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Offline andrew1cohen

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Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:48:48 am »
Hi:
I have a very bad bone bruising   in my right knee (diagnosed by Ortho via MRI), limited to my medial compartment. Cartledge  is very thin (diagnosed via MRI and scoping last year). I have significant pain on activities like waling more than 1-2 blocks, stairs etc. I was a long term runner.  I'm also a very serious skier.

I need a partial knee -- I know that. Orthopod offered a Subchondroplasty as a stop gap for this winter, so i can ski (I have a 10 year old, we ski 25-35 days each winter). I know i could 'just take it easy' -- but that's not what I'm asking about.

Question is: Does anyone with experience with Subchondroplasty, as a patient or Dr think if i get it done next week, that i will be able to ski hard by late January (75 days). I'm in shape and good to go otherwise.

Thank you in advance for your input and ideas!!!

-a

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Re: Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 02:25:29 pm »
I'd also like to know the answer to this question!

If you do get it done...could you please post your experience?

Thanks

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Re: Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 05:59:10 pm »
anyone out there have experience with Subchondroplasty and athletes? I'm scheduled in a week from Saturday!! Thank you in advance,
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Re: Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 06:21:58 am »
Hi Andrew
How did the surgery go?  I'm looking into it myself.  I'm 44, have a grade 1-2 OCD lesion in my medial femoral condyle of left knee.

Been bugging me for 1 yr during which I was hoping conservative treatment would help.  But nothings changed

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Re: Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2018, 05:05:21 pm »
Little late...

Professional Ski Patroller (120+ days a year-Timberline, Mt. Hood, Oregon)...
Had Subchondroplasty Dec 28th--it is now 3 weeks later, and I should be skiing next week (month-post op)

Comments.... GET A NERVE BLOCK--I only did the "local" (wears off after 8-12 hrs)..I have an EXTREMELY HIGH pain tolerance, however the pain I had on days 2-3 was an 8+...
Recovery has been slower than any other procedure I have had done (HTO-High Tibial Osteotomy), and ACI-Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation).

I am cautiously optimistic that this will be a well-worth-it surgery--I will keep you updated.

Charlie

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Re: Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2018, 03:50:05 am »
That sounds really painful.  What kind of injury did you have and is it typical that people can start doing activities 1 mo postop?

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Re: Subchondroplasty for a hard core skier
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2018, 03:51:50 pm »
My own subchondroplasty surgeon stated full recovery at 4 months.   Curious what other surgeons are saying, would be interesting to know. At one month I was still having severe pain just walking around at work......everyone is different though. 
2007 - partial medial meniscectomy
2010 - full thickness chondral defect & adjacent subchondral edema MFC.   Direct result of stupid partial mensicectomy from 2007.
2014 - Subchondroplasty, chondroplasty, unauthorized 2nd partial medial meniscectomy.
2015 - partial failure of subchondroplasty.