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Offline xdancex

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microfracture surgery!!
« on: March 13, 2009, 11:17:51 PM »
hey i have no idea if i did this right but lets hope someone sees this!!! Im a 16 year old girl and i have had 12 knee surgeries. Last week i underwnet a microfracture surgery.. It hurt really badly.  My OS told me i would be on crutches for a min of 8 weeks.  Im not very good at not walking!!! or not doing anything for that matter!! I was wondering if that was normal protocol for microfracture surgery..

if anyone knows anything please help!!!
-dancer in pain!
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7 scopes
4 meniscal repairs
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Re: microfracture surgery!!
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2009, 11:42:28 PM »
You poor thing that seems like a lot to have gone through at such a young age!!  It is normal procedure for microfracture surgery to be non weight nearing, and the length of time varies according to surgeon an according to their individual protocol, so beleive me you will become better at not walking.  The hurt will go away...the recoevry is quite lengthy though.

When i had mine i was only NOn weight bearing for 4 weeks.............cructhes for 6!!

You do need to behave with this because it will aid your recovery.

Asl away if more is required and good luck with your recovery!!

Love Lisa x x
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2 clean outs cartlilage removed both times
Acl recon oct 2006- extensive arthritis in medial side
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Re: microfracture surgery!!
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2009, 11:47:43 PM »
Hey there, sorry you are going through this and have been through so much at such a young age.  I can tell you what I know about MFX surgery as I had it 8 months ago.  I had a osteochondral impaction fracture of the medial femoral condyle.  My OS thought he could fix it with MFX.  I was in a lot of pain post op(have had 4 other scopes with minimal pain) I was Non weight bearing for 8 weeks, partial weight bearing for another 4.  Then after about 2 weeks of full weight bearing was back on one crutch for about 3 weeks. Needless so say it was heck from the begining.  So you are on the right track NWB for 6-8 weeks is standard. I dont want to scare you, but rather prepare you.  There are many here on this site that have had successful MFX done, I however, am not one of those. My pain post op and now are /was far worse than preop.  My defect was 2.5 cm x .5 cm, after continued pain, for months OS ordered another MRI, it showed that the MFX had failed and the defect had sctually increased in size.  So he referred me to a sports med specialist and I am geting ready to undergo first a diagnostic scope if the defect hasnt increased too much in size she will procede in opening me up an do the OATS procedure(removing plugs of bone and cartilage from a non weight bearing site in my knee, usually lateral side, and put those plugs into the defect) if the defect has increased too much she will close up after the scope and arrange osteochondral allograft(they take the bone and cartilage from a cadaver).Since my MFX I havent been able to do alot, cant go up and down steps, can walk far at all, severe swelling and Im on narcotic pain meds every 6 hours. I really wish that I had known of this site before I had the MFX.  But like I said there are successful MFX ops on here, failures too. Just be careful and I think one of the most important things is to make sure YOU STICK TO BEING NON WEIGHT BEARING so you sont sluff off any new fibrocartilage that forms.  Good luck to you and keep us posted.

PEACE & LOVE
Michele
Right Knee:  1983 meniscal tear scope debridment &lateral release. 1991, 1997, 2001
2003 scope meniscal tears. 
8-08 MFX MFC lesion FAILED.
 4-09 Went in for OATS-not a canidate.
 6-09 Uni Right MFC.

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Re: microfracture surgery!!
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2009, 02:40:45 AM »
michelle-
thank you soo much.  when i had the surgery my OS said that my entire knee was destroyed &&my lesion was like 2.8x1.89 which i think its pretty big for a small knee.  and its so hard to keep w/o walking because i feel as tho i could.  did they put you in that passive movement machine after surgery?? because they have me in that and doing a bike with no resistance.  I pretty much have my range of motion back..ill have the rest once the stiches come out on monday.  and how long untill you could drive? lol i just got my licens so i just want to drive..and i dont know if you said whehter or not you were involed in any sports..but i usually danced around 5-6 hours everyday. with my knee brace so im asuming ill still have to wear one.

Sorry for all the questions!!
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Re: microfracture surgery!!
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2009, 08:36:13 PM »
Hey Claire, man you have a pretty large defect, i dont want to scare you but I have read (upon doing my research) that MFX shouldnt even be attempted if the defect is larger than 1cm squared. The reasoning behind it was that there was too large of an area for the firbrocartilage to fill in. However you are way young and will probably heal fast therefore forming a good fibrocartilage clot shouldnt be a prob, just want you to keep that tid bit of info in the back of your mind for later.  Yes I was in a CPM machine like 6 hours a day, and probably after 3 weeks started the recumbent stationary bike with no resistence.  You know I am not positive how long it was before I could drive, I asked my husband and we are in agrement that it was around 6 weeks ( I know youre chomping at the bit to hit the roads young lady :)) I have always been very active in sports since the age of 5, Ive played every sport I could, including football in hte neighborhood(thats how I got my first knee injury).  ANd until this last injury I was playing softball on a ladies team and was active at the YMCA.As far as a brace I believe you will need to continue using, it couldnt hurt ya know? Listen if you have any more questions please feel free to ask away you can also email me, i dont think you can private msg me yet ( you have to have 20 post to do that).Gppd luck, and as always PEACE & LOVE
Michele
Right Knee:  1983 meniscal tear scope debridment &lateral release. 1991, 1997, 2001
2003 scope meniscal tears. 
8-08 MFX MFC lesion FAILED.
 4-09 Went in for OATS-not a canidate.
 6-09 Uni Right MFC.

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Re: microfracture surgery!!
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2009, 09:59:14 PM »
michele-
yeah if i could have yuor email or whatever so i can keep posted with you.
its nice to talk to someone who knows what its like cause everyone always says they know what it feels like but you never really know untill youve gone thru it.

thank you soo much!!
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Re: microfracture surgery!!
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2009, 10:49:21 PM »
You got that right its a truly painful recovery, I had had 4 scopes prior to that one bounced back no prob, the MFX kicked my a** :). Yea my email is [email protected] Hit me up anytime.  As always PEACE & LOVE
Michele
Right Knee:  1983 meniscal tear scope debridment &lateral release. 1991, 1997, 2001
2003 scope meniscal tears. 
8-08 MFX MFC lesion FAILED.
 4-09 Went in for OATS-not a canidate.
 6-09 Uni Right MFC.