"Severe pain after knee replacement"

About: Ayr Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Crosshouse Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Glasgow Royal Infirmary / Trauma & orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I had a partial knee replacement which was extremely painful for months afterwards and function worse than before the operation.

A total knee replacement was done 18 months later in 2006 which has left me worse off with constant severe pain, especially at night, and limited function.

I have seen 3 other consultants within the past three years who say nothing can be done with this knee and referred to Pain Management Clinic who have suggested medication to be taken at night. (Sometimes this helps but certainly not every night and I am not keen to increase the dosage.)

The original consultant was sympathetic and suggested I seek a second opinion at a hospital nearer to my home hence the following three consultations.

I am firmly of the opinion that no one else i.e. consultants 'want to know' or go back on someone else's work. Meantime I suffer with both knees as I dare not risk another botched job!

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Response from Craig White, Assistant Director, Nurse Directorate, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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I was sorry to read of your continuing pain and the negative impact of this on your quality of life.

If you think it would be helpful, I can arrange for you to receive some information on the range of care and support services available in Ayrshire and Arran to assist you in coping with pain.

Please contact me at Craig.White@aapct.scot.nhs.uk in order that I can arrange to put you in touch with colleagues who will be able to assist with this.

Best wishes


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