Re: Synvisc injections
52 isn't too young. While it may be ideal to wait until mid 60's, you are in the age bracket where TKR are very common.
With most TKR lasting 20 or more years you may need it done again in the future but you'll feel good now. My doc said that those who had it done 20 yr ago are, for the most part, still doing well with a small amount having it re-done before 20 yr. There was a study I saw where they followed 200 people 20 yr after their TKR in 1990. A few passed away of unrelated causes, a few had replacement 5-10 yr after initial TKR, and a few at 18-20 yr after initial. The rest were having no problems 20 years after.
My doc said he had seen that study as well and that showed that the TKR technology from 1990 was much improved from the 80's and 70's. So doing a TKR now I may have 30 years trouble free and if a problem arrives there may be new methods to fix a TKR problem besides doing it entirely over again.
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08
Last edited by SpineAZ; 08-13-2011 at 01:36 PM.