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Offline sakboy

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Knee Pain!!
« on: August 19, 2005, 08:03:45 AM »
I've pretty much have had a bad knee for about 10 yrs now (I am 35). I have had 4 knee surguries, cartlidge injections and so on. For the past 1 1/2 yr's  my knee has got much worse, pain wise its tough for me to walk up stairs or even light runningis gives me problems. I've found myself a  new doctor after my old one said there's not much that could be done. The new doc seem's very good (orthopedic surgen for the Raiders) and has told me there is a new procedure out where he would take a bone plug from my tibia (injured due to a lack of cartledge) and replace it with a bone plug from a cadaver. he would attach the plug with screws and then give me a meniscus transplant or repair what I have in there. I have been on a waiting list for almost a year now waiting for a doner. My question is has anyone heard of this procedure and if so what kind of results should I expect, will I be able to still be active (sports), what kind of recovery time Im i looking at? Please any info would be appriciated.
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Re: Knee Pain!!
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2005, 08:28:50 AM »
Anyone?

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Re: Knee Pain!!
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2005, 08:59:04 AM »
I was thinking you were talking about OATS (osteochondral allograph transfer) or Mosaicplasty, until I read the bit about the screw.  Still, that's the closest thing I can come up with.  Basically, a plug of bone with the attached articular cartilage is taken from a donor knee and put into the damaged area of your knee.

There's tons and tons of information on this website and the Net in general on this--just look up "OATS" and "mosaicplasty" and cartilage restoration techniques.  It sounds like what you have is a chondral lesion or area of severely damaged articular cartilage....essentially, this is early osteoarthritis.

Here's a link on chondral lesions and a very brief overview on how to treat them--there are several cartilage restoration techniques, so you may want to talk to other doctors who do the other techniques.  Just a suggestion.
http://www.steadman-hawkins.com/knee_chondral/overview.asp

Info on meniscal damage and the implications:  http://www.steadman-hawkins.com/meniscus/overview.asp

A great overview of the knee and arthritis issues, including some of the other surgeries that deal with the problem of chondral lesions in younger patients: 
http://www.kneehippain.com/

Here is a page with links to lots of articles on articular cartilage restoration:  http://www.stoneclinic.com/index_artcart.htm

Also, check the main kneeguru.co.uk page on arthritis and attempts to address it.

Hope this information helps.

Heather

PS There is a whole section dealing with OATS and the other cartilage restoratiojn procedures--just go to the very bottom of the main bulletin board list of topics:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?board=32.0
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Re: Knee Pain!!
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2005, 07:01:11 AM »
Thank you so much for the info, hopefully I find what im looking for.















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