Total Knee Replacement
By August 14 at 12:20 am 244 9 2
Thought my meds needed tweaking but Xrays show there are 4 osteophytes (bone growths) of significant size and no sinovial fluid or padding left in-between the knee joint of my left leg. Yuck. Only going to get worse. This is my OsteoArthritis acting up…was worried the Remicade was not working but apparently that is not the case. It's a goodnews/bad news thing.
Soooo, it's time for big surgery. My husband had 7 inches below and 6 inches above the knee all bone/joints removed and metal put in it's place…totalled 33 lbs…he's 6'4". I won't have quite the same thing done that he did. I am a baby when it comes to surgery…knock me out, give me drugs, do the deed.
Anyone have suggestions? What should I watch out for? Are there things they didn't tell you that you wished you had known? What was your recovery time? How has your life changed post surgery? I'm only 53 but have had RA for 26 years and OsteoArthritis for almost as long. I know the surgeon I would like but may not be able to get him…we go on a list and the next one up gets you.