Originally Posted by Jade4u
My 81-year-old grandmother has just been told by her doctor that she needs to have a Total Knee Replacement. I am concerned about this, as she also has osteoporosis. I am not sure of the severity of her osteoporosis, but she does have a Dowager's Hump and is unable to take any kind of medication like Fosamx or Actonel, due to the side-effects.
Has anyone else here had Total Knee Replacement while suffering from osteoporosis? I am so afraid that the new knee won't "take" and may even cause further damage to her already deteriorating bones. I've always been a bit skeptical of Army docs to begin with... and she is unable to get a second opinion, due to the limits of her military retiree insurance.
I am a 66 year old woman six weeks post TKR, and am doing very well. I also have osteoporosis, but not the dowager's. I discussed the osteoporosis issue with my doctor as it relates to TKR, but it was not an issue. Often osteoporosis is diagnosed by a dexa scan and compression fractures in the back, as mine was. Sounds like your grandma also has compression fractures in her back. But often lower extremity joints are not as affected by osteoporosis. Also, does not her surgeon know her medical history, and take that into account?
It's a very difficult surgery, and the rehab can be brutal. She needs to be prepared for that, and her overall physical condition will be a big factor, particularly weight.
A second opinion from a private sector orthopedic physician would be VERY beneficial, even if she had to pay for the consult out-of-pocket.