Revision Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted by ladybee @ladybee, May 4 8:26am

Has anyone had revision surgery? I have a bruise on the side of my knee that will not go away. It’s not purple or red anymore. It’s just ugly and and dark. After 3 months

Hi @ladybee, I have not had revision surgery but I did have a total right knee replacement a year ago. You mentioned you have a bruise on the side of your knee. I recently noticed that the inside of my left knee has a dark bruise and I have faint bruise on my right knee with the TKR. I was thinking might be due to sleeping on my sides which I mostly do. I do use a small pillow off and on but normally a little higher than the knee. The past few days I've tried to keep it directly over the bruise to see if it will go away.

@babette and @jeffkirc may be able to share their experience. Also there is another discussion started by @babette that may be helpful here:

Knee Replacement Failure – Need total reconstruction — https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/knee-replacement-failure-need-total-reconstruction/

@ladybee have you discussed the bruising with your surgeon or care team?

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@johnbishop

Hi @ladybee, I have not had revision surgery but I did have a total right knee replacement a year ago. You mentioned you have a bruise on the side of your knee. I recently noticed that the inside of my left knee has a dark bruise and I have faint bruise on my right knee with the TKR. I was thinking might be due to sleeping on my sides which I mostly do. I do use a small pillow off and on but normally a little higher than the knee. The past few days I've tried to keep it directly over the bruise to see if it will go away.

@babette and @jeffkirc may be able to share their experience. Also there is another discussion started by @babette that may be helpful here:

Knee Replacement Failure – Need total reconstruction — https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/knee-replacement-failure-need-total-reconstruction/

@ladybee have you discussed the bruising with your surgeon or care team?

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Thank you
Yes i discussed it with Dr. Possible reasons are from surgery stretching of the skin . The bruising is still there and slowly the color is returning to normal , after 6 months.

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ladybee@ladybee
I did have a surgery to take care of a complication from my Total Knee Replacement. It was not actually a revision but it did correct a terrible problem that was the result of my TKR surgery. I had horrible pain after my knee replacement and I saw three orthopedists but after an MRI and x-rays none could figure out the problem. The pain was so bad in my knee that when I pulled myself up from my bed without the use of my knee I put so much stress on my spine that I actually fractured my l3 vertebrae. After 17 months of horrible pain and very sleepless nights I went to a wonderful orthopedist who took my complaints seriously. He ordered an ultrasound hoping that it would give him a clue as to the cause of my awful pain and it did. What I had was a very rare extra bone in my knee called a Fabella bone. Up until about 100 years ago this bone was extinct in humans but in recent years it has been making a comeback. I had the surgery and instantly the awful pain was gone.

If you have a serious issue it is always a good idea to get another opinion.

katrina123

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@katrina123

ladybee@ladybee
I did have a surgery to take care of a complication from my Total Knee Replacement. It was not actually a revision but it did correct a terrible problem that was the result of my TKR surgery. I had horrible pain after my knee replacement and I saw three orthopedists but after an MRI and x-rays none could figure out the problem. The pain was so bad in my knee that when I pulled myself up from my bed without the use of my knee I put so much stress on my spine that I actually fractured my l3 vertebrae. After 17 months of horrible pain and very sleepless nights I went to a wonderful orthopedist who took my complaints seriously. He ordered an ultrasound hoping that it would give him a clue as to the cause of my awful pain and it did. What I had was a very rare extra bone in my knee called a Fabella bone. Up until about 100 years ago this bone was extinct in humans but in recent years it has been making a comeback. I had the surgery and instantly the awful pain was gone.

If you have a serious issue it is always a good idea to get another opinion.

katrina123

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Thanks @katrina123, I had not heard of about that type of pain so looked it up. Really glad you were able to find a doctor who listened and found the problem.

The fabella syndrome – a rare cause of posterolateral knee pain: a review of the literature and two case reports:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3987160/

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