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Arthritis of the knees and lymphedema

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:26 am
by ppaesch
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has successfully had
knee replacements in the presence of leg lymphedema. I have had
lymphedema of the legs & pelvis for 20 years following a Wertheim
hysterecomy for cervical cancer, also radiation, and six years later
chemotherpy for a recurrence. I, of course, will pursue a conservative
approach if at all possible, knowing the many complications which could
occur with surgery.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:32 am
by patoco
Hi again ppaesch :)

Actually, I have heard of several people with lymphedema that have undergone, successfully, total joint replacements.

There are just certain precautions that should be followed.

Here are some pages on lymphedema and joint replacements and surgeries:

LYMPHEDEMA AND TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... cement.htm

LYMPHEDEMA AND TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... cement.htm

LYMPHEDEMA AND TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... cement.htm

Prevention and Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis with Arm Lymphedema

http://mylifewithlymphedema.blogspot.co ... tator.html

Lymphedema and Carpal Tunnel Surgery

http://journals.aol.com/patoco2/Lymphed ... edema/1184

Hope these can help.

Pat

Lymphedema & total knee replacement

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:08 am
by ppaesch
Once again, many thanks, Pat, for your kind assistance. I'm overwhelmed by the support & knowledge shared on this website.
I know that there is also a type of collagen injection which is certainly
a more acceptable approach than TKR surgery.