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Offline mcdesr

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How long does it take for a knee to fuse naturally?
« on: March 29, 2007, 03:04:17 AM »
Was asking this question, because my OS said that they were going to let me knee fuse naturally.  Was wondering how long this usually takes.  Any answers would be helpful;D
Complete Synovectomy of the left knee
sequestrectomy
debridement of bone
quadriceplasty
repair of patellar tendon
simple resection of vastus intermedius muscle

All of this done due to infection caught after simple arthroscopy on left knee!!! 8 surgeries within 2 months

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Re: How long does it take for a knee to fuse naturally?
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2007, 08:15:31 AM »
Was asking this question, because my OS said that they were going to let me knee fuse naturally.  Was wondering how long this usually takes.  Any answers would be helpful;D

Hi there,

just found your messages and your struggle to find information about a "natural" knee fusion. After debridement and synovectomy there shouldnīt be much cartilage left in your knee, right...  ;) In this case thorough immobilization may lead to fusion within few months, but it could take much longer as well... so itīs impossible to say, maybe somewhere between a few months and maybe up to one year or longer. I havenīt taken part actively in this forum, because my situation is somehow special... I had my knee fused just the way they suggested it to you.

regards
(btw, I know have a stupid nickname ;)
Since 2005: wear a legbrace to keep the knee straight. I have suffered from a rare syndrome.
Around 2008: knee is now ankylosed, but not bony fusion yet
December 2009: definite, surgical knee fusion with a long nail

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Re: How long does it take for a knee to fuse naturally?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007, 10:52:51 PM »
Just wondering why you would allow your knee to be fused?

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Re: How long does it take for a knee to fuse naturally?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2007, 11:25:51 PM »
the only reason i would allow my knee to fuse naturally, is because of the last operation i had, I contract MRSA somehow.  The doctors don't seem to know how i got it.  Since that happened, the doctors suggested that i let it fuse naturally, due to the MRSA, don't want to go through with that.  It nearly killed me last time.
Complete Synovectomy of the left knee
sequestrectomy
debridement of bone
quadriceplasty
repair of patellar tendon
simple resection of vastus intermedius muscle

All of this done due to infection caught after simple arthroscopy on left knee!!! 8 surgeries within 2 months

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Re: How long does it take for a knee to fuse naturally?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 06:54:41 PM »
is it fused in a straight position or bent slightly?
how is your mobility with that?
1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
June 2007 - new OS, new physio
Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
Apr 2008 - next OS app

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Re: How long does it take for a knee to fuse naturally?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2007, 09:07:34 PM »
is it fused in a straight position or bent slightly?
how is your mobility with that?

Fused straight, I do well with it. One big advantage I have is I am not that tall. For taller people knee fusion surely is much more harder to cope with.
Since 2005: wear a legbrace to keep the knee straight. I have suffered from a rare syndrome.
Around 2008: knee is now ankylosed, but not bony fusion yet
December 2009: definite, surgical knee fusion with a long nail