Knee Surgery

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    Oct 16, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    I've pain in my knee for a while now, but after looking at the MRI from my orthopedist he now suggest I have arthroscopic surgery.

    The MRI showed something blocking cartilage and bone growth in my knee; this is what is probably contributing to the pain I'm feeling now.

    My main concern is that since this is a diagnostic surgery, there's no way of knowing if this will completely resolve my problems. I'm kind of hesitant to go through with it, but I may regret it if I don't.

    If I do go through with the surgery it won't be until early spring of 2010 since I'd would be finishing school around that time

    Any advice or experience with arthroscopic surgery would be greatly appreciated?
  • Sparkycat

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    Oct 16, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
    I know nothing about this type of surgery. I can only suggest that you do lots of research and get a second opinion.
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    Oct 16, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    I had it done (when I was 12, no less). I had osteochondritis in my knee, and I would get sharp debilitating pains in my knee that would literally collapse me when I was a kid. Some doctors warned my parents against the surgery and yeah, there were real risks of it not helping, but I had it and it helped me about 98-99%.

    Nowadays, 13 years after the surgery, I very very rarely get the slightest of discomfort on it, and it's once in a blue moon.
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    Oct 16, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    I'd say have it done especially if it's just diagnostic. You can't fix it until you know exactly what is causing the problem. You don't want to let a knee issue go untreated especially if you're an active person. It will only get worse. I had an arthroscopic ACL reconstruction a few years ago...was the best thing I ever did. I was back stronger than ever and pain free within 3 months.
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    Oct 16, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    Arthroscopy is great as it's as un-invasive as surgery can be, gives you quick recovery times too. I have had a couple on my right knee and recovery time was just a couple of weeks.

    If something can be done now, via key hole surgery, rather than waiting and having to have a larger operation to solve a bigger problem in the future by more invasive surgery you should do it. I just had a larger operation on my knee, I was off work for 11 weeks and it's still not recovered fully after 15 weeks.
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of your comments guys...I have an appointment with my orthopedist today so I hope to find out more
  • vacyclist

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    Oct 16, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    I have not personally had arthroscopic knee surgery but two of the guys I ride with (competitive cyclists) have, with great success. If your orthopedist thinks it's indicated, go for it. Nothing wrong with a second opinion, but it seems the chances of a screw-up that does more harm than good are much less with this technology than with more invasive surgery.
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 saidI had it done (when I was 12, no less). I had osteochondritis in my knee, and I would get sharp debilitating pains in my knee that would literally collapse me when I was a kid. Some doctors warned my parents against the surgery and yeah, there were real risks of it not helping, but I had it and it helped me about 98-99%.

    Nowadays, 13 years after the surgery, I very very rarely get the slightest of discomfort on it, and it's once in a blue moon.
    That's exactly what he diagnosed me with..OCD of the patella

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    Oct 16, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    I had an orthoscopic exam of both my knees in 1988. Surgery to remove torn cartilage in my left knee was indicated, and arthritis was noted in both. I had the surgery, and the Army doctors told me I would require total knee replacement in a few years.

    The surgery was a success, and I'm still postponing the joint replacement. My partner just had a total hip replacement on Monday (this week), and his doctor would love to give me bionic knees, but I won't until I stop dead in my tracks with my real knees.

    I'd say let them do an exploratory look inside your knee, if that's what you're describing. You can then make a more informed decision about corrective surgery, as I did.
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    vacyclist saidI have not personally had arthroscopic knee surgery but two of the guys I ride with (competitive cyclists) have, with great success. If your orthopedist thinks it's indicated, go for it. Nothing wrong with a second opinion, but it seems the chances of a screw-up that does more harm than good are much less with this technology than with more invasive surgery.
    Thanks vacycylist...I can probably talk to another orthopedist about it if need be.
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidI had an orthoscopic exam of both my knees in 1988. Surgery to remove torn cartilage in my left knee was indicated, and arthritis was noted in both. I had the surgery, and the Army doctors told me I would require total knee replacement in a few years.

    The surgery was a success, and I'm still postponing the joint replacement. My partner just had a total hip replacement on Monday (this week), and his doctor would love to give me bionic knees, but I won't until I stop dead in my tracks with my real knees.

    I'd say let them do an exploratory look inside your knee, if that's what you're describing. You can then make a more informed decision about corrective surgery, as I did.
    Thanks a ton Bob. A thorough search would be ideal...and you're right if I do need to replace anything, which I doubt in my case, I can always decide if that's an option I want to take
  • rnch

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    Oct 16, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidI know nothing about this type of surgery...
    then WHY did you even bother to reply to this thread, u post whore... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 17, 2009 2:08 AM GMT
    rnch said
    Sparkycat saidI know nothing about this type of surgery...
    then WHY did you even bother to reply to this thread, u post whore... icon_rolleyes.gif
    Do you know of anyone in your life to have this surgery mch? did you have this procedure done before?
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    Oct 17, 2009 8:08 AM GMT
    I blew an ACL at about 20. Doctors misdiagnosed it as stretched. It was torn almost all the way through. Which led to other problems. Had it fixed properly, after years of my knee popping out and locking in a 45 degree position for months at a time, at 30. Had surgery which replaced my completely gone ACL and cleaned up my meniscus which was shredded from years of misalignment. That was 30. It was good for 10-12 years rebuilt. Now it is slowly falling apart again since nothing lasts like the original. Might have it cleaned up again. Then replaced in 10 years.

    I am in constant pain but I think that is because I waited 10 years, based on a dumb doctor's advice back when it first happened. Looking back, I would have had the surgery done right away. Otherwise, it is just time wearing down an out of place joint. I say get the surgery down asap. Nowadays, as opposed to when I got it done, is night and day. And when I got it done was night and day the best of it's time. But today the surgery is so much better.
  • rnch

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    Oct 17, 2009 2:27 PM GMT
    tryingtolive said
    rnch said
    Sparkycat saidI know nothing about this type of surgery...
    then WHY did you even bother to reply to this thread, u post whore... icon_rolleyes.gif
    Do you know of anyone in your life to have this surgery mch? did you have this procedure done before?
    yes. twice.
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    Oct 18, 2009 1:40 AM GMT
    rnch said
    tryingtolive said
    rnch said
    Sparkycat saidI know nothing about this type of surgery...
    then WHY did you even bother to reply to this thread, u post whore... icon_rolleyes.gif
    Do you know of anyone in your life to have this surgery mch? did you have this procedure done before?
    yes. twice.
    would you care to elaborate?