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    Old 06-18-2006, 08:55 PM   #16
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    Re: Knee Replacement & Possible Infection

    Ět sounds like your doctor who operated on you may not have had that much experience, or has not had the clinical education that he-she needs to have. I am glad you changed doctors.You might want to consider legal council, since it seems the first operation and physical therapist were again, not to educated in how to handle the problem.

    I would most definitely get another opinion. This time from a University Medical Center where they have good teaching and clinical skills available.

    Best of luck

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    Old 06-29-2006, 04:53 AM   #17
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    Re: Knee Replacement & Possible Infection

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    Just wanted to check in with ya to see how your revision went? Hope all is well....

     
    Old 07-16-2006, 05:59 AM   #18
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    I had my revision on June 13th. My leg is straight and I'm having PT, three times a week.
    I stayed at the hospital for 4 days and then when to another hospital that has a transactional care unit.
    I only went back to the surgeon this past week. He had pictures that he gave me and an excuse for all the pain and suffering that I had went through for the last 10 months prior to the revision. The cement that was supposed to hold a certain piece of the replacement together had not attached to anything. The surgeon showed me a picture of the piece and it was crystal clean. He pointed to it and said: This was supposed to have ben cemented to this, etc. I got my medical records and when they were removing this piece that should have been cemented it states: there is a suggestion that the "piece" was able to be removed with a simple slap of whatever the tool was called and it came out.
    I asked him if this was the reason that I had all the pain, etc. and he replied, yes.
    Now, is this the other doctor's fault or just something that could have happed? The x-rays didn't show any of this prior to the revision. The records go on to describe something like the cement that was used was just lying there like a clump when removed.
    Any thoughts?
    The surgeon that did the revision is the Joint Replacement Director, but also in the same group as the first surgeon.
    The only other problem that I have is a lot of burning (which feels like fire) in my upper fire. I was antibiotics for the entire time that I was in both hospitals and for a week when I came home. The latest surgeon told me that this burning would go away.
    I'm not limping, but it's been a little over 4 weeks and I'm still having quite a bit of pain.
    I do have an attorney and was going to use him from when I fell back in November at work, I haven't got to talk to him since the latest discovery.
    So, I'm wondering if the first surgeon could have caused the cement to not attach or the fall disrupted everything.
    Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
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    Old 07-17-2006, 09:37 AM   #19
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    Re: Knee Replacement & Possible Infection

    I still think you should speak with your lawyer about your case. The cement could have not been put in correctly or came loose when you fell. As far as the pain your feeling unless its just ligements and muscle trying to heal you should not be in a lot of pain. I do have pain occasionally from the nerve that runs under the knee that is cute when the sugery is done. It grew back together but tends to every once in a while shoot pain up my leg in a burning sharp jolt. Reminds me of being snapped with a big rubber band but the pain is more intense. Usally a cortizone shot calms it down for a few months.

    Your second surgery is still having to heal but you really should been any a tremendous amouth of pain. Make sure you use ice or heat as directed after PT.

    I wish you the best of luck with your TKR.
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    Old 07-23-2006, 09:20 AM   #20
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    >>>Your second surgery is still having to heal but you really should been any a tremendous amouth of pain. <<<<

    I wish I could say that there is NO pain, but I would be lying. I stand in awe of those that don't have pain or very bad discomfort. Even with my leg being staight and bending at about 100 after being at 61 when I entered therapy........my leg hurts and is very weak. I'm still using my cane at post-op at almost 6 weeks. My leg is just not strong enough as yet to be without the cane.
    Hopefully things will settle down soon.
    Thanks for all your help.
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    Old 08-10-2006, 04:45 PM   #21
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    Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. It's been almost two months since my revision and things are going pretty good. I'm walking without a limp and still have pain, but I'm handling it. I just want everyone to know that even though some doctors and x-rays don't show any sign of problems, don't become discouraged. I had and when I found out that the cement had not adhered to one of the components, I felt like something lifted from my heart because so many people had gotten tired of my complaining of pain, etc. So, don't give up if you think something is wrong. Plus, the part about the Doctors not wanting to go in and do surgery before a year is up, that isn't right because I went through so much hell for 9 1/2 months with hearing this and look how mine turned out. Could it be that they want the tissues, etc. to have time to heal or are they waiting for their year of liability to be over? I question this to this day after learning of my problem. I do have an attorney looking at my medical records, but guess what? By the time they finally did do the revision (same group), the statue of limitations is over on this August 31, 2006. For my second surgery, they put it off from March to June........then with recovery who feels like going and finding all their records?
    I'll let you know what happens. The attorney told me that my doctor was negligent and a specialist will be trying to look at my records and beat the deadline.........if this has happened to you, don't wait like I did!

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE !
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    Old 08-24-2006, 05:42 AM   #22
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    Suzie ~
    How are you coming along? I wish I could report things were better with my Mom. She continues to be in awful pain and they ordered another bone scan. The radiologist that read the report said there were 'hot spots' that indicate a possible infection and that there appears to be loosening of the prosthesis.
    This nightmare continues!

     
    Old 08-24-2006, 02:25 PM   #23
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    How are you coming along? I wish I could report things were better with my Mom. She continues to be in awful pain and they ordered another bone scan. The radiologist that read the report said there were 'hot spots' that indicate a possible infection and that there appears to be loosening of the prosthesis.
    This nightmare continues!
    I am so sorry about your Mom. Have they removed the fluid from underneath the replacement? That's what they did to mine prior to mu revision. They wait so many days to see if anything grows. I sure hope that they come up with a solution pretty soon for her. I know what it means to hurt and they can't find what the problem seems to be.
    I saw my doctor yesterday and he released me to go back to work. I can only Dispatch now, so it's really a sit down job. I have to work due to insurance. My flexion continues to be between 110-110. Some days, I loose some extention, but the doctor said that it was normal. He did tell me that with a revision, that the stiffness would or could be a problem and he ordered more PT. I went by my job and they have my schedule turned upside down and I don't know how I will fit the PT into it. But, I'll try for at least 2 days a week.

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    Old 10-10-2006, 03:54 PM   #24
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    Re: Knee Replacement & Possible Infection

    Just checking in, hoping everyone is doing great. I've went back to work, but the job of dispatching means there is so much time sitting. Since my last TKR on 6.13.06, I feel as though my knee is doing pretty good, but when they went in last time, more muscles were cut through and I'm having problems with the right side of my thigh. Burning, tingling, etc. Sometimes, it will come from nowhere and it feels as though a power drill has entered my thigh. But, I'm far better have than the first time around.

    Again, wishing all of you the best!


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