entails being put to sleep and having your knee gently bent to tear or break loose the scar tissue. This is usually done to improve flexion, not sure how much it will help with extension. It is an out-patient procedure and I walked out about an hour after the procedure. Good luck!Patty
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 12/06/2005 03:17 PM

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SuzieR

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-knee manipulation under anesthesia-Can someone help me here. I'm afraid that after three months....with no improvement on my extension even with the Dyna-Splint and the therapist pushing me knee through the table this will be the next step when I go back to the doctor in JAnuary.Can you explain all that the above entails... is it like day-surgery and you go home to die? Thanks,Suzie from TennesseeSuziefromTN@aol.com


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 12/06/2005 03:08 PM

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SuzieR

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I'm trying to remember if this is the Forum that I joined earlier in the year, if so, please forgive me. I am 54 years-old. Like most of you, I am very depressed with my TKR.I have arthritis. But, along with that, I twisted my knee and after a MRI, it showed I had a lot of damage. The first Ortho. told me from the beginning, that he would only give me a 60 % chance of a Arthroscope helping. I opted for this, but within a month or two, I was limping very badly. It was a bad time at work and I kept at it for about 5 months, limping the whole way. Finally when I was in so much pain and was dragging my leg around, I gave up.On August 31, 2005.....I had the TKR to my right knee.Looking back, I made some terrible errors. I had 15 minutes of patient education for this surgery ( MISTAKE # 1 ). MISTAKE # 2, I had a home-health physical therapist. He had a great personality and made my husband and I laugh. This lasted two weeks. During the first months, I cried and wailed with pain.....medication, even doubled didn't help. Then, on the third week, I finally made it to a good therapist. This has lasted for 3 months. My extension is horrible. I've worn a Dyna-Splint for 8 - hours a day, which hasn't helped at all. I can go up steps pretty good, but have to go down them side ways, one step at a time.The last time I went to my Doctor, he simply stated " Oh this will get better ." I go back the first of January.I can appreciate everyone's story, except it seems like we have no answer.Each time I go for therapy now, the therapist does the manual pushing and I've learned not to yell. I take two pain pills before going.Now, I have fallen at work ( made things really good with my supervisor ). Since, I was on light duty due to the TKR, Workman's Comp, will not pay for the hours that my Dept. does not have for me. I just went to the WC doctor yesterday and he was so horrible. I went to the therapist this morning and she thinks I have a torn muscle in my left shoulder area. So, from the fall, I have injured my left knee ( MRI scheduled for the 14th. ), something is going on with my lower spine. So, the doctor has ordered a Bone Scan.I guess I should be thankful, my health insurance allows 60 visits per year. The WC is picking everything up for the other therapy & MRI & Bone Scan.Thanks for listening. I'm asking Santa for a whole new body for Christmas.Wishing all of you less pain and more comfortable movements for the new year.Suzie from Tennessee


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 11/06/2005 08:47 PM

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Eleanor15709

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Hi Becky! I just read of your positive experience with your knee at the Mayo Clinic. I am eight years post-op of a bad knee replacement and I just want to wish you all the best and hope to hear of a good outcome when you have your operation. I am one of those who live with chronic pain and have only a 90 degree bend in my knee. Good Luck to you when you have your operation and I will be saying a prayer that you will have a perfect knee again when it is all over. LOL, Eleanor
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 11/05/2005 07:14 AM

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Hey everybody! I posted earlier to this thread when I was miserable and facing the last possible solution to my infected knee. After that I had been told I would get infected again eventually and be faced with amputation. Talk about being scared! I'm 52 and refused to settle for that prognosis, so I contacted the Mayo Clinic. My experiences there have been nothing short of WONDERFUL! They really have lived up to their reputation for being the best! They accept Medicare and any other insurance you may have which was absolutely necessary for us to afford to go. Surprisingly, their rates are very low for any proceedurel Seldom did we ever have to wait more than 5 minutes to be x-rayed, blood tests and get in to see the doctor. How odd is that!On Aug. 16 I had surgery to remove my infected prosthesis and a spacer was put between my bones to keep them taunt. Then, a full leg cast was put on - something I was worried about because I am so ungraceful. But, my surgeon assured me that it would protect my leg and the soft tissues making it a better choice than a splint. The antibiotic they used was a new one on the market that kills staph and all forms of drug resistant staph and also the second infection I had, endococcus. It only took two weeks on this medication IV and I started feeling better than I have in YEARS! It has been another month now off the IV med. and I'm still wake up every morning thankful for good health.On Nov. 16 I will have my new knee put in and I can't wait. The way I have it figured, the implant will be a huge success as well......and I will have my life back for the first time in seven years!!!! I highly recommend the Mayo Clinic if you refuse to put up with the poor quality of life faceed by so many of us. Look them up at www.mayoclinic.org Good luck to those of you who are able to go....it will change everything!Becky
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 10/30/2005 12:33 AM

