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    Posted: Apr/27/2018 at 8:30am
Hi Everyone,

I'm normally to be found in the spinal pain forum. But here I am reporting my latest operation (my 20th!)

I was born with a fractionally crooked left leg. I inherited it from my father. Unfortunately, I am hyper mobile. So my ankles moved in every direction and my feet over pronated. This affected my knees, which also moved around and I became knock kneed. This wasn't severe until I became adult. If I had been able to have orthotics in my shoes, as I have today, I don't think the problem would ever become serious. Because my legs were crooked, the knee joints were worn in an unusual way.

I was a wheelchair user from 2011 to 2015, because of undiagnosed lumbar spine stenosis. That gave my knees a break! But after my 2015 back surgery I became mobile again. Having more or less lost the ability to walk, I was utterly determined that it wouldn't happen again. I walked obsessively. My knees started to become really painful. I began to walk slower and slower. The pain and the bone against bone grinding prompted me to seek help. 

To cut what's becoming a very long post from becoming an essay, in short, I had bi-lateral, bi-compartmental anthroplasty knee replacement on April 5th. The medial or inner part of my knees is in almost pristine condition, so that is still untouched. I've had the patellas relined and the outer part pf both knees replaced. Amazingly I could weight bear immediately and my legs are now straight!Smile

The recovery is tough but not compared with major spine surgery. Unfortunately, the left knee's scar is infected, so I'm on antibiotics. I am also anaemic so i had some blood transfusions in hospital. Now I am getting on pretty well. My left knee hurts more and is more swollen. I think because it was the most crooked. But I'm soldiering on. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Great news Quaver!!! Now get that infection under control.

My husband had a TKR done in October. He’s done very well with a very short recovery and you are correct that it’s not comparable to major spinal surgery.

But an infection needs to be watched very closely so please get well and keep us posted.

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Thanks Stevie! I've heard so much about the pain following knee replacement. Of course it does hurt, but it's not the same as the overwhelming pain of spinal pain. Plus I was told that even if I fell flat on my face on day 4, although it would hurt, it wouldn't damage the new joint. Incredible really. Post both spine ops I was paranoid about falling or doing something that might end me up back in theatre!

I'm so glad that Pete's TKR has also been successful! That's brilliant news! I'm doing my best with the infection... It's definitely only a superficial infection. I haven't had a fever at any stage. Hopefully 10 days of cephalexin will kill it stone dead.
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Great news Quaver. You have joined the bionic knee club. Mine was done in 2000 and still going strong. As for my other knee, not so good and will probably have it replaced in the not to distant future.
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Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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Quaver it is good news for you getting your knee fixed.
I found after having arthroplasty that the walking was painful but not the same pain as before and I felt so relieved to have it fixed.
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Thanks Dick and Tammie! I've actually had both my knees done! You're brave everyone said (after the surgery!) Stark raving mad I thought in the first few days!

I'm just back from seeing a GP. He's confident that the infection has gone. He said that the left knee isn't as far along in the healing process as the left knee and that's what the residual redness is about. That knee was more swollen and painful from day one, so it's not a surprise. Anyway I've got two more days of the antibiotics after today. I was very glad to have a doctor actually see the scar. My knee surgeon has only seen photos after the breast surgeon first prescribed antibiotics a week ago. The breast surgeon, poor man, was giving me a check up following my brush with breast cancer in 2014/15, and as he was a captive audience and because I was worried about my left knee I asked if he would mind looking at both my knee scars. I was so glad I did!

My back isn't keen on either the crutches or the change in my gait. So that's not aiding my recovery. I'm seeing the podiatrist and gait specialist I've had since my first back operation next week. Now my left leg is straight the disparity in my leg lengths will have altered and I will need new orthotics - more expense!

Anyway, hopefully my 20th general anaesthetic will be my last. I live in hope!

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Severe chronic pain in lower back. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis, DDD. Hypermobility in ankles caused most problems. Bilateral trochanteric bursitis Osteoarthritis in spine, wrists and hands. Golfer's Elbow. L4-L5 L5-S1 spinal fusion plus cage support and titanium spacers April 2008. Nov 2010, accident in shower caused compression fracture of L2. Missed by A&E. Functional lumbar spine stenosis from herniated disc at L3/L4 July 2015 XLIF discectomy plus XL-TDR very successful! Miraculous improvement in mobility! Hashimoto's syndrome, Depression, High Blood pressure, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's Syndrome.
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Great to hear you are doing so well.  Did you have a total knee replacement?  I'm confused by the terminology.
Ankylosing spondylitis resulting in fusion of entire cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and SI joints, osteoporosis, 5 compression fractures, severe stenosis of spinal cord & nerve root compression, cervical myelopathy, radiculopathy, bruise & permanent deformation of spinal cord, incomplete spinal cord injury, postlaminectomy syndrome of cervical region, chronic nerve and orthopedic severe pain, and bilateral carpal tunnel. Asthma, GERD, high blood pressure, high tryglycrides, diverticulosis, recurrent pneumonia, anemia, hypertension, chronic dry eye and mouth. Need hip & knee replacement and fusion of both feet. Already had 11 surgeries including 5 orthopedic & 1 neurosurgery.

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Hi Jeff,

Thanks! I had two out of three parts of my knees replaced, the patella was relined, but I think it's still mine and the outer sides were replaced. Because of my hyper mobility my legs weren't straight, especially the left one. I'd worn out the front and the outside of the knees, but apparently the insides were more or less as good as new, because I hadn't used them. 
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Yes, brave. I would have never dared bilateral anything. I am glad things are going well, and wish you a quick recovery.

Chronic pain throughout the spine caused by osteoarthritis (DDD). Started at neck, spread to thoracic, and lately to lumbar area. Most of my spine is affected by bulges, disc height loss and dehydration, bone spurs, annular tears, foraminal stenosis, probable nerve impingement, and degeneration at end plates and facets.

The disease extends from Cervical C2-3 to C7-T1. Thoracic T4 to T10.
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Thanks Edie. I was supposed to have a bio metrics session on Friday. That would have got me closer to getting new orthotics. At the moment the muscles and ligaments in my legs and ankles are sooo sore! Plus naturally enough my back is pretty awful too. Well I arrived at the station to catch a train into London and discovered that no trains were running! It was because there had been some ghastly incident and a person had been hit by a train. I don't know if it was a suicide or some sort of accident. But I had no chance of attending my appointment. I was so upset!

Luckily I was able to re book for this Wednesday. But of course even when I've seen the specialist, I've got to wait for the new orthotics to be made. Then I will have to allow my body to adjust.... Yet more pain! Ouch
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Hi Everyone, well I had my hour long biometrics session. It cost me a fortune! So I hope the orthotics are worth it. They will cost a lot too! Today I saw my knee surgeon for my 6 week check up. The surgeon is really pleased with me. Firstly he was surprised I wasn’t using a stick or crutches. Then I nearly knocked him sideways when I stood up without using my arms. So I’m feeling quietly smug! But he warned me very strongly against overdoing it. I’m good at that......!

He wants me to use hiking poles. Not really my image.... but he made me promise. I’ve got to go back to his lab for a post op gait assessment 6 months post surgery. . Luckily that’s free as he is doing research. He said that before the operation my gait was the widest he’d seen. Which as I understand it, means that my feet were really far apart when I walked. . Anyway I’m now icing my knees and complaining about my back. I had to do a lot of walking. But now hopefully it’s onwards and upwards.
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Great news!!! Keep up the good work. Sounds as if things are going your way. I’m so pleased for you!!

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Thanks so much Stevie! X
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