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Offline reneerose

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Flying with patella out of alignment problem
« on: October 25, 2009, 12:46:50 AM »
Am going see doc about this on Tuesday October 28  but I've made flight reservations for January 22 for a longhaul flight from San Francisco, CA to South Korea.

I know this can sometimes be corrected without surgery, but would one give conservative treatment at least three months or so before considering surgery?  I want to be able to fly on January 22 and if I really needed surgery I could wait until I got back....

I will see doc on Tuesday and see what he says....just wondering if there is anyone out there with experience.  Thanks!

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Re: Flying with patella out of alignment problem
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 08:45:11 PM »
Welcome to the messed-up-patella club :)  I'd hold off on surgery until AFTER the trip to Korea for several reasons.... one being you never know how your body will respond to surgery and/or rehab, so even though docs have a general timeframe for recovery, it's just a guideline and you can't count on it 100%.  Secondly, with any knee surgery there is a risk of blood clots, and with long flights like yours there is also a remote possibility of clots because of the prolonged sitting time.  To my thinking, putting two risk factors for blood clots together makes it too high of a risk, IMO.

There are many of us on this forum who have put off surgery for years (me being one of them), so it is possible to deal with this conservatively for quite a while before actually having to resort to surgery.  It should always be the last option after everything else has failed anyway.  You could do some physical therapy for now, and they can teach you a taping technique (McConnell taping) that can help to line up your kneecap a bit better for now.  Doesn't work for some people, but for me it works pretty well.  You could try different knee braces to see if any help you get through until after your trip also.  I've been putting off patella realignment surgery for almost two years now and have been able to stay pretty active so far...

See what the orthopedic surgeon says, and definitely ask him/her about your plans for your trip and see what they would recommend. 

2000 R patella dislocation
2004 - Soccer injury - LK medial and lateral meniscectomies
2007 - Dx patellar tilt, lateral subluxation, grade III chondromalacia
5/13/08 - RK medial/lateral meniscectomies & patellar chondroplasty
4/6/2010 - RK TTT/LR scheduled