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Knee Surgery for Seniors can do more Harm than Good

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    Knee Surgery for Seniors can do more Harm than Good


    https://www.agingoptions.com/blog/20...arm-than-good/

    I believe this is what went on with my knee and the infection I went thru. The doctors chose to do a "cleanout" arthroscopic job and lord knows what they cleaned out, cartilage that I needed and whatever else. I just know my knee is so worse. THere are many other info links to this subject as well.

    Perhaps this work is not what most believe it will do for them.

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    i'm sorry to hear that you have to live with those results....i've known people that also have trouble after several types of popular surgeries

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    I had the left knee arthro clean out & it helped for quite a while. But continued to get gradually worse & I got it replaced about 5 yrs later, the right one 2 years before that. My TKRs worked out well,but the total hip fallout in 2015 just about wrecked my life

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    Oh for heaven's sake... ANY type of surgery/medical procedure can possibly have a poor outcome.

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    Surgery is the last resort why pain is overwhelming and causing serious lifestyle consequences.
    Arthroscopies are now being questioned in medical circles as to whether they are necessary and/or beneficial.

    When my knees first began to give me trouble I had physiotherapy to strengthen the thigh muscles. This does nothing for the knee damage but by keeping it more securely in alignment, the pain is better managed. This was in 2000 and after this treatment the knees were not really troublesome until 2015. Since that date wear and tear on my cartilage has progressed and I experienced severe pain in multiple joints. I have now had both knees replaced, both shoulders and one hip. All of them have been successful thanks to good surgeons and post operative rehabilitation pysio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezerette View Post
    I had the left knee arthro clean out & it helped for quite a while. But continued to get gradually worse & I got it replaced about 5 yrs later, the right one 2 years before that. My TKRs worked out well,but the total hip fallout in 2015 just about wrecked my life
    Same here with hip replacement in 2010, which caused the knee issue to be what I've been thru...it's all connected and our bodies are NOT supposed to be cut up.

    That's why I believe Regenerative Medicine can help many, not all as one member says here, but many...this is Prolotherapy, PRP and Stem Cells....no cutting of the body involved.

    I believe these Elective surgeries are barberic, an emergency yes I can see "them" trying to put us back together...just like humpty dumpty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C'est Moi View Post
    Oh for heaven's sake... ANY type of surgery/medical procedure can possibly have a poor outcome.
    Oh the surgery world makes patients think they are going to be so great when they get metal and plastic in their bodies, then more issues begin. People sign waivers, too bad doctors and surgeons don't sign waivers....we're left with the messes, except one person who claims to be so great with all the parts replaced. Hard to believe, but could be. Although I have a cousin on the East Coast here who has 6 replacements and last time I talked to her, she said she does good. Again hard to believe with all those artificial parts in one's body.
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    I have bad knees also and I've had many physical therapists tell me to keep on going until I absolutely can't stand it a minute more. That is exactly what I'm doing. Knee surgery is no walk in the park and the outcome unpredictable. Right now my heating pads and Epson Salt soaks keep me going. I'm grateful for that.

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    So, Ruth, you use heating pads on knees?

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    we're left with the messes, except one person who claims to be so great with all the parts replaced. Hard to believe, but could be
    Assuming that I am the 'one person' referred to in the above, I absolutely swear that all of my posts on this matter are a true account of my experiences with joint replacements. Why would I lie?
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    My father had knee surgery but didn’t do any of the physio therapy so it not only didn’t heal properly but caused him to become crippled. When they advise post physio it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
    Good for you in following through on post operation instructions Warrigal. I truly believe that’s 50% of it.

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    Keesha, the shoulders didn't need much in the way of physio but for the hip and knees I went to a rehab hospital for 2 weeks as an inpatient
    and the program involved daily gym and hydro sessions where the specialised physios led us through a gentle but progressive regime aimed at improving flexibility and muscle strength. The muscles become weak quite quickly when all you are doing most of the time is sitting in a recliner chair. That was what I had come down to before each of my surgeries. After the 2 weeks as an inpatient there was a further 2 mornings per week for 4 weeks as an outpatient.

    You are right that post operation instructions are very important. I'm not good at sticking to these regimes and for me a guided program proved very beneficial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaminhealth View Post
    So, Ruth, you use heating pads on knees?
    yes I do. I sandwich my knee between two pads. 20 minutes on,20 minutes off. Some people ice knees but heat seems to work for me. I think it is because my problem is more about the surrounding area than the joint itself. I dislocated my knee a few years back and tore the meniscus. It never really healed correctly . I had physical therapy for it several times but it doesn't help much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrigal View Post
    Assuming that I am the 'one person' referred to in the above, I absolutely swear that all of my posts on this matter are a true account of my experiences with joint replacements. Why would I lie?
    I'm another person who has had wonderful results with my hip replacements, and my sister is another, so I guess there are at least three of us.

    Actually, I think the truth is that a huge number of people have great results, but we don't hear much from them because they are just getting on with their lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrigal View Post
    Assuming that I am the 'one person' referred to in the above, I absolutely swear that all of my posts on this matter are a true account of my experiences with joint replacements. Why would I lie?
    It's just hard for me to believe anyone with so many replacements has no issues. I've done one and live in a Hail and my right thigh is so damaged and Heavy with the "part" and adhesions and lord knows what else has gone on in there. I'm not about to go and have them cut me open again to try to find out and cause more stress to the area.

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