• Has anyone had a knee or hip replacement?

    Asked by Dkatsmeow on Monday, August 20, 2018

    Has anyone had a knee or hip replacement?

    I had arthritis in my knees prior to cancer. Since surgery I fell & broke my hip & my arthritis has gotten really bad in my knees. sometimes when I squat down, I either can't get up by myself or when I stand it hurts so bad I see stars literally - Like the cartoons on TV stars pain. I am getting X-rays for my knees soon & was wandering if I should have knee replacement or not. will it help? I am hoping. I also have very low bone density.

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    • SandiA's Avatar

      I had hip replacement. It was actually fairly easy. A lot easeirt than the pain I was dealing with daily. I had cancer in my hip. Did radiation on my hip and then took steroids off and on for horrible joint pain. Between the cancer, radiation and steroids I ended up with AVN in my left hip. My hip collapsed. It took them nine months to do surgery because the surgeon wanted me off of the steroids and my oncologist wanted me to stay on them. I finally tapered off the steroids enough for surgery. It has been almost a year since the surgery and I have had a positive outcome. Ask any questions. I would be happy to help!

      8 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      My husband, who does not have cancer, has bone-on-bone knees - both of them. He had his first knee replacement in March and is going to have the other knee replaced in October. It's helped him with pain and mobility.

      Get a really good orthopedic surgeon. They will take x-rays from 3 sides and look at your overall physical condition to help determine if you are a good candidate for knee replacement.

      There is a LOT of physical therapy, and according to my husband, it is uncomfortable. Your new knee won't be flexible enough unless you do at least 8 weeks of physical therapy. Best wishes.

      8 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Dad had 2 knee replacements for bone on bone. All his physicians stated "These are the worst knees I have seen".
      The right knee replacement was a disaster. He ruptured his patellar tendon 5 days post-op while walking at home. He did not fall (his daughter is a beast and held him up). I believe this was a result of (1) a crummy surgeon (he was warm and fuzzy, good bedside manner; however we never should have chosen him despite the referral from Dad's other doctor); and (2) he received steroid injections before surgery (physician stated "Medicare requires us to try this first"; this was not true!!!) DO NOT HAVE STEROID INJECTIONS to the knee before your surgery.
      He subsequently had 3 more surgeries to that knee and the knee is not functional.
      The left knee replacement was a completely different story. He had surgery with a very skilled surgeon at one of the best orthopedic programs in the country. The surgery was a smashing success (short hospital stay, little pain, outpatient rehab). He can not bend the left leg, the leg is strong and is no longer painful.
      Get the BEST surgeon you can (recommend second and third opinions), avoid all preop steroids
      and discuss the post-op plan in detail with your surgeon (sending people to "rehab" facilities AKA nursing homes seems to be all the rage. Do your homework regarding orthopedic care at the hospital you are going to use.

      8 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Clarification: He can NOW (instead of "not") bend the left leg.....
      Lacking typing skills.

      8 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Steroids can be the worst thing for ankles and knees-- They create scar tissue that makes a weight body part more troublesome. Back- neck-the scar tissue actually supports the muscle.

      My network wanted to replace both knees- I didn't do either--I wear cheap Chinese knee braces. from Ebay At the time, I couldn't get in or out of the bathtub. I crawled out like a seal----I can now get up and down, and in and out of the bathtub-walk my hound. My knee was popping so loud the doctors could hear it.

      I spent almost a year in bed--and my legs got very weak-and I couldn't get out of the bathtub---

      I will recommend that you go to the physical therapist before surgery and see what the PT is like. I had an aunt that told me that. I went to see what PT for a knee would be like. That was because I researched knee replacement, and almost everybody said that it was a matter of good PT, unless there is a surgery error. I went to PT-and the therapist did everything but have me do a knee exercise, and didn't answer questions, nor give me a handout. I cancelled the appointments the next day. Then for some reason the insurance contacted me about that, so I filed a complaint. Several months later, I saw my doctor, and she told me that the health network changed PT companies for joint replacements.

      8 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Doing the physical therapy AFTER the surgery is very important if you want to be able to use your knee to walk. They say the PT hurts, but if you don't do it, you'll regret it. My mother was diligent with her PT and walked fine after both knees were replaced many years before she died. On the other hand, someone else I know was NOT diligent and ended up unable to walk and in a wheelchair permanently.

      I have been told that the surgery can be repeated, but knowing the above, I encourage you to be determined to do it right the first time. Best wishes!

      8 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar

      Thank you all it helps. I am concerned because I have 3 pins in my hip & I have osteoporisis.

      8 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Dkatsmeow, I want to add that no one but your doctor who sees your X-rays can know whether you need knee replacement or if it will help. Some injuries can be fixed with simpler surgeries than a replacement, so the surgery you need is based on the problem seen on your X-rays. Make a list of questions for your doctor. Best wishes.

      8 months ago

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