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2 Failed Total Knees, please give insight
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cdny1975 posted:
Hi all, ive had 23 operations in total on my right leg & 2 total knee replacements. The 3rd was set for this friday 11/18 & was just postponed due to high blood pressure. I injured my knee in 2000 & have had pain since. My first replacement was in 05, 2nd in 08, after each replacement after the surgery pain subsided the regular pain came back worse each time & just keeps getting worse. Each replacement got loose right out of the gate, both were done by different Drs with this last one that was set was also being done by a different Dr. The pain is extreme, i cant stand more then 15 min, cant walk more then a block, cant sleep more then 4hrs at a time. Im seriously considering not going for a revision again & just losing the leg, it was discussed as an option if this one fails but i really dont wanna go through another revision to have it fail & be back in surgery next year, i dont think i can handle the operations anymore. Fusion is not an option as i would rather lose it then have it fused. Im 36 yrs old & dont know what to do anymore, after the recent high blood pressure issues i started to think its just not worth it anymore & at my wits end!!! I have developed lower back & hip problems due to the knee. My life has been terrible the past 11 yrs & only gets worse, any insight from anyone with failed replacements would be great

Thank you
Craig
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Bal M Rajagopalan, MD responded:
Hello,

WOW - 23 operations, that is a lot. I am so sorry to hear that you have been in all this pain and suffering for so long. I would recommend you go see a joint revision specialist as soon as possible, a proper revision could help you get your life back...

Dr. Raj
DR RAJ MD,FRCSC
www.drhipandknee.com
 
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JanetPH responded:
I just saw this. I am a 51 year old female who has had 14 surgeries including both knees replaced twice. My most recent one in 7/11 is already loose and I am now back to wearing a brace. I'm seeing a specialist who is testing me for connective tissue disease and to see whether I have an infection. I'm awaiting all my test results but have already been told I may not be eligible for more surgeries because I have so much hardware in there that they would have to remove. Have you found a Doctor that deals with special cases? I, too, have developed hip and lower back pain but I don't have any pain in my knee. Good luck to you!


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