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Osteotomies...My Success Stories
« on: August 08, 2008, 01:24:45 AM »
Hey ya'll ;p

I'm Amberle and I just had my 5th surgery with Dr. Robert Teitge at DMC Surgery Hospital (formerly known as Michigan Orthopedic Specialty Hospital). I had the surgery Monday and have been home for one full day and am doing pretty well.

I suppose I ought to follow the guidelines and begin at the beginning.....

I was brought in to a see a doctor at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor to have my knee looked at. The doctor there said I'd subluxated it (which is almost a dislocation but my patella snapped back into place) and that there wasn't much I could do about it except ice and rest. However, in examining me he found that my hips were funky....Long story short I got sent to Dr. Teitge who did Xrays and MRIs and decided that my femurs were terribly rotated.....Really horribly. I'd dealt with pain with walking long distances in the past and being on my feet, and we finally were able to figure out why. The surgeries were scheduled for the following summer; leaving me with a year to wait.

The following summer (2006 I believe) I had 2 rotational osteotomies on my femurs. The surgeries were three months apart and I was on crutches for a grand total of 7 months. I had big steel plates and screws put into my bones to stabilise them, and in 2007 I had the plates removed. The surgeries have made HUGE differences in my life...Teitge still can't believe what a huge difference everything has made for me. 

August 4th (which was Monday) I had a tibial osteotomy....My right tibia was rotated 46 degrees which is double off what it should be/what is normal. It is now only 20 degrees. SO amazing. (I had to stop working at the Universiity of Michigan Hospital as a Patient Attendant because of the intense pain in my knee caused from such drastically different rotations in my tiba and femur of my R leg)Teitge came in to see me several times and just still cannot believe what a HUGE difference these surgeries make for me; they are truly miracles and so is Dr. Teitge. In fact, I'm going to have his name tatooed on my arm in a year or so when I can afford it. He's truly an angel in my life.

Thanks for letting me share :) These surgeries have been difficult and trying (particularly this one with medical issues related to meds and such) but SO rewarding! Cheers

Amberle

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3 Rotational Osteotomies, 2 Plate Removals at
Deroit Medical Centre Surgery Hospital.
"You're the Queen!!" -Kathy-
Ruler of X-Ray, Queen of the O.R and Princess of Dr. Teitge's Office.
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Re: Osteotomies...My Success Stories
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008, 03:19:43 AM »
Amberle,

I just read your story and had to leave a comment.  I love your user name.  I am the founding member of the Dr. Teitge fan club.  Dr Teitge is my hero.  I had MPFL recons and TTT revisions done by him 6 and 8 months ago and it has changed my life.  To be honest, it has given me my life back.  Dr Teitge is the most amazing OS I have ever met. 

Good luck with everything in your latest recovery.  I am sure you will do wonderful, afterall you have the best OS in the world.

Brianne

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2008, 05:22:44 AM »
Hi Amberle
Its good to hear about you! Do you mind if I ask how old you are? Also were your femurs rotated inwards, and do you know what degrees?
You were very brave to have both legs done so close together. Really glad its working out.
I'm from MI and will see Dr. T. in Sept, but I don't live there now, I do travel often to see family there.
Best wishes
3/82 - Medial Synovial Plica removal both knees
9/89 - Lateral Release both knees
3/08 - Reinjury left knee hiking Asia Pac
5/08 - Miserable Malalignment diagnosis
4/08 - 9/08 Five doctors diff. opinions
7/08 - 02/09 - In PT, no chg.
4/09 - Dr. 6 opinion femur & tibia derotation together

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008, 02:55:36 PM »
Awww :)
Yes, Dr. Teitge is definitley my hero as well, without him I can't even tell you how miserable I would be....He has truly given me my life back too :)

My femurs were rotated severely; I can't remember the degrees. My R tibia was rotated 46 degrees and is now rotated 20 degrees. *YAY* In answer to your other question, I'm 22 :P My femurs were rotated inward...I didn't have pigeon toes but it's hard to explain unless you've seen pictures or me ;P Anyway, they are SO much better now; it's a miracle that my knees are actually facing forward and not inward it's just amazing.....Teitge came over to see me in the hospital (DMC Surgery Hospital...WOO HOO!) and just had this grin on his face and I asked him what he was smiling about, aside from seeing me (LOL) and he said he was looking at all my x-rays and scans and stuff the night before he operated and he still can't believe what a HUGE HUGE difference the surgeries made for me......it's amazing. He's the BEST!

