Knee replacement complications
My wife had a knee replacement 4 years ago due to arthritis. Since then she has had considerable difficulty walking, and suffers constant backache. Covid has not helped as access to swimming and the gym has not been possible. She is unable to stand or walk for long. In those 4 years she has had numerous doctor and physio appointments all of whom have basically told her her to suck it up and get on with life. She refuses to take opiate painkillers for obvious reasons.
A year ago she went back to the doctor for more help, and eventually got different physio support. There the physio suggested she had one leg longer than the other. Indeed on further examination this turned out to be 1.5cm.
This is a known complication of hip replacements, and research by myself shows an 86% likelyhood of an average of 1.5cm leg lengthening in total knee replacements, indeed higher than in hip replacements.
Neither your advice leaflet nor the local NHS leaflet mention this as a complication, and certainly my wife was not informed of this complication.
Had she known about this 4 years ago, she might well have got a considerable improvement in her quality of life and freedom from pain by the simple expedient of either insoles or built up shoes.
Why haven't Versus Arthritis highlighted this?
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