does a spinal fusion prevent a TKJR?
In 2015 I had a right TKJR and it worked OK though I’m sure it would have been better if I hadn’t fallen in the hospital right after the operation (nurse didn’t come when I called for help to the bathroom).
Since then I (finally) had a spinal reconstruction including a complete fusion from T4 to the pelvis. My knee surgeon told me shortly after he did the right knee that my left knee “qualified” for a joint replacement too and indeed, besides pain, it’s now collapsing under me at random. I’d like to have the left knee replaced but based on my recollection of the right knee work, I don’t see how I can have the left one done, because of my stiff spine – no bending. twisting, etc.
I remember how important the rehab was to recover from the right knee replacement. It especially involved stretching that knee to protect the ROM and avoid scarring which would have prevented me from bending the knee.
But! I’m like the tin-man/woman because of the spinal op. Is there any way I could qualify to have the TKJR done now?