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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2003, 04:43:39 PM »
Dear Heather:

I don't know how I got through the depression. It probably happened within the last six months. Three years ago when I first found out about the patella baja, I was astounded. However, I still had hope and you should, too. I am much better today than I was then. I had surgery, tons of PT, and went through a functional recovery program during that time. All made a difference. Will my knee ever be normal? No. Am I still hoping for more improvement? Yes, that's why I'm having more surgery in June. Don't give up your life dreams (such as having children). Remember, life can still be sweet, it just may be different. There are lots of truly disabled people who have children. You are young and your life may have changed, but it is not over!! Keep asking questions and finding the best doctors, and I'm sure you'll get some improvement.

Janet

P.S.  I have decided that it doesn't really matter when the baja happened or that my first doctor didn't have a clue. That was behind me and knowing wasn't going to change things. These are the kinds of little decisions you can make that will take some of the stress out of your life right now. There are certain things I just don't allow myself to dwell on. I just turn off that thinking when it pops up, push down the anxiety building in my stomach, and try to stay calm. Easier said than done sometimes, but overall, it works for me.
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2003, 07:47:17 PM »
Janet,

I just thought that if you caught it early it would be fixable and maybe most of the ability you had pre-surgery would eventually return. What kind of surgery are you having in June?  More scar tissue? I just don't understand with all we have today in modern medicine why there isn't a fix for this besides numerous surgeries and loads of PT.  Please let me know how your surgery goes. Thanks again for all your help!

Heather
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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2003, 08:10:51 PM »
Everyone,

I just wanted to add that I have been looking around because I was interested in knowing what the bulge might be on the anterior of my knee, toward the lower lateral side to the left of where patella is now .  It seems to me, that it is a fat pad (OS mentioned it, but then when I told him it just begin 5/7/03..9 months post op, he decided it may not be that).  I read that when the patella lowers it could be "nipping" the fat pad causing it to hypertrophy, to swell and become tender.  This bulge gets bigger with activity such as stationary biking and trying to do leg extensions.  Did anyone out there have this along with patella baja?

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Heather
R knee-2 LR's, 1 ITB Release. L knee-LR/medial plication (2/02).Fell postop 3/02 & ruptured quad tendon.Quad tendon repair (8/02).Led to Patella Baja.TTT w/ Quad tendon reefing 9/03.Screw removal 8/04

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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2003, 04:58:35 PM »
Heather:

Here is an excellent article for you to read about arthrofibrosis. Even though it talks a lot about ACL repairs, I felt it could have been written about me. I hope you find it interesting.

http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/2001/03_01/eakin.htm

Yes, my surgery in June will be to remove more scar tissue and assess the damage behind the patella. My OS knows there is scar tissue behind the patella tendon and in the fat pad, and probably other places as well. He is also sure there is damage to the articular cartilege behind the patella. But at this point, we cannot be sure if my pain and functional problems are being caused by the scar tissue or from damage to the articular cartilege. But the arthroscopy was my only option (besides living with it), so I decided to go ahead.

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Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2003, 07:44:13 PM »
Everyone,

I would like to thank everyone who has responded to me and my messages/questions.  You guys are so patient with me and so helpful in making sure I understand my condition!

Janet,
That last article was very helpful!  A little discouraging as I only want to hear someone say, "Yeah sure! Patella Baja?  We can fix that and get you back to your normal life within a years time!".  I know that isn't going to happen realistically!  :(

HeatherM,
Thanks for your article you sent me as well.  I'm still reading it as the terminology is a little "techy" and I want to be sure I understand it totally so I am going slow and looking things up as I go.  I appreciate it very much though!  ;)

I am feeling a little irrational today and I'm just wondering if I should replace the whole knee now...lol.  I'm so depressed, I feel my life is gone!  It's been 1.5 years since I have fuctioned as a normal woman in her 20's.  I feel like giving up.  I guess this is what you call the "bad days".  It just seems no matter how hard I try to get my strength back, something else becomes difficult.  A straight leg raise hurts so bad and just a few weeks ago, I could do one!  I push forward and it pushes me backwards.  :'(

Sorry that I am venting and depressing everyone!  Thanks again to all you lovely people who actually care.  I appreciate your patience with me while I ask 60 billion questions to each of you!  You guys give me hope!  I wish you all the best of luck and I plan on keeping you all posted as to my progress.      

