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Offline gimpy02

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ok I'm very new to this site but not new to knee injuries :'(.. my problems started in June of 2007 when me being a bit too competitive went for a ball that i never should have and twisted my knee. I of couse felt the classic "pop" but didn't think much of it at first since i was immediatly able to bear wear and even continued playing(big mistake).. that is when my troubles started.. i had 9 months of PT and 4 cortisone injections for a "grade 2 MCL sprain" which never healed. and then on March 17, 2008 my poor knee said "screw u" and gave out on me with gutwrenching pain and a very audible POP. i along with the nurses that i worked with thought for sure that my ACL and or MCL have torn, well despite immediate swelling and inability to put any weight on my knee(felt as though it were going to fall apart) i was told that "there was no tear" but my "ortho would refer me to a specialist... so i came back to Baltimore and after seeing 2 more "specialists" who also didnt know squat i found a great ortho. who took one look at my knee, ordered an MRI(my 5th) to confirm his suspicions and scheduled my first surgery. I had my frist LR, scope, Meniscus cleanup and femoral groove deepening on June 6th 2008, almost exactly one year since the injury. all was going well until about 4 months postop when i (A) tried rushing to get back to cheerleading, and (B)tripped over carpet. which caused my patella to start dislocating again. due to insurance reasons i had to hold off on surgery for another 9 months but then on Aug 4th 2009 i had my second surgery which was supposed to be a TTT, LR and possible MPFL reconstruction or tightening. however i was told after surgery that there was too much damage to do the TTT so a proximal realignment was done instead, i was told that the LR, bone shaving, and MPFL were done. so now my only concern is what if this doesnt work, and the dislocations continue.
6/25/07~first knee injury grade 2 MCL tear
3/17/08~knee blows out
5/08~4th MRI of knee with 5th ortho
6/05/08~first knee surgery... LK, LR patella cleanup, meniscus repair
9/08~reinjure knee have massive fluid drained
01-06/09~several dislocations
8/04/09~2nd surgery LR, MPFL, prox realignment

Offline Silkncardcrafts

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Re: What's next? TTT couldnt be done... what if dislocations continue
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 06:37:30 AM »
Hi there,

I can understand your frustrations, but you need to think positively.

A lot of work has been done on your knee. All the procedures you've had are aimed at tightening up the knee cap.

See no reason why it shouldn't come good.

All the best with your rehab.
11/1996 - RK LR
07/1997 - LK LR
11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
11/02/10 - RK Trochleoplasty
07/03/11 - RK Chrondroplasty

Offline gimpy02

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Re: What's next? TTT couldnt be done... what if dislocations continue
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009, 03:37:15 PM »
thanks...

i know that i need to think positively and that this will work this time around. but i can thelp but think that since the first LR didnt work why should this one, i know that i can't go back to competitive cheerleading but i did wanna give softball a shot since it is less demanding on my knees..

I go back to the ortho on the 19th for postop and to see about whether ill be getting a new brace or not and about starting PT
6/25/07~first knee injury grade 2 MCL tear
3/17/08~knee blows out
5/08~4th MRI of knee with 5th ortho
6/05/08~first knee surgery... LK, LR patella cleanup, meniscus repair
9/08~reinjure knee have massive fluid drained
01-06/09~several dislocations
8/04/09~2nd surgery LR, MPFL, prox realignment

Offline adlottis

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Re: What's next? TTT couldnt be done... what if dislocations continue
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009, 04:08:35 PM »
Hi,

I too am not new to knee problems.  I understand and can also relate to your feelings regarding "whether this surgery worked or not"   I too have lived and still do live with those thoughts, but the best thing you can do now is concentrate on your rehab.  Listen to your PT and get that leg as strong as possible.  Keeping your quad as strong as possible plays a big part in the success of the surgery.  So concentrate on the task at hand and just continue to make the best progress you possibly can.

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

Offline karen smith

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Re: What's next? TTT couldnt be done... what if dislocations continue
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009, 01:23:38 PM »
I live in the UK but had similar problems.  I had all the tightening ops and was eventually told nothing more could be done.  My knee kept dislocating so I knew I had to get it sorted.  My physio recomended a great surgeon who is world famous and has pioneered many procedures commonly used today worldwide. 

He was totally diferrent to all the others.  He oozed confidence and assured me he could reconstruct a knew ligament and affix it such that my kneecap would have natural movement but would not dislocate again.  He used tissue from around my hamstring to make the new ligament.  6 years down the line, and many a fall since, it is still in place.  I told him if he fixed it I was going to use it and not be a couch potato. 

I am sure, if you look you will find someone just as good.  Do try and find a surgeon who specialises in knees only like I did.  Whilst general orthopaedic surgeons are good, you really need one who does nothing but knee issues 100% of the time.

Contact me direct for more info if you want.

Karen