Hi. I was diagnosed with a giant cell tumour in my left femur 3 years ago, fortunately with no recurrence. The tumour was aggressive, undiagnosed for 6 months, but luckily benign, so no chemo needed.
I need to know about recovery from a part femur replacement, and this is the only site where I have found people having this operation. I'm 38.
On diagnosis 3 years ago, I had the end of the femur 'repaired' with cement, but there was not much bone left, only a couple of millimeters in one place. My muscles were not affected, luckily. I have had to endure a few operations to keep the joint going, and I also fractured the femur in a minor fall and had a 40cm plate fitted.
The joint finally became unviable and I had the lower part of my femur amd knee replaced a couple of weeks ago.
Having had 5 previous operations, I was not prepared for the pain and also the stiffness in the joint.
My worry is that I left hospital last week with a 60 degree bend and 100 on a passive machine. This is now down to 50 and my knee feels very stiff. Is this normal and will I regain the bend? I feel like there are bits sticking inside, restricting my movement, which I did not have when I left hospital.
I'd like to hear of other people's experience of getting back on their feet following similar replacements and how long things took. I have not had good mobility for the last 2 years (since I broke the leg), but have managed to get around unaided but with a limp.
I'm totally reliant on cructches at the moment.
The pain is not too bad and I'm off the morphine and on stronger 'over the counter' painkillers. Nothing compared to walking with a tumour in your leg! That was painful!.
Still, I remain optimistic as always.
I'd like to hear about similar recoveries.