Really don't know what part of the country you live in but I can tell you from the past three years, what my experience has been. In June, 2009, I had tkr on my left knee by a doctor who could have cared less for me after the surgery. I have had so much pain from this surgery and without my family physician's help I would have never had uncovered my problem. The original Orthopedic Surgeon had told me in February, 2012, he suspected I was allergic to the nickel in the replacement and gave me three to six months to get my mind right to have a revision. Well, my family doctor sent me to an allergist for metal and resins testing & the tests shows I am allergic to the bone cement. To correct this I will have to be taken to Special Services Hospital, New York, NY to have the replacement removed, with either my leg fused straight or amputated above the knee & a prosthetic. Both of my knees needed replaced at the time and I had asked the doctor to replace both but he said I couldn't bear the pain and he was right. But if that had happened, I would be looking at losing both legs. I am only relaying my story to make you aware to find the best doctor you can in whatever area you can and do your homework before undergoing such a drastic, painful surgery. Total knee replacements help thousands of people but there are many in the same boat I am. Since learning this new information, I have found a new doctor that is monitoring me every six months until it is time to have my next surgery. He is a kind, understanding doctor, I feel blessed to have found. Just please do not jump into a tkr, find a great doctor & give yourself plenty of time to heal. It is a long journey. I hope you will keep posting, so we may all help each other as much as possible. God Bless You & heal your pain.View Thread
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