Last August my surgeon tried to repair my knee in a arthroscopy surgery after all other treatments failed however when he got in there he discovered the damage was much worse than he expected. There is nothing left in my knee ( no cartiledge or meniscus ) making my knee very painful and very unstable due to it being bone on bone. He cleaned it up while he was in there but there was nothing else he could do. So although I am very young for this surgery my surgeon decided I need a total knee replacement.
I'm going into the hospital March 13th for a total knee replacement surgery. I will be in the hospital ( min.) 5 days then ( barring any problems or complications ) I will be coming home where a nurse and physiotherapist will be coming for 3 weeks to check on me and give me physiotherapy. After that I will have another 6 weeks of physio at the hospital or CLSC. I will also have my family here to look after me. As a part of my pre admission I had to meet with a social worker ( amongst many others - it was a day long event ) to ensure family and everything is in place so I can come home and not have to go to a rehab center. I have to say the hospital is very thorough with checklists of things that need to be bought and done at home/gotten ready for when I come home.
With this new knee I will be the 1/2 million dollar woman and am looking forward to being able to walk and do what I want without a cane, assistance or pain.