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Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« on: November 22, 2005, 06:44:04 PM »
I will be 25 years old in a few days and am looking at my first knee surgery.  My knees have given me problems since high school.  I previously was a ballet dancer, and once I entered high school, I was a competitive springboard diver.  I am figuring that it was all the dry land training combined with the board work that did in my knee caps.  I have seen 2 OS's and they have both said that I have the knees of a 70 year old.  My right knee is hypermoblie with patellar maltracking and tilt.  So, I am scheduled for a LR with chondroplasty on Dec. 21.  I know I know...Merry Christmas.  The doctor wanted me off work for 3 weeks, but I have 13 days, then I have to go back to teaching grades 5-8.  I am also getting married in April, and just want to be able to walk down the aisle and dance at my wedding reception with out worrying about collapsing.  Does anyone out there think that either of these goals are reasonable?  Also, what has the pain been like for this procedure?  The OS, who is a knee specialist for the pro baseball team in my city said I will be on crutches for a while.  BTW, is a stationary bike a good idea for a Christmas present?  LOL :P

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2005, 07:24:13 PM »
Hi,

As far as pain is concerned, there is always a certain amount of pain with surgery, and usually, in my experience, you'll be getting pain anyway from the affected knee joint before the surgery. There are plenty of pain meds/anti-inflammatories etc out there and I'm sure you'll deal with the pain just fine.
You're getting married in April - CONGRATS! Your goals of being able to dance at your wedding reception is very reasonable. After all, you should be well in to your physio by then and hopefully even discharged if you do well. The trick is to push yourself to regain flexibility and muscle strength without overdoing things. You'll know instinctively if you do, and believe me - you'll only do it the once! If any physio exercises are unearably painful or just impossible then concentrate on other exercises. You can always go back to those you have trouble with.
I think you should "listen" to yuor knee as far as time off is concerned. I think you should take your doctor's advice and take 3 weeks off but if you really can't then 2 weeks won't be so bad. Just make sure you use crutches and put as little strerss through your knee joint as possible for a week or two when you're back at work. You should stay on crutches for as long as you feel you k=need them. Don't stop using them just because your doc says it's OK or because you're strying to rudh rehab. I came off crutches after TTT surgery far too early and ended up back at square one! Not a good feeling by any means.
A stationary bike is an excellent idea for a Christmas present. I doubt you'll be using it on Christmas day though. As your knee gets stronger you can use the bike without any resistance to increase flexibility/ROM. Then oce you have an increase ROM you can increase resistance and work on the strerngth element. Your physio exercises will promote this too.
Hope this is of some use to you.

Regards,

Laura.
Left knee surgery
08/06/02-L/Release
13/08/03-Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05-Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06-Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06-RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07-Excision of scar tissue
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2005, 08:30:53 PM »
Hi and congrats on the Wedding. 

I've had both LR and condroplasty.  From what I've learned on here, the young ones like you always bounce back pretty fast.  Just remember to take meds like directed.  Don't be tough and let even one slide, you will pay for it!  Keep your knee elevated and iced!  Both very important!  The swelling causes most of the pain.  Get some kind of icing machine.  It will save your family from always changing the ice and you will get better icing for longer periods.  Try to keep your quads as strong as possible before surgery.  They just disappear after.  If you are NWB, do what he says.  Make a lot of easy food like salads, fruit or something lite ahead of time.  Make sure you tell your doc to give you something for nausea with meds.  I got a little chair for the shower.  You can't stand for long.  Make sure someone is with you the first 3-4 days.  You won't be up for much.  Good Luck, and if I can help just let me know.

Cindy

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2005, 01:01:09 PM »
Thank you Laura and Cindy,

I talked to the OS and he said that I could expect to be on crutches for a few weeks and not to take this surgery lightly.  I was actually able to borrow a Cryo Cuff machine from a friend that had knee surgery.  My knees were hurting so much last night that I picked it up early and have been using it.  It is wonderful!  I am trying to come up with my questions and concerns to address with my OS pre -op.  One concern I have from reading the various postings is I have hypermobility, and I hear that LR can further compromise the knee if this condition is present.  I will definitely be speaking to him about that.  I hope that everyone has a good Thanksgiving.  It should be interesting trying to make the 4 hour drive to my parents' house in the snow.   ;D

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2005, 02:20:36 PM »
I had a LR and chondroplasty on my left knee in dec 2000 when I was 23. I was walking without crutches from day 0 and went back to work (Full Time nurse) 5 weeks after the surgery. I never  used painkillers and was back running 2 months post-op. So I don't see you will have much problems, surely not as you are young and sportive!

Good luck and congratulations on your wedding, you sure will be dancing and even will run down the isle!

Helena
Bilat patellar malalignment/PFdysplasia
00/06/83 L wrist #
11/12/00 L knee LR + chondroplasty
21/08/02 L knee TTT
02/03/04 L knee stretched PCL
11/09/07 L ankle dislocation/medial avulsion #
25/05/09 L ankle medial avulsion # AGAIN!
05/06/13 R ankle dislocation

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2005, 02:20:47 PM »
Hi, I hope you have a Great Thanksgiving also!  If you want to gather some questions to ask, you can go to the Post-op Diary section and read about other peoples experiences.  Mine is under the heading of:  " PT scheduled finally 5wks after LR,Microfracture,Chondroplasty abras. patella"  It is on about page 2.  I didn't put it under a very good title.  Was a newbie then.  Just look through all the sections, and try to find LR in the title.  Good Luck.  If I can help just let me know.

