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Offline canyonking

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2016, 06:17:51 PM »
Games room, thanks.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2016, 10:47:25 PM »
Dear, Canyonking!

Thanks for updates, really sorry for not to help you.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2016, 03:42:50 AM »
My OS preferred Cartiform surgery over Denovo as well.  BCBS covered my procedure 100%
Left knee Scope - Medial Mensicus, plica removal --12/98
Left knee Microfracture  Trochella Groove 12/14
Left knee Cartiform 11/15
(and scope to harvest healthy cartilage for possible ACI if needed later.)

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2016, 11:23:50 PM »
BCBS? An insurance company?

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2016, 01:13:13 AM »
Yes sorry. Blue cross blue shield of Michigan.
Left knee Scope - Medial Mensicus, plica removal --12/98
Left knee Microfracture  Trochella Groove 12/14
Left knee Cartiform 11/15
(and scope to harvest healthy cartilage for possible ACI if needed later.)

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2016, 01:19:50 AM »
Hey canyon thanks for the updates! Are you able to jump as high as you can?

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2016, 09:47:05 PM »
Is cartiform only for osteochondrol defects or just chondral defects as well?
10/10: Lt Knee Cortisone shot
12/10: Arthroscopy/Plica Removal
08/12: Tibial Tubercle Transfer & Lateral Release
12/13: MPFL Reconstruction
09/14: ACI Biopsy & Meniscus Repair
07/15: 2nd Tibial Tubercle Transfer (AMZ) & Autologous Cartilage Implantation
03/16: Hardware removal/ scar tissue removal

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2016, 08:35:14 PM »
Not sure on your question. Meaning would it be good for meniscus as well or something? I don't think so. The procedure is done in conjunction with microfracture (mine was at least) where they get the bone to bleed in order to fuse your own cells with that of the new tissue. I'm just making assumptions though.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #38 on: October 27, 2016, 02:12:19 PM »
Canyonking:

I have been trying like crazy to get a scoped image of Cartiform after it's been in the knee for a while, and I know you had yours scoped after the graft had been in there a year. Could you share your scoped image, if you have one.

How is the inlay going? I haven't heard from you anything on this, and I'm hoping it's working out. Not hearing from you has me worried for you. I know Dr. Davidson is a master of inlays, so hopefully it went well for you.

Thanks so very much for all the posts. You're now about 2.5 years with the graft, right?  That's fantastic!

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2016, 02:35:54 AM »
The graft on the right knee is fantastic. I can mash the peddals on the mountain bike with no problem. Just hiked 2,600 vertical feet in 2 miles. Climb on weekends. All is good there. My leg muscles have come back and quads look good. The inlay has been about 8 months. To start off with, it was nice and smooth through 80 degrees range of motion. Now, it grinds like a joint full of gravel. Hurts on most activity as well. No problems with the inlay, but the underside of the patella is still atrocious so there it is. I'll wait at least another year to possibly visit an entire covering of cartiform on the left kneecap. I need to accrue more sick leave and have had enough of surgeries for a while. Ibuprofen is doing the trick for now. I typed up a whole journal of my inlay surgery and recovery just never got around to posting it. It wasn't so bad really. I was back to mtn biking within 2 months or so. I do have pictures, I'll just have to find them and post them.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #40 on: October 30, 2016, 03:07:26 AM »
Here are some pics of the scope about 1& 1/2 years after the original cartiform graft. Basically look at the 3rd and 4th picture and you get a good idea of what the graft looks like now. Much better than before that's for sure.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #41 on: October 30, 2016, 03:19:45 AM »
Here is a before pic just for comparison.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #42 on: October 30, 2016, 03:24:05 AM »
And finally, here is a pic of my left knee arthrosurface (ftg) inlay. And just look at that kneecap that is now rubbing on a smooth metal surface (for some of the range of motion). It makes me cringe. I will meet with Dr. Davidson in a few months to see about having it covered in cartiform sometime next winter. He said his colleagues would think he was crazy to try to do the whole thing but considering the success I had with the other one, he would be willing to try it.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #43 on: December 15, 2016, 10:41:49 PM »
I saw your posts regarding the cartiform.  My son has a very large tear in his knee and the doctor said he suggests this procedure.  I have never heard of it before and I just wanted to speak with someone that actually had the procedure done.  You know to just see if its recommended or not.  My son is 19 and I am desperate for some feedback...hopefully positive feedback.

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Re: Cartiform cartilage graft for chondromalacia patella
« Reply #44 on: December 16, 2016, 06:24:30 PM »
I saw your posts regarding the cartiform.  My son has a very large tear in his knee and the doctor said he suggests this procedure.  I have never heard of it before and I just wanted to speak with someone that actually had the procedure done.  You know to just see if its recommended or not.  My son is 19 and I am desperate for some feedback...hopefully positive feedback.















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