The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Seline on July 31, 2004, 10:30:13 PM

Title: loose cartilage
Post by: Seline on July 31, 2004, 10:30:13 PM
Hi, I'm 17 and have osteochondritis dissecans. I've had 2 MRI scans and an op (arthroscopy) on my knee already. 5 weeks ago noticed a lump appearing on the side of my knee when i bent down. According to doc its a loose piece of cartilage and i'm now having another op to remove it. Does anyone know how long healing will take, and will i be in plaster or anything?
Title: Re: loose cartilage
Post by: dm on July 31, 2004, 11:50:09 PM
I'm guessing you're having an arthroscopy. If all they do is take out the loose piece, you should be able to fully weightbear in about 2-3 weeks, as a safe guesstimate. everyone's different. i had one arthroscopy where all I had was a trim of a hangnail tear, and didn't even have crutches, and have had other arthroscopies where it took 2-4 weeks to get off the crutches. So, it varies a lot.