Hi Im back but this time I had some questions and concerns about knee surgery that I had on Jan. 18. I just added my 12th surgery and second knee surgery. I have been falling alot since my thoracic discectomy back on May 24, 2012. I fell on my knees at the beginning of Dec. and was having severe pain in left knee. My ortho did a MRI and said that I did have severe arthritis and swelling and because he could not see anything so wanted to do athroscopic surgery to see what was wrong and fix it.
When I came out of surgery I was in horrible pain and was given Dilaudid which did control my pain and didn't make me sick to my stomach. I have taken Nucynta for almost a year for CP and surgeon said he would write a prescription for Dilaudid since I had been on other for so long. I am so thankful he did because Nucynta did not touch the pain. He told my daughter that they found severe arthritis and no problem with the meniscus which was bad because that was something that could be fixed but arthritis can only be slowed down and would come back
The surgeon tried to explain to my daughter what exactly he did but she did not understand everything so I got online over the weekend and learned that microfracture surgery is a procedure where they remove the arthritis and inflammation and using a little tool they make little fractures or holes in damaged area and it sets up a super clot and hopefully will make new tissue but this will never be as hard and tough as original so sometimes it does not work and even if it does it will only last a year or two. I dont know if I want to go through this every few yrs. compared to replacing knee.
It can take from 6-12 months for recovery and first 6-8 weeks non-weight bearing on crutches
That has been very difficult for me because it hurts my back from using the crutches just this weekend around the house. More I read about the procedure the less sure I am of how I will do. It is not for people who are not active...well I have not been active for past yr. due to back pain and it is also not for overweight people which I am...makes me think that there was nothing else he could do but replacement and because of age he does not want to. Just needed to vent and get someone elses opinion on what they think?????
thanks for always being there,