Glad ya'll are doing well too!

xoxoxo

Amb
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3 Rotational Osteotomies, 2 Plate Removals at
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"You're the Queen!!" -Kathy-
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Re: Osteotomies...My Success Stories
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008, 08:58:12 PM »
Amberle,
I'm a fellow "twistee". Dr T rotated my femur this past Oct. I would l love to hear more about your situation, what and where your pain was before surgery and what you're presurgery activity level was.  Did you notice a difference in pain right away? Dr T asked me the day after surgery if I could tell a difference and I wondered if he was serious or if that was a joke.
Did you have alot of pain and snapping with your femoral plate?
Why did Dr T do the tibial osteotomy in a separate surgery? Did the femoral osteotomy increase the pain in your tibia or foot?

Sorry for all the ?s- just excited to meet someone else with funky legs.
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"Miserable malalignment"
 Lateral release, medial reefing, VMO advancement, and TTT-  3/2/04
Screw removal- 5/24/05
Cortisone injection to pes anserine- 7/27/05
Femoral derotation osteotomy, TTT revision- 10/18/07

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Re: Osteotomies...My Success Stories
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2008, 10:14:50 PM »


My plate that was in my femur along with the screws that held it there ;)


Cat:

Wow, I'm SO excited to meet someone else with MESSED UP legs too!! Teitge said he hasn't seen anyone in his entire career that was as messed up as me....which I took as a compliment ;p Anyways, I'll try and answer all of your questions as best I can and you should tell me about your twistee stories ;) heehee

1. My pain was kind of all over...achy type feeling particularly after walking long distances and/or being on my feet for extended periods of time.

2.My pre-surgery activity level was normal; I just dealt with whatever pain I happened to be in and sometimes it didn't affect me. The biggest reason I had surgery was because Teitge said I'd have problems in the future (particularly arthritis) so he thought it best to do surgery.

3.YES, I DID notice a HUGE difference in pain post operatively. Granted as you know, you're in pain after surgery for several weeks anyways, but it was so different.....and of course the Vicodin helped ;)

4. YES, the muscle was over the plate and yes, I did have snapping & some pain when the swelling went down & I started moving more.

5.He did the tibial osteotomy seperately because first of all, we didn't know how rotated my R tibia was until after I'd had the second half of my femur surgeries and I started experiencing horrible pain on a constant basis and had to be put on Vicodin. (that all happened in May of this year) Secondly because the rotation in my tibia and femur (the difference in the two, actually) left my knee in a funky place and it was causing it to subluxate (almost dislocate but it snapped back instead of out of place) and that caused me intolerable pain....hence the Vicodin all bloody summer.

6. The femoral osteotomy didn't increase pain anywhere...the rotational differences between my tibia and femur were the pain causers and deal breakers on surgery this time.

*whew* does that help? I wanna hear your funkalicious leg story! Did you get taken to specialists where the residents started referring to you as the 'freakshow' of the office? LOL I had one resident at Teitge's who, after watching Teitge and others mess with my legs, just walked up to me and said "may I?" and I was like "yeah sure" and he went messing with my legs too....It was funny.

xoxoxox
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Re: Osteotomies...My Success Stories
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2008, 11:46:35 PM »
Did you get to keep the plate? Can't wait to relocate mine! I've got 5 screws, I think too. You only had 3? What does your hardware look like now?

1) My pain, prior to having too much fun skating, was hte same. Only I used to think my legs were just 'tired'.

2)If your activity level was pretty normal, what brought you to see a doctor? Was your pain that bad? Were you subluxing then? Have you had any previous knee surgeries?

3)So are you telling me that you noticed a difference in pain in the hospital- like the day after surgery already?

