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Offline Deadinmi

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Allograph Rejection?
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:22:04 PM »
So I had my surgery(medial patelafemoral ligament replacement and general cleanup) way back in august of 2005, and I'm a little over 6 months out. In theory, I should be happy and frolicking around, but I'm not. I was fine for a while, then I fell and hit my kneecap, and was reimmobilized, then told to move it or the OS would move it for me. I had full ROM by about Thanksgiving, and everything was going well. Then I started developing pain that my PT thought was tendonitis. It was horrible, we tried heat, ice, ultrasound, some patch thing I can't remember that I think starts with an A, and all of it didn't help. My OS told me the ligament was just thicker than the other and needed to get stretched into place a bit. Well, I had to quit PT, cus I couldn't do anything and we were trying resting, then the last time I was in there, I make it VERY clear to him that I can barely do day to day things. So he gives me a shot of marcaine for pain and a steroid that starts with an 's' and wasn't cortizone. Good lord did that hurt, he was like, lets put it right under the ligament. Well, thats still not helping and he mentioned that my body 'wasn't getting along' with my new ligament. He was like, if it was a kidney or liver, you'd be having surgery again... And then he said, well, most people's inflamation is gone by the 3-6 month mark, well, it's been more than 6. Anyone else been told that they are 'rejecting' their ligament? What happens now? Do I have to have surgery again? Is it going to stop hurting? Should I just chop my whole leg off and call it a day?   ;)
-Fran

I've come to the conclusion that listing my laundry list of things that happened to my knee isn't what people here need. What we all need is a nice lounge chair on a beach, some Jimmy Buffet, and some fruity drinks... So we can all work on our brace tans. 8)

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Re: Allograph Rejection?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006, 10:30:05 PM »
Check the soft tissue healing problems section for information on post-ACL problems.  Including arthrofibrosis (excess scar tissue, especially around the patellar tendon--often mistaken for tendinitis).  I feel like a broken record saying this stuff, so I won't repeat more here.

BTW, it's my understanding that your body does not reject ligaments like it would an organ.  I mean, you can react badly to the surgery, but your body isn't going to attack foreign tissue that is part of an allograft because it doesn't have a blood supply.  It could be that your OS was trying to give you an analogy that you could understand better, but....

If you want a second opinion, you might want to get it from a ligament specialist.  One who sees a lot of ACL recons gone bad.  If you want to post the general region where you live, someone can likely recommend a good 2nd opinion doctor.

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Re: Allograph Rejection?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006, 10:27:48 PM »
Hello, I just read you post, and was wandering how you are doing now?  I am on the waiting list for an allograft, adn I think you are the first person I have heard of having problems with it.  Is it still bothering you?  Where exactly are you from?  I have an awesome OS, andmaybe you could see him too, if you are not too far from here.  WHat was your surgery like?  Hospital stay?  PT?  How long were you non weight bearing?  On crutches?  Please answer if you would, I just have a lot of pre op questions, and am looking for some info from ppl who have had the same procedure.  Thanks, Lori ;D
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Re: Allograph Rejection?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2006, 10:32:25 PM »
Answering all your questions Lori...

I had absolutely no problems with my first allograph, and I'm thinking this isn't as much the problem with the graph, as it is with me. It is still bothering me, I'm at my end with patience about this knee stuff too. I'm from the Metro Detroit Area, in Michigan. My OS is great, he is kinda stumped too though. Surgery wasn't too bad, I said some rather interesting things to the really hot male nurse while I was all drugged up from the morphine after. But I was discharged and home same day. I started PT right after I got my staples out with my first knee, and about 14 days in on my second knee (they glued me). I was able to be weight bearing in a brace same day as surgery. I used crutches cus they were easier and I got sore sometimes. I got to start bending, up to 30 degrees, in my brace while weight bearing when I was released to PT. And the PT release was up to 90 degrees. PT was fine, lots of rubberband activities and riding the stationary bike, but not being able to go all the way around. Plus the multi-directonal leg lifts. All in all, I was completely released from PT in just over three months with my first knee, and then I had to quit at 6 months with my second. It's not a bad operation at all, I rather enjoy the ice machines too, but good luck to you.
-Fran

I've come to the conclusion that listing my laundry list of things that happened to my knee isn't what people here need. What we all need is a nice lounge chair on a beach, some Jimmy Buffet, and some fruity drinks... So we can all work on our brace tans. 8)















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