If you have a replacement knee or know someone who does...
Friday, February 27, 2009
If the knee starts to make noise when you move - not the normal clicking but sort of a grinding/squeaking sound - and it has been in your leg for longer than 10 years, go to your surgeon and have it x-rayed.
Ray's knee actually wore out 2 years ago and it was steel on steel and half the replacement metal was already worn off, very dangerous.
He knew about it making noise but didn't want to go to the doctor because he didn't want another surgery and didn't want to have to do therapy. When he started complaining about pain it was time and I called the doctor against his wishes.
His knee was so bad that he was worked in as early as possible.
They last 10-15 years and Ray's was implanted 20 years ago.
Since even our GP didn't know about what the noise meant I wanted to let others know. Surgery and/or therapy is better than losing the leg to metal shavings poisoning.