Cynthia 

Review for Osteoarthritis

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 204 lbs
  • 5' 3"
  • Kansas City, MO
21
Aug2016
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Luallin
  • Number of Surgeries 1

Treatment Ratings

    Improved
    Physical Therapy, Ice, Weight loss, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Swimming, Arthroscopic Surgery
    Not Improved
    Support brace

In November, 2015 experienced extreme pain in left knee. Saw an orthopedic surgeon who wanted to do total knee replacement with doing an MRI. I sought out a second opinion and went to Dr. Luallin in OVPK, KS. I did not mention anything about my experience with the first surgeon. Dr. Luallin did an x-ray and suggested an MRI. After the MRI, Dr. Luallin did not think the damage he saw required a total knee replacement at this time and suggested arthroscopic knee surgery and a possible transplant of auto-cartilage replacement. I liked this option and cancelled the total knee replacement surgery with the first doctor. Mind you, I had not agreed to do the total replacement but the first doctor went ahead and scheduled it. Due to the timing between seeing the first surgeon and the Dr. Luallin, I had the arthroscopic surgery in March, 2016. The surgery itself went well. Did not have the auto-transplant because my arthritis was to extensive. I took off 3 weeks before going back to work as a teacher. The first week, I could not walk and I was in pain but different pain compared to pre-surgery. I also noticed that I had a loud popping of my left knee when I extended it out. I did not have this prior to surgery. I was very concerned. It did go away in about 10 days. I am sure because the swelling had gone down. I used a walker instead of crutches. I only moved if I had to. I also noticed that I hand numbness on my left side of my mouth and a burning session in the inside of my left side when I ate. I did mention this to surgeon�s medical assistant. I looked this up online and found out it was probably due to a pinched mandibular nerve during surgery. The numbness gradually went away by three weeks out. I keep an eye on this to make sure I did not notice permanent damage. The second week I was able to move around more. The third week, I had a planned trip by train to Colorado. By then I was using a cane. When I went back to work, I started physical therapy. From April to the end of May, I saw progress although I still had pain it was nothing like prior to surgery. When school ended, I was not using the cane. During the summer, I was not in therapy and I felt I was going backward. I was limping more and the pain seemed to increase, especially when standing to walk from a sitting position. I started taking water aerobic in July and felt improvement. I have begun a weight life style change and I am continuing water conditioning, elliptical workouts and strength training. I am feeling gradual improvement. My goal is lose weight, continue to exercise and strength work outs. I want to try injections of Hylan G-F20 (Synvisc). My insurance will not pay for this but I want to try it to see if can give my more relief and if it does, protest a grievance to my insurance company. I hate the discomfort I feel from going from a sitting position to standing and then walking. I have a terrible limp that subsides once I start walking.


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