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Offline JakeDean

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Chronic Patellar Tendonitis surgery and continuing pain.
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:03:22 AM »
Hello, I am 24 and have had chronic knee trouble since I was about 15, I sprained both knees a couple times each over the course of a couple of years and had a lot of trouble with lateral stability. At 22 I finally decided that the pain was too much and scheduled an appointment with a specialist andhad an MRI done on both knees and the radiologist report said I had a lateral tear of both patellar tendons and significant edema in the fat pads surrounding. The ortho I went to said it was not a tear, rather a chronic case of patellar tendonitis . He described it to me as a degenerative tissue about the size of a peanut m&m in the center of my patellar tendon effecting 80% of the thickness of my tendons. He recommended surgery to remove the tissue and allow scar tissue to replace the void. So I agreed to the surgery and had both knees done at once. Thee surgery went smooth from his account and the physical therapy I did was fairly light. Now over a year and a half out from the surgery I have more pain in the tendon then I did before, is this common? Is it a result of poor PT? Any help or insight taken, thanks.

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Re: Chronic Patellar Tendonitis surgery and continuing pain.
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 12:25:35 AM »
Surgery for patellar tendonitis does not have a high success rate. Did your OS explain that to you before he did the surgery?

You say that you had lateral instability. Was any of that taken into account by your OS? The pain that you have now could be resulting from that as well.
Have had tilted kneecaps for many years, and occasional patellar tendinitis.

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Re: Chronic Patellar Tendonitis surgery and continuing pain.
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 12:33:24 AM »
He explained ahead of time that it may not help or it could get worse, but also that the odds were better that it would have a positive imapct. Maybe I was just unlucky and it did worsen the condition.

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Re: Chronic Patellar Tendonitis surgery and continuing pain.
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2012, 06:00:47 AM »
What about the lateral instability that you mentioned? Has anything been done to address that?

I also have patellar tendonitis, but nowhere as severe as yours, and I'm currently doing exercises to fix it.
Have had tilted kneecaps for many years, and occasional patellar tendinitis.















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