Hello I am new to Healthboard, I am recovering from my second knee surgery on my right knee. the first was july 2010 for Mencis removal, I did have the Synvisc shots
3 of them, and cortizone shots to, my knee never healed right, so after PT, a year later this past July 2011 I had surgery to remove scar tissue and more cartalidge.
It has been only 4 weeks and I am in PT now, I am not sure if this is going to work or not. My doctor says I am to young for a knee replacement and will not do it.
I am not working because my employers do not want me to come back untill I am
"all healed and can do my job" even though my Doctor says I could of returned part time.
SO now I am worried if this does not work, do I have a job?
it happens to be my right knee so it makes matters worse.
Thanks for letting me post, I hope all works out for you.
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I hope it's ok to ask, what is your age? I'm 45 and having right TKR 9/28/11.
The knee surgeon I had been seeing did cortisone and Synvisc. Those failed to work in any long term or meaningful way. But he kept saying "now we wait until you are 50 for TKR ". My neighbor works for a knee surgeon (she's an xray tech ) and she urged me to go see him. He's highly regarded so I agreed. He said point blank "your only option is a TKR and here's why". He then went over test results, symptoms, an examination, etc and felt hat based on what he saw TKR would work. He's done people as young at 28 and as old as 90! His approach takes into consideration age but moreso symptoms, treatments that have been tried, limitations and test results. I'm nervous, it's a big step, but am tired of my kne hurting all the time and now having to wear a knee brace every day for any errand or trip out of the house and often when
As my signature shows I've had a ton of surgery and in many ways TKR is harder than my last spine fusion in 2010. They put me in a back brace and told me to walk as much as I could (same with neck). TKR takes PT and devotion to home exercise to get the flexion and extension needed.
It can't hurt to get a second opinion if you're at the point where you've exhausted most known treatments
I am 52
thank you for your reply and if this time it does not work with my knee
I am going to another doctor, only to find one in my area.
I hope all goes well with you.
I know the feeling about knee braces and pain all the time
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.
Sort of off topic, but I'm wondering about the knee braces you are wearing? My doctor hasn't mentioned anything about one for me and I had thought about it because when my knee feels more stable, I don't tend to get the really sharp pains. Been good on that for a couple of weeks, but in the last few days I've had it slip/pop or whatever it does and have also had a couple of the sharper twinges. Nothing too bad though, my bigger complaint would be the constant ache.
My doctor hasn't mentioned much, I get the feeling the only thing he thinks is going to help is the injections. He did say they could go in and clean it out, but he didn't think I would get much relief from that. He didn't recommend it.
My doctor does not like braces either, so he did not tell me to use one, he said I could but he thought it would not help
I feel it does give support to my knee.
I just got a brace that goes around with velco, and use it when I feel I need the extra support.
I got mine online, at a knee brace shop.
I hope it helps
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Mine are by Futuro which I found at CVS. I was looking for that or the same one's made by Ace which I found at Walgreens. They are simple pull on braces with a hole for the kneecap. The sides have flexible plastic or thin metal strips. My right knee, which needs the TKR, needs the compression and comfort of the knee brace/wrap. I have a better brace I got from a prior doctor but it's harder to get on and off and not comfortable to sit down with it on.
I didn't have the Synvisc, but I did have the HYALGAN, which I think is the same thing different name, I'm told it's made from the comb of a rooster to replace the natural lubricating fluid of the knee joint.Any way my ortho surgeon gave me these injections over a month I think, it's been a while ago so forgive me for not being to sure, was 05,but the injections in my case were not a big hit, I wound up having to have the knee replaced anyway, but I give him credit for trying everything first. I hope this doesn't discourage you, I'm sure my results are not every case.
The Following User Says Thank You to bluesman357 For This Useful Post: nana b (08-21-2011)
ok guys, I cant be the only one to have synvisc injections. Isnt there someone out there who has had them?
8/22/2011 I'm new to site , I had synisc injection today. After 3 hrs. I was in a lot of pain , I applied ice pack , and wanted to cry, I'm sick of the pain , with my knee, but I can't afford TKR. But the doctor said that I'm getting to the stage of going to need it TkR. I had the injections last year in July.
so its been almost a year since my 2nd knee surgery, with all the PT and pain meds, and shots, my knee is somewhat better, but still pops and swells and hurts on and off, I am learning how to live with it... I did loose my job because of it is my right knee and can not drive for long amounts of time. I am Unemployed and still waiting for my appointment in July to recheck my knee and to see what is the next thing to do.