I have three pages of physician surgery talk that are difficult for non-physicians to understand. But I can provide some information for you.
The can tell in the X-rays the huge difference in size of the old device and the new knee device. The sections of the knee device were created on a table in the operating room after the dimensions, etc. were determined. Cement was required to hold top and bottom of the device in my knee. That's the best I can describe for you.
I had described to my surgeon before the surgery the conditions I felt in my knee two years before my surgery. The doctor was relying on the X-rays and didn't realize how bad my knee condition was. The two major top and bottom bones were crumbled and had to be removed and replaced with device blocks and cones to fill the space. My knee cap was crumbled and had to be removed and replaced with another block. I required four units of blood to replace the blood that was lost during the surgery.
My physician saved my leg but it still hurt like hell!!! But I'm a determined old woman and wanted a repaired new leg no matter how much pain it caused. I'd been suffering severe pain for five years so a little more pain was nothing to bitch about.
NOW THE PHYSICIAN TALK:
"Spinal anesthesia. 142 minutes at 300 mmhg tourniquet time."
"OPERATION PERFORMED: Right knee revision with a LCCK size E femoral component with a 16-mm straight stem, a 15-mm medial distal augment, a 10-mm lateral distal straight stem, a 5-mm posterior medial augment, and a size medium right femoral diaphyseal trabecular metal cone; the tibial component was a size 5 tibial component with medial and lateral 20-mm augments, with a straight size 12 stem and a size medium trabecular metal tibial cone with a 17-mm LCCK polyethylene liner; the patella was a 38-mm all poly patella."
"FINDINGS: She had severe varus/valgus laxity and global laxity in the knee. She had severe synovitis secondary to polyethylene wear. The polyethylene component was a polished tibial component with a poly that was not attached. She had severe osteolysis throughout the femur, the tibia, and patella. Postoperatively, she had full extension. She flexed to 120 degrees. She had 2-mm each of varus/valgus laxity. She did require a lateral retinacular release for proper tracking of the patella, and she had some slight patella baja."
Did you understand any of the physician talk?