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Offline Eric C

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Patella Alta
« on: March 09, 2008, 11:07:58 PM »
Im 17 years old and have patella alta, because my patellar tendon is to loose to hold down my knee cap in the proper place. I play basketball and it is very painful and very swollen all the time. I just wanted to know if any one here has had corrective surgery for this? Is it worth it? How long for recovery time? How much money? Can you play competive sports afterward and how long? Any help would ne apperciated
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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 01:30:35 AM »
Many years ago my patella moved diagonally when I walked.  I had a lateral release and the inside of the patella shaved.  I was back on my feet shortly afterward with no pain and back on my dirt bike.

Everyone is different but you are too young to have knee problems and pain.  See a specialist and see what they say.  I speak from experience when I say don't put things off.

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008, 04:38:50 AM »
Thankyou, anyone else?

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 05:27:47 AM »
I suggest that you go to an orthopedic surgeon. Most people are able to go back to full activity after surgery.  They would be able to tell how much money it is.  Like Shaggy said everyone heals differently. 
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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2008, 12:30:07 AM »
Thankyou, but does anyone know how successfull this can be. Cutting the patellar tendon and tightening it (pulling it down) and stapling it to the fibula until it can grow back. That all sounds pretty risky.

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008, 01:57:07 AM »
You need to see an orthopaedic surgeon that specialises in knees, especially patella problems. They will most likely take some scans and work out what is best for you.

Everyone's anatomy is different so a good specialist should develop a plan based on your own anatomy.

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2008, 04:07:51 AM »
thankyou!
« Last Edit: March 12, 2008, 01:00:35 AM by Eric C »

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008, 11:58:01 PM »
I am confused as hell i asked a knee specialists over the phone if patella alta can be corrected by surgery and he said"you just have to grow out of it" and there are no corrective surgeries. but i see on here people have had corrective surgeries for patella alta. Can anyone help me please?

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2008, 12:30:02 AM »
Yes, Patella Alta can be corrected by surgery, but it is a very specialist type surgery.  You really need to find a Patella Femoral Specialist for this problem.  Patella Alta is typically something that is comfirmed by CT scans and such.

This will likely mean travelling to find the right surgeon.  Where abouts are you located?

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2008, 12:36:36 AM »
Well I really think you should go and have your knee examined by an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees.  A doctor can't really give you a good answer over the phone with out looking at your knee.  This is obviously impacting your life enough so I say the best thing to do is to get your knee examined.  A surgeon is the best person to tell you whether or not there is a surgery to fix your knee.   But they really need to look at you knee and test it to figure out the best plan.

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2008, 04:25:11 AM »
A chiropractor who specializes in sports medicine told me this, and im pretty sure i have it just from doing research myself. But im located in Southern California(Brianne asked), if anyone knows anyone good please let me know. If no one knows anyone who would I even go about trying to find a Patella Femoral Specialist?
PLEASE HELP ME IM LOSING MY MIND!
« Last Edit: April 07, 2008, 04:58:18 AM by Eric C »

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2008, 05:11:50 AM »
Eric,

On the Knee Guru page there is a list of recommended knee surgeons.  It does not necessarily list their specialities, but you can always call the office and ask what a particular OS's speciality is.  You can even tell them that you suspect that you may have patella alta and wangt to know if the OS has ever treated someone with that condition.  You may have to travel a bit to find the right PF specialist, but it is worth it in the end.

Here is the link to California Knee Surgeons.  
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/299

It might take awhile to find the right OS, but it is so crucial to find someone who has experience in your type of problems.

Brianne

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2008, 12:54:45 AM »
thankyou

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2008, 02:55:02 AM »
Just found out that pain is not a direct result of patella alta. But patella alta can cause alot of complications, so pain is probly from something else. Just though i say that in case anybody else have same problem.

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Re: Patella Alta
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2008, 11:35:14 PM »
Where are you located near. There are MDs that specialize in the patella and problems with that.















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