Heather    
     
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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2003, 09:23:34 PM »
Aaaagggh.  I typed a nice long response, Heather, but the machine crashed when I submitted it.  That's a hint to be less wordy, I think ;-)

Anyway, you asked lots of questions and I think Janet gave you some great information.  She pretty much summed up the limitations of this condition:  it has affected every aspect of my work, personal, and social life, to say nothing of the lack of exercise and hobbies!  I hate to be a downer, but I've had to give up EVERYTHING I loved--hiking, backpacking, international travel, photography, daily workouts, even taking my dog to the bark park.  

I've dealt with the inevitable depression in a number of ways:  the most important is to control the pain.  Until I started seeing a pain management specialist, I was miserable.  Now I'm taking meds, using e-stim, acupuncture, lidocaine, myo-fascial release...there are a lot of things that help you deal with the pain.  Nothing gets rid of my pain, but then I have very deep chondral lesions (damage to the cartilage on the back of my kneecap).  They aren't all from the patella baja, because I had grade IV chondromalacia when I had lateral release surgery in 9/01--but the damage has progressed at a rapid pace since the baja was diagnosed a year ago.  

You asked how to figure out when the patella baja occurred:  I had to gather all of my surgical reports, office visit transcripts, and arthroscopy videos.  Reading the surgical reports, I found that at my 2nd scope in 2/02 my OS noted that my patella was in a baja position due to scar tissue.  He noted it again at my fourth scope in June 02, and it was even worse in December 02 at op #5.  My surgeons have been very aggressive about catching this early and working to correct it, but circumstance (infection, more scar tissue) have meant a return to patella baja within about 2 months of each surgery.  The scar tissue also causes its own pain, and that peaks at about 3 months post-op and gets worse month by month after that.  The pain causes muscle inhibition, the quad weakens further, and the patella drops lower.  Sigh. 

I've now had 5 scopes in a 15 month period, and am 5 months post-op from the last one.  I'm better than I was before--much better in terms of function.  But the pain is slowly eating away at all the progress I've made....I've tried to stay in shape with supervised PT activities 3X/week and then alternating upper body work with a trainer at the gym.  I'm in a unique situation in that I also have a really bad right shoulder, so I'm limited in what I can do.  I don't want to have surgery on my shoulder, and since my rotator cuff is torn, I have to be VERY careful what I do.

Anyway, I find that focusing on things I can do helps keep the depression at bay.  But my work is impacted, because even though I have a desk job I have a lot of pain just from sitting at the PC!  I'm a writer (novels) so I need to be able to focus...if I'm in pain or on painkillers, that's very hard.  I have to get most of my work done in the early morning, before the pain gets too bad.  It's hard because that means I have to do errands and stuff in the afternoon...I live alone, and when I take painkillers I don't like to drive, so it's a challenge.  I'm probably back to a 3/4 work schedule because of the timing constraints, and I only get in this much work time because I've basically stopped going to PT.  I know, I'm a bad girl, but PT takes 4-5 hours out of my day and I simply have to pay the bills.  I'm going back to PT tomorrow after being out for 3 weeks...I'm sure I'll hear an earful....

