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ladiehawke posted:
I had TKR on left knee in January 2012 and have always had pain and severely reduced activity - I am a healthy active 66 years old. Still on heavy pain meds. Saw the surgeon in March, November and February. Each time, he gets an Xray and then says he doesn't see a problem. Two weeks ago I went in with new Xray and results of a bone scan (heavy inflammation around that knee, no fractures seen but suggest possible loosening). Also have had fluid around the knee the last 3 months. This time same thing, he sees nothing on Xray, has no comment on the bone scan, so he says he can't help me.
BUT he pulled off some fluid to see what it looked like - it was blood, 10-20 mls at least. He says "You should feel better now, goodbye" NO interest in finding the cause, NO suggestions for what it could be, NO questions about meds or diet or activity that could be the cause of bleeding in the area.
I asked, can we do other imaging for diagnostics? No.
I ask, why is it bleeding? He says, oh sometimes you get hemarthrosis (bleeding into the joint). Well duh.
I ask, what do you do about it? He says, oh it usually only happens once. He shoots in some marcaine, a local anesthetic. Says it will last 12 hours. It lasted one hour.
3 days later the fluid is back.
So this guy has ZERO interest in fixing my problem. Is this normal for these guys? He didn't even suggest I go to an immunologist.
My GP is helping me get on a waiting list for a second opinion. This is Canada, don't get me started on the waiting lists.
Now I meet another woman who had the same surgeon do her TKR. Two years it takes her to find another surgeon who diagnoses the problem - the first surgeon had put a right knee implant into her left knee.Same guy I had!
So it seems there are lots of ways to get a bad fit. That is what I am thinking for now, not even beginning to think about allergic reaction - sure hope it isn't that!
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arbob5 responded:
Oh oh, red flag flying now, with your statement about the woman who had same surgeon as you and goofed her knee replacement up!!! Wow.

Any suggestions on this from anyone out there? Anyone have similar problems or what can be done next? Ladiehawke obviously needs advice on what to do next. I love my orthopedic surgeon, always have and now, more than ever. He is so thorough and while I have never had to go back to him after my two hips or knee replacements, other than normal checkups, I know he would never just ignore any problem I might have. I have recommended many of my friends and family members to him, and they totally agree with me.

Again, lets see if we can help ladiehawke in some way, advice, suggestions. etc.
 
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An_250921 responded:
on nov1.2012 i had tlkr right after surgery i was doing good then i started to have chronic pain i cant even walk i can walk but its hard i had to get a power chair the surgery took xrays and showed the kneew look good the dr took me off of meds and it seem that was it sent me home he did do the paper work for my chair i use it around the house i was in pt after surgery but he stop it because the way the therpist treated me . i think she re injuryed it but not sure because all that has been done was xrays and i also have a problem making it to the bathroom night when i try to sleep i wake up thur the night because of the pain. i have to sludge over to get up to walk it hurt so much what do you suggest?


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