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Offline stoplimping

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Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« on: November 24, 2004, 04:44:14 PM »
Hi all, I need some advice on my dear Old knee.  Well it might as well be old :'(  

I had a car accident in 2002 and suffered at the scene 'Dashboard injury'  No idea what that means but  my knee went from happy, functioning normality to swelling and incapable.

3 months ago I had an arthroscopy on my left knee.  The MRI showed extensive damage.  The surgeon who  does not communicate very well,  preformed it and said while I was still merrily under the influence of the anesthetic the knee was badly damages and worn.  He cleaned out somethings and injected steroids into my my bones I believe, but he said a lot more apparently but I don't remember anything.  Sleep and that blissful post op feeling was very persuasive. :D

Well my knee operation things have not improved if anything is now worse than before.  It's  painful on both sides of the knee, well all over it to be honest. Swollen, full of fluid and movement is stiff, limited, no kneeling or squatting and straight leg hurts like hell, slightly bent is lovely, It is also very badly clicky among other things it does at times.

Having seen him again, and still he less than wiling to part with information about what is or is planned.  I know I am to have an aspiration and more steroids pumped in.

Can anybody tell me what it will involve and will I be like post aspiration?  He said a day case but I was one of them last time though overnight case was what he meant.   Will I be walking ( pirate style which is normal for me at present, only I'm missing a flag, the outfit and the parrot  ;D )  or will I be back to hello knee let me re-re-introduce you to the foot and thigh again?

I had a knee block with my arthroscopy first time and that took nearly a week for all my motor functions to return.. Over 2 weeks before I could really walk and just  a month later to drive, knee willing that is.  I was bandaged up for 2 weeks  and given exercises to do  to keep the movement(what movement ha ha   ::) )  going.

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Re: Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2004, 12:32:52 AM »
Hey !!

If your doc doesn't explain everything to you you should consider change doc and make a second opinion. I would never ever let a doc touch my knee if I don't know what the doc will do. Wish you the best of luck !!

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Re: Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2004, 03:25:22 PM »
I have had my knee aspirated on several ocassions. It basically involves a rather large needle inserted under the knee cap, with a syringe to draw off the fluid. A steriod is then injected (usually through the same needle to prevent having to jab another in). For me, the process hasnt been too painful, more uncomfortable with a tremendous urge to kick out at the person doing it to you! The more thickened your tissue is, the more painful it may potentially be due to more force being required. It just takes a minute and is over before you know it. Some Drs will inject a local anesthetic first, but some dont as it is yet another needle.
The fluid should be clear, pale yellow (like Chardonnay according to my Dr who then informed me that mine looked like scrumpy cider).
I could walk normally straight afterwards, and within a few hours the swelling went right down - bliss. However, in my experience it has never lasted (3 months max). Also, you shouldnt do too much for a day or so, otherwise the injected steroid may disperse.
You may like to check that you are not having a lavage. This also is usually a day case, but involves the knee being washed out.
Hope this helps, and good luck
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Re: Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2004, 10:10:32 PM »
I have had my knee drained twice post op so far.  The OS first numbed it with a very small needle.  It stung, just a little.  Then drained it,( 2 1/2  large tubes full), then put cortisone in it.  It felt much better afterwards.  It felt very "full" since he had injected it with cortisone, but it did help alot.  Good luck!
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Re: Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2005, 02:31:50 PM »
Thanks. Mine arrived and went and my knee is no better and I have now been written off by the then physio.  I am now left in the air regarding any further treatment as the doc said I had to wait until 2007 to see of the knee went back to normal or is left as it it is now worse than useless. ??? :'(

I have a degenerate knee.  which I think in layman's terms is the knee is weak and useless. Now by back/hips has gone, my bad knee won't straighten out and my good knee is struggling so somebody shoot me now or throw me a bag before my bits all fall off. :D
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Re: Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2005, 02:45:51 PM »
I think you need a second opinion. You cannot be expected to live with the frustration of not having a good knee OR having it explained to you. He should be able to tell you the extent and location of the damage to your knee. If your doctor does not explain properly, I would suggest he/she may be unsure and not willing to admit it. How easy is it for you to find another knee specialist??

You shopuld also have access to the records taken at the time of your arthroscopy, which may tell you a little more. Was the knee okay after you recovered from the initial injury, because 3 years is a long time to get the knee first scoped. If the damage was from the initial injury that's one thing, but if it's wear and tear from lack of treatment since the injury, tha'ts another.

You need a doc who can deal with an older injury and possible scar tissue issues, (I would have thought in my non-expert opinion).

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Re: Advice sort for impending Knee Aspiration.
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2005, 02:48:58 PM »
I was in a car accident in 2001 and I also hit the dash. I have had 4 knee surgeries since then.
The thing that puts a red flag up for me in your situation is that your dr will not talk to you. You really should get a second opinion. None of my surgeries have made me "well" again. I dont think that I ever will be. I do have a surgeon who will talk to me and explain what is going on. I did damage my other ankle (left knee, right ankle, 2 surgeries on that one) but now my "good" knee is shot. I also suffer from back pain from walking strangely favoring the pain.(different days, different leg hurts worse). IT really does get old.

I would definately get another opinion. 2007 is a long way off.

good luck
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