4)Did your groin hurt when you had the femoral plate? While you had the femoral plate, did you notice an increase in pain when sitting for long or crossing your legs? Did it hurt you to bear weight on that leg and if so, where? Was the pain solely in the area of the plate or did it radiate? Did the hardware removal drastically improve how you felt? Do you have any residual pain from having the femur cut and rotated?

5)Did you have subluxations prior to the femoral osteotomies? Did the correction to the femur and at the time, non correction of the tibia, cause the subluxations?  Both knees or just one?
Do you have shallow grooves or hypermobile knee caps?

6)Do you have any before and after pics?

My legs must not have been as funky as yours. The only time I was a 'freak show' was when I had my first CT done locally here in KS. The imaging center had never done a rotational study before and said they probably would never do one again.

I will relay my story later. Until then, here are links to my pics and to my post op diary-

http://community.webshots.com/user/catb2004

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=39065.0

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 Lateral release, medial reefing, VMO advancement, and TTT-  3/2/04
Screw removal- 5/24/05
Cortisone injection to pes anserine- 7/27/05
Femoral derotation osteotomy, TTT revision- 10/18/07

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Re: Osteotomies...My Success Stories
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2008, 03:37:39 AM »
Hey Cat :)

Yup, when Teitge took them out he asked if I wanted to keep it and I said "YES!" so he cleaned them off and let me keep both; that was just one, but each plate was the same. I had 3 screws because the top edge was actually pounded into my bone, so it kind of held itself in place....The pain was just from the tendon kinda snapping over the plate in my leg, it was kinda just ache-y I think, I don't really remember too much. It didn't radiate and it was annoying and the plate was sore sometimes b/c the muscle was over it. I couldn't sleep on my sides for a while cos the plate stuck out so much.

No groin pain, the plate was on the side of my femur (outer/lateral), closer to my hips....Let's just say that jeans and shorts fit funny for a while ;p
Umm...the subluxation took me to a doctor. I had 'jumped' off of my bed and had fluid accumulation/swelling in my knee after that (and I couldn't stand on it, like it went out from under me kinda when I got up from the floor LOL) and so I went to see my doctor (David Janda) who did my shoulder surgery when I was in high school, and they called in their oldest MD who had no clue what was up with my hips (which the problem was really with my femurs) so they sent me to my hero, Teitge.

Yes, I noticed a huge difference....Not only was the pain post operative pain, but I didn't have the same pain I'd had before.....I could be on my feet longer and not have the horrible aches and pains I'd had before.

I had subluxations PRIOR to the tibial surgery, yes. MUCH more frequently than is normal. I was in to see my chiropractor at least 1-2x a week for them. I didn't have them after the femoral rotations but as the kink in my knee from the tibia/femur rotations became more noticable the subluxations happened more often. As for the kneecap quetsion, I have no clue ;p You'd have to ask Teitge LOL

Teitge has awesome before and after pics....I can do some searching and see if I can find some of my legs before and after.....

xoxoxoo

~*Amberle

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3 Rotational Osteotomies, 2 Plate Removals at
Deroit Medical Centre Surgery Hospital.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2008, 05:26:24 PM »
I would love to see your befores and afters.
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 Lateral release, medial reefing, VMO advancement, and TTT-  3/2/04
Screw removal- 5/24/05
Cortisone injection to pes anserine- 7/27/05
Femoral derotation osteotomy, TTT revision- 10/18/07

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2008, 10:16:30 PM »
I will definitley do my bestest to hunt some down :)

How are you doing today?? It's been a rough sick-to-my-stomach-lots-of-pain-swollen-ankle day but other than that (LOL) it's been ok. My Grandparents came down from IN for the day and kept me company which was very nice :) Grandma brought me an entire pound of Starbucks Coffee (Pike's Place Roast...MMMM) instead of flowers, AND dark chocolate :) She SO knows her granddaughter and her coffee addiction :)

xoxoxoox

Amberle
~*Dr. Robert Teitge's Princess and BIGGEST Fan~*
3 Rotational Osteotomies, 2 Plate Removals at
Deroit Medical Centre Surgery Hospital.
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2008, 10:22:58 PM »
Ahhh two of life's simple pleasures, coffee and chocolate. Cheese and champagne are nice also.