Cindy

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2005, 05:57:10 PM »
Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven't written in a long time.  I am a middle school choir teacher and a graduate student.  Of course my finals and concert fall within 6 days of one another.  The knee pain has been pretty bad lately.  Do you guys find that the weather severely impairs your mobility.  I can't decide if heat makes it better or ice.  Heaven knows that there is plenty of ice in Pennsylvania this time of year.  Are there any other coping suggestions other than the obvious that have worked for any of you?  Ibuprofen, heat, ice and compression are what I have tried.  Well, I have to go teach choir.  11 days until the big LR.  Take Care! ;D

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2005, 08:18:23 PM »
You forgot the REST in the RICE formula, but like most of us, that only happens when the pain gets too bad............

Hope you make it through this busy season.  By the way, I'm having a lateral release on 12/23 (Merry Christmas to me, too), so hopefully we'll both be doing better by Christmas.     Good luck--try some rest & elevation when you get a minute.  I even elevate my knee at night if it is hurting too bad--habit I got into after last surgery that still provides some relief for a while.

Pamela

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2005, 11:51:13 PM »
Well, I am 5 days post-op, and it really has not been so bad.  I am in pain that reqires some medicine, but I am mobile without crutches for short distances.  They sent me home with a polar care unit which is a godsend.  I began PT the second day after my surgery.  I go again this Thursday.  I am very glad that I have one more week off before  I go back to school.  My patella already seems to be tracking better and they found a ton of torn cartilage under my knee cap that they smoothed out and fixed.  All in all, I feel very positive about the whole thing.  I hope that all of you have had a happy holidays.  Talk to you soon! :P

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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2005, 10:04:14 AM »
Hey, glad you are doing so good.  Gosh, glad you are already getting PT.  That really messed me up.  I didn't get any for 6 weeks.  By then, I could barely move!  You said the OS's said that you had the knees's of a 70 yr. old, so when they got in there, how did it look?  I know you said that you had a bunch of torn cartilage under the knee, but did he say anything about grades?  Like Grade 2 or 3?  That would tell me how far down it was worn away.  Also, did they have to do microfracture on your patella to make more cartilage grow?

Wishes for a fast recovery!  Looks like you are already on your way.

Cindy

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2005, 05:59:53 PM »
Hi, and welcome back..I had same surgery on the 19th..se my psot ..did I get an LR or not...I start my PT tomorrow..pilates reformer..I'm feeling great and plan to get back to teaching ballet on the 3rd of January..don't know how much I'll be able to dance, but I can stil demonstrate pretty well..able to stand fully on leg and plie a bit..can do full on passe , but my developes are still choppy..but then again it's only been a week..I'm in no pain and don't do any ice at all..just arnica for the bruise which almost gone..stitches coming out Friday and the party hardy all weekend..Happy New Year..and are you ready for the big day in April...

hilde
ps..sewing bridemaids dresses for a friend today..6 of them has to be finished before Jan 8th...fun fun
born with bad knee
83 patella ligament pierced by iceicle
84 50%  hamstring rip
86 lateral meniscus tear
more dance 
99 menisectomy(finally)
more dance
patellar & quad tendontis
05 LR, bonespur removal, general clean out, stage 4 OA
oct 06 illiophoas release( hip ok) but knee still bad...

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2005, 05:57:32 AM »
Hi Cindy and Hilde!

I miss ballet...I hope to get back into it someday.  I am not sure of the grade of the degeneration, as I have not actually spoken to my OS yet.  My post-op is on the 5th.  I did not have to get the microfracture, thank goodness.  I had a bit of a set back.  I have developed a large amount of fluid on my knee, and so now I am back on the couch with double ace bandages on for compression with lots of icing.  I guess I did a little too much too soon.  Now my PT does not want me going back to work on Tuesday, but I have no choice.  It should be interesting to see how this pans out.  I am just hoping that it reabsorbs so they do not have to drain the knee.  I am really not a fan of needles. 

My fiancee has been wonderful throughout this whole ordeal.  He is always asking what I need.  I have seven bridesmaids, but they ordered their dresses.  I think if I had asked my mom to sew them she would have stangled me.  Here's to dancing at my wedding, and then most likely I will have the left knee done after our Honeymoon.  Take Care and I will let you know what the OS says when i see him.

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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2005, 03:31:41 PM »
Sorry, to hear about the setback.  I did have to have mine drained, about 1 week post op.  It's really not that bad.  Don't wait too long to have it done.  The earlier they can do it the more they will be able to get out.

It's been 24 years since my wedding.  I had a large wedding party also.  Too tell you the truth, I don't remember a whole lot of it.  Just Mitch and I.  Try to really take it all in.  And Make sure you get a good photographer!  Mine lost 3 rolls of film.  Luckily my Husbands Aunt was taking pics also.  It's not the same, but at least I got them.  It goes so fast, for how long it takes to prepare. 

Keep us posted.

Cindy

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Re: Lateral Release and Chondroplasty
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2005, 06:35:10 PM »
Wedding..so much fun...didn't have one...a big one that is..went to Vegas..it was Valentines 1994..didn't tell anyone..CBS  was doing a story on weddings in Vegas and we ended up on the news..most of our friends thought it was really cool, some not...but they sent gifts for months after...regarding knee..still doing great..pilates went great...got stitches out yesterday..walked alot ..too much..so today I'm a little tired...ITband tight..otherwise a ok...still planning to teach on Tuesday...so Happy New Year and cheers to dancing at your wedding...

hilde
born with bad knee
83 patella ligament pierced by iceicle
84 50%  hamstring rip
86 lateral meniscus tear
more dance 
99 menisectomy(finally)
more dance
patellar & quad tendontis
05 LR, bonespur removal, general clean out, stage 4 OA
oct 06 illiophoas release( hip ok) but knee still bad...















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