In two years of seeing my orthopedic surgeon, I had tried injections in the knees, the painkiller “Aleve” , coral calcium and other joint strengthening supplements–without success. The last resource, SURGERY, was looming large over me. I scheduled a date, a month and a half away. As I was being "processed" for the surgery, I started feeling like moving on a conveyor belt toward a narrow and inescapable opening–the operating table. At once I felt depression enveloping me like a thick fog, I became extremely sensitive, tears coming on without provocation. My friend suggested seeking a second opinion. As soon as I started searching for an orthopedist, my depression lifted; I was my normal self again. The second opinion was unequivocally “total knee replacement”. I was to go on with my scheduled surgery date with my primary surgeon. Then a primordial fear seized me, as if my body panicked, its very survival endangered. My surgeon was most reassuring.
I sought an advice from an acquaintance radiologist. He recommended less invasive TKR.
The less invasive TKR employs special tools and techniques, which enable a surgeon to access the knee joint with fewer cuts into the surrounding muscle tissue, thus affecting a shorter operating (under an hour) faster mobility and an "easier" recovery time.
Even though I had a two year interaction, and a very good rapport with my primary orthopedist, I canceled my surgery there and made an appointment to see a less invasive TKR practitioner.
*Physical therapy is covered in the video part of my "New, totally revised TKR" blog after my second TKR.