Total knee replacement REGRET!
Hi, i'm new here. I had a total knee replacement (I chose/trusted that this would fix my problems). Not! it has made my life unbearable. I am 6.5 months post-op. Let me start by saying that I was born with severely deformed legs, both had tibia only. and, had a BK amputation of both at the tender age of 3. I have been wearing BK prosthetic legs since age 4 and as my late mother put it: "the moment they put them on you, you took off running and blew everyone away by owning them".
I am 61 years old now and believe me, there isn't anything I have not been able to do. I bore 3 healthy babies that are all adults now, so my nest is empty. Anyway, I do recall my prosthetic person of over 35 yrs say to me, "you will never be a good canidate for knee replacement". As my knees were not "normal" in the sense of an able-bodied person. I began experiencing age related osteoarthritis to which many an MRI, Xray's showed that I was basically bone on bone. So, after I found a surgeon who said he would take me on… Despite his admission that he had no luck finding any papers written on someone like me, I can believe that. I honestly don't know WHY i chose to have this done. My residual limb has always maintained its pediatric size of 10" in length with a very tiny circumference. The vertical incision he made was 6.5" long! despite him telling me it would only be a couple of inches… I am left with an inability to fully straighten my leg, it is bent and no amount of PT can fix it, i walk with a limp, cannot have new prosthetic legs made due to my limb being bent. I take norco for pain, not that it helps. This surgery was done at a UC hospital where believe me, i will NEVER return or recommend it to anyone. So, now that i have vented here, i worry that i will never straighten my leg out, climb stairs or walk a brisk pace with my faithful Service Dog. I can feel the pain affecting my thigh, femur and i can ice the heck out of it, only to get a short amount of relief… and here i was going to do some traveling but can't now because i tire very easily 🙁 I live alone and have become isolated because i am insecure. Oh and please don't suggest a wheelchair OR cane because both my arms have congentital deformities so those are out of the question in my case.