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Old 03-06-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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Knee Rejection?

I'm concerned about my mother. Since her knee replacement over 6 years ago, things have not been "right" with her. She runs fevers (100-101) and has always had pain off and on with the knee. Recently, the fevers are becoming more frequent, and the knee has had days that are so painful she can't even stand on the leg. None of the xrays or catscans show anything. She even went to an infectious disease doctor about a year ago, and they said that there was obviously "something" wrong, but they couldn't figure out what it was. Where can we go from here? I need to help her with this, and it seems like the doctors she's been to can't (or won't) figure this out. The knee doesn't appear swollen and doesn't act like there is really a "problem". But there is. What type of doctor can determine what this knee is doing to her, and how to fix it? I feel terrible for her and want to get her help. She is pretty much feeling like it's something she will have to live with and has given up on finding the answer. I haven't. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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I'm concerned about my mother. Since her knee replacement over 6 years ago, things have not been "right" with her. She runs fevers (100-101) and has always had pain off and on with the knee. Recently, the fevers are becoming more frequent, and the knee has had days that are so painful she can't even stand on the leg. None of the xrays or catscans show anything. She even went to an infectious disease doctor about a year ago, and they said that there was obviously "something" wrong, but they couldn't figure out what it was. Where can we go from here? I need to help her with this, and it seems like the doctors she's been to can't (or won't) figure this out. The knee doesn't appear swollen and doesn't act like there is really a "problem". But there is. What type of doctor can determine what this knee is doing to her, and how to fix it? I feel terrible for her and want to get her help. She is pretty much feeling like it's something she will have to live with and has given up on finding the answer. I haven't. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Hi ragdollcat:
You don't say that an orthopedist has been consulted. Have you thought of consulting the surgeon that put in the knee replacement? It seems to me that you have to get to a specialist in joint problems which would be the orthopedist. If the original surgeon is not availabe for some reason, you could make an appointment with another one. Give one or more a phone call, explain the problem and see if you can get in ASAP. Please let us know what you find out. We learn from each other here.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for your input. I should have given additional information. The original orthopedic surgeon is retired. She is still seeing an orthopedic doctor in the same practice. They have xrayed, and done various other checks, ct scans, and know that there is something going on, but just don't know what. They leave it rather than do anything, simply because I don't think they know WHAT to do. There in is where the problem lies. No one seems to know what is wrong or what to do.

 
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Thank you so much for your input. I should have given additional information. The original orthopedic surgeon is retired. She is still seeing an orthopedic doctor in the same practice. They have xrayed, and done various other checks, ct scans, and know that there is something going on, but just don't know what. They leave it rather than do anything, simply because I don't think they know WHAT to do. There in is where the problem lies. No one seems to know what is wrong or what to do.
Hi ragdollcat:
Since the surgeon who did the replacement is now retired all the more reason to see a different orthopedist and get a second opinion over consulting a doctor in the same practise. It may be that an "outsider" not associated with the original surgeon's practise will be more objective?

Are you able to contact doctors in another location? I don't know if you are in a small town or what. You could search for other doctors on the Internet and contact some of them. It is worth the work!

Type in "orthopedic doctors" and desired location to which you can travel easily if this is possible.

The Internet is great for finding doctors. I have done this after moving to a new state recently. Had good luck and now have all my doctors and dentist clinic lined up plus new health insurance plan gotten the same way. It is time consuming but worth it. We are so lucky to have computers and the Internet.
Please let us know how things are going.
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She went back to the doctor today, and they drew a small amount of fluid off the knee and sent it for testing. Tests came back and she has an infection, so they are going to clean out the knee and possibly replace the plastic areas depending on what they find when they get in there. I'm just a little surprised and worried that they scheduled the surgery so quickly after finding the "problem". They are doing it tomorrow, which is a saturday...not the norm from what I've seen....less than 24 hours after finding the issue.

 
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She went back to the doctor today, and they drew a small amount of fluid off the knee and sent it for testing. Tests came back and she has an infection, so they are going to clean out the knee and possibly replace the plastic areas depending on what they find when they get in there. I'm just a little surprised and worried that they scheduled the surgery so quickly after finding the "problem". They are doing it tomorrow, which is a saturday...not the norm from what I've seen....less than 24 hours after finding the issue.
Hi ragdollcat:
Wow that was fast and a real change! Maybe the doctors there got together and decided they hadn't done that one procedure that discovered the problem. So glad that you went back and pursued the problem. Maybe they really are worried that the problem got worse because of their inaction and wanted to get in there fast and correct the situation. I am so glad to hear that something is being done. Please let us know how things are going.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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Mom has been transferred to re-hab for physical therapy since she is at home alone all day and can't function on her own yet. They also inserted a 'pic' line to give her antibiotics daily for the next 6 weeks. They are treating her agressively.

 
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Mom has been transferred to re-hab for physical therapy since she is at home alone all day and can't function on her own yet. They also inserted a 'pic' line to give her antibiotics daily for the next 6 weeks. They are treating her agressively.
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I am so glad to hear that your Mom has been sent to a rehab facility for therapy. I was sent to a rehab place for both my hip replacements and they are wonderful places. There were others there after joint replacements and it was good to be able to be among others with the same surgery experience.

We had physical therapy twice a day and there were nurses to give us our meds, three good meals a day, and help available when needed to get out of bed, etc. We were taught how to dress ourselves and that was a big help.
It is wonderful that her doctors finally decided to get serious about her problem and that they are treating it aggressively. Good for them for finally coming through.

I wish your mother the best and please keep us posted on how things are going for her.
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