Surgery scheduled!

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Following X-rays of both knees and both hips, David saw his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cass Nakasone, at Straub yesterday.  The doctor reviewed the X-rays and tested David’s left knee for flexibility.  He decided that total knee arthroplasty (replacement) would be appropriate, so surgery on David’s left knee has been scheduled for October 23.  David is very relieved, because he was afraid that it would be postponed until next year.

Dr. Nakasone told him that 99% of the time, surgery is successful.  But, 1% of the time it is not, and when it is bad, it is very bad.  To minimize the risk for infection, the following procedures are banned prior to surgery:

  1. No dental work, including routine cleaning and check up, 1 month prior to surgery and up to 4 months after surgery.
  2. No other invasive procedures within 6 weeks prior to surgery.
  3. No steroidal visco supplement injections to the affected site within 6 weeks prior to surgery.

Dr. Nakasone said that if the left knee is okay following surgery, he will operate on David’s right hip.  Then, after that, he will operate on the right knee.  Chances are that if the left knee improves, surgery on the right side might not be necessary.

Fingers crossed that all goes well for David.

16 Responses to “Surgery scheduled!”

  1. Christine Says:

    Fantastic news! Interesting to know all the prep required.

  2. Christine Says:

    Gorgeous flower arrangement today!

  3. DJan Says:

    That’s very good news. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all will go well for David.

  4. Olga Says:

    Now, the question is, will you be able to keep up with your new man? 😉

  5. Mary Flora Says:

    I had my right knee replaced over 4 years ago – no complications. The left knee gave me many problems before the surgery – now – it is fine and I may not need surgery at all. I am 70 years old.

  6. Joanne Says:

    All will go well; follow the doctor’s orders.

  7. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Very interesting. I appreciated the comments regarding invasive procedures. I put off dental, camera capsule endoscopy, etc. until after my surgery and in September. Hopefully, David will have a good recovery and I too. I will think of him. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Sylvia Thompson Says:

    Love the both of you! Best wishes! Syl

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    It’s good to have a plan in place now.

  10. Linda Starr Says:

    sounds like a very thorough surgeon, good luck to David

  11. LC Says:

    That is good news. May all go smoothly.

  12. scenenotspoken Says:

    Although David still has a few months to await his surgery, it’s good to know all the details up front Gigi. Hoping all goes well for him.
    FYI I am commenting with my WordPress ID because the blogger one was not working correctly for some reason…Beatrice of the Frog & PenguINN

  13. Suzanne Says:

    Good luck! Hopefully this will the right side too..

  14. Tom Sightings Says:

    My sister had her knee done, and was so happy about it, she had her other knee done as well. She did allow that the post-op physical therapy was tough; but well worth it in her opinion. Right now, she’s hiking in England. So anyway, best of luck to David!

  15. granny annie Says:

    It is extremely rare to hear of anything going wrong with these procedures. I liked Olga’s comment because you are getting a “new man”. Hope you guys won’t have to run any races after this. God Bless:)

  16. Beatrice Says:

    Oh well, all this health issues! I don’t know if I will ever get over it?!!
    My dad was rushed to emergency recently and we almost lost him, so my time was completely occupied again.
    Hope all the best for David!!!!
    I am so in hopes for some better times now 【ツ】

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