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Hi guys....i been having looooadsa trouble with my knees in the last 10 years and finally....FINALLY the doctors etc have decided to operate on my knee to make it better!! I'm going to be having keyho… Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Hi guys....i been having looooadsa trouble with my knees in the last 10 years and finally....FINALLY the doctors etc have decided to operate on my knee to make it better!! I'm going to be having keyhole and open surgery on it within the next 3 months. I really cant remember what he said it is they actually doing (i know it includes removing some extra bone), but i wondered if anyone had a similar thing before and if it'll be local or general anasthetic due to it being keyhole and open surgery!?
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
general id imagine...but not sure personally.
#2
I have had a keyhole cartilage op on both knees, this was to move loose bone as my knees kept locking when i knelt, which was due to loose cartilage getting in the joint and I was given a general on both occassions.
Leaves a nifty scar tho!
#3
awoodhall2003
general id imagine...but not sure personally.


its generally what i've heard but no confirmed answer! suppose i'll have to wait for the operation date letter to find out for sure. I'm pretty nervous...never had any surgery before =/
1 Like #4
I have had it done you are in and out of hospital in a day but you are knocked out so the can move your knee as they want to. Don't worry its not that bad and i have 3 very lttle scars arond the knee but you can hardly see them.

Good Luck
#5
sicknotexxx
I have had it done you are in and out of hospital in a day but you are knocked out so the can move your knee as they want to. Don't worry its not that bad and i have 3 very lttle scars arond the knee but you can hardly see them.

Good Luck


is that just for keyhole? cos i heard thats with keyhole but i gonna have open surgery on the front of the knee
#6
I can really sympathise with u guys having knee trouble as I am having that at the moment. My knee is so sore and I can hear it grinding and clicking all the time. I have made a doctors appointment to find out whats up.

I tripped up few months ago and fell out back door and think it might be related to that but who knows. Good luck with ur operation and hope it puts an end to your 10 years of misery you must have had with this
#7
that was keyhole but they did a lot of tidying up in my knee in removing bone. Do you remember if they said Arthroscopy if so that is keyhole
#8
i had it done today, no problems really general anaesthetic, in at 8 nil by mouth out by 3 most of the time waiting, take a book or mag would be my suggestion. pm me if you like :)
#9
kevlil88
i had it done today, no problems really general anaesthetic, in at 8 nil by mouth out by 3 most of the time waiting, take a book or mag would be my suggestion. pm me if you like :)


how long till your up and running again Kevli? Are u in any pain at all
#10
sicknotexxx
that was keyhole but they did a lot of tidying up in my knee in removing bone. Do you remember if they said Arthroscopy if so that is keyhole


yeah i do remember hearing that. but its also to cut out some bone in there as well which is what the open surgery is for. he said its like 2 weeks for the wound to heal and then 4 weeks before i can drive....and bearing in mind my job involves standing up all day i dont wanna rush back n aggravate it any more
#11
kevlil88
i had it done today, no problems really general anaesthetic, in at 8 nil by mouth out by 3 most of the time waiting, take a book or mag would be my suggestion. pm me if you like :)


cheers for that. the doc also made sure i got someone to go with me....i assume thats for gettin home lol....but mother also thinks its cos of possible general anasthetic. cheers for your info as well
#12
Hi they said it would be up to six weeks before i can exercise, hmm not fun. the surgeon said it was like an oil change for my knee.
#13
bossyboots
how long till your up and running again Kevli? Are u in any pain at all


No the pain is manageable so far! they discharged me with paras and ibuprofen, they give you local anaesthetic round our knee as well (plus the general), i have been out of hospital since 4 and was given a tramadol in the recovery room and my knee is still fine (i know the discomfort is in the post!) the doctor signed me off for two weeks, dont think i will need two weeks though will probably have one week then go back to work..........

oh yes i was told that i shouldnt drive for two weeks plus.

to be honest it wasnt as bad as i thought :thumbsup:
#14
stephen2k5
its generally what i've heard but no confirmed answer! suppose i'll have to wait for the operation date letter to find out for sure. I'm pretty nervous...never had any surgery before =/


im sure it will be ok, my cousin had a knee op earlier this year due to football injury.
I am also awaiting surgery, but on my nose! Which luckily i will also be under general! Cant imagine being awake while it happens!
1 Like #15
My wife's had it done twice, Her knee's even worse now than what it was before her last op, She suffers more pain and can't walk very far.

My wife's leg bones twisted as she grew up, Hence her knee troubles.

She's going to have acupuncture to try and relieve the pain but in the long term theirs not much they can do.

She's only 29 but feels 59.

Hope you have success with your op.
#16
shauneco
My wife's had it done twice, Her knee's even worse now than what it was before her last op, She suffers more pain and can't walk very far.

My wife's leg bones twisted as she grew up, Hence her knee troubles.

She's going to have acupuncture to try and relieve the pain but in the long term theirs not much they can do.

She's only 29 but feels 59.

Hope you have success with your op.


Sounds like my mum she has just turned 45 and had her first hip replacement (full) at 40 and is due to have her other hip replaced before the end of the year. Thus meaning she has struggle to walk far, and limps with pain even after driving for long periods for about the last 10 years of her life!
1 Like #17
I have had to have ops on both my knees as my knee caps were wearing away they broke my shin bones so they could raise up the knee caps was left with not so pretty scars -upside down "L" on both legs about 5"long 30 stitches but better than the alternative of been left in a wheel chair by the age 30. Very painful in hospital for a week on crutches then a walking stick for a couple of months off work for 4 months but SO very worth it now have bionic knees.
Hope all goes well for you and it sorts your problems out
1 Like #18
I've had one knee done under a general - very easy - but the most important thing (which I neglected) is to put lots of effort into the exercises (physiotherapy) after the operation and especially during the first few weeks if you want to get your knee as good as new again. You may get left on your own to do this and it may not be emphasised very much but it is absolutely vital.
1 Like #19
My Hubby is having this op on 21st December, "flushing out " loose bits and cutting away some, good luck with yours.
1 Like #20
GL with your op. Having my knees looked at after our 5th baby is born next year. Jogging has not been kind to my knees at all over the years - crunch, crunch :(
1 Like #21
hallo

I'm an orthopaedic theatre nurse, assisting the surgeons doing operations such as you describe - like arthroscopies and open procedures on knees too.

You could have a General Anaesthetic for that (most likely), however you could also have a spinal anaesthetic where you're injected in your back so that you cannot feel pain from about your stomach downwards. Total knee replacements are done in this manner of anaesthesia, so your op can be too. I've seen arthroscopies done under spinal. End of the day its up to you and your anaethetist to decide what to go for. If you're keen to stay awake then ask for the spinal. You can get sedation with it too if a spinal is an option, and the sedation will make you sleepy and forgetful of what actually happened. Or you could remain fully awake so you could talk to the team throughout if you wanted - and perhaps even watch on a monitor. All things to ask the anaethetist. Also if you are wanting to stay awake it should be ok to bring an iPod etc with you to listen to if you wished.
#22
Hi everybody. Thankyou for all your feedback, input and wishes. really helped out. rep left for most

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