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Posting your first message
« on: May 10, 2003, 03:20:59 AM »
Hi...I am new to the site and would very much like to post some questions, etc but don't see exactly where to click to post something. I went to the Help section and it says that to start a new thread to go the Board Index page...which page is this? Sorry, I'm sure this is probably quite easy and I am missing something right under my nose, but can someone help me? I had surgery 2 weeks ago and am dying to talk about some of what I am experiencing now! Thanks!
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Re: very computer illiterate---need help
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2003, 03:25:40 AM »
Denise

Welcome to this site - we are all very happy that you have found this forum.

If you click on the "don't know where to post" and then click on the new topic button and post a message, you will certainly get some feedback.

Tell us what surgery you had and how you are feeling.

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Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
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Re: very computer illiterate---need help
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2003, 04:06:49 AM »
Thank you so much, Lizzie! I  just wrote about what is going on with me. I am also glad I found this website; my sister also had major knee surgery and she told me about it.   Any advice from anyone would be wonderful!!  :)


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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2004, 11:52:20 AM »
Hi Denise,

I just joined yeterday and this is my first message on here. From what I can see you had a lot done to your right and left knee correct?

I had surgery 6 weeks ago now and had a Tibia advancement and lateral release done on my right leg.

I'm doing physio twice a week and reached 110 degrees flexion about 2 weeks ago. It's been really hard work and I have to say that I do get down day's. :
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How are you feeling?

Celia.
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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2004, 07:08:44 PM »
Ok folks how do you post pictures on here for others can see .. they are in good taste.
Jan. 2003 Total Knee Replacement
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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2004, 09:59:50 AM »
Lori,

In order to get pictures up on this board, they have to be posted already on the internet somewhere (and in a public view place on the internet, for example, not in your private AOL or MSN.com picture folder).  You can't upload pictures directly from your computer--at least I don't think so.  That would take a lot of server space, which is expensive.

Go to www.google.com and look up the keywords 'free online photo album' and you will find a variety of websites that let you post pictures for free.  Yahoo is commonly used, though again some people have had problems with permissions--they accidentally set up their albums so that they are private, meaning the pix are not available to just anyone cruising the site.   So you need to be sure to put your photos in a public folder.  I've heard some good things about http://www.photobucket.com

Once your photos are uploaded to a public folder that can be viewed by anyone on the internet, then you can put a link to the particular photo or album in your post.  To link to a photo, click on the YABBC tag icon that is below the S button between the subject line of your message and the various smiley faces.  The 'insert image' icon is very tiny, but if you look closely you can see that it looks like a framed photo.  When you click that button, these symbols will appear wherever your cursor is in your message (usually at the very bottom):  (img)(/img)  The only difference will be that instead of parentheses around the letters 'img' you will see brackets like these.  [   ]  Alternately, instead of clicking on that button, you can just memorize the command and type the (img)(/img)--just remember to use the brackets instead of the parentheses--I can't type with the brackets because they won't appear; the brackets signify that there is an invisible command contained between them that won't appear in your actual post, though you can see them in this screen when you are composing your post.

*REMEMBER*  When you put the (img) (/img) commands in, be sure to insert your text BETWEEN the two sets of commands.  So it will look like this on the page where you compose your message (img)htt p://my photo.com (/img).  (of course, you won't have the spaces either, I just had to put them in so there would be no command for the computer to interpret).  When you actually click "save" and post your message, you won't see the brackets or the text between them, but you should see the picture.

Another way you can post a picture that's already on the net (not necessarily one that you post in an album--it can be a nice picture you find somewhere, a picture of your favorite star, whatever) is to use the simple 'right click' feature.  What you will do is find the picture you like on a web page, put the cursor over it, and right click your mouse.  Unless the picture is copyright protected (some are, usually professional photos), a menu will pop up right next to your cursor, and the last item on the menu will be the word 'properties.'  Click on that, and an information box will appear.  In the middle of that box, you will see the words Address: (URL).  Take your mouse and highlight the entire address, then click Ctrl + C to copy the web address where the picture resides.  Then, go to the compose message page on kneeguru and type the (img)(/img) command, and insert the address you copied between the two sets of brackets by pressing Ctrl + V.  If the web page where you got the picture from does not block this type of copying or linking, when you click 'save' and view your post, the photo should appear in your message.  It doesn't always work--sometimes a little box with a red x appears.  

