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    Old 06-14-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
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    Osteoarthritis knee replacement surgery

    Has anyone had the new less invasive knee replacement surgery? (4-inch incision in back/side of knee instead of 8-inch incision in front of knee with less cutting of muscles and ligaments, etc.) Also, I understand Hoag Orthopedic Services in Orange County, CA and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are doing a type of less invasive knee replacement surgery on an outpatient basis? (Patient drives himself home 7 hours after surgery.)
    So far, my doctor is pooh-poohing the less invasive surgery techiques.
    I am currently trying Synvisc (also called Hyalgan) injections and am getting quite a bit of pain relief so want to delay knee replacement surgery until, hopefully, the less invasive surgical techniques become standard practice.

    Would sure like to hear from anyone who's had one of these new knee replacement surgeries.

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    Old 06-14-2004, 05:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Osteoarthritis knee replacement surgery

    Wow that's a new one. Can't imagine anyone would be allowed to drive themself home after surgery due to anethesia.
    I am due for a replacement as well and would be interested in it as well.

    Old 06-16-2004, 08:56 AM   #3
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    Re: Osteoarthritis knee replacement surgery

    I am interested too! Have been looking it up on the Web. Am also considering getting Synvisc if the Dr will give it to me, and would be very interested in your experiences with that. If I end up having to have surgery, I want the kind that will let me drive the soonest! I read on one site that with the regular kind of replacement one can't drive for as long as 2 months! I would be ready to be put away if I had to either stay home or be dependant for that long.

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    Re: Osteoarthritis knee replacement surgery

    I haven't had that surgery, but I saw it mentioned on our local news last week. The woman who had it recovered quickly and with much less pain than standard knee replacement surgery. My father's wife had partial knee replacement and she's doing well too. So those shots hurt? I had a cortisone shot in my knee once, and almost passed out from the pain of the shot!!!! Plus, it didn't help my pain at all.

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