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Offline bobristol1

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Problems after surgery
« on: April 02, 2008, 06:32:06 PM »
Hi all,

I'm new to this site, only found it about 5 minutes ago and had to register!

I had surgery 6 weeks ago, I'd been experiencing locking of my left knee and I had pain in my knee cap, the surgery I had was (sorry I'm going to have to quote from my letter, as I'm not seeing my surgeon until next week)
"Left knee arthoroscopy debridement and micro-fracture to lateral femoral condyle."

My problem is my knee still doesn't feel right, it still seems to give way and feels as if it's going to lock.  Has anyone else experienced anything like this?  I'm wondering if the surgery has worked or perhaps it should be like this and its part of the healing process.

Any help or advice greatly appreciated.



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Re: Problems after surgery
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008, 06:37:41 PM »
Hi and Welcome!

I have not had micro-fracture myself, but I understand that it is a long recovery.  6 weeks is not too long out for something like that and it's a bit early to determine if the surgery failed.  If you are really concerned, call your OS and see what suggestions they have.  If you are in physical therapy, check with your therapist too.  There are lots of threads about micro-fracture so look around.  Good luck.

Milly
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.

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Re: Problems after surgery
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008, 06:44:05 PM »
Thanks for your advice, I feel more relieved already!

I'm going to spend some time and have a good look around the site, see what I can pick up.  I've not started physio yet once I've seen my surgeon I'm sure he'll arrange it.

Nicola

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Re: Problems after surgery
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008, 09:12:26 PM »
You're welcome.  There is lots of good information on the site.  I think this may be the thread you want to look at.

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?board=31.0

Milly
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.

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Re: Problems after surgery
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008, 01:23:26 AM »
Hi Nicola,
Milly's right that six weeks isn't long out of surgery. You've got a long way to go in recovery yet before your knee feels 'normal' again. The giving way feeling is probably due to the weakness of your leg muscles following the trauma of surgery. It can take up to six months to build back up to full strength. Keep plugging away at PT and your home exercises. If you're not getting a lot of swelling and pain, then you're doing fine.
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RK 7/04 part. m. menisc., plica resect., MF
    3/05 part. m. menisc., open OATS
    1/07 part l. menisc., MF, patellar chondroplasty
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LK 11/04 & 8/06 part m. menisc.
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Re: Problems after surgery
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008, 07:07:21 AM »
Its understandable that you have pain on your knee cap, from what I have read they would drill microscopic holes in my kneecap. The popping is probably from your muscle being weak, I just had my fifth knee surgery 3 weeks ago and i had popping and i was sooo worried that I was in trouble but it turned out it was fine. If the arthoscopic surgery didn't work you may want to do more research there could be another problem under it; but i wouldn't worry you are just recovering from surgery.
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Arthoscopic/ Screw Removal (10/2003)
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Partial Knee Replacement (6/10)

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Re: Problems after surgery
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2008, 12:39:20 PM »
Thank you all for your advice, it's really put my mind at rest.  I had not been told anything about my operation apart from the letter I received which, as I don't know anything about knees I did not understand anything they said!!  Yesterday I was convinced I was going back under the knife, but thanks to all your great advice I can now get on with my recovey.  I'm seeing my consultant next week and hopefully will be able to start my PT.

Cheers

Nicola