Bursectomy of OA knee

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Red_34
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   Posted 7/5/2017 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
My husbands knees are a mess. His left knee is bone on bone with the weight bearing portion breaking down, his right knee is also bone on bone but his kneecap is almost gone. He also has a calcification right below his right kneecap along with bursitis.

Obviously he needs new knees which he plans to have by next year. But in a week he is having his right knee bursa removed. Has anyone had this surgery and if so, can you share your experience please?
SHERRY
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/14/2017 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Update - for anyone who is wondering. My husband had his surgery 2 days ago. Overall as far as surgeries goes, he says it's not too bad. He's able to walk but he can't drive yet. He's still relying on Norco to help him thru out the day.

What the doc did: he found that his bone calcification was actually loose so he did a vertical cut in the tendon and removed it. He also removed his bursa which was beginning to harden and was thick.

He has a 3" incision just below his kneecap and his swelling is minimal. But he used ice A LOT. The wound is held closed by internal dissolvable stitches and steri-strips.

He had his hip replaced 5 years ago and he says this surgery, tho a bit painful, was not like his hip which he was down for 3 months. He can resume driving 5 days post-op.
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC '92 - meds: Apriso, Remicade) Unable to tolerate MOST mesalamines* Currently in Remission, IBS, Diverticuliar Disease, Fibro, Sacroiilitis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry eye syndrome (which caused a blockage -had the DCR surgery 2015 success!), allergies-Zyrtec

straydog
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   Posted 7/14/2017 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherry that is great news on your husband. Hopefully he will get some good relief until he has the TKR done. I have read about TKR's here at HW & its amazing how well people do so in just a matter of a few weeks. One of our members in the CP forum just had her 2nd one done & she is doing very well. Back many years ago my prior boss' wife had both done at the same time. She had hers done at UTSW, had a suite over there for 6 weeks (I am sure they paid some big money out of pocket). Her husband stayed the entire time with her. She had all of her rehab while there. She said all she did was exercises at home. Of course, not everyone has the option she did either, lol.

I hope he continues to do well.
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/19/2017 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Susie. I worry about him because he's the typical male - plays it tough lol But his doc was adamant about him doing his left knee sooner rather than later. He was born bow legged and had to wear braces on his legs for the first year of his life. So the joint wasn't really great to begin with. But the doc said that because the weight bearing bone is starting to break down that the longer he waits, it might involve more extensive surgery such as bone grafts.

It's always good to hear good stories tho. Puts my mind at ease smile
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC '92 - meds: Apriso, Remicade) Unable to tolerate MOST mesalamines* Currently in Remission, IBS, Diverticuliar Disease, Fibro, Sacroiilitis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry eye syndrome (which caused a blockage -had the DCR surgery 2015 success!), allergies-Zyrtec

straydog
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   Posted 7/21/2017 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherry, oh do I know about the being a man thing!! This one of mine has caused most of my grey hair, instead of the two kids!! He has several serious health conditions & just listens to what he thinks he wants to hear, so frustrating. I do hope he listens to the dr about having that knee taken care of quickly. They sure have come a long ways on the knee replacements. Yes, it is still a big surgery but it is amazing how quickly they heal & have them walking wight away. Its amazing. Please keep us posted.
Susie
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