For what it is worth.. I was told in post op I would need a TKR. Plus I had drilling in the femur to produce a blood clot. That would form a third rate cartlidge .. You know the kind on chicken bones. The shiny stuff and the partial meniscus removal
I am 36 and think this is a life lesson on what its like to be disabled or elderly. Who gets to see it so young. When I heal from my TKR I want to say.. Yep I am good now.. and I can only hope it's the end of my struggle on this leg.
Now .. right now . I want to just cry . its 3:30 in the morning and I cant sleep again.
Hi ya KDIG
I feel your pain, I just posted in the PKR board... I know what you are going through... I F$%#ed up my knee Jan 05 playing ice hockey with my son (5yr old at the time so it wasn't hard or nothing like that) the knee just came apart and the worst part was it chipped the end off of the lateral femoral condyle. It is hard to get the surgeons to listen to you isn't it?
I went on the waiting list for a OA Allograft. After almost a year got a tissue match and had the surgery. Everything seemed to be going great for about 4 months... then lots of popping locking, etc, etc... went through PT AGAIN... Got worse... Got scopped... The chondrocytes apparently were not viable and have started delaminating. I went from Grade 0 lesion to Grade IV in 6 months (*only 4 months of use) and now the tibia plateau has a matching lesion... The only option I was presented with was a Partial Knee Replacement... Here is the kicker, they said I was too young (37) for a PKR, by the end of this year the graft will have totally failed and I will likely have kissing lesions by spring...
I have appointments for 2nd and 3rd oppinions.
It sucks to be in our prime and be hobbled. I don't want to be able to play hockey again, I just want to be able to go to costco without gimping arround and needing pain meds...
I feel your pain KDIG...