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Offline Kimberly 77

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How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« on: October 06, 2010, 08:04:55 PM »
As some may know, I had arthoscopic surgery to debri my knee cap Aug. 2nd. So it has been a little over 2 months now. I still don't feel the improvement in my knee. My pain tucks me in at night and wakes me up in the mornings. The only change I have is I can now straighten my knee, but it is painful to stand on it straight. I have done PT and still doing it at home, have poor flexion and lots of pain on the sides of my kneecap and in the back of my leg. My PT did say I have a Bakers Cyst, I have not gotten it looked at yet. (trying to decide who to go to next) My question is has it taken anyone alot longer than 2 months to feel the effects of the surgery after a simple clean up? And did you eventually regain all of your range of motion? I am considering seeing another specialist. Thanks!
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 08:26:37 PM »
I think I felt exactly the same as you Kim,e except for the baker's cyst.  At 2 months I wasn't feeling the benefit and at 10 weeks my surgeon was not impressed with my progress and ordered an mri.  The physio said that it could be 12 weeks and that many people suddenly start feeling better at 12 weeks, though i was doubtful I would but strangely enough on the last day fot he 11th week i did start to feel better and the 12th week was really the poitn in which I started to get better and at 15 weeks i decided to drop the stick and although my walking was slow and stiff I did not limp.  even then it took a furger 5 months before the knee felt really good and I would have been back doing everything if it wasn't for the other knee playing up.
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: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 09:26:18 PM »
Thank You, KScope! You have given me hope! I am thinking if someone would take care of this cyst maybe I would feel a bit better. I do feel the same bones clicking together feeling in the back of my leg too with awful burning which I don't think is associated with the cyst, but the cyst causes alot of stiffness and pain down my calf also.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 09:29:28 PM »
At 2 months I had sensations of wamrth and I would touch the knee and it would be cool.
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: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010, 07:10:14 PM »
My knee is hot everywhere, in the back and especially the knee cap. I decided to just go and get another opinion. I made a appojntment for Monday with my general practioner. I know he is not a knee specialist but he delivered 2 of my kids and I have seen him for kidney stones several times. Being a amputee sometimes others think I must not be able to do much but for me that has never been the case, this Dr. knew me before my knee problems and he knows how well I got around before this, so I think he will take me seriously. Also he has been in my area for several years and can surely point me to someone who can help. I just feel something is majorly messed up in there still. I am only able to stand for about 5 mins. and can walk for about 20 mins. before I am dying from pain, sleeping is hard and so is just sitting. Anyway, I'll post back after my apponitment.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010, 07:28:00 PM »
Sorry to hear that but I wasn't much better at standing and walking either.  Until about March this year (surgery was in August last year) if I walked barefoot on a hard surface I would feel every step through my knee.  Even when I could walk really well on carpet.  My knee still got a bit hot at times around 2 months but it was getting less and less by then.

I know things are difficult now and I'd still hold out that things might come right.
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: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2010, 07:55:29 PM »
Thank You! I really hope that you are right :)
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2010, 08:47:59 PM »
Well, all I'm saying is you must hold out because these things can take longer than expected.  You are doing the right thing in getting it checked out and an mri is a good idea.  Mri's aren't particularly good but its the best thing other than a scope.  at 2 months my surgeon was a bit concerned but I was just taking longer than he expected to recover.  My surgery was last August so I was pretty much in your position exactly a year ago and I was really miserable at the thought that my chrondoplasty might have failed.  My pt said that even if it had I had to keep on with my rehab and get the best function I can, that was his mantra, he wouldn't say anything about recommending antoher scope at the time.
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: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2010, 03:28:56 PM »
Ok, so I seen the Dr. He wants to get another mri and send me to a specialist who happens to be about 50 miles from me. My mri is scheduled for Friday. He thinks maybe something else could be going on and maybe my surgeon missed it. He was surprised at how down hill I have gone since he seen me last (3 years ago). I also got put on a blood pressure med and he gave me tramadol for pain. I am not sure if I like the tramadol yet, it kind of makes me feel wired out or something but seems to help the pain some. I have no idea if the mri will show anything, the way my knee feels it should...but atleast I have some kind of hope at getting better again.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2010, 05:35:45 PM »
Kim

Good news that you're having another MRI and that something else might be done. I was prescribed Tramadol last year and whilst it dulled the pain it made me feel pretty ill. Be careful how much you take, and how you then stop it. Despite being on a low dose for about 10 days when I stopped I had horrific withdrawl - nightmares, sweats, sickness for 48 hours. I also found I was very slow in my reaction speed when I was on it.

Good luck with the MRI and the new appointments,

Lottie  :)
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
Euflexxa working well x3 to current
Right forefoot CRPS post fusion surgery 2011
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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2010, 08:10:51 PM »
Interesting Lottie, I didn't know Tramadol was so addicting. I will definately be careful taking them. I am now wondering why my Dr. prescribed me so many of them. He gave me 90 count bottle with 3 refills.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2010, 11:01:47 PM »
Kim

I think drugs react differently with different people. Many people probably don't experience those effects. I also was given about 280 tablets when I was prescribed it with my GP saying "it isn't addictive and if it is a bit then you'll be fine in a week!". Don't get me wrong - if it works for the pain then it is worth it, but I didn't like the side effects. I'm on celebrex now, and not everyone suits that. Horses for courses. Sorry if I've worried you, just be aware of how you're feeling whilst on it. Try and take the lowest dose you can too.

Lottie x :)
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
Euflexxa working well x3 to current
Right forefoot CRPS post fusion surgery 2011
Refusing to let the ailing parts stop me....

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2010, 05:01:00 PM »
Thanks Lottie! I usually just take them at night to help me sleep.  My mri is tomorrow so wish me LUCK :)
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2010, 03:03:58 PM »
Well once again I am not very hopeful. I got a call from my Dr. yesterday he said my mri showed arthritis and some swelling but nothing torn or damaged. He couldn't see why I am still having so much pain. He is still sending me to the OS he referred me to, but I don't think he will do anything for me being the mri looked ok. I am lost as what is causing my pain. I know arthritis is some of it but the pain and pressure in the back of my knee don't make sense because I supposedly have arthritis of my patella. Anyway, just a update.
Right leg amputee.
Osteoarthritis in left knee.
Medial femoral condyle defect, arthoscopy 8-2-10
Grade 3 defects, patella, medial femoral condyle, tibia scoped1-12-2011
Physical theraphy and awaiting microfrature 2-1-12

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Re: How long before I will know if surgery was sucessful?
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2010, 03:16:28 PM »
Kim

In some ways it is good news that nothing is torn etc although it would then give you a "reason" more clearly I guess. It can take a LONG time for an arthritic joint to settle down after a scope and chondro, so don't give up hope yet. Did you have another round of visco shots at all? I know you mentioned it. My kneecap has arthritis too and I feel your pain. As said before, Celebrex helped me, as did the Euflexxa shot. Its very frustrating though.

I hope things improve soon for you

Lottie xx
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
Euflexxa working well x3 to current
Right forefoot CRPS post fusion surgery 2011
Refusing to let the ailing parts stop me....















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