After seeing my latest knee x-rays, my ortho surgeon has added my name to the waiting list to have a total knee replacement (sigh). We discussed my ongoing weight loss and he was very encouraged by my efforts thus far, and I'm more determined than ever to drop another 20 pounds (and do my daily quad strengthening exercises and stretches). I asked him if I needed to be on a certain dosage of pred and he replied no, and went on to describe the process of flushing hydrocortisone via IV.
The discouraging part of the appointment was he advised me the wait list in this area (Southwestern Ontario) is approximately 2 years!! When I booked my next appointment with the receptionist, she assured me is could very likely be a shorter wait time as they are trying to address the problem (which is more to do with transfer payments from the province, to hospitals, for surgeries). So I'll have plenty of time to "slim down" before the operation.
I've done a search on this site and have been keeping up with a few members in the same boat, but wondering if any other folks out there with PMR who have had a total knee replacement, are willing to share words of wisdom. My main concern is about the use of pred during surgery and the recovery process (will the dose need to go up, what about additional swelling and inflammation - will they prescribe NSAIDs, will surgery trigger a flare??).
I am most excited that I did not have to convince my surgeon to do the operation as I am 56, which I've been told by others is young for a tkr. He said it's not about age, rather about necessity, and some folks just need the intervention earlier.
Thanks in advance.