My name is David and I'm a 25 year old Canadian. Got drawn to this website after doing some research on a procedure that my orthopaedic surgeon was saying I will very likely need.
I've dealt with knee issues now for fully half of my life. Just before I turned 13 I had a pretty bad fall where I landed on my left knee and dislocated my patella. I remember being on crutches for a while and doing physio for the whole summer that year. I've had knee problems off and on since, but never gave much thought to it; kind of figured it was buggered but not causing me pain so best to not disturb it.
Last fall I started to lose weight, and the intensity of my workouts caused my knee to be very unhappy. I lost 30 pounds, but now my knee is worse than ever before. Most days I have a sort of dull ache in the joint. In the spring of this year my boyfriend had his hand on my knee and I extended my leg, he felt my kneecap move and he heard it make a grinding noise -- he looked horrified and made me promise to see a doctor.
After an XRay my regular doctor referred me to an orthopaedic specialist, who I met with for the first time yesterday.
He showed me the XRay and explained how very very wrong my knee was. Most people's knee caps are in the middle, mine is about 30 degrees off of where it should be and the patella subluxes just about every time I extend my knee. The ortho also pointed out a lump of broken cartilage that's floating around in my joint, it appears to be 2 cm by about 2 cm.
He's recommending surgery after I get additional XRays and a CT Scan done. He's talking about doing a MPFL Reconstruction.
Very happy I've found a place full of people who have been through similar!