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Hello everybody-I am new to this site-just found it tonight and maybe God just wanted to help me some-It is good to know I am not the only one having post knee replacement pain-I needed to hear your stories as I am going in front of Social Security judge for disability in Dec.-I had my knee replaced last Dec.-04-It hurts when I walk any further than a block-Prior to this surgery I had a UNI-SPACER steel disk inserted under the knee cap-If your Dr. tries to get you to get one in -DON'T-they have had nothing but problems with these things-they are new and they do not stay in place-they are not cemented or fastened-they just sit under the knee cap and float-there more painful then without-So-after tring that for 6 months 'my Dr. pulled it out and did total knee replacement-I am still in pain and I also have a total shoulder replaced in 2001-also last year I had a fracture wrist repaired 3 bones removed-and yes-when you all talk about the depression aspect I can relate completely-I started seeing a therapist last year as I continue to live in pain-from left shoulder left wrist and left knee-7 surgeries total since 2001-I am 56 and was a truck driver for 20 years-Now I am living on next to nothing waiting for Social Security Disability-I was turned down by the judge a year and a half ago-It is very hard to convince these people of the pain-they figure with a new shoulder and knee the pain should be gone!-Bull-that is what the Orthopedic people would like people to believe-The truth is the pain does not go away-maybe some but not enough-My primary Dr. has me on Morphine Sulfate and Vicoden--and Next month I get to go in front of a judge and prove myself to get disability money from Social Security -this is our money-we pay into this fund for these emergencys-The goverment needs to cut back somewhere else-not Social Security-we paid for it!-But you have to go to battle to get it!-So-I am sending this forum page to my attorney-it may be usefull to help with my case-Hang in there folks; and stay away from the heavy pain meds if possible-they are hard on the digestive system-good luck-Rob
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 10/26/2005 12:00 PM

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Hi Nora,Sorry to hear about the problems with your knee - just thought I might share my experience with you in the hope that it might help.I'm 55 years old and have always been fit and active, but lived with severe arthritic pain in my knee since 1987. It was caused by having a cartilage removed in 1973 during my rugby career, and I guess that running 13 marathons and 1000's of miles in training caused the inevitable!!. I needed 14 operations on the knee to keep it going including a femoral osteotomy and two open knee debridements. The net result in attempting to keep the knee going was a drastic reduction in my range of movement - just 78 degree of bend and it was impossible to straighten my leg.I had my TKR in June of this year, and the surgeon had to dissect a great deal of scar tissue before he could actually replace the knee. It has been very tough since the operation to get a respectable amount of bend back because the quadriceps (thigh muscles) have shortened considerably as they haven't attained any degree of stretch since 1990. I have done the usual therapy sessions such as lunges etc and I managed to force a 95 degree bend through gritted teeth!!What has helped tremendously over the past 5 weeks however, is going to see a sports masseur who has really worked on my quadriceps. After warming the knee and muscles up, she lies me on my left side, and hooks my right foot on her left hip. She puts one hand on my right hip to prevent displacement and supports my right knee with her other hand. She then moves to her left forcing my knee to bend and when she reaches resistance stops and then leans slightly for a count of 15. After relaxing, she then drops my knee slightly and repeats the exercise so as to stretch another part of the quads. Finally she repeats it by lifting my right knee slightly higher, again to stretch another part of the muscle. This process really helps and if you can get someone to do it at home, you may find that your knee will loosen up considerably. I can now bend my knee comfortably to 95 degrees and can walk downstairs properly for the first time in 15 years - and I can ride my bike for the first time since 1995!!It is very tough especially if you have had a restricted range of movement. Standing in one spot causes me swelling and discomfort, but I find when I get on the exercise bike, rowing machine and cross trainer for an exercise session, this swelling soon disappears.I do hope this advice helps - please contact me if you need more information.Best of luckWyn
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 10/19/2005 12:54 AM

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Hello my name is Brenda am 49 had my left knee replaced in 2001 after i broke my tiba into two peices.Its doing so so in 2003 my right knee went to heck so they replaced it what a joke.Doc says you will be free from pain ride your bike again.The knee swells it burns like fire loosing mobility in it.Pain in the knee cap area 24/7.And my ortho has a God complex nothing wrong with it he says.I think we all know our bodies well enough to know when some thing dont feel right.I cant ride a bike or do stairs or squat wake up in the middle of the night in pain.They sure cared enough to take my money each knee replacement was 60,000.Insurance paid most of it thank God thinking of doing a revisement scares me once was bad enough.I also started a support group for those of us who live with chronic pain if any one is interested please feel free to email me.We have some great folks living in pain is awful not fair to any of us.God Bless Brenda dinkykw@qwest.net
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 08/14/2005 07:09 PM

