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Offline BananaAnna838

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2009, 03:24:02 PM »
Your situation sounds somewhat similar to mine! (I have a post in "The patello-femoral joint board")  I was told to do PT to see if that fixed the problem, not just to keep my muscles strong.  I haven't been very long, but she said that it's too soon to tell but since it's a recurring problem, that's not a good sign.  So I think she may think I'll end up with surgery.  In fact, the very same surgery that you might be having!  I'd be very interested to hear how you're doing and about your decision for surgery.

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2009, 01:31:33 AM »
Hey there... my name is Karen, mind if I join in?
   I had the LR/VMO Imbrication done last aug.  My knees had been dislocatining for 32yrs.  I finally decided to have my right one fixed (it's the worst one)  My recovery was different so don't let it discourage you, everyone is different.  Well..I am on crutches 6mo later, and I am going back to sx next thur on the 26th.  I was in a leg brace post-op, and couldnt' get into pt due to my insurance until 4wks post-op.  Well, I was so painful and didn't want anyone near my leg, I didn't even want to touch my leg.  After countless appointments with my OS and every time he didn't know what to do with me, I kept telling him something was wrong and I felt like he wasn't listening to me.  One visit he through his hands up in the air because he was frustrated with me because I would'nt let him examine my knee, he sat down at the end of the table and bumped my foot by accident, I screamed in pain.  He then lightly ran his hand down my thigh to my foot and said that hurts you? I was crying and said yes, stop touching my leg!!  He said I think you have RSD.  We began treating me imeadiately, my progress has been difficult but finally with my OS( ortho surgeon) and PS (pain specialist) it is under control for now.  My next Journey begins next week and I am scared to death.  Because I hadn't been able to move my knee and It was straight in the brace for so long, it froze up.  I tried PT, a CPM machine, a Dyna splint...it is stuck at 75 deg.  I can only wb(weight bear) just a little bit.  I had an MRI and it is full of scar tissue.  So my OS will go in and clean it out and do an MUA( manipulation under anesthesia), after he bends it, I will be on the CPM machine in recovery.  I will be in the hosp a few days with an indwelling cathater in my spine so hopefully I won't feel anything from the waist down for a couple of days!! 
  Everyone is hesitent about the sx due to my RSD, they are afraid of it hitting me worse than before.  But I can't keep sitting around like this...I want my life back, I want to do things with my kids, I miss my job, I want to ride the motorcycle again with my fiance', I need to walk before we set a date ha-ha.  So thats me.  My quad did waste away quickly, even if you are sitting around, just work on tightening it, squeeze and release. 
  Everyone on here is so great with advice, this site has helped me tremendously.  I have to check out Brian's site.  I wish you the best of luck in what ever you do, please keep us posted.

Karen from Boston, Mass

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2009, 09:42:38 AM »
Hi eveyone,

Well I have been doing a fair bit of PT and the mobility and strength of my knee has really improved - I am having surgery in 5 days time on my knee - I've been told that I'll be in hospital for at least 3 days, put into a leg cast for 6 weeks after surgery and then PT after that - So I'll have plenty of time to put up postson this isite! - it amazes me that everyone has had such different surgery experiences rehabprocedures/length of stay iwhether inpatient or outpatient when it comes to the operation, and post op care and mobility!

marti


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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2009, 03:44:05 PM »
Marti,

Best to you, keep us updated on how you are doing and let us encorage you as you start your recovery process.

Annette
1976 first dislocation 10 years old
1980 14 yrs old LR, MR, remove chip bone
1980-2005 numerous dislocations
March 2007 Proximal/distal realignment, chondroplasty
July 2007 MUA
July 2008  synvisc
Sept 2008 patellar tendon tendonitis
June 2009 hardware removal, LR, debriedment

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2009, 12:54:20 PM »
Marti,
Good Luck with the op!  ;D
x x x Becca
Oct31:fall in kitchen, dislocated right patella
Nov21:diagnosed after MRI
Dec23:Quads still asleep. Ultrasound shows frayed meniscus
Dec24: electro-stim 'wakes up' quads. Begin intensive PT
Feb5:RK scope,cartilage removed.

