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Offline start_trouble

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Is a second Fulkerson Osteotomy the answer??
« on: April 12, 2011, 08:02:52 AM »
Hi everybody! I'm going to see my surgeon tomorrow morning and wanted some opinions from people who have had similar experiences. Here's a brief history on me:

21 y.o. Female w/ hypermobility and constant subluxation. Formally active in sports.
L Knee (Medial Reefing) 2006
R Knee (Lateral Release) 2008
R Knee (Fulkerson Osteotomy + Open Lateral Release) June 2010

My knees have been a constant source of torture because of malalignment and maltracking.
Because of my hypermobility, surgical procedures involving soft tissue haven't been effective.
The Fulkerson Osteotomy on my right knee was the best decision of my life: I can now walk without limping, drive without crying, etc.

PROBLEM:
My left knee has been slowly deteriorating as the Medial Reefing has started to fail.
It is now more painful than my recently repaired right knee, especially when I squat.
Dr. told me I would eventually need a Fulkerson Osteotomy on the left knee.
I will not have proper health coverage once I graduate college and start my own job.

NOW THE QUESTION:
Should I get the Fulkerson Osteotomy now, with a hurting left knee that isn't getting better?
Should I wait until the pain in my left knee is unbearable? (i.e. can't walk, like I did with the right knee?)

I appreciate your responses!!
21 y.o.
'06 - L Medial Reefing + Debridement
'08 - R Lateral Release
'09 - Synvisc injections
'10 - R Fulkerson Osteotomy + Open LR

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Re: Is a second Fulkerson Osteotomy the answer??
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 10:04:25 AM »
You are to young to be suffering, get it done while you have the coverage. Ultimately it is your choice. Do what your gut is telling you to do.
Just read your post it says it all. ;)
Goodluck,
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
Chin up keep hobbling!

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Re: Is a second Fulkerson Osteotomy the answer??
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 01:42:38 PM »
I would agree.  Get it done while you have the coverage.  Otherwise you may have to wait a long while before you find a job with health coverage and be in terrible pain during the wait.
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.