Several years ago, when I was still in "boom" with LTs and had to be admitted from one LT operation to the other at short intervals, I didn't worry about whether the many operations on both thighs would have any consequences , but I was glad to have successfully removed some LT again.
A few years later I began to have doubts as to whether the many LT operations had left damage to the inside of the thighs, e.g. in the tissue of the muscles or on the nerves or even on the arteries, when I got problems with my legs again and the LT were already removed?
For some reasons I got on top of the knee problems and after several examinations and some arthroscopies no relief were noticed, but the leg didn't went away, I should learn that a total knee replacement (TKR) would solve the problems. A preliminary examination, however, raised concerns about restoring leg mobility. The doctor found that the muscles or tendons were or even nerves were severely hardened and one or the other tissue were very likely damaged by the many LT operations. As a result, even after a TKR operation, the mobility will not change much even after long physiotherapeutic treatments.
Later after both TKR were performed, it became clear how right the preliminary examination was. First of all, it turned out that the blood circulation in the lower half in both legs was severely hindered and made various vascular treatments necessary.
"Balooning" didn't help to widen the veins. Ultimately, multiple amputations were the last result, after all options were tried. Firstly an upper knee amputation on the right leg and a year later on the left leg a lower knee amputation followed, in the hope to use the stump for a prosthesis.
But this wish didn't came true because a main nerve (peroneal nerve) formed a neuroma tumor in the stump. In both thighs , however, the consequences of the LT operations made noticeable through the shorting of both legs - especially the nerves - through pain.
Since the pain in the nerves don't change and only strong pain reliever medication is a "help". which the patient can't decide to do, the same amputation above the knee remains the last solution.
Consequently, a person affected by LT should remember this fact as a lesson when discovering multiple LT on the thighs or elsewhere, because if the tissue in a region is damaged by too many LT operations, it can have negative effects on the rest of the leg or other parts.
So be careful when removing LT too much in the same area!
His Honour Klaus
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