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Nora,I'm sorry to hear of all your problems with your TKR as I've been there, done that, and I'm still having problems. My name is Susan and I live in Michigan and I'm 52 years old. I had my right knee totally replaced August 31, 2004 and I still have very little ROM and my extension is terrible.I have just recently gone to see another doctor and unfortunately he tells my husband and me that the window of opportunity has passed to really achieve any significant progress but he is willing to take me back to surgery and cut the ligament to get me some ROM and extension, he makes no promises of anything. I have gone through depression and I still am. I went as far as obtaining a Ultra Flex Splint and started visiting with an Orthotist to see if we couldn't get extension and then we would work on my ROM. Well this doctor said that it has been a waste of my time. He said it isn't going to happen with this splint.If anyone reads this, I am now wondering if anyone has tried going to a Chiropractor or done deep muscle therapy? Have you tried these Nora? I'm willing at this point in time, to try anything. I want my life back as I knew it before the surgery, it has been almost a year now. I'm not willing to take pain medication the rest of my life. I'm certainly not willing to walk with a cane the rest of my life either.I hope that you read this Nora and I hope to hear from you. Please write to me at susan71353@sbcglobal.net if you feel like it.Hang in there, don't give up. Maybe we can help each other out.Susan
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 08/11/2005 04:29 AM

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Hi Nora: I just read your posting on the Knee Forum. I too had an arthroscopy done that only made me worse and I was told I then needed a TKR. I went to the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC thinking this is the best place to have it done. HAH! I am almost 8 YEARS post-op and like you only have a 90 degree bend and I am in pain all the time. I am worse off than I was before all the surgeries. The Dr. told my husband I just had a low pain threshold and didn't do enough therapy! I went to PT for a year and suffered the tortures of the damned! They like to blame the victim. Unfortunately there is nothing much to be done to help. I have gone to several OS's over the years. They don't want to touch me with a ten foot pole and I wouldn't go through that HELL again for anything. All they ever did for me was literally throw Vioxx or pain pills across their desk to me. This is a CRIME that they continue to botch these operations and are responsible to no one. I understand your pain, depression and frustrationin trying to deal with this. I know from reading the forum for several years now that there are MANY people out their with the same problems. The Doctors should be reading this column. I never felt that any Dr. I went to really gave a damn. I can only wish you well and like me you just have to learn to live with the pain.
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 08/10/2005 05:48 PM

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DEBLPN

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I had a knee replacement in March 2004 and then a knee manipulation under anesthesia in Sept 2004. I continued to have pain so I had a biopsy and it showed chronic synovitis. They were looking for plastic particles but found none. I still have swelling and pain. A revision was suggested but I feel like you do. Are they Kidding. I found that surgery was horrendous and recovery took forever. Good Luck
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 03/02/2005 04:22 PM

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leona53

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i can understand you and know where your coming from. I have had two knee replacements with no results, i still have pain on the knee and it is always swollen and i can even go down a stair because i can"t bend it to go down, its been almost 5 yrs since the second surgery and the first one was in 1996 the second one in 2000 and i am still haveing problems with my knee, i went back to my orthopetic and he said there was nothing he could do, i dont think any one should live with pain. i am trying to find another doc. but its hard to find one that will accept medicare, because of this i am dissable. i am only 52 yrs old
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 02/27/2005 05:34 AM

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gammawbecky

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I sure hate hearing that you are having such problems! Beware doing too much to that knee because it seems one surgery leads to another sometimes. I have had nine surgeries so far including a new knee after it becoming infected and being taken out. Then, my kneecap was messed up and had to come off. Now, I have another infection which will mean my LAST new knee because the bone won't support anymore surgeries after this one. Then, its the unspeakable. I have been hurting since Jan., 1999 when I fell and twisted my knee and to tell you the truth, being totally rid of the pain is tempting to me right now..... Becky
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 02/26/2005 10:58 PM

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Nora54

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I am a 54 year old female with severe osteoarthritis in both knees however my right knee was much worse. I had an arthroscopy done in January of last year which was usuccessful as I had too much damage in my knee. I had a total knee replacement done in April of last year which as far as I am concerned was a total flop! I had 7 months of physical therapy and can only get a 90 degree bend. I am also in pain 24/7 and still taking vicodin for pain. My failure to do well has caused me great depression and being in constant pain is no treat either. I got a 2nd opinion which agreed with my original surgeon. I still have a lot of swelling and inflamation which is causing the pain. Not to mention the fact that I work on my feet on my job. I was told if it is not better by summer I should consider having it redone. Are they kidding? I have never been so miserable in my whole life. I thought I was doing a good thing to relieve mypain and it ended up much worse. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has had difficulty with this. I was feeling like a complete failure. What is the answer? It is not fair to have to live in this constant pain or become dependent on pain killers.
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