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Offline tenisfan

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knee cartilage transplant
« on: November 18, 2009, 08:01:03 PM »
Has anyone had a knee cartilage transplant, and if so does it work, My microfracture has failed so now they want to do this cartilage transplant, my doctor is pretty confident that it will work, so just wondering if anyone has had success with it, and also what to expect once it is done, pain level and recovery time. :) Thanks for any advice
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009, 06:00:10 PM »
I had  mosaicplasty to cover an extensive bone on bone patch in my knee 16 months ago, and have just (4 wks) ago had a revision surgery of the acl iun the same knee.  The cartildge cover is good, i have seen it on the dvd that was provided, so yes, it was sucessful and like you was done after a failed microfracture.

It hurts big for about 10 days but good painkillers deal with that.

I was NWB for 4 weeks and on crutches for 10 weeks in total.

I didnt drive (manual) for 7 weeks.

The rehab is very passive and lasts a full year!!

Lisa
left knee problems since 1994
2 clean outs cartlilage removed both times
Acl recon oct 2006- extensive arthritis in medial side
Mosaicpasty june 2008

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2009, 11:07:45 PM »
thanks for the info i know i have to do it because this knee pain right now stinks, so its good to know that this next surgery could be very successful :) was your surgery done as a outpatient or did you have to spend the night in the hospital? A full year of rehab? woow that is a long time but i guess there is nothing i can do about that, thanks for the info                     Kim
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 12:24:46 PM »
I'm having OATS (transplant of cartlidge) on Monday. Everything i've read seems to be (mainly) positive, and im looking forward to getting it completed.
I've been told to expect a year of physio treatment (to one degree or another) and lots of hard work in between physio visits.
As for pain - well looking forward to some respite from what i have on a day to day basis TBH.
I'm in hospital for 2 nights - but that could be because im also having my ACL reconstructed at the same time.

Good luck and keep us posted.
RT Knee collapsed 08/2009
MRI 10/2009 - torn ACL
Arthroscopy and MFX - 10/2009
ACL and OATS 11/2009
RT knee lateral release, mosaicplasty and medial reefing - 22nd September 2010.
Still not 100% OK :(

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 10:24:50 PM »
good luck to you and your surgery. I just saw my surgeon today, and he drained my knee for the sixth time, there is no way around it i have to do this surgery. I am just waiting for all the paper work and such, and getting  on a donor list, and just wait for the phone call. It is kind of strange! Let me know how your surgery goes, and wishing you a speedy recovery :) and thanks
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2009, 12:44:50 PM »
Kimbo - my suregery went well thanks.
The OS took a section of cartlidge from a non weight bearing section of the medial femoral condyle and transplanted it to where i was defficient. I am now 4 days post op, the pain is only really there first thing in the morning and i'm taking it very easy as per OS and PT's recommendations.


Do you have your date/paperwork yet?
RT Knee collapsed 08/2009
MRI 10/2009 - torn ACL
Arthroscopy and MFX - 10/2009
ACL and OATS 11/2009
RT knee lateral release, mosaicplasty and medial reefing - 22nd September 2010.
Still not 100% OK :(

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2009, 03:34:50 PM »
Hi Kim

i was in hospital for one night and then went home to my upstairs flat where i live alone.  I had help with meals for a week or so but did pretty good.  I have never once regretted this surgery or the passive rehab, my osteoarthritic symptoms which were with massive grade 3 problems very prominent before are non existant now.  Not a single pain.

Lisa
left knee problems since 1994
2 clean outs cartlilage removed both times
Acl recon oct 2006- extensive arthritis in medial side
Mosaicpasty june 2008

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009, 06:29:26 AM »
Glad to hear the surgery went well. I went to the Usc game last night and walking up the stairs was so brutal, i just want this surgery to be over with. How long do you have to be on crutches? I am so gald to hear that everyone is happy with there results. Okay so my doctor says this can be a outpatient surgery, but it sounds like i should prepare myself for a hospital stay it sounds like :) thanks for the advice I am still waiting for a date
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009, 08:54:44 AM »
I was planned to be in hospital for 2 nights, in the end i was in for just a single night.
I'm totally non-weight bearing for 14 days - to let the cartlidge bed in (so to speak). It's hard being dependant on others - for instance making a drink is Ok, to transport it from kitchen to sofa is down to the kids/helpers task and is a major pain in the ass.

