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Offline lhanders

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No meniscus???
« on: July 26, 2010, 08:40:37 PM »
My Dr. claimed that one does not really need their meniscus (mine was destroyed). Are there any of you out there who don't have theirs, and if so, do you experience normalcy and/or lots of knee pain?

I am just 6 weeks out of tpf surgery.

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 03:13:10 PM »
If your doctor told you you don't need your meniscus, I would slowly back away and find another doctor. (or, at the VERY least, get hiim to clarifiy his statement)

Do you NEED it like you need your lungs or liver or heart? No. You can live without it. But by all means you should do as much as possible to preserve whatever you can, for as long as you can--even if it's only 10, 15, 25% of it.

The meniscus acts as a shock absorber for the joint. Take that out, and the two ends of your bone (and, by extent, the articular cartilage that covers them) can end up whackadoodling on each other...something that can cause a whole host of problems, including early onset osteoarthritis. And if you already are having problems with the cartilage on the ends of the bone, it compounds the issue.
89: Pat. dislocation, lat. meniscus tear, femoral OCD lesion
89: debridement, chondroplasty, lateral partial menisectomy
02: partial lat. menisc., debride
02: mfx
09: subtotal menisc., debride, c'plasty
10: scope/debride
10: varus DFO
13: HWR
15: total menisc., debride, c'plasty, notchplasty

Offline stacey123

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010, 01:28:09 AM »
I totally agree with mmrocker except that I would run away quickly from that doctor instead of back away slowly, if possible. If you have no choice I would point blank ask him what the purpose of the menisci are and what are your options/risks without them. Good luck!
12/29/09: Complete tears ACL, PCL, LCL, bucket handle tear of meniscus, post lateral corner damage
1/26/10: Menisectomy, 95% removed

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010, 03:52:46 PM »
My husband had a meniscal alloygraft to replace his meniscus

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010, 04:57:58 PM »
fbame, did your husband's menscal allograft work? 

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2010, 02:03:26 AM »
Eventually I will have a meniscus transplant, after reconstruction of my ligaments and PLC. My dr. says that all implants fail within 7-9 yrs. but they can go in and do a new one which is better than guaranteed arthritis as he put it. Wish you the best!
12/29/09: Complete tears ACL, PCL, LCL, bucket handle tear of meniscus, post lateral corner damage
1/26/10: Menisectomy, 95% removed

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010, 08:34:04 PM »
My husband had a meniscal alloygraft to replace his meniscus

But those don't last very long...and many people are  not candidates for one if the other damage in the knee gets too bad.
89: Pat. dislocation, lat. meniscus tear, femoral OCD lesion
89: debridement, chondroplasty, lateral partial menisectomy
02: partial lat. menisc., debride
02: mfx
09: subtotal menisc., debride, c'plasty
10: scope/debride
10: varus DFO
13: HWR
15: total menisc., debride, c'plasty, notchplasty

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2010, 01:54:03 AM »
MMrocker,

Do you know of other options because I would be interested. I know they don't last long and you have to be a candidate but I sure want to avoid arthritis if possible. I would love to hear of other pssibilities, if any. Thanks.
12/29/09: Complete tears ACL, PCL, LCL, bucket handle tear of meniscus, post lateral corner damage
1/26/10: Menisectomy, 95% removed

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2010, 08:13:18 PM »
My husbands menicus was severed along with a TP fracture, dislocated knee, and torn acl and mcl..he only had his "new" menicus for a little over a year due to getting a total Knee replacement.

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2010, 08:06:23 AM »
Hi,

I'm sad to say, but our treatment options after subtotal meniscectomy very very limited. Our options seems to be: meniscus transplant (cadaver allograft), Actifit scaffold and Menaflex (problems with FDA).

My plan is to get first Actifit scaffold. If Actifit fails I will go for meniscus transplant surgery.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Skiing accident in january 2010. Left knee, medial joint space narrowing and constant pain following partial meniscectomy (30% medial meniscus left). Trying to prolong the knee replacement as long as I can.

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Re: No meniscus???
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2011, 07:16:10 AM »
Hi stacey,
Have you had your ligaments repaired yet?
I just want to give you some hope on your grafts not failing within 6-9yrs,
I'm 6yrs out from all my ligaments reconed, & 5yrs from plc. My acl mcl pcl & plc are all fine, some laxity but that was within tolerances of
The surgery.
The only graft that's failed is my lcl due to it being synthetic,
It failed 1yr post op, had it done again with my plc.
I've always had some sort of problem with my lcl & it's chronic now,
As to meniscus i!ve probly got 10-20% lateral left, with some joint space narrowing, I can still do a lot of the things I did pre injury & lead an active life.
Good luck bd
1999 acl mcl recon'
05 knee dilocation acl mcl lcl pcl recon's 80% lateral meniscus removal
06 plc recon' lcl tighened up
Chronic lcl problems(ongoing)
reinjured dec10 mcl grade 2
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