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Offline heelzgirl03

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Recurrent kneecap dislocations-questions regarding surgery!
« on: March 24, 2009, 10:33:05 PM »
Hey everyone, so here's my story in a nutshell....I am 28 years old, have been dealing with recurrent bilateral kneecap dislocations since I was 6 years old (twice in my life they have both dislocated at the same time!).  When I was younger, I was told that surgery would not help, however I have now heard from 2 ortho docs that they can "fix this with surgery."  The ortho surgeon I recently saw said that the lateral relase/VMO tightening has a 90% chance of working, but it will be 6 weeks of no weight bearing, 2-3 months out of work....this is very frustrating to hear, as I am a nurse, and am on my feet for 12+ hours a day!  However, I am becoming quite paranoid/panicky about my knees (my right one has always been worse than my left) and know I need to do something.....they are slipping more and more, and the only time I feel safe is when I am wearing braces on both legs.  I would love to hear from people who have had this surgery, and let me know what the recovery is like and if the surgery has been successful!  Any information would be helpful!

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Re: Recurrent kneecap dislocations-questions regarding surgery!
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009, 10:59:56 PM »
hey read ur post . ive had similar problems . im now 23 and my dislocations didnt start till i was 18 . both kneecaps dislocate with me bilaterally also . if you are in 2 minds about surgery why not have a 2nd opinion 2 see what the other surgeon says ? have u tried everything like physiotherapy to try and strenghten the muscles ? i had that surgery u mentioned (didnt work 4 me as i found out after surgery i have hypermobility syndrome also) my friend has recently had this procedure done .. so far so good tho :) if you have any queries please mail me :)
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Re: Recurrent kneecap dislocations-questions regarding surgery!
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 06:34:24 AM »
Hi Heel: just a quick question, is the vm for vastis medialis ?? If so good luck i had that done to try and keep my kneecap centally tracking. If you have any questions on that let me know. Good luck with your knee. Take care Irene

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Re: Recurrent kneecap dislocations-questions regarding surgery!
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 01:57:48 PM »
Hi there,

It is definitely worth giving surgery if you have had problems that long.

Just make sure your surgeon is planning to do the lateral release for the right reasons. Not doing so can cause further problems.

Like Welshbabe said, it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion. Make sure that the surgeon you sees specialises in patella instability. It is so important.
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