TRICIA ONEILL STORY:
Having been born with bad knees; at 13 doctor’s performed reconstructive surgery on both of my knees. We were told then that someday both of my knees would have to be replaced.
June of 2007, I had a right total knee replacement that went horribly wrong! The doctor put in a knee replacement to big for my bone structure and tried fixing it with multiple manipulations.
June 2008, I had my first revision of the right knee at the University of Iowa, but unfortunately my knee scared up from all the trauma and I was no longer able to bend my knee as a result. I started walking with a bad limp which put a ton of strain on my hips and back.
October 2017, revision #2 was performed at the Mayo Clinic and within six months I was completely scared up once again. I was told nothing else could be done for knee.
January 2019, for my own peace of mind I needed to hear one last nothing can be done to.fix your knee. Instead I was told an above the knee amputation of the right leg was my best course of action.
February 2019, met with the surgeon that would be performing the amputation and was told the ball was in my court and to let them know when I was ready to move forward.
The next 6 months of my life was spent contemplating how it all led to this.
August 15, 2019, doc I’m ready. I can’t take the pain any longer. It had been a long 12 years of pain since the original surgery. I was informed surgery schedule was about 8 weeks out.
August 20,2019, doc called said we have an opening for surgery, does August 30, 2019, work? Wait what, that was ten days away. The decision had already been made, so I trusted the timing and decided it was best to not sit and contemplate it for the next 8 weeks.
“August 30,2019, I had an above the knee amputation of the right leg. I have certainly encountered bumps along the road to recovery, but I haven’t looked back since that day.
Pain free and back to being me and the things I use to love to do.”