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06-17-2009, 08:57 PM #1
Knee and Ankle Surgery Info Desperatly Needed
I am on a very tight schedule for possible surgery. I have to have the plate in my ankle removed because my body, after 11+ years is starting to take issue with it. i.e. in constant pain. While at the doc's, I mentioned my knee, which hasn't heeled right in over 3 years. Had an MRI tonight right after the doc visit and most likley am going to have surgery on it at the same time my ankle is done (same leg). The doc says it most likely is the MCL and his initial plan is to scope it and cut out what is damaged.
Since i have never had knee surgery, i don't know the right questions to ask, what to be concerned about, alternatives to surgery, etc. I am tired of being in constant pain, but am also leery of surgery. The reason for the tight timeline is i am in MN where the doc who did my ankle 11+ years ago practices and i am only in town for about another 12 days or so.
Info is greatly appreciated
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06-17-2009, 10:18 PM #2
I'd give you some advice here, dk, but I don't know a lot about mcl's other than I had some prolotherapy injections into mine and it felt damn good afterwards. I think I shredded it a bit cartwheeling in deep powder on skinny skis a long time ago, so the skis had to pull up through 2-3 feet of pow as my body was bent over sideways at the hip.
A snip ain't a big deal if it's only a snip. If you had an MRI, I would assume the doc should have a good idea, but those images can be inconclusive. Get 'er done while you're covered. That shit ain't cheap.
Scoping ain't that bad if the repair isn't major. I was hobbling around a few hours after losing 60% of my meniscus.
06-18-2009, 11:04 AM #3
Just stopped by to offer support. I lost two seasons to knee injuries, one right after another. I never went under the knife, sometimes it still pops in a scary way. I would say that after this many years it is healed as well naturally as it is going to and if it still bothering you your best bet is surgery to remove scar tissue.
Good luck, +++++ vibes.