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Offline rosed3105

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Dislocating knee
« on: July 15, 2007, 11:34:37 PM »
Mine is constantly poping out (from i was 15 and i am now near 40)  and i am desperate to avoid surgery.  Got four young children and am open to suggestions....   due for op last week but hospital phoned night before to cancel it.  have not got further date.  have so may docs looking at it over the "many" years i am not even sure they know what is wrong with it.....

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Re: Dislocating knee
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2007, 11:41:50 PM »
Not real sure what to tell you... I have had dislocations since 8 and am now 34.  As you can see from my signature I have done the surgery route my whole life. 
TKR seems so far to be the only thing that has done much to reduce dislocations.... but that is a BIG stretch... to due a total knee just for dislocation, I don't think you would find a surgeon who would do it.  I am not even recommending it.  My TKR's are the result of so much damage and surgeries that didn't work. 
My only recommendation is DO NOT have PFR or PFJR surgery.  the is replacing the patella and trochlear groove of the femur that the patella rides in.  It was recommended to me, and I did it, and the dislocations got dramatically worse. I think it would be fine for women with arthritis behind the patella, but NOT for dislocations. 
You can write me if you like, not sure if I can help at all.

Tiffany
Age 8/Bilateral -Lateral Release '85
Bilateral Patella Resurfacing '86
Bilateral TTT '88
Bilateral- Lateral Release '03.     
Bilateral PFJR '05
PRJ to TKR 1/16/07
PRJ to TKR 6/19/07
TKR Revision  8/17/10
Total Hip Replacement 11/5/15
Rt Elbow Reconstruction 4/27/1
Patellectomy 2/2020

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Re: Dislocating knee
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2007, 12:52:00 AM »
Hi there,

I would definitely consider it. My quality of live has been so much better since I had my knees done. It makes a big difference if you go to a surgeon that specialises in knees, particularly patella problems. The rehab afterwards is just as important and often the operation will fail if the rehab is not followed through with. Whereabouts are you based ?

Most surgeons will start with the least invasive first. That's what my surgeon did. Unfortunately I am suffering from medial instability of the left knee cap and am waiting to see my surgeon to find out what the next steps will be.

Keep us posted !  :)

11/1996 - RK LR
07/1997 - LK LR
11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
11/02/10 - RK Trochleoplasty
07/03/11 - RK Chrondroplasty

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Re: Dislocating knee
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2007, 03:09:27 AM »
I would consider having something done to prevent the dislocations.  I did not.  I waited and waited and then last summer in during a dislocation, my quads reactted and snapped the patella in half.  What a nightmare.  Afer the patella healed and during the surgery to remove the screws, my OS could not get the patella back in, he finally did a VMO advancement and LR when he had the knee open during the surgery. It was the best thing I ever did.  I feel more stable, I still have the occasional subux, but very, very rarely.  My knee is full of arthristic from the wear and tear on the patella and then the surgerys.
6/03/89 - First Knee Cap Disclocation
7/05/89 - Returned to work
6/17/06 - Tramatic Knee Cap Dislocation and Vertical Fractured Patella
6/28/06 - ORIF - Screws - no wires
8/24/06 - Ditched the brace - start PT
9/20/06 - First spinning
1/15/07 - screw removal, LR , VMO Advanc  & patella cleanupl

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Re: Dislocating knee
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2007, 04:50:40 AM »
Hi,

I have also had a lot of dislocations over teh past several years which first begain when I was 14. I am 33 now. I've had a ferw operations to correct this but nothing seems to have worked. To be honest, the more surgery I have, the worse my knee seems to get. But, it's your decision and we are in the minority here. You need to weigh up the pros and ocns of any treatment you're contemplating. I may be that a basic arthroscopy and lateral release can help alongside intensive physio. But that is on avery basic level. There may be more drastic and complicated surgery that would be better suited to your condition or maybe start off with physio and leave the surgery alone for a while.

For me personally, surgery was a last ditch effort to fix things with my knee. Nothing has worked so far but there are many people around who've had successful surgeries and have never looked back.

Take care,

Laura x
Left knee surgery
08/06/02-L/Release
13/08/03-Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05-Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06-Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06-RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07-Excision of scar tissue
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: Dislocating knee
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2007, 08:44:26 AM »
Laura,

It sounds like you've been plain unlucky. The operations on my right knee have fixed the problem, also the lateral instability of my left knee. Just waiting for the medial instability of my left knee to be fixed. :D
11/1996 - RK LR
07/1997 - LK LR
11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
11/02/10 - RK Trochleoplasty
07/03/11 - RK Chrondroplasty

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Re: Dislocating knee
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2007, 09:39:36 AM »
ah dislocating knees......
mine started when i was 12 - the dislocations were very traumatic for 2 years, then I had a modified Hauser procedure (TTT, Lateral release, Medial plication) and they stopped for 2 or 3 years. but started again when i was 17/18. They have never been as traumatic since, although Im currently suffering quite a lot from muscle atrophy from years of compensation.

I had to have the surgery - i had done considerable damage inside my knee in the 2 years before surgery. The sucessfully repaired damage and stabilised it somewhat - but overall it has not been a success as I do still dislocate.
My surgeon is totally against more surgery for me.
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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