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Rob

Doylestown, PA

#1 Apr 5, 2009
I had a partial knee replacement about three years ago. I have developed sharp pain if I twist the knee, climbing stairs or bending at a water fountain. If I am sitting say for 45 minutes again I have pain. My surgeon sent me for a nuclear bone scan and the report says that my implant is loose. I went for a second opinion and the surgeon does not believe in bone scans. He says there is nothing wrong with my implant and to grin and bear it. So who do I believe?
Thanks,
Rob
tngrandmajan2

United States

#2 Apr 5, 2009
Hi Rob,
It sounds like you have lots of problems with your surgery. If I were you I wouldnt believe either one of them & seek another opinion. Ive had pretty much all the tests atleast once sometimes twice. I had a total knee replacement & Ive had major problems with it since. I see my ortho tomorrow & Im hoping that he will actually listen to me & actually take my leg which is something that Ive been begging him to do for over a year. I really wish you luck with the next doc that you see. I dont think that any of these doctors know what they are doing when it comes to this surgery & they definitely dont listen to what we the "patients" tell them after we have this bloody surgery. Well thats about all I know but I hope to hear from you soon. Janet
Josephine

Doncaster, UK

#3 Apr 9, 2009
Rob, get another opinion. Or two or three! That surgeon is not worthy of the title to fob you off like that. There are plenty of other surgeons out there. Start looking! Even if your implant isn't loose, there's something amiss. My bet would be that you have further development of arthritis in another part of the knee and need a revision to a total replacement. It often happens that a partial is only good for about five years or so.

BoneSmart - the forum for hip/knee patients
http://www.bonesmart.org/public_forum/index.p...
Rob

Doylestown, PA

#4 Apr 10, 2009
Josephine wrote:
Rob, get another opinion. Or two or three! That surgeon is not worthy of the title to fob you off like that. There are plenty of other surgeons out there. Start looking! Even if your implant isn't loose, there's something amiss. My bet would be that you have further development of arthritis in another part of the knee and need a revision to a total replacement. It often happens that a partial is only good for about five years or so.
BoneSmart - the forum for hip/knee patients
http://www.bonesmart.org/public_forum/index.p...
Thank you,
We were in London two years ago on vacation and loved it. Maybe I should get a third opinion there.
Rob
Josephine

Rotherham, UK

#5 Apr 15, 2009
If you do, go to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital - they have two sites, one in North London (Stanmore) and the other in Bolsover Street W1. You should ask for Professor Cannon who is head of the Department of Joint Reconstruction. But any of the consultants there are 'the business'!
John

San Jose, CA

#6 Aug 19, 2011
Hello Rob. I suggest that you get another opinion regarding your implant. Your surgeonís advice to just bear with the pain is just not right. Why bear with the pain when you can get rid of it. There have been reported cases on malfunctions and complications of a knee replacement. You may be experiencing it. It is best that you consult other doctors about your condition. I have found a site that talk about recall on hip replacement, you might find this interesting. http://www.hiprecalllaw.com
Carl Libanga

Provo, UT

#7 Jan 26, 2012
The wearing out of knee replacement devices you are talking about is similar to the problem which resulted in the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall. In extreme cases, complete failure of hip devices happen, resulting in more serious health problems. The malfunctioning hip devices may create an accumulation of toxic metal into the patientís bloodstream. This take place when the device is not attached to the bone correctly; the unit is dislocated and misaligned; the bone around the implant is fractured. Hopefully, knee implant devices will turn out to be safer and better than the defective medical devices. See http://www.hiprecalllaw.com/symptoms/ .
bill

Mentor, OH

#8 Apr 9, 2012
Yesterday I twisted my knee and heard a pop. I had a partial knee replacement 7years ago. When I walk now the joint pops on each step. If I move the knee to step sideways I get pain. Could my implant be loose?
Jan

Southampton, UK

#9 Jun 13, 2012
I had a partial knee replacement 3 years ago and for the last two weeks have felt that my knee is 'different'. I don't have pain but there is a tightening around my knee and the nerves feel very sensitive. The knee also feels a little swollen. I also have a scoliosis and often my hips are out of alignment. Could this have an effect on my knee and cause the implant to wear due to uneven balance on the leg? I'm a little worried that the joint is becoming loose.

Be interested to know if anyone else has this problem or symptoms.
Annette

Northville, MI

#10 Jul 17, 2012
I had a total knee replacement 3 years ago and I have nothings but problems since. I had a cyst of some sort that came out the side of the replacement tunneled around behind my knee and back in all the way down to the replacement my surgeon said he's never seen anything like it before the cyst was drained and it filled back up in 3 weeks so I was scheduled to have it removed. 3 months after removal it's back again u go back to the surgeon Monday to find out what's next. My replacement is slightly loose I wonder if there is reason to believe I need a revision?
Vincent

Seattle, WA

#11 Sep 4, 2012
Better get more opinions then until your convinced that there is nothing wrong with you and after they read your lab test over and over. Although, you can check this website http://www.depuyhiprecallcenter.com/depuy-asr... for more information.
bridget

