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Offline Kimz rotten knee

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Will I ever recover from the maquet procedure I had 6 months ago
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:34:12 AM »
I am a 40year female who hurt her knee at work in November 09.  I was referred to physiotherapy, during consultations i was told that my knee injury is to extensive for physio to heal.  I was referred to orthopaedic surgeon who told me I had grade 4 cartilage damage and two fractures on my patella.  He booked me in for a lateral release in January 2010, and my nightmare begins.  This surgery did work i was in constant pain from the very beginning, my knee was 6cm swollen and my movement was less than 70 degrees. I was on non weight barring crutches for 8 weeks and attended physio 3 times a week.  The only thing that helped was the ice the physio gave at the end of treatment.  Dr booked me in for a maquet procedure in May 2010, i was in hospital for 5 days, in a knee brace for 3 months and on crutches for 5 months. I am in constant pain and bored out of my brain, isn't it sad when the only time you leave your house is to go to the Dr. My knee injury has now officially effected my whole family way of life, i used to be so active and loved playing with my girls. They have missed out on so many things this year, its just not far. My youngest had to pull out of a representative sporting team because i couldn't travel to the country venue, she was so upset that she took my crutches and through them across the room and yelled I HATE YOUR KNEE.
For the past 7 months i have been in intensive physio, hydrotherapy. Last month i thought i was improving swelling was done movement was good. I could go shopping again. Then out of the blue i started experiencing those stabbing pains in the knee joint, the constant ache behind the knee. Swelling is back up and movement is down, back to the specialist another MRI. Depression starts to kick back in, I wish to god i never had the first operation as the pain i thought i was feeling then was discomfort. Now i no what real pain is.
Has anyone ever fully recovered from a maquet procedure.

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Re: Will I ever recover from the maquet procedure I had 6 months ago
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 09:49:47 AM »
Yikes what a horror story. I'm so sorry that you're having such a rough time. As you've discovered patella issues are amongst the trickiest ones to deal with. In your original injury, did you dislocate your knee? Do you have any history of knee issues? What is your range of movement like now - flexion and extension?

One thing jumps out at me - you were told that you have Grade 4 cartilage damage and injury to the patella. The cartilage damage will remain, despite the initial soft tissue re alignment and then the Maquet. If either of these procedures have shifted pressure onto the damaged areas (and I assume they were done with the aim of doing just the opposite, but sometimes things don't quite work out..) then the pain will continue. If you have extensive muscle weakness then the patella still won't be tracking right and pressure may still be falling onto those areas. What scans and X rays did you have done prior to the procedures? Are you UK based? You may experience pain anyway with Grade 4 damage, its basically arthritis style damage but it can settle (I have Grade3-4 damage on both kneecaps and its been improved by physio, the right meds and patience) - but if you're battling healing from a big surgery then the knee never gets chance to settle down. Have you had Physio since the Maquet? Building your leg muscle is essential to get the patella back into the desired position after the alignment. What do they say? It certainly takes some time to heal from such procedures, check out some of the diaries on here discussing TTT (which the Maquet is a variant of I believe) recovery - Doublemom has a very good one and there are a few current ones in the Diary section. I can find the links if it will help.

Try and stay positive (easier said than done I know). Knees are most definitely a marathon not a sprint, but try and find out as much as you can about whats been done to you, why and how you can now move forwards. You have to be own advocate with knees and sometimes fight to be heard. It isn't acceptable for you to be so compromised at your age with a family.

I hope things get better for you,

Lottie x :)
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: Will I ever recover from the maquet procedure I had 6 months ago
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 10:08:05 AM »
Thanks for your comments they really helped.

In my initial injury, i pulled the muscle which holds the knee cap in place and my knee cap was pulled slightly out of the socket, i also fractured my knee cap in two places.

I have had 5 MRI's and prob about 10 xrays and 3 ultrasounds. I am from Australia and i supposedly have one of the best orthopaedic surgeons looking after me.
I seen the specialist yesterday, he wants to have another look off for another MRI. He thinks i should have made greater progress with my recovery. He knows i have been working hard and that i do everything he and the physio say. I have been in physio for a year now and we work really hard to strengthen my muscles.

I am feeling very sad and sorry for myself right now. I am not normally such a Whiner

I hope you have a very merry christmas and a safe new year..

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Re: Will I ever recover from the maquet procedure I had 6 months ago
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 01:34:36 PM »
Kim
Sorry to hear of your problem.
You are not whining you are just telling it like it is. This knee stuff can suck the strength out of the toughest person.  Especially the pain.
Your patella break and subsequent surgery are long haul things.  Especially so close in succession.  Either one can take a year to recover from,  so 7 months is still early.  Sorry about the daughter disappointments as well.  I have 4 and know the drama well. Not a whole lot I can say to make it better for you other than you have come to the right place for support.  We all know the anger, frustration, and disappointment that knees can cause.
Take Care Kim,
Rknees4
Knee pain since teens
06/09 Patella mal-alignment grade 3/4 chondromalasia both knees, PFS
09/11/09 patella realignment,Trillat/LR/scope cleanupRK
10/02/11 patella realignment,Trillat/LR/scope cleanupLK
Cortisone LK 04/06/11
Scope LK,/RK HW removed 28/06/12
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