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Offline myduffknee

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How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« on: March 20, 2005, 09:22:26 PM »
Hi, My knee has given me some trouble off and on since I dislocateded it 18yrs ago.  I can function day to day OK but now at the age of 37 I want to achieve something more while I am young enough. 

I have started riding a mountain bike, just 3-6miles a couple of times a week but I have a desparate desire to train for something more. 

I get no real pain, just a feeling like throbbing or possibly swelling at the bottom of the knee (just below or under the bottom of the cap) but once its aggrivated it can last.

I did see a consultant once before who said my knee lacks a pronounced groove but recommended no treatment.  I never had a problem before I twisted it though and used to ride a bike quite a lot as a teenager.

My problem is how do I get to see a really good specialist who I can trust.  My local Doctors tend to be new to the practice and new to the country so I have little faith they will be able to point me to the BEST

 I had x-rays about 10yrs ago but no scans.  I live in the north midlands UK.

Any advice will be most welcome. 

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2005, 09:48:48 PM »
PS, I don't have a great deal of money but I do have health cover thru work.  Can I request to be referred to a certain specialist or does it have to be the local consultant?

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2005, 09:56:49 PM »
Sometimes you can look online, pick the state/province that you are in and they will give you a list of respectable names. The way I think most of us found ours is through word of mouth. Three teachers from my school reccomended I go to the OS that I am going to because they were SO pleased with him. He has about as much personality as a board but does a wonderful job during surgery. If you look around a bit I think you'll find a bunch of them in your area.
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2005, 11:06:12 PM »
If you can find out some nurses that work with the doctors in the hospitals, they might can help. I am a nurse and I couldn't tell someone anything bad about a doctor, but I could sure praise the ones I thought were best. So ask around. Good luck

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2005, 09:51:59 AM »
Hi there

A good way to start is to go to the "top surgeons" link on this site

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/html/names/europe/uk.html

and select some from your area.... then follow their links....read up their CVs...research them on the internet.. (DONT take the list for gospel tho it is verified by the site owner...the knee guru..and most are good on it) and after you have reasearched them...pick a couple who sound most suitable and get an appointment with them...

Your health insurance is VERY likely to allow you to pick the surgeon AND to allow you to get a few consultations initially..

Good Luck
Big bucket handle tear to lateral meniscus from sporting injury. Arthroscopy and meniscal repair carried out June 2004. sloooowwww recovery!!

2018 - torn medial meniscus in RH knee, partial extrusion. ongoing issues,

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2005, 09:30:58 PM »
Thanks for the advice.  After checking out the link I see there is a OS by the name of Nicola Maffulli near to me.  He seems well qualified and very active in the OS field. 

Unfortunately for me (but not for them!) I don't know anyone else who has had a similar problem treated so word of mouth does not help me.  Do we know who treats the top footballers?

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2005, 06:37:45 PM »
Hi :D

Have heard that Mr Angus E Strover Of the London Bridge Hospital Has a huge reputation for rebuilding knees blown to bits by bombs. (Northern Ireland etc)

I am seeing Mr Glen Vardi also of London Bridge. Watch this space tp see how it goes...

Good luck!!! :D
Arthroscopy in January. Follow up 22.2 05. MRI. Now awaiting ACL reconstruction and possible MCL and meniscus work on April 1st

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2005, 09:51:34 PM »
Hi,

I have just had my ACL reconstructed by Dr Glen Vardi at the London Knee Clinic, Top bloke, very good knows his stuff, OP went well, am still in pain a week after the OP but they had to do a 2nd graft as my hamstring was no good, so they used my quad... hense my lack of movement in my knee !!

But yeah Dr Vardi is very good !!

Regards

Barry
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Recon surgery in March 05

Back playing rugby after 7 months of hard work Oct 05 !!!

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Re: How do I get referred to a GOOD specialist?
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2005, 09:21:52 AM »
Thanks for that, Barry!

Makes me feel a little better about the whole thing!!! ::)
Arthroscopy in January. Follow up 22.2 05. MRI. Now awaiting ACL reconstruction and possible MCL and meniscus work on April 1st















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