I'll do an example here of a photo I took of Utah.  When you read my response to your question, click the "quote" button in the upper right hand corner of my actual post.  A reply box will appear to allow you to compose a response to my message, and in it you will see my text as I typed it--with all of the commands visible.  So you'll see the brackets and how it's supposed to look.  Then you can just cancel the reply by hitting 'reset' instead of 'save' and your reply containing the quote of my message will go away.  Here goes:



Heather

PS Attaching a link to a web page is the same idea, only you will click the "Insert Hyperlink" button in the YABBC tags section above--the insert hyperlink key looks like a globe with a clipboard next to it, and the typed command looks like (url)(/url), except with brackets instead of parentheses.

eg (url)ht tp://w ww.kneeguru.co.uk(/url) with [  ] instead of parentheses and no spaces will appear in a post as  http://www.kneeguru.co.uk

PPS the (img) (/img) command works the same way as the bold, underline, and various other ways to enhance your replies.  So if you want to use bold type, then click on the B tag in the first rows or YABBC tags.  When you do that, this text will appear wherever your cursor is (b)(/b), but again there will be brackets instead of parentheses.  You have to remember to insert whatever text you want to make bold BETWEEN the sets of commands.  So many times I see people with these commands at the beginning of their message, and then the text that follows looks normal.  You have to put the text between the commands to get any kind of special effects.
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Scope #1: LR, part. menisectomy w/cyst, chondroplasty
#2-#5: Lysis of adhesions/scar tissue, AIR, patellar tendon debridement, infections, MUA, insufflation
#6: IT band release / Z-Plasty, synovectomy, LOA/AIR, chondroplasty
2006 Arthrofibrosis, patella baja
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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2004, 05:52:05 AM »
 ???Hi, I am new to this site and am confused about where to chat with others regarding upcoming patellectomy surgery.  HELP!
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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2004, 08:24:27 AM »
Hey !!

Go down to the meniscus section and make a new topic there. Welcome here !! Good luck with the surgery.

Hugs nettan  ::)
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2004, 10:04:14 AM »
Actually, for a patellectomy the best choice for sections would likely be the 'crisis board' or the patello-femoral joint section.

Just click on the section when you are on the main bulletin board page (which is this one:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/cgi-bin/KNEEtalk/YaBB.pl  ).  So look through that page, which is the first one you see after clicking to enter the bulletin board.  Then, once you've found the topic that is appropriate for your question, click on it to open this.  You'll see lots of threads under the section, and the layout kind of looks like a big blue box or table.  Go to the upper right hand corner of the box and click on the button that says "Start new topic."  This will open a new thread which you will have to give a title to--then go down to the main section and write your question.  Once you finish, you can go all the way down to the bottom of the box where you type your text.  There are two boxes between the area where you type your text and the 'save, preview, reset' buttons--click on the upper of the two boxes to put in a check mark and ask to be notified via email of any replies to your topic.  You will get an email telling you that there has been a reply, and the email will also contain a link to click on and go directly to your thread.

As for looking up information on patellectomies, you might want to use the search engine feature.  Once you enter the bulletin board, look across the center and top of the page for little icons or symbols for various actions you can take.  Click on the one that looks like a magnifying glass and a search command box will pop up.  You can then look up all posts containing certain key words--patellectomy, patella removal, kneecap removal, etc.

I think you will find a lot of people who are on this board who have had patellectomies are extremely unhappy with the results.  They are apparently appropriate in some situations like when there is a massive traumatic fracture involving multiple pieces or when there is a tumor.  But people who have chronic dislocations, chondromalacia, cartilage damage, and ongoing pain in the front of their knees have by and large been very dissatisfied with their results.  I think Jane (her board ID is 'maxfactor) is the only one who was happy with her patellectomy for about 15+ years.  But now she has significant pain and disability and is searching for answers like the rest of us.

