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Ok so I am frustrated and upset, back in 2015 I ruptured my ACL, then 6 weeks after the surgery I slipped on water and the ruptured it so I had revision surgery, 6 months after I was still in pain and my knee still was giving way so my surgeon suggested an Arthroscopy to investigate it, the finding of that were that I had 3/4 grade degenerative changes on the MFC and 2/3 grade changes on the PFJ parts of my knee , they told me I will need knee replacement, I was 45 and have a job where I stand all day, so I haven’t been able to go back to work yet either and they said because of my age they could give me gel injections every 6 months til I’m 50 then do the surgery , I was happy cause I knew something could be done as PT hasn’t worked at all nor steroid injection, but then I had to move interstate and find a new surgeon, I had a new mri and a new X-ray , the MRI said I had a near full thickness chondral fissure at the median eminence and chondromalacia Of the retropatellar cartlidge, the X-ray said I have moderate degenerative changes on the medial femorotibial compartment (MFC) and basically mild grade 2 changes in the lateral and grade 2 changes in my patellofemoral joint, so with this and a hope to just carry in from what they said after my arthroscopy I saw a new Orthopaedic surgeon, he read the operation notes from my arthroscopy where they noted grade 3/4 degeneration , and he saw my mri where it said near full thickness fissures and my X-ray, and he claimed my knee was fine he would think I will never need a knee replacement .
I said but they saw it was grade 3 nearly grade four basically in between grade 3/4 in one area and grade 2 in the rest and that is what was needed a replacement, and he just still said everyone has their own opinion , so I left in tears because I am in constant pain and now I’m thinking I have to live with this forever and apparently it’s all fine , so I am seeking a second opinion as my gp can’t understand why this surgeon said it was all fine , but I’m scared this next surgeon is going to say the same thing and I’m left this way for good, and unable to get back to my work and everyday life. I just dont understand how after actually going in to my knee and seeing what they saw and saying a knee replacement is all they can do, which I was happy with by one surgeon can go to no nothing is wrong perhaps physio even though I told him I had been doing physio since this all started.
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