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Offline mommann

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surgery surprise?
« on: January 15, 2005, 04:58:40 AM »
I am new to the board but am curious about  something.  I just had surgery for a torn meniscus 4 days ago.  There was no injury just wear and tear i guess I am 46. After surgery the doctor told my husband that when they got  in there with the scope they also found a torn cartilage on the outside of my knee.  Is it normal for this to not show up in the MRI?   Should my doctor have seen it ? It just did not sound right to me. I do not see the doctor for 5 more days so i am not sure what he will say but I know my recovery time has increased because  he told my husband that I would be  in this brace for 4 to 6 weeks.  Any advice on  recovery would be greatly appreciated too Thanks.

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Re: surgery surprise?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2005, 08:46:26 AM »
Hi, Im new here too but not to knee surgery.  I had an MRI last month and my surgery last week.  Guess what when he went in he found a torn ligament and torn meniscus that didn't show on my MRI.  From what I have been told a lot of your MRI results depend one the quality of the equipment and the ability of the person reading the scan down to the tech doing the scan.  So I guess I am just glad I trusted myself on this one and had him go and take a look.  I have been walking around with this mess for over a year and just thought I might be a little crazy when the MRI came back normal.  Now at least I feel Im not nuts and had a reason for all the pain I was in.  In my opinion you should not rely 100% on test and make sure you have a ORtho that will listen to you and is good at his job.  Im glad you are now on the road to recovery.  Happy Healing. (do those streight leg raises faithfully)

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2005, 08:51:01 AM »
Not ready to give up on hot legs and fun yet so I have to keep these knees rockin.  It would be hard to bellydance from a wheelchair.  I did do it with crutches this week and that was a little challenging and not something I will share with my surgeon yet.  I don't what to look the best looking and sweetest orotho in the states.  He is my savior and keeps me dancing.  Hugs to the best.  Cid
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Re: surgery surprise?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2005, 09:44:22 AM »
Here's a great link that can explain a lot--don't blame your doctor.  MRI's are far from fool-proof!  I actually considered them a waste of time, but the last one I had was awesome and showed lots of stuff.  It was brand new, with the latest software and equipment....

http://www.kneehippain.com/patient/mri/mri_fool.html

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Re: surgery surprise?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2005, 02:41:48 PM »
MRI's are NEVER 100% reliable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: surgery surprise?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2005, 04:14:47 PM »
Thanks so much for the reassuance It is just that this was actually the first time I have ever had surgery or medical problems of any kind I have been blessed with my health So all of this is so new to me.  I knew my ortho was the best in my area but he is at a university hospital and a resident actually performed the surgery so that just made me a little more nervous. I am amazed though at how little pain I have had I can't wait to get this knee back in motion It will be spring gardening time before you know it.  Thanks agaion everyone for the info.