I had a partial replacement on the lateral side of my knee. It worked great except 3.5 years later I fell on the stairs and tore up the other half of my knee. I ended up having a TKR. My doctor said it was a difficult surgery because he first had to take out the partial knee.. My new knee isn't perfect but it's better than it was before.
You need to tell your doctor what's going on. Why wouldn't you? Everyone heals at a different rate and everyone will have a different experience, that includes people that have both knees done at once. They may heal at different rates. I can't believe you would even consider thinking you were a failure. This isn't a contest. It's your knee and if somethings wrong you need to figure it out.View Thread
Which ligament are you calling "the main ligament"? There are 4 ligaments in the knee and they all have their purpose. The ACL and PCL are removed during surgery. The LCL and MCL remain. I don't see how cutting either of those would cause your knee to be stuck. I don't really know what you mean by stuck.
None of the lawyers will take the case because they know they can't win. Accidents happen during surgery. It doesn't mean your doctor was negligent. You knew this when you read (or should have read) and signed the consent form.View Thread
Formal physical therapy after surgery isn't really necessary if you already know the routine and your muscles are already strong. It's really designed to get your motion back and build your muscles. If you start using your knee soon after surgery you shouldn't lose much muscle tone. Then all you have to do is work on range. I've had 4 scopes on my knee and didn't have PT for any of them. I already knew how to do the exercises and did them on my own.
You will NOT be allowed to drive home after surgery.
If you have arthritis the best thing you can do is keep your knee moving. I rode a bike and swam. To say you can't make your knee worse is a bit misleading. You probably won't make the arthritis worse but you still have ligaments in your knee that can be torn and can require much more extensive surgery. Meniscus tears and ACL tears often go hand in hand.View Thread
I'd be interested to know what kind of research led you to that diagnosis. It's not really something that can be diagnosed by doing research. And you don't really sprain a meniscus. A meniscus is a cartilage, not ligaments, and it will only tear. A torn meniscus can be bad because they cannot heal due to the lack of a blood supply. I tore my ACL in half but the more devastating injury was the torn meniscus which eventually led to a knee replacement.View Thread
It's normal for a knee to swell after an injury, period. The fact that you suffered an injury and then went off and ran errands is a good reason for it to swell whether you're wearing a brace or not. You should have gone home and elevated and iced your knee if you wanted to keep swelling down. That being said, wearing a brace on a knee is not always the best idea. Sometimes they are better off without. You need to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon asap. A diagnosis of "pulled ligaments" is meaningless since there are 4 ligaments in your knee and several other things that can get torn. The ER is not the place to get this sort of thing diagnosed. They were likely just guessing.View Thread
I'd have to disagree there. Recovery times vary widely and can take up to a year. Most likely the outcome for both knees will be different. Complications happen and people heal at different rates. If both knees have complications at the same time it can be devastating. Never take anything for granted. You might do fine but are you prepared if you don't?View Thread
1) Yes, having a higher chair will make things easier. Also, get a toilet seat raiser to make your toilet higher. I was given a commode in the hospital that I could put over my toilet also. Getting off the toilet is difficult, especially if you don't have anything to hold onto.
2) Nobody can answer this for you. If you can't push the foot part of the chair down with one leg then you might want to stay out of the recliner for a while.
3) While you're in the hospital the PT staff will teach you how to do stairs and they can answer your question.View Thread