Saw my OS who did my microfracture in Oct of 2010, who in may of 2011 said the procedure had failed at that time, that I would need a graft to fill in the site where the MRI at that time showed a 1.1cm OCD lesion. Move on to march of 2012, and a new MRI is interpreted to say that there is evidence that the defect has filled in, the radiologist even thought I'd had an allograft - not. My OS says the MRI looks like the microfracture site finally has filled in - it's just taken an extra YEAR to do so.
However, he sees that I've retorn the remaining meniscus rim that I have in the medial side of my knee. He says that there's some meniscus on that side, its just all on the outer edge, because of all the prior damage the knee's had. He says the snapping I feel every time I stand up/sit down is a chunk getting caught in the joint, and when he did a physical exam - oh man it sure did hang up when he flexed the knee and pivoted my foot a certain way! He says that I need another scope to fix the torn bits and I should only need to be off work a week.
With what I've been reading about all the knee replacement recalls lately - seems like a bad time to do one anyway, even if they said that was what was needed. I was talking to someone in the store the other day, and they said they had a friend who just had a TKR, and the person's implant was a recalled implant - so now they have to have it redone.... that scares the whey out of me - to go through that and find out a week or so later they gotta do it over! Yipes!!! I'll live with mine a while yet, thanks.
I'm still gonna make an appointment and get another opinion about the condition of things... I'm still thinking I'm smart to do that... but it's looking like its a bad time to get a tkr right now if you can at all possibly wait....