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Offline danielletellez

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Surgery Comin Up...
« on: November 08, 2006, 11:12:29 PM »
So, Im having my first knee surgery comin up, and Im really nervous about it. This site really helped with information, but I still feel like i need to know more.  :-[ The procedure is called a Fulkerson Osteotomy. If anyone can give me some pictures, that might put me at ease a bit. Can anyone help me? Also, if maybe these kind of conditions are hereditary.
Ive never had a surgery before and I would like to know what Im getting myself into. Thanks!!!  :-*

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Re: Surgery Comin Up...
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2006, 06:01:27 AM »
Hi there...
     If you haven't already I would post this in the Patello Femoral Joint section under The Specialists Office...Just scroll down...You will find it...There are a lot of people in that section who have had this surgery...Including myself...I had a Fulkerson/Maquet TTT...But I just had mine in July so I am not of much help...But I am sure you can get a lot of help in that section...
    You could also try a search on the site...For TTT pictures...TTT video...etc etc...I know there are links floating around because I have seen them...Just gotta search for them...
     What are you having the surgery for? I had mine for dislocations,subluxation,pain and instability...Which in my case is hereditary...So depending on the problem it could be hereditary...
     Good luck with your surgery...
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7/2004-L Knee LR,Plica Removed,Scar Tissue Removed,Crack in Kneecap,Shallow Femoral Groove,Deep Fissuring and Fraying of Kneecap
7/2006-Fulkerson-Maquet TTT,Partial medial and lateral meniscectomy,Tibial osteotomy proximal bone graft,Chondroplasty,Debridement
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Re: Surgery Comin Up...
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2006, 12:36:47 AM »
Ive averaged about 3 dislocations a month for about 5 years... It's been quite a harsh history. I also was told about something sublexations... I dont know all the lingo, or jargon. So im very confused as to whats going on.. So at the risk of sounding ignorant, whats TTT? I looked around online, and couldnt find much... although i now feel very informed about The Lord of the Rings Box Set...
My surgery is comin up on the 29th of November, and the closer and closer it gets to the date, the more and more nervous Im getting. My mom was looking online about it, and apparently, most who get this procedure (Fulkersons Osteotomy) need to get a knee replacement later down the line. I dont know.. Im nervous, and i need more information!!!

Too bad I suck at online research... ???

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Re: Surgery Comin Up...
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2006, 01:13:32 AM »
Hey I just had my Fulkerson TTT (Osteotomy) almost 4 weeks ago, but I would definitely check out the post op diary section of the board. There are good many of us who just had the surgery and are documenting are experiences online. I know some have links with pictures from the surgery. I haven't really got any pictures except for x-rays to let me see where the screws are. I think most people who have the Fulkerson procedure have two screws to keep it in place. If you have any questions just let me know and I will be glad to answer them.

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Re: Surgery Comin Up...
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2006, 05:27:08 AM »
I am 18 days post-op from surgery.  The recovery can be rough at times, but it gets better.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Check out my post-op diary.

Here is a link to some photos.  I have more, but I am having uploading problems tonight.

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Re: Surgery Comin Up...
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2006, 04:27:11 AM »

I hope this info isn't too late, I had the fulkersons Osteotomy (i can't spell) just last fall on my left knee, after 5 dislocations it was the only option if I wanted to stay in the Outdoor Recreation field.

It has been just over a year, and I really couldn't be happier, I am actually getting my screws removed in 2 weeks, yay! more scars :P.

Its not a simple surgery and I found recovery pretty hard but that might have been because I was missing ice climbing season, but it was totally worth it! There is so much more I can do now that I haven't been able to do for the past 6 years, and it is totally the little things you will notice, like the day I ran down a set of stairs without any pain or fear of a dislocation. Give yourself some time, and really let yourself heal. I had a great support network of people how kept my spirits up which totally made the difference.

I totally have pictures and I have no clue how to post them or send them so I will work on that.

TTT just refers to a tibia tuberosity transfer. On the tibia, as best as I can describe it, there is a little knob of bone (aka tuberosity), it is attached to a tendon which your kneecap is incased in. Now this tendon keeps the cap in place in the grove on your femur. Now to realigne your knee cap, your surgeon is going to cut off that little knob and move it over and then screw it into place where it will heal back onto the tibia. This is alot better then your surgeon cutting the tendon as tendons will not regenerate where as bone will.

now I'm not a doctor by anymeans but this is kinda how understand it.

I hope this has been helpful, Life has definitly been better since surgery, I ride my bike everyday, my day no longer ends with my knee aching, and I no longer worry about my knee dislocating.

Good Luck next week and remember you now get to be waited upon hand and foot for the next few weeks and you will soon be the owner of a scar which will trump all other battle wounds your friends might have.

let me know if you want the pictures