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Offline AlpineStar793

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New to the forum. scared.
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:44:01 PM »
Hi, my name is Jamie I am 21 years old female.  2 years ago I hit my knee right on the edge of a guard rail post while trying to step over it, I just now went to the doctor to get an x-ray.  Come to find out on side of my knee has no cartilage anymore, I got a call today telling me to make an appointment with Orthopedic Medical Center, I was looking up online and all signs point to a knee replacement.  I have become very scared, I freak out and cry over getting a simple shot and never had any type of surgery before.  I also seen online that you cannot play certain types of sports or even jog, is this true?  I am a passionate skier, atv and motocross racer and love running and working out (along with leg presses), and also I love running around and playing with my one year old daughter.  Is there any alt. rather than a knee replacement?  And is it true that I wont be able to do the things I use to do? 

I know weight loss is one of the big things to help, I lost 20 lbs already and at 151 (still over weight, but I'm working on it but it's become hard with the pain in my knee and the hydrocoden doesn't even numb the pain anymore).

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Re: New to the forum. scared.
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 07:05:17 PM »
Hold on,the internet is fantastic,but using it to self diagnose is not one of the best things to do.You may have only torn or streched somthing.i personally am recovering from HTO but it has taken many operations to get to this stage,and i still do not need a replacement.belive me the point where you need a replacement is really very far down the line.please dont worry you wont be that bad.good luck

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Re: New to the forum. scared.
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 08:27:12 PM »
Relax Jamie,

there are many other possibilities other than a knee replacement when your knee is in pain and at your age the orthopedist will do everything available to avoid you having one.  I am very surprised that with a two year history of this injury you haven't already been in PT or given a brace, but know that these can be very effective.  Yes, I have two partial knee replacements, but that is after over 20 years of arthritis and some issues due to mis-alignment. My 87 year old mother has had arthritis in her knees for twice as long and a brace is all she needs to change the angle of her knee to a spot where there is better cartilage, and she has no pain at all.

 Most orthopedic centers have a lot of young athletes who get injured as patients, and you can bet they are not getting replacements.  Neither are the college and pro football or basketball players who are constantly in the news with their injuries.

Do inquire when you make your appointment who in the practice specializes in knees.  And do the same if you get PT.  You might as well start with the best.

Best of luck.

Linda
>20 yrs. osteo and inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia
meniscus repair Sept. 2009
right PKR June 2010
left PKR Feb. 2012

Offline lululocket

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Re: New to the forum. scared.
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 08:27:41 PM »
No surgeon should be doing anything that will change your lifestyle from being a passionate skier into someone unable to even jog.
Deep breaths! Medicine is about making you better not worse! Please don't worry too much until you have more information. This appointment is just about getting more information, that's all at this stage.

And let us know how you get on. Take a pen and paper along to the appointment and make sure any questions you have you write down in advance so that you make sure you get to them.
2003 RK dislocation
multiple sublaxations (10+), both knees
2007 LK dislocation
03/2010 TTT on RK
03/2012 TTT on LK

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Re: New to the forum. scared.
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012, 09:55:32 PM »
Hey, I'm 24 years old, and I was terrified that a knee replacement was going to be my only option as well. My ortho flat out told me that no one in their right mind in this country (USA) would give someone a total knee replacement who is under 30 yrs old. The stuff that they use for a full replacement wears out every 10-15 years, roughly, and each time it needs to be replace, it causes even more trauma to your leg and the bones in your leg. Odds are your ortho will try to avoid a total replacement for as long as possible. There are other things that can be done to help you and your leg, both surgically and non surgically. Usually the first thing any good ortho will do is to try and fix your leg with PT and braces and other minor things like that, generally they go from least invasive to most. You really need to trust your ortho to do right by you and to have your best interests at heart. Talk to him/her about your fears and concerns and work with them! It will be a partnership

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2012, 10:18:35 PM »
I am of the firm opinion NO one needs a TKR under the age of 60!  I had mine at 47 and the first requirement should be that you must only be able to crawl prior to the surgery.  I had complications and I am worse with the TKR than I was without it.  There are lists of specialists for every condition you can find on this site.  http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/taxonomy/term/91  I believe is the site that lists specialists from different forms of study.

This site is fantastic to help you discover the questions you wish to ask and point you towards a specialist for your condition...but you need good advice from a great doc.  Write down all of your questions prior to going an if the doc hesitates or does not answer every question in detail, run as fast as possible for the next opinion.

Good Luck!  You are young and heal well if you get the right treatment.
80 Shattered patella 5 surg
09  TKR 
09  MUA
09  MUA
09  Knee infected??
10  TKR  Scar Tissue
10  2nd OS  Diagnosis Infection
10  TKR with antibiotic spacer, no joint
4/11  TKR
11  TKR PT
11  TKR
11  TKR  AF diagosis
12/11  HO diagnosed
2012  Intractable Pain
2012  OS split
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