Knee dislocation one op could fix it all

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hi guys I've been dislocating my knee since I was 11. when I was 16 the hospital did a lateral release and I was told it would never happen again. well it did two years ago my father in laws dog ran into it. Last friday it came out just by me bending down while standing straigot I wasnt twisted I didnt turn it was straight forward down motion. I went to the hospital today the consultant didnt touch it as it is still sore and I have pain going to the bottom of my foot and my ankle. The consultant said there are many operations I could have and all the physio I could do, however this wont guarantee that it will not happen again. I want them to take the leg above the knee. I am a mother of 2 and my job requires me to be on my feet and bend and sometimes kneel. Am I being silly for wanting this to be done with once and for all. I'm now 32.

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    There must be a better solution than amputation! I hope you find it.

    Good Luck.

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    I can imagine how fed up and despairing you must be but surely amputation is a bit drastic and absolutely final. You should get at least one more specialist opinion. Not every consultant is all-knowing - some know a lot more than others. Good luck and hope you can resolve this

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      I'm hoping they don't have to take my leg I am very fed up and very disheartened. I have to go back to the hospital in 3 weeks and I can only hope and pray that the doctor I see will be able to answer my questions.

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      so is this doctor advising amputation? Why don't you find another consultant, even two more? Surely it's worth the money just to be sure you're doing the right thing? So often different doctors have different opinions.

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      The doctor hasn't recommended it. He just said they can give me different operations and I can have physiotherapy but neither of it is a guarantee that it wont dislocate again. I'm tired of it keep dislocating I just want to get it sorted. The way I'm.thinking is if your offering me all these different types of operations and it's still not a guarantee then take the leg and it wont happen again. I will get another opinion on the matter though as I know it is a life changing deal.

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    Amputation has its own pains that are there for life. Definitely not a better choice. A knee replacement is a better alternative.

    Please get more medical opinions, I have had 4 ops on my knee since I broke it and tore all the ligaments when 10 years old. it used to buckle on me all the time - looking back it would have been dislocating each time. I had my first op when 15 years old - they removed my cartridge, meniscus and a chip of bone that would move around and lodge in the joint, painfully locking my knee for days at a time, then two reconstructions and the total knee replacement 4 years ago.

    I used to be a nurse and cared for amputees - they go through hell. These days surgery had come so far - there are some amazing surgeries. Please keep searching for a surgeon who can effectively help you - they are there waiting for you to find them.

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      well I'm going back in 3 weeks time to talk to them and a surgeon. When I spoke to the doctor today he said there a plenty of operations we can do and I have physio but it could still keep dislocating. That was not what I wanted to hear. I will talk to the next doctor/surgeon I see as I just want to get this sorted. Thank you for your response though it is giving me things to think about.

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      Genacam's advice sounds good. surely with amputation there are enormous psychological trauma, not just physical. i had total knee replacement 5 months ago, after my orthopaedic specialist at our clinic recommended it ( I have OA) and gave me a referral to a knee specialist. i saw three different specialists before making my choice , but at least i accepted it was the only good solution. For your own sake, get at least one more independent medical opinion.

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    Never give up hope, Jemma. Its always darkest before the dawn. There's a good solution out there for you which will give you years of happiness, without a drastic amputation. xx

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