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Posted by Ann on August 03, 2003 at 22:32:41:

Plese could you give me some advice. I am now using a walker. I am 71 years old and recently had an MRI of my left knee. To day I received the results and am very worried.For the last mo. I have had bad knee pain and in the site of a mo. went from a cane to a walker and sometimes can hardly walk at all. My report stated the following: There are tricompartmental osteoarthritic degenerative changes seen with bony sclerosis, hypertrophic spurring, chondral and subchondral irregularities.Thereis a degenerative medial meniscal tear involving the mid body and posterior horn. There is a joint effusion seen best in the suprapatellar bursa. There is a small politeal cyst.I am so worried as this seems so bad. I am an overweight person sorry to say but have been on a strict diet I hope not too late. Do you think I will have to have knee replacement?Thank you so much doctor. I appreciate your time and help. Ann



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Posted by Walt Stoll on August 04, 2003 at 08:26:50:

In Reply to: knee troubles posted by Ann on August 03, 2003 at 22:32:41:

Hi, Ann.

Sorry to say but I think it is too late for you to do anything but a knee replacement for that knee. However, losing weight prior to the surgery will help your chances of it being successful and, personally, I would not do it UNTIL I had lost the weight!

Of course, you will berate yourself for not having lost the weight earlier but that is water under the bridge now.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Posted by
David on August 04, 2003 at 16:08:49:

In Reply to: knee troubles posted by Ann on August 03, 2003 at 22:32:41:

Dear Ann,

Bless your heart...my mother suffered many years with the same knee condition you have. She was also overweight and spent most of her life on one diet or another. She was also under alot of stress which contributed to her weight problem in turn I guess lead to her degenerating knee joints. She finally HAD to have her knee replacement surgery and the doctor wanted to go ahead and do both. She wouldn't let him do but one because her other joint although showing signs of degenerating didn't hurt(as much). Her first surgery went well and they had her up and walking in a few days. She was about your same age, around 70 when she had her first knee replacement. About ten years later her other knee just when out and she HAD to have that one done too.This last surgery really took a toll on her. The doctor botched the replacement up by using some tainted cement that harboured a strain of bacteria that is showing a resistance to most antibiotics. She is now 83 and has been in a nursing home unable to walk for the past three years. The doctors refuse to redo the knee replacement because of her age and yes weight. I'm not writing this to scare you because her first surgery went fine, I just wish she had both done at the same time when she was 70.

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