This is a new thread about my upcoming knee surgery as my plan has totally changed as of today.
Recap: I fell Thanksgiving Day went to ER, tests show I am bone to bone on my left knee. My left side is the side most effected by my back injury.
The Drs explained that most knee replacement are really "just" the front part of the knee replaced. Where as I need a full knee replacement.
The thought is there is a spinal nerve caught up in the bone spurs behind the knee cap - this is based on the use I don't have of that leg since the fall.
MRIs still to be done.
I got a steroid pill pack which I finished today and last Friday I got a cortisone injection in the knee.
Based on my x rays and MRI on my other knee they said it would maybe be best to do both knees together. The right knee is just a tad better then the left ( most injured knee ) knee.
They also want me to play around with fillers and such and then in 6 months or so get the surgeries.
THAT is my opinion is their $$$ game.........sigh
However due to my situation at home and lack of help ( maybe you seen my marriage issue thread ) I have decided that is not what I am going to be doing.
I am making a new appt with knee Dr sooner then the one I currently have and tell them - let's get the MRI and get me in to see the nuro guy I need to see about the spinal nerve issue in the knee and lets move forward with one left knee surgery NOW.
I will do the shots and fillers in right knee instead of double knee replacement at one time. Hopefully it will buy me some time that I need.
I honestly feel that this decision is in my best interest all around as well as in my down time for healing from a double knee replacement.
I feel very strongly about this and already have an appt made with my GP this coming Thursday to share everything with him. He is the one Dr that always has my full best interest at mind and will help me make the right decision.
If current knee guy disagrees my GP will find me one that will work with me.
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.