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    10-01-2009, 10:13 PM
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Knee surgery info greatly appreciated

This is the thread that sparked this question:
Cartilage cap coming off the bone? (knee update)

Questions about scope surgery for the knee:
- Are you under local anesthetic, or completely knocked out?
- If it's just a meniscus tear, then it should be relatively simple... what about cartilage coming off my tibia? Will they be able to fix that right then and there or no?
- What does recovery consist of? Is there a non-weightbearing period (crutches) or do you walk out of there?

I'm sure I'll have more questions.. will add to post as they come to me!
     
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    10-01-2009, 10:29 PM
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Relax

Allie don't put the cart ahead of the horse. Wait until you see the doc, he may not even want to do surgery.
     
    10-01-2009, 10:48 PM
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:) I'd like to be prepared for anything. Might go private anyways, depending.
     
    10-01-2009, 11:56 PM
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Just don't want you worrying yourself sick
     
    10-02-2009, 09:47 PM
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Sorry I can't be of any help Allie. Thankfully **knocks on wood** I haven't had to have any surgeries.

I hope it goes well for you if you do have it done and it's awesome that you are preparing yourself a long ways in advance (I would be too)
     
    10-02-2009, 09:55 PM
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Tiff, you are being super helpful with everything, especially being such a sweetheart regarding Denny :)
Thank you, I want to be as prepared as possible... and I'm pretty sure if it's any sort of option at all, I want to be knocked out. :P
     
    12-06-2009, 08:48 AM
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I have had two surgeries on my left knee, both out patient, both what they call twilight anesthesia. You're completely out, but you're not intubated.

The first was to repair torn miniscus, and a general clean up of the knee.

This was a piece of cake - had it done Friday, back to work Tuesday, gave up the crutches the second day. Did PT on my own, felt so much better after having it done, I was back to my usual routine, including riding, in a couple of weeks.

The second was something called a lateral release - they cut the patellar ligaments on one side of my knee cap to allow the knee cap to move over and level out, thereby alleviating much of the mechanical causes of the arthritis.

I think I took 3 or 4 days total off work for that one, straddling a weekend. That one felt terrific when it was first done, initial pain relief was great, and then I probably did way too much too soon; and the relapse was pretty awful. Ended up walking with a cane for a while. While I was back to my usual routine in about 6 weeks, it was about 9 months before I knew what I really had; and was happy I had it done.

On both of these surgeries, I was allowed to be weightbearing immediately, as much as I could tolerate.

Hope this helps, I have a thread about questions about partial or total knee replacement (that's where I'm heaed next) and there's a lot of great responses and info in that thread.

Good luck!
     
    12-06-2009, 10:58 AM
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Maura, thank you for your post. I did see your other thread and the responses - it was quite helpful. Here is my latest post: Finally getting answers! ... at least I think so...
My biggest problem right now is that nobody knows what's wrong. Everyone is baffled, and my surgeon wants to go in and take a look, but he has no idea what's wrong, or even if he can fix it. It's quite frustrating. Coming into winter with an unstable knee is just a pain - I spent the day yesterday on more pain meds than I normally take because I had spent time in the snow trying to walk in it the previous day.
I hope your surgery goes well!!
     
    12-06-2009, 11:05 PM
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My experience

So, having had 13 reconstructive surgeries, 5 of which were major to the point where I went to ICU, I have info I can share.

The anesthetic: ultimately your choice. I HIGHLY recommend the regional anesthetic. They will freeze your leg (or both through a lumbar anesthetic), sedate you to make even forget your name and you can get over it way quicker in recovery. General anesthetic is quite invasive and can have some serious complications, and for what? A simple knee scope! Don't choose it.

As for correcting a detachment? I don't want to sound like a doctor, but an injury that serious will 99% of the time be picked during the assessment or test pre-surgery. I wouldn't worry about what is found in your knee until it's actually diagnosed.


Recovery? It all depends on the surgeon and the actual injury found. Your doc may get you to take a few days off non weight bearing, or he might say partial right away. Usually it's 1-2 weeks at most. When I went in for my first hip scope, I wasn't allowed to out any weight on that leg for 1 month but that was due to the severity of the injuries found in the operating room.

I do the surgical patients at the hospital so I know the procedure times for most of these. A knee scope only takes 30 mins to do. You'll be able to go home the same day.
     
    12-06-2009, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
So, having had 13 reconstructive surgeries, 5 of which were major to the point where I went to ICU, I have info I can share.

The anesthetic: ultimately your choice. I HIGHLY recommend the regional anesthetic. They will freeze your leg (or both through a lumbar anesthetic), sedate you to make even forget your name and you can get over it way quicker in recovery. General anesthetic is quite invasive and can have some serious complications, and for what? A simple knee scope! Don't choose it.

As for correcting a detachment? I don't want to sound like a doctor, but an injury that serious will 99% of the time be picked during the assessment or test pre-surgery. I wouldn't worry about what is found in your knee until it's actually diagnosed.


Recovery? It all depends on the surgeon and the actual injury found. Your doc may get you to take a few days off non weight bearing, or he might say partial right away. Usually it's 1-2 weeks at most. When I went in for my first hip scope, I wasn't allowed to out any weight on that leg for 1 month but that was due to the severity of the injuries found in the operating room.

I do the surgical patients at the hospital so I know the procedure times for most of these. A knee scope only takes 30 mins to do. You'll be able to go home the same day.
Kelly, I appreciate your input!
Re: the detachment, it's a guess. Nobody has any clue what is actually wrong with my knee. It wouldn't have shown on the diagnostic tests that I've been through - they weren't specific enough, and sometimes those injuries don't show. The knee is a tricky thing - a lot of injuries won't get picked up on a diagnostic test.
My surgeon thinks it's still a strong probability, (that being a osteochondral defect) but he's also taken to calling me a "medical marvel" along with my physiotherapist - not fun on this side of it! Nobody has any real idea of what's wrong - we have no idea if surgery is going to help, or if this is an inoperable - incurable (?) thing. It's really frustrating. So far the possibilities range from meniscal tear, to osteochondral defect (as in the OP) to femoral damage. Nobody knows.
     

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