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taffie Member Posts: 2
edited 19. Jan 2011, 11:21 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi everyone im new to this so please be gentle with me. I had my high tibial osteotomy done in may 2010 but my bone did not heal and i had to have a repeat operation done in october with a graft from my hip, but ive had some xrays done in december which showed little if any progress in healing can anyone tell me what other options i have if this fails? :sad: I have not been able to return to work since may last year and im desperate to go back im 39 years old and have three lads who are all in football teams and i feel like my life is ruined because of this.


  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi taffie and welcome to the forum
    Sorry i have no advice as i have RA and no nothing of your problem.
    I am sorry though that you had to have the operation twice and that you suspect it won't work again.
    Don't be so hard on your self because of your boys, can you still support them by sitting and watching their games.
    Hope someone comes along soon with some advice for you
    In the meantime take care and try to think positive
    got my fingers crossed for you
    juliepf x
  • nearlybionic
    nearlybionic Member Posts: 1,899
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Welcome to the forum :smile:
    I`m sorry to hear about all you have been through in the past year. I don`t know a lot about your op but presume you have been offered this procedure as a way of trying to improve things instead of a total knee replacement (tkr)??
    Has your surgeon discussed the other options at all?
    I am not a `knee ` person , I have had a hip replacement 2 years ago when I was 40. This was preceeded by months of time off work due to pain and lack of mobility and of course time off after the op. I can empathise with your frustration and feelings about your life as I felt the same (sometimes still do !) as I have 2 children and as I had reduced mobility was not able to watch my son play footy or my daughter dance etc..
    Please speak to your GP and surgeon about how you feel and about what can be done to help you now if you are not seeing any improvement.
    Keep posting xx
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Taffie,

    like NB, I'm a hip person and so only know a little about your op - from the internet. Has your ortho any idea why the bone hasn't healed? As your op is precursor to a TKR, would they consider doing that? When is your next appointment?

    It is hard being a parent when you have physical limitations - but as Julie points out, you can offer support in other ways - watching and cheering etc Don't underestimate how much your children benefit from your interest and support and most important your time.

    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Taffie, sorry, no advice from me either but a warm welcome, hope you manage to get some answers...

    Be well... :grin:
    n035.gifRa-1996 -2013 RIP...
    Cleo - 1996 to 2011. RIP
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Taffie,

    Welcome from me as well.

    I agree with nearly and speedy and wonder if the replacement would now be a good option for you? I guess it depends on age and the surgeons views but hope you are being seen soon and can get a chance to talk it all through with them. Hope you can get something sorted and nice to 'meet' you. Cris x
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,487
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Taffie

    a very big welcome to the forums from me too....
    anyone know where the knee people are???

    I too have no direct experience, but am tending to agree with the oteghrs time ma be for a 2nd opinion or at least a frank discussion re your options.

    The kids DO know you care about them and their footie. I have a walking stick cum chair have you? This means you can go and watch, but sit too.


    Toni xx
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,516
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Taffie and welcome from me too. :grin:

    I don't know about the op you've had but in the recesses of my mind I think one of our 'regulars' has had the same I hope he sees your post and can offer you some advice.

    I agree with what the others have said.... ask to see your surgeon and discuss what the options are.

    I'm sorry it's having such an impact on your life... but hope that with further surgery you'll be able to do the things you want to do..
    Work and family life are just so important; I'm sure your family understand what you're going through and how you feel.

    keep us posted.... best of luck!

    Iris xxx
  • Airwave!
    Airwave! Member Posts: 2,466
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Taffie,
    I have had one failed op, and now have a 'space' in my foot! eeeek! The big thing is too try and keep all your muscles/tendons/ligaments toned and in use and thus avoid wastage and ongoing problems at a later stage. Easier said than done but not impossible. Three boys? I bet they'll keep you moving around.

    8) Its a grin, honest!