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Offline sarucci

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major knee stiffness
« on: August 20, 2006, 05:27:12 PM »
I've had two surgeries in the past 6 months, the most recent one was a high tibial osteotomy and acl reconstruction.  I'm 5 months post op and, while my knee has pretty good range of motion, it is SO stiff.  It feels like it has to be oiled like the Tin Man!!  I'm wondering if there's pain/stiffness because it still has one degree lag on straightening and this limits my gait pattern.  I'm also aware that it will feel tight/painful due to the fact that I haven't used the knee/leg much over the past 6 months (since the initial injury).

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Thanks!!
ACL 3, MCL 2+, LCL, Meniscal Tear- February 2006
Scope= 40% meniscal removed- March 2006
High Tibial Osteotomy, ACLR- July 2006
Healing Time- NOW (post surgery)
...  looking forward to golf & yoga
28 y/o ex-varsity soccer player

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Re: major knee stiffness
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2006, 11:33:13 PM »
I've had two surgeries in the past 6 months, the most recent one was a high tibial osteotomy and acl reconstruction.† I'm 5 months post op and, while my knee has pretty good range of motion, it is SO stiff.† It feels like it has to be oiled like the Tin Man!!† I'm wondering if there's pain/stiffness because it still has one degree lag on straightening and this limits my gait pattern.† I'm also aware that it will feel tight/painful due to the fact that I haven't used the knee/leg much over the past 6 months (since the initial injury).

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Thanks!!
I can relate to your problem. I had three knee surgeries in a  year on the same knee. . 1. arthroscopy. 2 Partial knee replacement.
 3 TKR. I am 8 months post op and still have a lot of stiffness but some days it is a lot better then others.  The more surgeries you have the longer it takes to heal as more scar tissue builds. I've heard the stiffness is the last to go and to just keep the knee moving and don't give up.  Also keep up some form of exercise whether it be the recumbant bike, water therapy etc, even practice going up and down steps right. Anything to keep it bending. The stiffness will go away in time but it takes time and you are also still healing.

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Re: major knee stiffness
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2006, 06:52:51 AM »
The stiffness and pain a pretty annoying, but I will never give up!  The stationary bike is heaven sent!!  It always helps loosen my knee.

I can't believe that you had to have a partial and then a total knee replacement!  Did they change their mind after?!   :(  Best wishes for continued healing!
ACL 3, MCL 2+, LCL, Meniscal Tear- February 2006
Scope= 40% meniscal removed- March 2006
High Tibial Osteotomy, ACLR- July 2006
Healing Time- NOW (post surgery)
...  looking forward to golf & yoga
28 y/o ex-varsity soccer player

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Re: major knee stiffness
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2006, 10:36:46 PM »
The stiffness and pain a pretty annoying, but I will never give up!† The stationary bike is heaven sent!!† It always helps loosen my knee.

I can't believe that you had to have a partial and then a total knee replacement!† Did they change their mind after?!† †:(† Best wishes for continued healing!
Actually the Doctor who did the Partial changed his mind and decided to do a Partial instead of a total at the last minute. I ended up going to another Doctor who did the Total and said I should never have had a Partial. I don't think the first Doctor knew what to do.
Here is my story if you would like to read it.

MY STORY

My OS sent me to† Pain Specialist for my back as I was constantly complaining about my back. An MRI revealed I had Spinal Stenosis.† I had complained about my knee to my OS but he was sure it was because of my back that I was having the pain. Afrer going to the Pain Specialist for awhile and the knee not getting any better the pain specialist told me that I had a knee problem and that was not his specialty and I needed to talk to my OS about it. I went back to my OS and he said I needed to strengthen the muscles and sent me to PT. I went to PT for a couple months but the pain just kept getting worse. I quit PT and went back to see my OS and he ordered an MRI. The MRI showed I had a torn meniscus. He said I needed an arthroscopy to correct this. When he did the arthroscopy he said the cartridge was hanging on by a thread but that my knee was also filled with arthritis and looked pretty bad. He did a debridement. He wanted to send me to PT again but I said I would do it on my own. As time went on I noticed I couldnít put any pressure on my knee to stand. I called the OS office again and once again he told me I need to go to therapy.† After going to therapy a couple more months and the pain continued to increase, I went back to my OS. This time he said he tried all the conservative treatments and since nothing worked I need a TKR. I went through all the preop stuff which takes sometime as you knee and a week before my surgery he took another x-ray, now remember Iíve already had an arthroscopy where he was inside my knee and is a much clearer picture then an x-ray. In fact an x-ray was the first thing I ever had done that didnít show the problem.† A week before the surgery on one last visit to his office he said to me ďIíve looked at you x-rays again and I hate to do a TKR if you tore the cartridge again. This made me so mad. He wanted to start over. I had done nothing to tear the cartridge again. In fact the pain was so bad I had to quit my job. I told him that I was not going to wait until I had one foot in the grave to have this done, and the surgery was back on. Seconds before I was wheeled into surgery my OS came to the holding are with some pictures of Partial knee replacements and told me ďhe looked at my x-rays again and he feels I could get by with a Partial knee replacement. I was in no position to argue and told him I trusted him to do what was right. Never once was I free of pain in fact the pain still continued to get worse until I could hardly walk.† I went back to him every 2 months for the next 8 months complaining that I was still in so much pain. He wouldnít give me anything for pain and he continued to ignore me. He told me to swing my leg often to work the arthritis away from my kneecap. How idiotic can you get? Finally I had it and after 14 years I told this Doctor where to go and went for a second opinion. The new OS said the prosthesis had come lose and that I should never have had a Partial as the arthritis was too advanced.† Nine months from the date of the Partial I had a TKR, which I am still recuperating from but getting there. The other Doctor screwed me over so bad that he made my recovery from the TKR more complicated.† Anyway thanks to that other Doctor I had three operations on the same knee within 10 months.
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