That's very disappointing, Tessibon. I hope things have gotten better in the months since your check-up. Let's hope this doctor's stubbornness didn't cause any long-term harm. Seems a little incongruent that he would say "x-rays looked great, implants looked perfect, and range of motion was great" but the replacement's a B-minus.
Best of luck to you!
07/03/2009 12:57 PM
Well I went to my OS for my 2 year check up this week. All X-rays looked great. He said new implants looked perfect. My range of motion was great. I told him that I had really expected more from surgery. He said my limp looked like "habit". He said that all I went through after surgery and with all of my hospitalizations these past 2 years for my bleeding disorder I probably would not get better then what I have now. He stated that at the 2 year point you have reached your max and now would just have to adjust my life to what I can and can not do. He gave the replacement a B-.
X-ray's did show arthritis in my hip and I know their are degenerative changes in my spine. If I ever need another OS, it's not going to be him.
Just going to wait and see what time brings. Thank you all for your concern and input.
06/26/2009 07:16 AM
Teresa, I have a suggestion based on what happened to me. I had terrible pain 2 yrs. post-and my OS said there was nothing wrong from the x-rays. I finally decided to go to someone else and I'm glad I did. The second doc had a bone scan done and it showed heat and inflammation. A third OS said he thought I had an infection.....and he was right. So, say "good-bye" to your original OS and look for answers elsewhere. Something has to be wrong!
06/22/2009 06:21 PM
I would go to your follow-up appointment with your OS with a set of xrays (ordered by your GP/PCP). See what he has to say. Then if you don't like his answer, go for a second opinion. You need to find an OS that LISTENS to YOU; NOT one that listens to HIM/HERSELF!!!!
I would not pay for "below par" service/info!
06/22/2009 09:03 AM
Have you had your pelvic and hip area x-rayed. Often leg discrepancies are due to a tilted pelvis and not the TKR. Arthritis of the hip can cause referred pain in the knee. If you haven't had these checked out, have your GP send you for x-rays.
06/21/2009 08:22 PM
Well, it's been a year since I posted and this month marks the 2 year post op point of my replacement. When I saw the OS last June he said he didn't want to see me for a year and all my aches and complaints were normal. I went for a second opinion and he said Xray was fine. It has become more and more obvious that one leg is longer then the other. My limp is worse and two of my toes have started curving up. My GP has gave me a permanent handicap sticker for my car because he has noticed that I never fully recovered as I should have (or expected to). I am only 55 and feel like I am 90. A physical therapist saw me in the hospital in Sept. ( I was in for 2 weeks with menengitis ) and he was amazed that my knee was still so bad.
I have an appointment for my 2 year check up with the OS next week. I don't really want to go back to him because of my lack of trust, but at the same time, I want him to see it for himself just to see what he has to say.