Best healing wishes to you Amberle, you have been through things I just can't even imagine. I hope when you are a nurse (did you say you are a student) that you will consider being an orthopaedic nurse!

Best wishes
3/82 - Medial Synovial Plica removal both knees
9/89 - Lateral Release both knees
3/08 - Reinjury left knee hiking Asia Pac
5/08 - Miserable Malalignment diagnosis
4/08 - 9/08 Five doctors diff. opinions
7/08 - 02/09 - In PT, no chg.
4/09 - Dr. 6 opinion femur & tibia derotation together

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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2008, 12:48:33 AM »
Yum, dark chocolate but a no no for me when I've been on pain meds for a while. :'(
My Starbucks fav are their caramel frappachinos. Love those things!

Today I was too lazy and now my hip hurts. It doesn't handle sitting for long well. I'm hoping that's the hardware. My one pooch hasn't had anymore 'episodes' in the house though you sure would't want to light a match around her. Pewie, has she ever been tooting! She'll be kenneled tonight just in case.

Hope that ankle swelling gets under control soon.
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 Lateral release, medial reefing, VMO advancement, and TTT-  3/2/04
Screw removal- 5/24/05
Cortisone injection to pes anserine- 7/27/05
Femoral derotation osteotomy, TTT revision- 10/18/07

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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2008, 12:06:16 PM »
O_OOO Frapps! I LOVE the caramel frapuccinos.....those are just amazing. Have you tried the mint chocolate chip ones? They taste just like a Girl Scout thin mint cookie....yummeh ;p

The ankle (according to my Mum) isn't as swollen today as it was before, but I dunno....she knows that stuff better than me so I believe her.

FormerlyActive: Hey! Thanks for the recovery wishes; I appreciate it :)

Well, ya'll, it's 7am and I've been up with pain since 6:12am so I'm going to try and get some more sleep.

xoxo
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2008, 01:03:31 AM »
Hi Amberle
Hope your ankle feels better soon. Does putting it in a tub with cold water help at all or you can't because of the surgery?
At the Michigan Athletic Club in East Lansing they have this awesome cold pool inside the women's locker room, good for swelling. We don't have anything like that here in Mpls at my health club.

I'll see Dr. T Sept. 26 in MI. I'm really looking forward to it for some insight into my situation after all these years. Sure wish I had known about him when I was 18 and started my first surgery path. If there is anything special I should know about his offices or being seen my him, please PM me.
Best healing wishes (swelling specific)
3/82 - Medial Synovial Plica removal both knees
9/89 - Lateral Release both knees
3/08 - Reinjury left knee hiking Asia Pac
5/08 - Miserable Malalignment diagnosis
4/08 - 9/08 Five doctors diff. opinions
7/08 - 02/09 - In PT, no chg.
4/09 - Dr. 6 opinion femur & tibia derotation together

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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2008, 04:24:06 AM »
Hey!
That'll be an awesome appointment with Dr. Teitge you'll have :)

If there is anything specific you would like to know regarding Teitge or whatever, feel free to email me at [email protected] cos I can't figure out how to PM people on these boards...I know that's SO stupid cos I'm a member of several other message boards but these ones, for some reason, throw me for a loop :P And the tub of cold water sounds miserable...haha and I really can't because of all the bathtubs in our house....they have that ledge thing and it's hard to get my foot/leg/ankle whatever, over the high edge. I'm showering in our guest room shower which has that seat thing in it so I don't have to stand, cos then my ankle swells HUGE and it takes about an hour to get it back down....not fun times.

Good luck with everything!

xoxo

Amberle
~*Dr. Robert Teitge's Princess and BIGGEST Fan~*
3 Rotational Osteotomies, 2 Plate Removals at
Deroit Medical Centre Surgery Hospital.
"You're the Queen!!" -Kathy-
Ruler of X-Ray, Queen of the O.R and Princess of Dr. Teitge's Office.
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