Arthrofibrosis And loose plate on Stryker prosthesis

Posted by mel 726 @mwatts91757, Mar 5 7:09pm

I Went to my 3rd orthopedist to discuss removal of scar tissue he explained to me that my bone scan revealed that there may be a plate loose. That would require an open manipulation to visualize if this is true or not. If it is true then I will have to endure a second TKR. But what can I do? My flexion is only 82 to 85°
It’s been that way since my first TKR last July 2018.
And as a bonus I have discovered that my cementless stryker triathlon prosthesis the plate may have started to separate. That handy-dandy prosthesis that is so high end may be a dud.

Surgeon number one insisted that I wasn’t exercising enough which is why I wasn’t improving my flexion which turns out was absolutely untrue ,my flexion was never good. He never wanted to do any imaging but did consent to do usual x-ray postoperatively and after three months of deterioration, 2 MUA’s, A late intervention of using a CPM machine which I should’ve been using since the very beginning (three months. It’s too late to start using a CPM machine )since I had an existing contracture before the operation.
SMH I just want to scream!

I have gone through 40 weeks of physical therapy and all the recommended exercises, and a dynosplint .
The summer of 2019 I had 20 additional sessions of PT and they could not improve my flexion one bit.
I am almost 2 years From my first TKR.
I am now currently going to the Beth Isreal in Boston.
Does anyone else go there?

@mwatts91757 Hi Mel.
It's horrible to have gone through what you have had to deal with. I actually did not use a CPM machine after my second TKR at all. I did after my first but I did not feel it helped so I turned it in early.

I do not go to Beth Israel but I think that one of the members, @babette went there. I had a TKR with Dr. Fitz at Brigham and Women's Faulkner and he is great. I have no idea if he works with revisions but there is another doctor there who was used by a friend who went two years with a problem knee before the cause was found, and that doctor fixed it. If you are interested, I will find out the his name for you.
JK

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Thank you I will know more once they open me up.
I think it’s reasonable to think that after all the complaints about this prosthesis was found on the Internet that they may be something I can do about it legally

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@mwatts91757

Thank you I will know more once they open me up.
I think it’s reasonable to think that after all the complaints about this prosthesis was found on the Internet that they may be something I can do about it legally

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@mwatts91757 I'm curious, Mel, isn't Stryker the knee that is done with Makoplasty surgery? Is that what you had? It's very popular now due to usually having a very quick recovery rate and good results overall.
JK

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Hi
I don’t think it’s makiplasty plastic surgery.
If you Google triathlon Stryker prosthesis, you’ll get an eyeful of poor reviews

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@mwatts91757

Hi
I don’t think it’s makiplasty plastic surgery.
If you Google triathlon Stryker prosthesis, you’ll get an eyeful of poor reviews

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@mel726 I didn't delve deeply into articles about the Stryker but it does sound as if there are problems with it, and that those problems can be addressed. I am not a litigious person but it seems as if there is a lawsuit out there for these implants. That, of course, does not compensate for your pain and probably needing a second TKR.
I am genuinely sorry you have to go through this.
JK

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I’m just wondering if there are others out there in my situation that had the triathlon implant?

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I had a stryker triathlon TKR in Sep of 2013. It has always given me trouble – mostly instability. I had it revised in April 2019. The dr. just replaced the femoral portion. He told me the tibial portion was good. I'm still having stability issues. :-/

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I am going to request that they replace the whole prosthesis not just a part of it

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@mel 726 Hi – I'm so sorry you are going through this! We have a lot in common. In July 2018 I had my first R TKR, done by a surgeon who had a good reputation locally (I'm on the North Shore). While I knew something was wrong almost from the beginning, he poo poo'd it, did X-rays, told me "everyone heals differently." I had good flexion, but terrible pain and lack of mobility for a YEAR before anyone in Boston would see me. After a ton of research, I saw Dr. Andrew Braziel at The Baptist and wouldn't see anyone else for any ortho need. He's absolutely incredible. (Another older surgeon at The Baptist told me that he had only seen one other surgeon so gifted in his 30 years or practice.) Dr. Braziel did a total revision in October 2019. The healing has been easy and straightforward, even though I've suffered 2X trauma to that site. In addition to being a gifted surgeon, Dr. B. also has a fantastic bedside manner, great listening skills, a sense of humor and I have never waited more than a minute or two in his office. Best of luck to you!

Babette

P.S. If you have a good attorney, please PM me. I'm suing the first doc.

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