meniscusomy and plasma rich therapy : please share your post op experience and years..

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good day gents,

I have torn meniscus in my left leg posterior horn mri showing grade 3 and possible grade 2 in right history...I had have dull ichy pain in my both knees for a year or more which then become so worse that I can hardly walk for 10 minutes and my quad muscles become tight... now I can feel sharp pain inside both knees.right knee has 2 episodes of knee locking month apart .have fI'll. range of motion and can walk now.

my concern is how far I can go with meniscusomy before I worn all of that...for that I would like to hear from you guys...would be glad to have number more then 10 years..also does some plasma rich therapy will help after surgery.

looking forward to have great response.

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    Not sure if this is what you mean but I have had 3 done on my left knee. Last 2 done 15 years ago. He's taken alot out but still able to walk fine. Get synvisc twice a year . Until arthritis starts to kick in bad or friction gets worse, I am keeping it.

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      waffalobill very encouraging to hear that....at what age/ages you have that done and why, ,accidental?

      how did you manage that so far... nutrition suppliments? etc physio? any activity worth mentioning? what about synisc ..is that regular irrespective of any syptoms or you feel something and then you say....hmmm it's time for another injection.

      All the best wishes

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      Twisted my knee on the job when I was 22. Had it fixed. Started to have problems again when I was 38 or so. Had to have it fixed again twice. Doc had to go in twice to clean out all the pieces and fix damage caused by walking and such on it for 7 months while they reopened the case. My doc and independent med examiner determined was caused by original accident. I try to eat healthy. Walk. I can tell when synvisc is wearing off. Gets difficult to walk up stairs etc. Was seeing doc on a more regular basis. He retired. New doc sees me 5 months after injections. Requests next series then. They do a exam. They can tell it's wearing off by feeling the grinding etc.

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    Re: Plasma Rich Therapy

    ?Haven't had any surfery for my complicated knee condition yet, but I did have 3 separate shots of the PRT.  The first lasted 5 or 6 months, the second the same, the third...holding at 7 months. And then the Ortho declared that they don't do it at their huge medical complex anymore because it doesn't do any good.  Since I have had some other miserable experiences with them, I quickly check on what my imsurances have paid for that kind of therapy and I see why they won't touch it any more. (I am in the US) They now say that they only give Cortisone shots , but neglect to say the limits they can give them.  For me, the therapy was a godsend.  It gave me time to get other help with my bad knee so that I could understand what I was up against.  Using after surgery....I hadn't heard of that, but it should advance healing.  I have always a low platelet count, so added platelets helped me. The problems you expressed seem to suggest surgery of some kind or another.  Stay educated, ask questions, be pro-active in your own behalf and keep reading the forum as there is help there for most of us.

    ?Good luck and join me in hoping my last shot will ocntinue. " LIfe is hard, but we are harder." (O'Connor 2016)  Hahaha

     

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    I am quite old. My knee history goes back about 17 years now.  I wish that I had been more assertive and had asked more questions when it all began, but I followed doctors orders then or the lack of them and limped my way through the early years.  Yes, pain when walking, locking and buckling, all familiar memories. Simple Xrays tell ordinary doctors almost nothing except what the bones are doing, but our knees have soft tissue and ligaments and tendons, etc. and the Xrays can't see, nor give us info about them. The lining of the knee cavity can also be a problem as I was later to discover.  When the body says it hurts, it hurts. Nobody wants knee pain, so if one says the knee hurts, you have a problem with your knees. In this country, unless you go to a really qualified ortho guy/surgeon or in my case a type of oncology ortho guy, you almost never get an accurate diagnosis of what is bothering you. I am sure I am right that you are much younger than I and I hope you will pursue all of this before much more damage is done to your knees.  In my case, there was some bone rubbing, a badly shaped patells (kneecap), and partially worn miniscus or irregular padding between arthritic bones. No doctor said there was anything to do about it except to take arthritic drugs which i couldn't take because of a constant low platelet count.  Those drugs lower your platelets as well as other side effects. This put me between a rock and a hard place. If I had gone to a more qualified doctor, perhaps they would have advised an MRI which can see through the tissue and give an accurate diagnosis of what ails you.

    ?I was tired of limping so I started getting aggressive with my present doctor who ordered an MRI for me, only to have my knee have a really serious hemorrhage in it while I was in the machine. My leg swelled to enormous proportions and to fast forward......I was able to now have a diagnosis of not only tumor-like growths in my knee that prevented my movement and rewarded me with pain, but were eating up my bones as well. THere is not cure for it although surgeons say they can take some of it out and give you more years before it grows back. I would take on that operation if I had a good ortho/oncologist in my area, but I don't. Thanks to the forum, I have researched several at Stanford Hospital  some distance from my home, so for now, i wait using these PRT shots until I can get the best doctor I can find. The only doctors here advised a Total knee replacement (TKR) but seem to leave out the fact that they can't cure me from the soft tissue disease that plagues me.  This very probably does not help you solve your problems except to know that  you shouldn't wait too long to investigate and educate yourself about the possibilities and be very aggressive in asking for the tests that you need to make a decision about your own health.  If I had pushed this much earlier, I would have been younger and bounced back more quickly from serious surgery. Read the posts here and you will see that TKR and even arthoscopic operations that are supposed to be kinder to your recovery are not a piece of cake. I have never read of any forum posts that say that doctors use PRT after knee surgery, but it is a healing procedure that works on soft tissue that has inflammation for some reason.  That is why it worked for me. It is, I guess, a stop gap measure, but necessary if it helps you to walk without pain, as it did for me the last couple of years. but alas, I won't be able to get it anymore witthin my network here.  I honestly don't know the next step, but the gel shots mentioned on the forum frequently seem to help a lot of people with rubbing bones and loss of cartilage. Perhaps that would work for you, too. They are called something else in the UK....Synvisc ...or something like that.

    ?To summarize, we always know when our knee problems start, we put up with it if we are strong and agile, and then in frustration reach out to ask for help, sometimes to only be misled, until eventually we notice the years have gone by and desperation sets in.  Don't let this happen to you.  Dig in, learn, ask, get the tests necessary (MRI for soft tissue) and be active in deciding your own fate. There is nothing more disabling than not being able to walk.  I'm glad you are on top of this now.  Keep going and my best to you.

     

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    Perhaps a neoprene knee compression sleeve...it is specifically made to cradle to patella, knee cap. One should be available from the pharmacy. you will need to measure the circumference of your knee in order to determine the correct size.

    It is best to elevate your knee above your heart while placing a frozen gel ice pack beneath the knee as well as on top of the knee for an hour while you read, telly, chat, knit or whatever.

    Then extend your leg straight up and hold it up for 30 seconds. Now slip the sleeve on. Be sure to properly allow the sleeve to cradle your patella, the knee cap. Flex your knee a couple of times to ensure that your patella is able to properly glide without impingment.

    In about another hour you should have much less discomfort and pain. You may sleep in the sleeve. You may walk in the sleeve.

    You will be pleasantly surprised at how much easier walking and range of motion exercises will become because the swelling will come way down.

    Kind regards

    Judith

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