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    Old 08-30-2008, 11:36 PM   #1
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    Smile Having a knee replacement done in two weeks.

    Im having a knee replacement done in my right knee after 12 months of unsuccessful surgeries and physio to try and alleviate the pain. I injured my knee at work three years ago...didnt do anything about it, and then last sept it just went haywire on me.
    I had part of a torn cartilage repaired, patella debrided.,other things as well..but it didnt make any difference at all. Ive been lame now for 12 months...gained a lot of weight and am very unfit.
    Im not going to have a lot of physio. Ive decided to just have them visit me twice or three times, depending on how I cope...and then cancel them.
    I spoke to my specialist about using a skate board whilst sitting on a dining chair....sliding the skateboard back and forward with my leg, to see what he thought about it.
    He was very enthusiastic about thats what Im going to do.
    Has anyone else heard of this exercise for post op knee replacement?...
    I also have a tendancy to become hypotensive when I have to have morphine. Im not sure whether I would be better off having a spinal anaesthesia with a line in for 24-36 hours, or whether some other drug would be just as effective.
    Can anyone here share with me what they know about this? Ive become very hypotensive and quite ill before on morphine...adn last time had to have a blood transfusion to get my B/P up.
    I know that there is a series of injecions given on the operating table just prior to surgery that provides relief for about 24 hours....(into the spine)
    I would like to hear some responses to this....what are your experiences?
    I am seeing the anaesthesiest late next week, but would like to read of your experiences in this.......


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    Old 09-09-2008, 10:02 AM   #2
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    Re: Having a knee replacement done in two weeks.

    hey there.
    well from the surgeries ive seen where i work, most people who get knee replacements usually end up with a PCA( patient controlled analgesia)
    Basically its and IV pump with a lil knob you push yourself whenever you feel pain, and it injects into your bloodstreams lil doses of a mixture of narcotics, usually morphine of Fentanyl. Patients usually LOVE that, as they dont have to actually buzz, wait for someone to come, and then wait for someone to prepare the injection. pain, is there, you get something right away. and theres no chance of overdosing, because that machine is programmed not to give you more than a certain amount, in a certain time lapse.
    It is much more better than a epidural, becausr the epidural will freeze EVERYTHING below the point of insertion of the catheter in your spine, possibly making you need a urine catheter cause you wont feel much down there, and also preventing you from doing early on physio.

    So yeah, theres my opinion, im not a doctor, but ive been working there as a nurse, in a trauma ward for couple of years so experience comes fast

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