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Offline softball9312

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While playing softball in 2012 I tore my ACL, MCL, and caused significant microfracturing/bone bruising to the lateral side of my left knee. On the same knee I tore my meniscus in 2013 and in 2014 had to have my orthopedic screw and large amounts scar tissue removed. Then just a few weeks ago while playing football I significantly microfractured/bone bruised the lateral side of the same knee again. My doctor believes I have either seriously stretched out the patellar tendon graft (autograft) I had used to replace my ACL or that the new ACL is starting to micro-tear.

Despite multiple surgeries, an excellent doctor, and months of PT my knee has been in great pain and had limited movement since 2012. My quality of life just keeps declining. I asked my doctor if it was possible to get a knee replacement, but he is hesitant to do it because of my age. Are there any doctors or other patients out there with a similar problem that could offer some advice on this issue?

Offline rnm37

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Re: Knee Replacement at Age 21 (Doctor's and peer's opinions needed!)
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 09:50:40 PM »
I highly doubt you will find any medical professional who would consider a knee replacement for a 21 year old patient. You appear to have suffered a succession of pretty bad sports related injuries in the last 2/3 years - the most recent of which was only a few weeks ago. How can you go from being presumably fit enough to play a football game to requiring a knee replacement in a few weeks?

June 2012 - ACL rupture and lateral meniscus tear

December 2012 - ACL recon (hamstring autograft) and meniscus trim

October 2013 - Retore ACL and tore medial meniscus :(!

January 2014 - Revision ACL recon (hamstring)

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Re: Knee Replacement at Age 21 (Doctor's and peer's opinions needed!)
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 10:34:59 PM »
I haven't had the same problems as you, but I can tell you what a knee specialist said to me after I dislocated my knee - it might help put things in perspective.

He told me that he only recommends operations as a last resort, when it comes to knee injuries. The knee is incredibly complicated, and each little thing has to be a certain way and in a certain place. So there is a great number of things that can be put out of balance due to an operation - and therefore a great risk that one's quality of life can be damaged further as a result. That will be why your doctor is hesitant to mess with it!

If you still have doubts about the level of risk, I would recommend finding out more about the things that can go wrong, so that you don't make a decision that you end up regretting.

From Katie, a fellow 21-year-old  :)