Need a TKR on the other knee? If not now.....when?
Ten years ago, my inn to inn walking group locked me in my own car and conducted an intervention. They said the pain on my face because of my knee disturbed them and they wanted me to have it fixed before we took off for Ireland and the "Ring of Kerry". And so I did it right away. The surgery went well and we continued to train for a different adventure every year.
Fast forward to now. The other knee….the right one, just fizzled in the last few months. A large Baker's cyst and what was called a "real mess" caused by pseudogout crystals on the meniscus told me what was coming. I just didn't know how bad it was needed. We looked at the new images and talked about recuperation time for someone looking at turning 80. Do I want to give up a year recuperating from another TKR? Are there no options?
The emotional issue for me was a planned visit to Galveston shores to spend a week with our very young grandchildren. Jay Paul will turn 4 on May 27 and Amelia Marie will be 2 the following week. I don't want to miss being with them. Without surgery, I will need to use a cane for walking and a wheelchair in the airport.
As we practiced shared decision-making, we explored other options, and guess what?. I am going to Texas. Here's how. The Baker's cyst was drained, and cortisone was injected. The other fluid-filled areas will be handled with multiple MFR sessions every week.
Did I make the right decision? What would you do? I would appreciate your opinion, your shared experiences and any other ideas you think should be considered.
And just so you know how difficult this is……I am attaching a couple of recent pictures of the grandchildren. Enjoy.