The Bee's Knees

The Bee's Knees

The $300,000 Knee (Lois and the knee replacement nightmare)

October 16, 2019

Knee Replacement Nightmare
In the past ten months Lois has endured a TKA, MUA, torn patellar tendon, full leg cast, and an arthroscopic surgery on her left knee. And throughout most of this time she faithfully visited her local clinic trying to get better. A true knee replacement nightmare for the bulk of 2019.
All that work, rehab, hardware, surgery time... added up to... well the $300,000 knee. Lois shares her story in part two of our interview, seven months later. Click the Play button above to hear our interview on The Bee's Knees Podcast with Lois.

In plain English, and in order:

* A total knee replacement
* Two months of rehab
* A knee bending procedure when recovery does not go well, called a Manipulation Under Anesthesia.
* In the MUA Lois' patellar tendon was torn (the connection from the knee cap to the shin bone)
* Patellar tendon repair surgery
* Six (6) weeks in a leg cast
* Three (3) months of outpatient rehab
* Arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue
* And finally, she thinks, the path to recovery.

At the time of this writing, 10 months after the initial surgery, Lois thinks she can put this surgery behind her. As for the insurance company, Lois' has early eclipsed the $300,000 knee price tag for her knee replacement. That's five times the typical cost of just under $50,000. Here is how it breaks down:

* Total Knee Replacement: $90,000
* Patellar Tendon Repair: $100,000
* Arthroscopy: $70,000
* Physical Therapy: $40,000
* Total: $300,000

Listen to Part One of Our Interview with Lois
In February Lois was scheduled to use the X10 for her MUA recovery. In fact we had an X10 machine in her home prior to the procedure, ready to go. And then there was the mishap in the MUA procedure. To hear Lois take us through her initial struggle immediately after her total knee replacement click here or on the picture.

The End to the Knee Replacement Nightmare
We're so thankful to Lois for sharing her story! Her road to recovery, while not typical, is a testament to a strong will, lots of patience, and a positive attitude. Keep it up Lois... you are almost there!