Heather
« Last Edit: May 30, 2003, 12:13:58 AM by hmaxwell »
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: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2003, 03:47:28 AM »
Sorry, forgot to talk about the TTT's for arthrofibrosis and patella baja.  You're limited to two types of TTT--the Fulkerson and Maquet procedures--because the OS has to actually move the point of the patellar tendon insertion at the tibial tubercle (lump below your knee on the shinbone) in two directions--up and over.  Only Maquets and Fulkersons can do this--and the Maquet is often the only one that can achieve the needed lift, because it uses a piece of bone from the hip to wedge under the tibial tubercle and keep the kneecap raised permanently.  Long-term results from Maquet procedures are not good--they are considered the ultimate salvage procedure before patellectomy. Check out www.patellapain.com under the surgery section.

Fulkerson procedures, when done for subluxing, bad tracking, and patellar placement, have a much better track record.  But it may not be enough to give the lift needed for a patella baja patient.  And even if it does, the damage to the back of the kneecap has to be addressed, because it is the cartilage lesions that will cause ongoing pain.  Fulkersons, when done for  arthrofibrosis, don't have a high success rate, especially as one of the major complications of a TTT is serious scar tissue.  Often, additional scopes are required to clean things up.

And you also asked about the fat pad, and wondered if that was the bulge at the bottom of your knee.  I don't really have a fat pad left--every time you have a scope, part of it is cut away to visualize the kneecap, and in my case it was scarred, so bits had to be removed until it was mostly gone.  I had one doctor tell me they could create a new fat pad out of Gore-tex material.....in my case, the bulge below my knee is my kneecap.  No joke, it's that low.  It swells further after exercise because it's irritated.  Also, I have a band of scar tissue that you can pluck like a guitar, and that also swells after activity.

Knees suck, what can I say?  Like you, I was an active healthy young person.  I'm 33 now, and was 31 when this all started.  Way too young to be having these problems.  I still don't know what I'm going to do, but the pain is really getting worse and worse on almost a weekly basis.  I can't have another scope until fall for work reasons (have a convention in July, then need to finish my current book and start the next one).  I'm not ready to commit to a TTT yet, but if this next scope doesn't improve things significantly I may have to resort to that.  I would also probably need cartilage repair procedure like microfracture or an OATS operation, and again these are open procedures which are known to produce scar tissue due to the patient being immobilized.  Sometimes I feel like there's no winning....but then I remember that last December I was unable to so much as go to the grocery story without my knee popping every step.  I've come a long way since then.  Pain can be dealt with (it's not fun, but it can be done)--mechanical problems are much harder to deal with, and that's what you have until you get the scar tissue removed and have aggressive therapy to prevent it from coming back.

I hope this information helps you.  What did your doctor tell you last week?  Weren't you going to see a new OS?  Since you're in NC, I think you will probably have to travel to see a specialist in arthrofibrosis--Dr. Fulkerson in CT is a good choice, and the Hospital for Special Surgery would be a great choice in NY.  My doctor is in CO, there are other specialists in this field in OH, MI, UT, and NV.  They tend to be linked to research facilities or near ski areas...wonder why.... ::)

Keep posting and try to keep your chin up.  There's lots that you haven't tried yet to address this problem, you need to keep looking for a very skilled PT and OS to help you, along with a pain management doctor.

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
2006 Arthrofibrosis, patella baja
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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2003, 05:20:27 AM »
HeatherM,

Thanks for your reply (again!).  I went to a new OS about a week or so ago.  He took x-rays right away and noticed the patella baja.  He didn't mention it to me, but you mentioned it on the other site, so I looked into it.  I then looked at the referral to PT and he wrote patella baja there so I knew at the point I had it.  He told me that he doesn't know much about it and would consult some of his colleagues before my next visit with him. Maybe he'll refer me out to someone more specialized.

He ordered an MRI for June 3rd, then I see him again June 10th.  I was trying to get all the info I could before I saw him so if he could treat me I would understand my options as he explained them.   He did not mention arthofibrosis either.  I'm sure all the terms will be discussed next time though.  