Here is a link directly to the crisis and patello-femoral joint section.  You can find them yourself by scrolling down the page once you first enter the bulletin board.  You can then use your 'back' key in the upper left corner of your internet explorer window, or go down a little further on the left side of the page and click on what looks like an outline or 'tree' of file folder icons with board section titles like 'kneegeeks,' which is the main bulletin board or the first page you arrive at once you arrive at www.kneeguru.co.uk and then click on the 'bulletin board' link.  Right below the 'kneegeeks' folder icon is one that says 'bulletin board' which will also take you to the very first page of the bb (bulletin board), or more specifically to the very first section of the bb.  Once you arrive at the bb, you can use your mouse or your arrow keys on the keyboard to go down and view each of the sections:  Bulletin Board, Daily Bulletin, Fun and Games, SPECIFIC KNEE TOPICS - Where knee problems start, KNEEgeeks notes on surgical technique, and the last section, KNEE ARTHRITIS - The Common Pathway - managing the damaged joint surface.  Within each of these main sections are sub-sections which deal with fairly specific topics.  When you click on one of these sub-sections that seems appropriate, you are taken to a listing of threads, which are individual topics/questions started by specific people identified by their name in the right hand column.  There are multiple pages within each sub-section, and the messages are filed chronologically, so the most recent stuff is first.

You will likely want to read this section and even skim/search it for references to patellectomies:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/cgi-bin/KNEEtalk/YaBB.pl?board=diary_ops  (this is the 'crisis board' sub-section of the 'Daily Bulletin' section of the bb).

Also, the following section deals with PFS, one of the main reasons patellectomies were performed in the past:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/cgi-bin/KNEEtalk/YaBB.pl?board=PF_joint

If you are looking at a potential patellectomy due to a severe fracture, here is the place you want to be--it deals with bone breaks around the knee area:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/cgi-bin/KNEEtalk/YaBB.pl?board=fractures

Hope this information helps.  The layout can seem confusing at first, but if you scroll through each section and use the outline/tree of folder-like icons you will start to navigate better.

Heather
Scope #1: LR, part. menisectomy w/cyst, chondroplasty
#2-#5: Lysis of adhesions/scar tissue, AIR, patellar tendon debridement, infections, MUA, insufflation
#6: IT band release / Z-Plasty, synovectomy, LOA/AIR, chondroplasty
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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2004, 04:08:56 PM »
Hey Humorcat !!

Sorry must have been sleepy this morning. I read the word patellectomy but in my mind I thought about meniscectomy. Sorry for making this misstake. Thank you for the help Heather. Of course meniscus is wrong topic. Anyway I wish you good luck in your search for answers Humorcat and hope everything goes well for you.

hugs Nettan  ::)
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Re:"CALLOGEN MENISCUS IMPLANT" INFO
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2005, 03:30:21 PM »
HI, I HAVE ONLY 10% POSTERIA HORN RIM LEFT, I AM HIGHLY ACTIVE AND LOVE SKI-ING , RUNNING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES, THIS WAS MY SECOND MENISCUS OP IN 6 YRS, I CAN ONLY SEE A CALLOGEN IMPLANT  AS A WAY FORWARD TO SAVE MY REMAINING MENISCUS, AND TO STOP ANYMORE DEGENERATION WHICH I CONSIDER IS ON THE CARDS!
IS IT WORTH THE RISK OF THIS TECNOLOGY OR SHOULD I WAIT 2 YEARS AND HOPE I DO NOT SUFFER ARTICULAR  CARTILEDGE DAMAGE?

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Re: Posting your first message
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2005, 06:49:45 PM »
Okay - I'm trying to post a message re: Tibial Plateau Fractures and according to "Lizzie" I just hit the 'don't know where to post' button.
Where's that ? 
I'm frustrated enough already - please help !!!!

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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2005, 07:39:35 PM »
Charlie,

Scroll up to the Specialist's office, and under it you'll see bone breaks arround the knee.  Click on bone breaks arround the knee.  Above the posts there is a button that says new topic, click on it.  Enter a subject and write your post, click on post and it's done.

Hope this helps.

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2005, 05:41:06 PM »
Hi...I am new to the site and would very much like to post some questions, etc but don't see exactly where to click to post something. I went to the Help section and it says that to start a new thread to go the Board Index page...which page is this? Sorry, I'm sure this is probably quite easy and I am missing something right under my nose, but can someone help me? I had surgery 2 weeks ago and am dying to talk about some of what I am experiencing now! Thanks!
Denise

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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2005, 03:12:44 AM »
Hello everyone,  Boy, am I lost.  I can't seem to find where to post my first message.  Would appreciate it if someone could help me.  Thx, Nancy