Orland Park, IL

#12 Sep 17, 2012
i had a total knee replacement in feb 2012 it loosened up i went back to my surgion he said i have extrememly low vit.d and there is a small chanece that in 4 months i may build upo enough calcifacation to were it wont be painful. when and got sencond opion and that dr told me i needed revision surgery and never heard of such a thing has anyone else had these problems with depuy
Eileen

Collegeville, PA

#13 Sep 24, 2012
I had a partial knee replacement in Sept. 2011. Then, in October the Dr. had to go back in to clean out all the scar tissue and replace the plastic part. In January, 2012 I went back to him - still in a lot of pain. He told me that the x-rays he took when he did the revision in October showed everything was fine and there was nothing there that should be bothering me. I have found a new Dr. that has agreed to see me (but had to wait until I was one year out). Right from the X-ray he told me that it was loose and sent me for some other tests. I had a blood test and triple phase bone scan to see if an infection had caused it. I am waiting for the official results but I know that the CRP was 14 (I think above 7 is considered high) and the tech that did the bone scan said that my knee showed a "hot" area. Could this be an infection? He also took some fluid from my knee. I am quite worried. I am only 44 and am so tired of this. What is the procedure if it is infected?
Annette

Livonia, MI

#14 Sep 29, 2012
In addition to my earlier post I now have an appointment for a second opinion I'm curious to hear what he has to say. They wouldn't make an appointment until the doctor got all my info and X-rays so he knew whether he thought he could help me or not so when they finally called me to make the appointment she said the doctor had noted on there that he would see me but for an opinion only why would he make a point of saying that it worries me a bit but maybe I'm reading into it too much. Does anyone have an opinion of why he would say that?
Survivor84

London, UK

#15 Dec 2, 2012
Hi there,
I would also recommend getting a second opinion from The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital... Ive been going there for 28 yrs and I am now on my 3rd replacement (knee and femur) following teen osteosarcoma...

I always had an excellent treatment there... Go see Mrs Cannon or Mrs Briggs.

Sadly Im due for a review now as this one is getting loose and im a bit concerned over ROM and scar tissue.. I have noticed this decrease after each consecutive replacement.

Good luck with the second opinion and let us know how it goes...

Miss G
Sharon

Quakertown, PA

#16 Dec 6, 2012
I' had my knee replaced at 42 yrs old. Had problems right away but it took two years to get any help I had a total revision 3 years later then that went bad too. I had a THIRD REVISION one year later. That was three knee replacements to the same knee in FOUR YEARS. My knee is now two years old and I'm having horrible tibial plateau pain. I just had a bone scan and am waiting for results. It's all quite scary. I don't encourage anyone to race into this surgery. I'm a Registered Nurse and am well educated. I can't believe I'm having so much trouble
Please check what knee replacements you have ZIMMER is in the process of a class action suit for their NEXGEN flex knees. If you have trouble get you surgical records and find out what replacement you have. You may have a recalled knee. I wish mine was part of this recall. At least I would have an answer
Sharon
Bucks County Pa
Kevin

West Palm Beach, FL

#17 Jan 23, 2013
bridget wrote:
i had a total knee replacement in feb 2012 it loosened up i went back to my surgion he said i have extrememly low vit.d and there is a small chanece that in 4 months i may build upo enough calcifacation to were it wont be painful. when and got sencond opion and that dr told me i needed revision surgery and never heard of such a thing has anyone else had these problems with depuy
Ive had 4 replacements in my right knee, the last two in the last 2 years, yes it is Depuy and I believe it is loose again ,pain is incredible but no one can say for sure if its loose. had bone scan results were inflammatory disease or prosthetic loosening,no Dr. wants to admit his work is loose. I work in a 21 story bldg., lots of walking, living on pain meds, no fun. Had left knee done 1yaer ago it's a Stryker working ok for now.
Ina

San Jose, CA

#18 Mar 27, 2013
One should not be taking for granted a loosening of a knee replacement because this might grow severe and cause serious complication such as those cases i have read in some DePuy Recall News Center sites.
Cynthia

New York, NY

#19 Mar 29, 2013
It would be very alarming to have a loose knee implant which may cause a person some severe pain on the knee, an issue which is blaming DePuy for marketing defective hip implant is now facing more than 10,000 lawsuit. To know more about this related cases check hipreplacementlawsuitcenter dot com
Edna

Milpitas, CA

#20 Jul 19, 2013
I had a lateral partial knee replacement 2 1/2 years ago. Within months I started having problelms with my knee. We tried steroid injections and physical therapy to no avail. I returned to my surgeon approx. two months ago. He ordered a nuclear bone scan to see what is causing me problems. My implant had come loose, and the only thing to do was have a revision to a total knee replacement. I had that surgery on June 15, 2013 and am just over three weeks post-op. I'm doing well, good range of motion, and I'm not in pain. My partial implant was a Conformis which was custom-made for my knee. It was a total failure, and I would recommend to all to avoid Conformis implants. My surgeon no longer uses Conformis.

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