I start PT tomorrow (Friday) but I'm sure they will refer me out too as hubby is Military and I have to go on base for the initial appointment for insurance reasons.  He says they are NOT equipped to do the PT I need.  Referrals and all that suck when you want to get seen by the ones who can help you and not waste precious time being told we can't help you here.  >:(

My knee locks but not everyday, it's usually worse the day after I have tried to do leg extensions and leg raises and ridden the bike for awhile.  I have about 2mm in my x-ray before the kneecap is touching the shin bone, if that much! I also have these ties where the quad tendon repair ties near the bottom of my patella and they are so sore I scream if i touch them or if they touch anything!  I wonder if that is normal?  OS said they were inflamed, but he didn't want to go into any detail about anything until he had the MRI results. I can understand that much!  

I am working on the depression but it's just so hard to accept that so many things are gone!  I agreed to this the first surgery with the dream of running again, I fell afterwards, my own fault! I needed another surgery after that and  I agreed to that surgery because who wants their tendons detached!  Now I would be happy just walking normally and being able to run if necessary.  I know that is what we all want, huh?  Thank you again for all the great information!  I will definitely put it to use!  

I was talking with a girl through email that I found on another site and told her that you girls were here. She used to post here long ago, but back then nobody had patella baja. She said she would be posting back soon.  I think her patella baja has been fixed even though she is still doing the scar tissue surgeries.  Hers was fixed when her Quad tendon was repaired.....lucky her!  She says it's about 75% better than before. She is going to get the technical name for her surgery from her OS.  She explained it to me, but doesn't remember the formal name.  So we all should be seeing her soon.

Talk to you guys soon,
Heather  ;D
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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2003, 07:08:46 AM »
Everyone,

Does anyone have severe itching over their incisions?  I mean I thought this was only while they were healing, but my last scar is 9 months old and sometimes I just want to take a wire brush to it!  I don't mean to sound stupid, but what is the real cause of this?  I was told my the OS who did it when I asked, it was histamines.....can any of you expand a bit?  Thanks!

Heather ::)  
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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2003, 05:10:48 AM »
Hi everyone,

Here's one more question for you guys.  I went to Physical Therapy today and we are going to do the E-stim and they gave me more home exercises to do.  I'm good with all that, so here's the question....The PT guy was explaining patella baja (just as you girls did ;) ) and told me a story of someone he knew with it, their kneecap ended up ON their tibia....OUCH!  :o This happened with a partial tear of the quad tendon that went undiagnosed.

My question is most people I have talked with regarding this condition had patella baja occur while there was a tear.  I had my tear fixed and then ended up with this.  If my quad is attached then how could this have happened? The tendon should be holding everything in place shouldn't it?  I realize that an imbalance in the extensor mechanism may cause it, but I don't understand what exactly pulled it down. I understand that it could be scar tissue, but my PT confirmed that I didn't have too much where the repair was made (at least by feeling it). That confused me even more.  He made it sound like I didn't have a scar tissue issue.

I have 138 degress ROM except when I lay on my stomach and try to make the leg touch my butt, it is about 90 degrees then excrutiating.  I guess my question is, would I have to have a tear again to have gotten patella baja or is it solely scar tissue/trauma from surgeries? I don't mean to sound stupid or ask the same questions again and again, but could someone give me their thoughts.

Also I wanted to share something that I tried tonight and worked wonders for pain (at least for a little while).  A bottle of vicodin and 2 French Martinis.....no, I'm only kidding!  ;D  Honestly, it's called "ice therapy". You may have heard of it or even done it, but I still thought I would share.  You just make small circles with an ice cube wrapped in a paper towel or wash cloth along the lower portion of the knee, along the patella tendon, or in our cases, the patella itself.  You do it for about 7-9 minutes before any activity, it gives a little relief! It helps me also because where the tendon sutures are attached along the patella pole I have severe tenderness and it relieves that.  Hope you try it!
I also wanted to add my PT confirmed their are some specialist in the NC area, so pray for me to get referred to one of them!

