Can I push for Knee Replacement?
I'm at my wits end now. I've had knee problems for as long as I can remember (they started dislocating when I was 11 and I'm now 39). I've consistently been told "you're too young for a knee replacement" and have had 6 less major surgeries to try and deal with it on the right knee (TTO, MPFL, LR, Arthroscopy flush outs). My left knee is still dislocating on a fairly regular basis, they tell me the arthritis is at grade 4 on my right knee but is concentrated mainly on my patella. I've been on a cocktail of pain relief for the past 15 years or so which is now causing various other problems. My consultant discussed with me previously that we maybe consider the risks and benefits of prolonging the inevitable and do we just call it quits now, do the replacement acknowledging that it will need revision in a few years but at least I am likely to get some pain relief and walk normally again. He now wants to refer me to a doctor in London but I've been told the waiting list for this is over a year! I've missed out on so much already (I'm a single mum and starting my nursing career is on hold) Can I tell my consultant that I want to just push ahead with having the replacement done so I can get my life back? I am focused on my physio, eating well and trying to exercise as much as I can so I'm trying my hardest to help myself with this.
Sorry to ramble but I really am at the point where it's damaging me in so many more ways than just the knee pain.
Any advice very gratefully received.
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