Aug. 19, 2020 I joined the Collective. In Dallas, I underwent a total knee replacement surgery, aka TKR. It has been an interesting journey.
It all started when I tore my medial meniscus in a church league softball game, somewhere around 2006, I think. It was scoped, which seemed to fix things, but I was warned it would become arthritic.
Boy howdy, did it ever! Ultimately I had tri-compartment arthritis, bone on bone medially. This was making everything more difficult, especially when compounded by the pair of large cysts in the knee joint. The cysts were restricting movement, and the smaller was causing a lot of nerve pain. The cysts of course were driven by the arthritis.
I could've tried to just have the cysts removed but at least two orthopedic surgeons indicated it would likely return fairly rapidly, due to the arthritis, unless the knee was replaced. Not wanting to undergo multiple surgeries for the issues at hand, I went to see the surgeon recommended by both the other guys I had spoken with. Dr. G. is an orthopedic oncologist. No, I do not have cancer, but he is extremely experienced and skilled at digging unwanted things out of patients bones and joints. He also does a lot of joint replacement and reconstruction, and revision joint surgery. Dr. G. said he would not only remove the cysts, he'd do it during the TKR, and from the "front", eliminating the need to have a second large incision on the back of my knee. YAY!
A date for surgery was set, rather far into the future, due to the Covid19 restrictions in place at the time. I would've liked to have the surgery sooner, but coordinating family schedules, and Covid19, meant a longer lead time.
|There's a new knee under there somewhere.|
|No more staples!|