Thanks,
Heather  ;D        
R knee-2 LR's, 1 ITB Release. L knee-LR/medial plication (2/02).Fell postop 3/02 & ruptured quad tendon.Quad tendon repair (8/02).Led to Patella Baja.TTT w/ Quad tendon reefing 9/03.Screw removal 8/04

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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2003, 05:53:46 AM »
Heather,

You could have had patella baja occur any time after your first arthroscopy.  I've never had any kind of tendon tear in my knee, but somehow I ended up with patella baja after lateral release surgery.  In some people, the trauma of surgery causes quad inhibition, contraction of the patellar tendon, etc.

As for scar tissue, it's impossible to tell unless you go in with a scope.  You can guess about its presence with some tests, but you're just guessing because scar tissue mimics a lot of other conditions (torn meniscus, plica syndrome, and chondral lesions for example).

You can sit on a counter with your legs bent at 90 degrees, place your palm over your kneecap, and then try to straighten your leg.  If you a) can't do it because of pain, b) can do it but only to a certain point b/f you have sharp pain or c) can do it but feel vibration, clicking, popping, etc under your palm....you probably have scar tissue in the anterior interval.  When I do this, I can eventually, with great pain, get my leg straight and hold it there....but when I start to bend it again, it makes the kind of loud, juicy snap that turns heads in the PT clinic.  My OS's med student actually turned pale, thinking he'd broken something!

The problem with the adhesions is that the symptoms vary widely depending on where it's located.  Read through the soft tissue healing problems section, and people will describe all sorts of different sensations--all of us have scar tissue, but it's in different parts of the knee, giving different symptoms.

Hope this helps.

Heather

PS I'm one of those that has the patella resting on the tibia...it's one of the things that causes the constant cracking and popping.  Also, when I had a scope, they could see the damage on my tibial plateau where the kneecap was hitting.
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: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2003, 04:44:40 PM »
Heather:

As for patella baja coming as a result of a tear, I don't think that's the case. When my quad was torn, my x-rays clearly showed the patella in the right place! Like I have said before, I don't know when the baja occurred, but guess it was sometime after the second surgery because it wasn't noted on the surgical record. I never had another x-ray until I changed doctors, and it was discovered then. I have been told it's due to quad inhibition and scar tissue forming and scarring down the patella tendon. As for seeing scar tissue, my OS says you can't see it on x-rays or on an MRI (the MRI might show some, but doesn't give a full picture). I had an MRI that didn't really show anything except effusion, and had extensive scar tissue and patella baja at that point!

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Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2003, 05:04:23 PM »
Hello all,

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to my posts!  I go to the OS tomorrow and get the results of the MRI.  I will post back then and let you know what he says. I am more than sure I will have more questions and if not, I will share any new information that I have gathered.  Thanks again! I appreciate all the time everyone took to inform me on everything!  You guys are great!  ;)

Heather    
R knee-2 LR's, 1 ITB Release. L knee-LR/medial plication (2/02).Fell postop 3/02 & ruptured quad tendon.Quad tendon repair (8/02).Led to Patella Baja.TTT w/ Quad tendon reefing 9/03.Screw removal 8/04

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Re: Quad Tendon Rupture
« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2003, 05:49:06 PM »
Good luck at the OS tomorrow. At least now you are more informed about your condition and I'm sure you have lots of questions to ask! I will be really interested to hear what he has to say.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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« Reply #29 on: June 09, 2003, 10:56:25 PM »
I called to get my MRI films for my appointment tomorrow and found out that they needed additional films to capture more of the quad!  Good thing I called since they had not notified me yet and my appt is tomorrow!  They sqeezed me in and are having the films read today so the report will be ready in time.  I left with the films and in looking at them I realized that they did comparison films of my right and left knees.  Have any of you seen your films?  My left knee (the one this post is about) looks soooooooooo deformed compared to the right knee!  I mean it looks horrible!  I am scared to death of that appointment tomorrow!  I guess I should calm down and just wait but I wanted to ask if any of you all had experienced the same thing.  Thanks!

Heather  :'(      
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