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Drytex Adjustable Patella Donut Brace by Donjoy
« on: August 25, 2005, 04:42:16 AM »
Has anyone had experience either good or bad with this brace?  I find that the neoprene is very itchy and makes my leg sweet and I end up with a rash.  Is the drytex really better?  Does it how up?  How is Donjoy when it comes to customer service if there is a problem with their product?   Thanks a lot
6/2004 partial lateral meniscus removal and microfracture left knee
7/13/05  open lateral release, medial plication, spur removal right knee
12/06  re do proximal realignment right knee (scar tissue formed ) 5 days post op - fell and fractured elbow
08/2009 - feeling good so far work 50 hrs a week

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Re: Drytex Adjustable Patella Donut Brace by Donjoy
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005, 07:35:02 PM »
I think that's the brace I have.  My OS told me the Drytex isn't as hot as neoprene.  That's possible, but it's still plenty hot.  I only wear it for exercise/hiking, etc. and my leg is always sweaty underneath.  But I've never gotten a rash.  And unlike my old neoprene brace, once I "loosen" the drytex, it comes off easily.  I've never dealth with Don-Joy.  I was originally fitted for the brace by a specialist in my OS' office.  I have been losing weight, and when I couldn't keep the old one up, no matter how tightly I pulled the straps, I ordered the smaller size online for half the price.  Another thing I like about this brace - more than sleeves or any neoprene brace I've ever had - is that the area for the back of the knee is totally open.  No material there means no bunching or pinching.  I've taken the metal hinges out to wash the brace, I've worn it in the water, I've never had any trouble other than shrinking out of it.
ACI was supposed to be 2/21/06.  On 6/29/06 Insurance co said have another scope, and if it still looks good, they'll ok the ACI.
Microfracture Dec 7, 2004
   3cm x 6cm lesion, LFC; 3cm x 1cm lesion, trochlear groove; lateral tibial plateau lesion
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Re: Drytex Adjustable Patella Donut Brace by Donjoy
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2005, 09:38:42 PM »
blackbeltgirl -- I'm also into martial arts and wonder what you find the benefit of knee braces are. Other than the DonJoy Defiance III Custom that I am using now because of release from an ACL reconstruction, I always felt that the neoprene/nylon/sleeves really didn't do anything. Perhaps mentally they may assist someone as a reminder of a bad knee. I've NEVER had an issue of keeping my knee warm during any indoor activity, least of all during class!!! I was a veritable sweatbox 20 minutes in.

On occasion I bought a neoprene off the shelf from Ace with the open Patella. I never had a bunching problem in the back. Whether it actually did anything is questionable. It definitely does need to be washed on occasion though. :) I have no experience with DonJoy other than the custom Defiance.

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Re: Drytex Adjustable Patella Donut Brace by Donjoy
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2005, 04:55:11 AM »
I just got the donjoy playmaker in the drytex material today to replace my bledsoe post-op brace. So far I've found it very comfortable. I also really hate neoprene because my leg just gets too hot and uncomfortable in it. I wore the brace all day today after I got it at my OS appt and my leg never felt really sweaty or hot at all. Mine is also a wraparound version and I've found that to be alot more comfortable and easy to wear than the pull on braces. I don't know if the brace you're looking at comes in a wraparound or not but it really makes it easier to adjust the brace and to just put it on and take it off. I always hated that with my old pull on brace I had to take off my shoe to take it off or put it on and it was also a pain to adjust because having to pull on it all the time tended to irritate my knee more.

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LR-5/99 & 9/01
Distal realignment and LR 7/02
TTT revision 6/03
screw removal/MUA 10/03
d/x with severe patella baja
7/05 patellar tendon replacement w/piece of quad tendon
4/07 OATS

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Re: Drytex Adjustable Patella Donut Brace by Donjoy
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2005, 01:24:29 PM »
Slink -

A brace that fits properly, and is the right type of brace for your injury, should make a big difference.  Without my brace my knee felt week.  With it, the metal stabilizers help keep the joint lined up, the sleeve aspect helps keep the patella in its track, and the muscles get extra support.  It made a big difference in my ability to pivot, and in my sparring (since I wasn't afriad of staying on the balls of my feet).   But it's important to have the right kind of brace, and to have it fit properly.  An off-the-shelf Ace type sleeve will only provide minimal support.  Of course my surgeon also found much more extensive damage than he predicted from the films and exam.  Most of the cartilage on the lateral side of my knee is MIA - every time you pivot you shift all the weight to the lateral side of the knee.  So that may be why I benefited from the brace.

Jess
ACI was supposed to be 2/21/06.  On 6/29/06 Insurance co said have another scope, and if it still looks good, they'll ok the ACI.
Microfracture Dec 7, 2004
   3cm x 6cm lesion, LFC; 3cm x 1cm lesion, trochlear groove; lateral tibial plateau lesion
2nd degree black belt, tae kwon do (had to stop)















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