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Offline ClaireBear88

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Shallow groove advice
« on: June 06, 2011, 03:16:06 PM »
following some knee cap dislocations I had an operation done last year to repair the mpfl. It healed well but on a few occasions the knee cap has felt liked it has slipped nearly to the point of dislocating and I have constant clicking at the back of the knee. The knee cap is a lot more loose compared to the other when you manipulate it around but there is very little difference in strength between the legs. I was referred back to the physio a short time ago by the surgeon and had a mri done.
The physio thought there is a problem but not one he could sort out (to the point I go back in 3 months to see how its going). He suspected a cartilage problem. The mri result actually came back ok, everything appeared normal, normal cartilage limits etc but they identified a shallow groove.

Im at a bit of a loss what to do next; the knee cap feels like it would dislocate again if I slipped or was at an angle, its constantly clicking and it interferes with being able to do my job properly (I had to pull out of some training recently because I physically couldn't spend hours kneeling on the floor which is what we had to do). Is there anything that can be done for this sort of problem?

Thank you very much for any advice.

Offline anniehine

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Re: Shallow groove advice
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 02:59:06 PM »
Hi ClaireBear,

One surgery that could be considered for a shallow groove is a trochleplasty which is what i had last year.  My muscle strength isnt fully back yet etc but my knee feels a lot more stable.  There are only a few surgeons who perform this surgery though. Mine was done by Mr Bell (Wimbledon) and there is one in the Bristol area I believe. It is quite a new surgery though and is pretty major so you need to find a good knee specialist with knowledge in the area and discuss it with him.

Left knee started dislocating at 7 years old
Arthroscopic scope April 2009
Trochleoplasty at 28 years old (10.2.10)
Did 1st SLR 1.4.10 WHOOP!!
Walked through house without crutches (12.4.10) very pleased with myself!!

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Re: Shallow groove advice
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 08:28:51 AM »
Hi I have very shallow grooves and the only operation is a trochleplasty to correct and stabilze the knee. I am now 10 weeks post op on my right knee..May 19th. I had a double dislocation March 14th...yes brings tears to my eyes!!!! and felt at 44 needed to get this fixed after all these years( started at 13...both knees but not at the same time). You do need to have strong quads because you lose strength immediately and it is takig a long time to rebuild. I would be very intersted to hear fro anyone else and how they are progressing. Hope this helps. Am happy to talk further.