At $150/dose, it hardly seems you'd need to "get lucky in Vegas"!!!Use the money you'd save on the plane ticket to find yourself a good doc (Yes! they DO exist!) and to buy yourself a chance for a life without knee issues.
It's been 2 years since I saw the surgeons, and over 4 years since these symptoms started. I had never been in pain, just a lightly swollen knee with difficulty reaching full extension, stiffness, all made worse by loads like lifting or cycling.4 months ago, I gave up and had the anterior interval release. I was delighted to hear that the suspected problems were legit (synovitis, scar tissue, adhered fat pad, etc). I had zero pain post op, never needed pain meds. 2 weeks on crutches, and then a week or so of one crutch. Unfortunately, as I began loading the knee for rehab and even going up/down stairs, I developed pain. That has declined about 90% or more from the combo of time and strengthening. The bummer: the original symptom of a feeling of swelling in the knee has returned, along with a little visible swelling below the kneecap. By now, that quad is very atrophied.Both the surgeon and a second opinion agree that it's highly likely to be the fat pad. It is either inflamed or has regrown to where it was before. I have the highest respect for and trust in these guys. I just wish they had something I could do to improve. Rehabbing that quad is a good place to start, but how am I to rehab a weak quad without making the fat pad problem worse? I've tried, various PTs have tried, nothing works. Has anyone overcome a chronically inflamed fat pad?