Hello to anyone who is reading this ......
I have just found this website and my question to other members is have any of you had surgery to your knee not due to the polio but for wear and tear?
I wont bore you with the long protracted story but 2 years on since visiting my GP with excrutiating pain in my knee they have discovered (via my request for an MRI scan) that the cartlidge is worn away on the left side of my left knee, there is swelling and a possible fracture.
I saw the head poncho but came away not knowing whether to have the key hole surgery or not. He didn't seem to think that having had polio will make any difference to surgery or recovery, and yet web sites say different.
I think I am going to ask for a second opinion and wondered if any of you have had and surgery recently, whether it worked for you or if you know of a surgeon.
Hope to hear from you
Just a followup on the subject.
It has now been 22 years and I've found that I will have to have the replacement replaced; in August if it's not delayed again.
An item of interest, and an alert for everyone: about two years ago I started using a cane because of my bad right polio leg. I found it amusing telling people that I use the cane in the wrong hand (my right). I would explain that normally the cane is used on the side opposite the weak leg. I would go on to explain that my reason was that with the weak right leg I was always concerned about losing my balance to that side, as I did not have the strength to recover. So I would use the cane in my right hand to keep me "trimmed" against falling that way.
When I first started using it, I noticed that I put very little weight on the cane, only enough to trim my walking path to straight ahead. Over those two years, I did notice I was starting to put more weight on the cane. WHAT I DID NOT NOTICE WAS> that as my good left leg (knee relpacement leg) was going bad, using the cane in the right hand was CORRECT for a bad left leg. ...In effect, using the cane in the "wrong" hand was MASKING my good leg going bad. In this last year (as it was going bad) I have been putting more demand on my polio leg, beyond what the PPS muscles could handle and I'm sure causing damage. I'm hoping that once the knee is replaced I will not have lost too much strength in my polio muscles.
I had the keyhole, or "Scope", last November. The knee feels perhaps "tighter", but did not help with the leg pain that is more than likely caused by PPS. No MD here. But, it seems that your knee might benefit from the procedure since your symptoms are much more distinctly due to the knee than mine were. Mine was performed at an out patient surgery center. Don't believe them if they say you might have local anesthesia. It's almost a certainty that it will be a "general". The whole process takes about half a day. It takes about three weeks to get going again.
As you may note that was almost a year ago and it went well. I had it scoped before my first knee replacement to clean out chips and scrape off cartilage for new cartilage to grow back. That lasted about three to four years before I had the first knee replacement. I was 58 then and everything went well. IT WAS WELL WORTH DOING. I expected difficulty having the replacement at 80 as I had lost a lot of strength in both legs, my other leg from PPS. This time, after the operation, I had new pains in the polio leg from what I attributed to polio on what I considered a long down hill slope.
I was able to get some physical therapy and they were good to follow my lead in not overdoing physical exercise on polio muscles. The last therapist in fact treated me for strengthening my back and NOT the polio muscles. I found about two months later that my "polio" pains disappeared and I'm doing far better than I expected.
Anyway, after worring whether it was right to replace the knee again, and only risk having more problems and possibly never recovering, I am surprised that with my good leg the new knee is far better than I thought and it has eased the load on my polio leg. The pains I was experiencing has disappeared.
On the other hand, all this may just be a crap shoot?
I have just located these posts on knee replacement and I must say I really appreciate people's comments as I have surgery coming up and I was nervous about the the out come. I do feel more comfortable going forward with it now as it seems most have had favorable outcomes. Thank you.
Do note that there's a big difference between orthoscopic "keyhole" surgery to "clean up" the joint and total knee replacement (with a few other variations in-between). Total knee replacement is fairly major surgery.
Make sure you understand what you're getting.