I also slipped the other day on the stairs with my crutches (stupid error) and managed to put all my weight onto my bad leg, so i guess i'll have to wait and see if thats done any damage.

Good luck and keep us posted.
RT Knee collapsed 08/2009
MRI 10/2009 - torn ACL
Arthroscopy and MFX - 10/2009
ACL and OATS 11/2009
RT knee lateral release, mosaicplasty and medial reefing - 22nd September 2010.
Still not 100% OK :(

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009, 03:41:26 PM »
Are OATS and ACI availaable on the NHS?  If not are they likely to be?
Feb 08 Inurred right knee
18 months of physio, knee tracking but knee still painful
Aug 09 Scope - Small tear in acl, fragment found in postereo-lateral compartment, suprapatella and lateral plica and small defect in mfc.
May 10 Right knee feeling better but left knee causing trouble as a result o

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2009, 09:15:02 PM »
well the microfracture surgery that i had i know got runined because i had to chase after my grandson headed toward a pool, and that was a week after surgery, plus i have a hard time sitting still, so i know this is not going to be easy for me. I also have a bad right knee  so i am a little bit scared on what all the weight bearing is going to do to this knee, but there is nothing i can do i just have to be positive, and wait for this surgery to happen, which i hope is soon because my knee kills. Keep me posted on the rehab and let me know how it goes   Kim
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2009, 12:44:33 PM »
kscope09 - yes they are available on the NHS. I had mine done privately (a perk of working for a large company, i guess) but my OS is a consultant at 3 local NHS hospitals and therefore does it all the time on the NHS.

Kim - I had the operation on my rt knee, but my left knee is now starting to hurt everytime i walk around. I am also getting the familiar grinding noises and feeling in my left knee, which caused me to have the MFX and OATS in the first place. Gonna discuss this with my OS when i see him next week.
I too like you am not good at sitting around - so all those little jobs that the carers haven't done (emptying dishwasher for instance) i've done, but sometimes it's meant putting some weight on my right leg - which im not supposed to do. And now i'm paying for it - as my right knee is now hurting like hell, whereas for 3 days'ish i had taken no pain relief, but im back on them today.  :-\
Like most posters i'm updating my diary as i go along, it's less than 100 posts so far, so it's fairly easy to find. ;)

Keep positive, it really does help and let us know how it goes.
Craig 
RT Knee collapsed 08/2009
MRI 10/2009 - torn ACL
Arthroscopy and MFX - 10/2009
ACL and OATS 11/2009
RT knee lateral release, mosaicplasty and medial reefing - 22nd September 2010.
Still not 100% OK :(

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2009, 08:17:55 AM »
 ::) Okay so i am going to the USC game on Saturday. Does anyone have any tips on how i get up and down the stairs, with this knee problem I did it once and it was agony. There is like 15 of them i have to go up, going down is not to bad. Thanks  Kim
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2009, 09:27:02 AM »
The good leg goes up and the bad leg goes down.
Feb 08 Inurred right knee
18 months of physio, knee tracking but knee still painful
Aug 09 Scope - Small tear in acl, fragment found in postereo-lateral compartment, suprapatella and lateral plica and small defect in mfc.
May 10 Right knee feeling better but left knee causing trouble as a result o

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Re: knee cartilage transplant
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009, 05:12:13 AM »
Has anyone tried synvesic injections to take away some of the pain under the knee cap? My doctor wants to me try it before my surgery, because we dont know how long it is going to be before i get a donor for the cartilage. It could be two weeks or it could be months, so in the mean time my knee kills,  i am willing to try anything at this point ::)  thanks  Kim
2006 right knee surgery, meniscus
2008 left knee lateral release,  meniscus
2009 microfracture left knee, lateral meniscus,  fragment
2009 cartilage transplant oats
2010 loose fragment removal, meniscus fraying,found another defect
2010 oats failed, synvesic injections ,2011 right knee meniscus















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