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Offline Chellie1992

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Upcoming MPFL Reconstruction
« on: May 30, 2012, 06:59:28 PM »
I am having an MPFL reconstruction on my right knee June 8.  I have been experiencing dislocation and subluxation since last fall...after undergoing an arthroscopy with lateral release.  I am looking forward to finally being able to lose the 10lb metal brace.  One problem, I will be nwb for at least 3 weeks after the surgery, but as I also have a neuromuscular disease, I do not have the upper body strength to keep all my weight off the knee on crutches.  I spoke with my OS about this and he said to do my best with it.  I have also spoken with my neurologist about the surgery and he said that I would do fine with the surgery.  Does anyone have any advice?
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures

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Re: Upcoming MPFL Reconstruction
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 11:57:19 PM »
I can tell you that if you do happen to put weight on your knee, you won't ruin your surgery! Most of us who have MPFLr are WBAT from the start so putting weight on your knee won't tear the graft.

Maybe try getting a walker instead of using crutches? I've never used them but read that it's easier to use than crutches. If you still don't feel confident, you could possibly rent a wheelchair for a few weeks. I think you'll be fine though! I spend the first like twelve days on my couch only getting up to go to the bathroom because I didn't have much to do and didn't need to get up otherwise.

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Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

Offline Chellie1992

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Re: Upcoming MPFL Reconstruction
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012, 04:29:44 AM »
Thank you!  I will definitely look into renting a wheelchair.
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures

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Re: Upcoming MPFL Reconstruction
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012, 07:03:04 PM »
Chellie,

If you get a walker, you might get one with wheels as it also has a seat.  Any time you get tired, you can turn around and sit down taking pressure off of everything.

The wheel chair is the hot ticket if you are not WB.  So your LR did not work out?  Did you current OS do the LR and what is the reason for it not being successful?

I will be saying a prayer for you!

Russ
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
amputation possible?

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Re: Upcoming MPFL Reconstruction
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 07:16:41 PM »
I will be non-weight bearing after the surgery.

After the LR, my knee got worse, but they don't know why.  I had severe swelling from my knee down that started about a month post-op.  Once the swelling began to go down, the sublux and dislocating started.  I was referred to the OS who did the LR by my PCP, but he eventually gave up and referred me to a physiatrist.  My neurologist recommended the OS who is going to do the MPFLr.
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures