Hi! I'm new here and this is my first message. I happened to find this website when i was googling information on where I should post.
I'm 26, just turned less then a month ago, and I've just been told I will be needing my 7th knee surgery. I guess I just want to vent, and get everything off my chest that I'm feeling, and asking questions about my upcoming new surgery and what to expect. My doctor told me today that this will be probably one of the most painful knee surgeries I have had to date.
Where to begin? When I was 15 I hurt my knee for the first time playing ultimate frisbee in P.E. I stepped on the edge of the turf and track and my left knee buckled to the side (like how your elbow bends). It instantly swelled up, and I blacked out don't remember actually falling or grabbing at my knee. I didn't go to the ER until after school was out. The doctor then looked at it and told me to go get a straight leg brace and to see my primary care doctor in two weeks. My doctor saw me two weeks later and did the ACL test. He sent me for an MRI and called me a few days later that I tore my ACL completely, as well as my lateral muniscus. He told me to take it easy, which I didn't know how to do because I played soccer ever since I can remember. Well my brothers soccer team had a soccer party and I was playing with them. I stepped wrong and then tore my medial muniscus. (I didn't find that out until i was actually in under the knife, my surgery was only supposed to be an hour and a half, and it ended up being three...needless to say my mom was freaked out when it was taking so long.) During the surgery they repaired both of my muniscui, as well as taking part of my patellar tendon and put it in place of my acl. I did the recovery. and went back to trying to be as active as possible (although I was told I couldn't play soccer ever again, and I haven't since then).
A year later I hurt it, doing I don't know what and had to have another surgery for my lateral muniscus.
One year after that I had surgery to remove scar tissues.
Two years later I had to remove a 1/4 of my lateral muniscus.
A year after that I had surgery to repair my medial muniscus.
Five years, or four months ago I had another surgery to do an acl graft. The "acl" i had ruptured on the back side. They couldn't do any other repairs, all though there was other damnage. But I was starting to bleed a lot (I have a bleeding disorder, low platelets so I bleed easily) So rather then doing a blood transfuission they closed my knee up.
That night, my knee started to spasm and I had a lot of pain. Two months after I had surgery my knee still felt like it was giving out on me, as well as still needing to take pain medication. I also needed to get a shot of prednisone/pain medication into my knee. Two months later (today) I had two get two more shots, and my doctor said if at my 6 month check up I'm not doing any beter, or I'm still taking pain meds, or if its still giving out on me that I will be needing another knee surgery. He also said that at the rate I'm going to just expect to have the surgery within a few months. He told me I will be having a medial meniscus transplant, as well as a medial femor chondyle osteochondral allograft transplant. He also me that if after 6 months after this next surgery if its not better I will be having a knee replacement that this next surgery is a last ditch effort to make my knee better.
So I guess my question is has anyone been through this many knee surgeries? And has anyone had either a medial meniscus transplant, or a medial femor chondyle osteochondral allograft transplant, or both?
I feel broken I guess you could say. I'm sad, and depressed. I broke down crying when my doctor told me this today. He told me not to expet to run ever again. or really do anything. Sorry for making my first post venting. Its just a lot to take in especially because of the nature of my surgery and I will probably have to have a blood transfussion.
Ugh I'm overwhelmed!