The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: maddo1 on March 08, 2011, 02:40:58 PM

Title: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: maddo1 on March 08, 2011, 02:40:58 PM
Hi, Not sure if anyone can help me but its worth taking a shot. I have shmidtz which is a type of dwarfism that effects the long bones (legs), It causes bowing of the tib/fib. Because of the bowing the cartlidge in my right knee disintergrated and caused a hole 10mm by 11mm. I had a microfracture on Thursday of last week and have been told to be nwb for 6 weeks, this is where the problems start :(. The first two days on the crutches were not too bad the usual aches and pains of muscles not used for a while but as I am putting more weight through my left leg that one went last night with an almighty crack and grind :o. I can't afford to have the left knee kerjiggerd. Is there anyone who has had a MF and gone on to PWB after a short while with some results? I can't walk on the crutches at all today as the left knee won't take it. At physio tomorrow was thinking of asking for a wheelchair but pretty sure you have to be assessed first (red cross turned me down due to slipped disk) which takes approx 6wks. Hope somebody can help as it's now pretty painful :'(.

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: maddo1 on March 09, 2011, 11:44:43 AM
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: KW on March 09, 2011, 05:15:27 PM
Call and talk to your os. It is going to depend on the exact location of the defect as the clot that forms after the MF is very delicate.

It also may be possible for your os to arrange for the necessary equipment to make this NWB period more comfortable.
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: Jill M on March 09, 2011, 09:27:54 PM
Usually the OS has specific instruction for NWB for adequate healing.
As KW said I would contact you OS and tell them of the pain you are experiencing with your other knee and you need a w/c for mobility. If the MD writes a presciption or certifies a need for the equipment then hopefullly you will be able to get it
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: maddo1 on March 14, 2011, 07:40:00 AM
Thank you for replying, spoke to os and its a no go for a wc  :'( unfortunatly you need to have an assesment which takes upto 6 weeks so I will be off the devil sticks by then. My other knee is the damage is done now it is so painful so looks like more surgery ahead. I knew having MCDS (short abr for my condition ) would cause damage eventually because of the bowing in the tib/fib but never expected it at such a young age (38) oh well keep calm and carry on I suppose ::)
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: Jill M on March 18, 2011, 12:28:31 AM
Sorry to hear that you were not able to get a w/c. I live in the US so if a MD writes a script most insurances will pay or rent one for you for a period of time.
I hope that the pain eases up for you as you recover.
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: Nettan on March 18, 2011, 07:40:30 AM
Wish you had lived in Sweden. Here you can rent a wheelchair without the need of a script for about $100 for a month.
Take care of you. Hope you're rehab goes smoothly and that the surgery is a success. Remember that it's slow going after a microfracture and you will probably endure setbacks. So be prepared for a long go. /Nettan
Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on March 18, 2011, 08:34:51 AM

you can rent them from an orthopaedic supplier for a relatively small monthly fee in the UK (and most European countries). I'm assuming that is where you are from some of the comments you made. Sorry if I'm wrong but it probably applies where ever you are. I could have done the same here in Germany if I had needed it.

I just rang up my nearest one and it was delivered to my house. I was in it for 3 months. They supplied an extended leg rest for my injured leg as I could no bend the knee (huge hip to toe plaster of Paris cast!). We returned it when I was out of the cast, but would have picked it up as well. They only asked for my height and weight as well as details of my injury and mobility needs - all done on the phone as I remember.

Sue  ;)

Title: Re: Microfracture & shmidtz
Post by: kittent1211 on October 08, 2011, 06:38:22 PM
I used a plain office desk chair with wheels on it to get around the house most of the time after my microfracture.  If you put weight on it too soon it will ruin the supper clot that is now forming in your joint.  I know being NWB is a HUGE HUGE HUGE pain and really difficult but if you put weight on it too soon the surgery will have been for nothing and you'll be right back in the same boat you were in to begin with.  I would talk to your OS about your concerns and also your PT.