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bertyboy
bertyboy Member Posts: 1,860
edited 21. Aug 2016, 11:27 in Living with Arthritis archive
This is my update , moved last year , new area new dr and consultant , before we moved was due to have a replacement of a tkr , because it was 14 degrees out of line . New consultant exrayed and said it was not out of line and would not ask old hospital consultant for mri images , referred me to spine specialist , yes there are slight issues with my back , referred to pain clinic , pain clinic agree with me that the issues is my tkr knee and has offered steroid injection . In the meantime i ask my dr to refer me back to the old consultant which is miles away , he is willing to replace the tkr , my thoughts are will the steroid injection help or hinder the op .
I know i am a lady ,all life is a journey xx MAY xx

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello bertyboy. Lovely to see you again :D

    It's always a concern when the specialists don't agree, isn't it? A revision is a bigger op than a first TKR with (I was told) more ongoing chance of infection, though mine's been fine.

    I think, if you 're on a low dose of steroids (up to 7.5mg daily) there's little risk with the op itself but probably some concern about your ability to heal after the operation and the chance of infection in the new prosthesis.

    I would never want to be operated on by someone who was reluctant but, if you have confidence in your former surgeon, and he in your ability to deal with the steroid problem, why not go for it?
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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Sorry, I misread this, bertyboy. I've no idea how much steroid goes into an average injection. Your surgeon would be the one to ask. Sometimes these things just boil down to personal preferences.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
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  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I'd have thought the steroid injection will tide you over until the op. I'm not an expert but I'm sure it would not effect the operation in any way. Any meds that suppress your immune system usually have to be stopped beforehand but I don't think steroid injections fit into that category.


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  • bertyboy
    bertyboy Member Posts: 1,860
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thank you for the reply's , for now i am going to cancel the appointment till i have spoken to my DR , 12th sep hes a busy man . I will ask for acupuncture to i think its less problematic , at least till i can actually decide about the op .
    I know i am a lady ,all life is a journey xx MAY xx
  • bertyboy
    bertyboy Member Posts: 1,860
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Well shock horror managed to get an appointment to see my DR this morning , re op and injection in knee tomorrow , i am going ahead with the injection . Case of kill or cure i know it will do neither but might help the pain a little and give me thinking time about the tkr revision op .
    I know i am a lady ,all life is a journey xx MAY xx
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Good luck with the injection, I was always told to rest the joint properly for 48 hours, their thinking being that the steroid would have time to settle in around the joint and get to work. I always did and it always didn't. :lol: I hope yours works. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • bertyboy
    bertyboy Member Posts: 1,860
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    It was a big fat OUCH what i thought i was getting was not , what i got was a set of three nerve block injections under local anesthetic and xray guided , luckily i had a nice firm hand to hold , there was about 3 and a 1/2 hour delay , have not noticed much change in pain levels yet .
    I know i am a lady ,all life is a journey xx MAY xx
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
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    I don't think I've heard of nerve block injections for knees before. It's usually spine or hips. I do hope it helps.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Like Sticky I've not heard of this either: hips and spine yes but knees? How strange. I'm sorry this took you by surprise, sometimes docs say one thing whilst meaning another, forgetting that as mere patients we don't speak 'doc' and / or we're not clairvoyant. I hope things feel better soon. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben