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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2014, 03:54:27 PM »
I think you need at least 20 posts to send/receive PMs, so you might want to post a few times in the social sections of the forum :)
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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2014, 05:18:47 PM »
Literally just spent so long trying to work out how to send a private message....

Haha thanks for telling me!!

I have just watched a video on how the trochleoplasty is performed. Not sure how I feel right now....

I can't stop researching all the procedures and recovery etc, not sure if this is a good thing or a bit OTT?! I'm hoping once I talk with the OS I will calm down a bit!
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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2014, 05:24:42 PM »
Personally, I wouldn't want to watch operations, especially ones where bones are  cut, drilled etc ...I'd rather not know what they are doing!  Especially after A&E tried unsuccessfully to drain the haematoma on my shin under an ineffective local anaesthetic (job finished properly by surgeon a few days later under GA)!  I can just about deal with the dentist!

I think you need to understand the implications of having all of the surgeries together - the post op, how long will be laid off, length of rehab, physio etc :)  Don't stress yourself out, especially as every surgeon, surgery, protocol and especially patient is different
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LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2015, 05:49:15 PM »
Sorry, only just round to replying.

I do not have private health care, however I did pay for my first appointment (my choice of OS) and arthroscopy, then I transferred to my OS' NHS clinic as my high tibial osteotomy was out of my reach financially. I have since had another arthroscopy on the NHS as well.
As for physio, I have had both private and NHS physio. After my HTO and my largest op, I had 6 weeks of NHS physio and 7 weeks of knee class physio, although I had loads of exercises to do at home in between appointments. Then I felt that I still needed help, so actually found my NHS physio also worked privately so booked in with him privately to continue getting help. I have also worked with two other physio's within the same practice. Physio costs around 40 per half hour.
For my HTO I watched it online, but actually found that mine was done slightly differently, but I needed to know what was going to happen, so can understand why you have done it.
During my recovery I borrowed a wheelchair from the Red Cross, just needed a signed letter from my GP, think you live fairly locally to me, and I used Yateley branch.
Vickster - did you have another bike accident? Hope all is getting better now. How are you finding the Ostenil Plus injection. I had one in October.

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2015, 06:21:06 PM »
Hi Wonkeydonkey, I've sent you a PM :)
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LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2015, 10:26:31 AM »
WonkeyDonkey,

Thanks for the reply, I actually live very close to Yately! Very useful to know about the wheelchair loan - I never knew you could do that, and it will definitely be something I will look into nearer the time.

As for the physio, it must have been great to find out your NHS physio worked privately too, I wonder if a lot of them do? I have had physio with the NHS for my dislocations before, but only entitled for a few weeks like yourself. So I think I will look into the private physio, hopefully I will have a similar situation to you and be able to use my NHS physio privately!

My post op mobility is what I am most worried about. I am only 21 and my surgeon has told me already that I will never have the same range of motion as I do now. I am worried that having 4 operations at once will prevent me from ever having the amount of muscle and strength in my leg that I do now. I guess my surgeon wouldn't have put me forward for these surgeries if they weren't necessary though!

Thanks for your replies, it is so useful to hear about recoveries etc from other patients!
2000/14 - multiple dislocations of both knees
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April '15 - LK MPFL reconstruction, tibial tubercle osteotomy and supramalleolar derotational osteotomy

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2015, 02:15:38 PM »
Hi

Yes you need 20 posts to send PMs - if you head down to the Games section you'll quickly stack up some more posts. I have sent the girl I was talking about a message so i am sure she will be happy to exchange emails with you. I'll message you when she replies.

I think a degree of research and information is a good thing. I think watching the surgery may not always be a positive, although it does help you understand the dynamics of the knee but it is often quite horrific when you're not a medic! Being well informed means you can be aware of what has happened and what you need to do to maximise your recovery. Being totally submerged in it isn't always positive as it can mean you focus on the risks and negatives rather than the very real benefits the surgery should bring you.

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2015, 04:09:22 PM »
Georgie, although you are having multiple procedures, you might find this new KneeGuru video interesting

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/specialist-commentaries/ms-dorte-nielsen/2014/rehabilitation-after-arthroscopic-trochleoplasty
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2015, 09:49:27 PM »
Vickster - thank you for the video!

Very interesting to watch, and amazing how people can be doing physio 3 days after a knee operation?!

My surgeon has told me they will be doing open surgery on my knee, with an incision about 10-12cm in length. So I'm not sure if my post op would be the same as an arthroscopic trochleoplasty, as I'm guessing there has to be some time for the incision to heal?

I wonder if having a larger incision changes the post op recovery at all? I would be grateful for any information on this!!
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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2015, 03:18:57 PM »
Ah yes, I expect the rehab will be very different with the bones being moved with the TTT and osteotomy

You'd be best to look through some of the post op diaries.  Cbrady is a poster who I think has had both legs de-rotated and she's a youngster like you  ;D

Have you any more news from the surgeon?
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2015, 07:20:42 PM »
Nothing from the surgeon yet, I am waiting for a sort of confirmation letter regarding the surgery, so I will see what that says and go from there.

He is fully booked until late March/early April anyway so I have a few months to prepare!

I will look Cbrady up now - so comforting to read about other people's experiences!

I am wondering about doing my own post op diary when the time comes!
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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2015, 07:07:33 PM »
Hi Georgie,

I'm not sure whether you are still using this thread or not as it was a few months ago that you originally posted. Have you had the surgery yet?

As Vickster said, I'm on the South Coast. I haven't posted for a long while, its probably even been a couple of years, so my post-op diaries aren't complete and more recent surgeries haven't been included. I'd be happy to answer any questions or just have a general chat if you would still like to. Feel free to message me if you would prefer.

Summer :)

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Re: Knee surgery using the NHS?
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2015, 04:50:24 PM »
Hi Summer,

Funnily enough I just checked Knee Guru today and saw your post! I have not had my surgery yet (24th April) so would really appreciate some info on your surgeries! I assume you used the NHS?

What sort of brace were you in after your ops? And how long were you in hospital for?

Thanks for your help :-)

Georgie
2000/14 - multiple dislocations of both knees
August '14 - bad LK dislocation
April '15 - LK MPFL reconstruction, tibial tubercle osteotomy and supramalleolar derotational osteotomy















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