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Offline david scott

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Loose body in the knee
« on: October 18, 2005, 09:40:55 PM »
Hello Everyone, it was around 8 months ago when I noticed my knee was constantly clicking, and also swelling up all of the time.  After a long wait I then saw a specialist who said I would need an MIR scan in order to see inside my knee.  After this was taken, I was told that a loose body had been identified in my knee, and that keo-surgery would need to be done in order to remove the loose body.  After the surgery had taken place, and the swelling went down on my knee, I then went back to the doctor who pretty much said that I would not be able to play any hard sport again such as football and badminton due to there being a small part of bone missing from the left of my kneecap on my left knee.  As I am only 23 I was wondering whether anyone has been in a similar situation and/or knows anything that I can do as this is really getting me down.  Would there be any point in me getting a second opinion?  Any feedback would be great,

Thanks,  David.

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Re: Loose body in the knee
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2005, 07:07:14 AM »
I would definitely get a second opinion, and be sure to get all of your medical records, surgical notes, video/photos--everything to do with your procedure.  And what is critical for you to find out is whether you have a chunk of articular cartilage missng or an actual chunk of bone.  Lots of talks 'talk down' to patients and oversimplify rather than explain the concept of articular cartilage (which coats the bones in the joint and helps everything move smoothly and without friction) vs. bone.  It really does make a difference in terms of your treatment and prospects, so try to get all the medical terms from your surgical notes and post them exactly as they are written. 

Here is a good, easy to understand passage on articular cartilage lesions or defects--distinct areas of deep damage.  This may or may not be what you have going on, but it's a start and could prep you for any discussions with your surgeon about the exact details of your knee situation.

Read all six sections--they are in very easy-to-understand language and will help point out an overview of your options.  http://www.steadman-hawkins.com/knee_chondral/overview.asp

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Re: Loose body in the knee
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2005, 10:54:30 AM »
I too was being let down by my semi-optimistic doctor.  I had a loose cartilage too taken out during my TTT/LR open surgery.  But the thing is that, you only had a simple surgery, so I agree with the other post to get a second opinion.   
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Re: Loose body in the knee
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2005, 01:16:34 PM »
I have had several surgeries for OCD (microfracture and now I am going for OATS).  About a year and half ago I had a loose body about a inch in diameter removed from right knee.  I however did not get the loose body taken out right away It started to affect me when I was about 23 and could actually make the loose body bulge out the side of my knee and I could push it around a little bit I went on like this for 3 years before getting it fixed.  I am now 27 and like I said earlier having another procedure done in hopes to getting my knee back to normal.  I to am told NO sports which stinks cause I have been playing them up until now and dealing with the pain.  I dont want to have the procedure done cause of the fact that I wont be able to play sports anymore and I can play them now, but was told by the doctor as well as several people on here that if I dont at my young age i will be having a TKR sooner than later and I sure dont want that.  I will be posting on here regulary about my pre-op and post-op expeirences in the arthritis section (OATS procedure topic) here at this site.

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Re: Loose body in the knee
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2005, 12:14:01 AM »
Thanks everyone, it just seemed that everytime I tried asking the doctor about the surgery that had been done and whether I would be able to do sport again, he would be really negative, I also asked for other options so that i could ease back into football and other sport but he said that it could make my knee worse in the long run.  As im only 23, I was hoping to be able to get on with the things that I enjoy after the surgery but that does not seem to be the case as ive not been able to play football for around 16months.  Thanks for all your feedback, much appreciated, I will definatley get a second opinion, do I ask for all of these documents and xrays etc from my current doctor?

Thanks again, David

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Re: Loose body in the knee
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2005, 09:58:45 AM »
If you are UK based then you dont need to ask for your records.  Your new OS will request your records when you have been referred to him, even if the hospital is in a different area, the same will happen if you have a private appointment.
I was told that I had to get a copy of my all my records for a private appointment, so I went to the expense of getting them.  When I got my appointment, I was told there was absolutley no need for me to get copies as the NHS file was automatically sent on to the OS.

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