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2009, 10:28:31 PM »
Good luck Marti - you will have to start a post op diary for plenty of encouragement!
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: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2009, 07:52:15 AM »
Hi,

My knee dislocated several times when I was a kid.. I think they called it a "trick knee"

I have also had two lateral releases at Kaiser Hospital in California, 1998, 1999.  However, I was told this was for Arthritis not for dislocation.

They DID NOT WORK!  I am now bone on bone and in need of a BTKR!

I had my left knee cleaned out and was told LR are obsolete and Kaiser should have never done these surgeries. That was in 2002.

My knee, although was arthritic, was OK until I slipped on the ice back east and it dislocated.  I ended up in the emergency room, first day of vacation!
That was 3 months ago and I still have fluid and my patella seems unstable. I am wearing a brace and walk with a cane when I am in a crowd.
I really fear falling again. Next stop... TKR.

One Doctor said I kneed TKR and another one said I should have a Synovectomy... It's really confusing.


Lori

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2009, 04:17:31 PM »
Lori,

Sorry to hear about all your trouble.  i had a ttt, lr, medial reefing done 2 years ago and I feel as stable as ever.  I don't have arthritis though I do have cartilage damage from all the dislocatons, which will send me to having a tkr in the future.

  Are they concerned about the dislocation problem?

Annette
1976 first dislocation 10 years old
1980 14 yrs old LR, MR, remove chip bone
1980-2005 numerous dislocations
March 2007 Proximal/distal realignment, chondroplasty
July 2007 MUA
July 2008  synvisc
Sept 2008 patellar tendon tendonitis
June 2009 hardware removal, LR, debriedment

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2009, 06:24:27 AM »
I went to a new doctor and all he said was he couldn't help.
I am concerned about another dislocation in a store, mall, restaurant etc. It's always in my head oh how fearful I am for this to happen again.

I know I do not have a lateral meniscus so I don't know if that is an issue and I still have fluid on the knee.
It's really fustrating that I can't seem to get a handle on it all.
Lori

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2009, 11:01:33 PM »
Lori,
I can relate to you being concerned about having another dislocation, and i believe that there would be many others on this board who would agree that when you've had more than one, that feeling never quite goes away. 

I personally couldn't stand the unknown any more and started searching for answers.  For me i saw dr's over the years who were always looking for injury and never listened to me when i said this is what is happening to me.  My knee feels like it is going to dislocate but i catch it at the last moment.  it wasn't until i saw my current Os that he said i can fix this problem.  the problem is fixed but now  I have other problems because I waited so long to get it fixed.  ie. no cartilage.

Take it slow and do lots of research and ask lots of questions.  You'll get it figured out and come out with a plan that best suits your particular needs.

take care
Annette
1976 first dislocation 10 years old
1980 14 yrs old LR, MR, remove chip bone
1980-2005 numerous dislocations
March 2007 Proximal/distal realignment, chondroplasty
July 2007 MUA
July 2008  synvisc
Sept 2008 patellar tendon tendonitis
June 2009 hardware removal, LR, debriedment

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2009, 11:48:25 PM »
Hey Marti,
               Good luck with your sx!  Please keep us posted!   I made it through mine....feb 26th.  Was in the hosp for 4 days. I have a post op page if your up to reading it some time.  I hope this finds you well!

Sending Sunshine.......
  Karen...Boston, Ma

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Re: surgery for kneecap disclocations and sublux thingy
« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2009, 06:14:16 PM »
Hi there,

Well it's been an evenful few days and I want to thank all those who sent me best wishes I am going to transfer over to the post op diary section - but just to say, the operation went fine, lateral release and medial plication thing, in a full leg cast with no movement for the next 6 weeks! -pain is unreal ...that's all I can say!

Marti















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