Problems 17 years after patellar realignment to both knees

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Hi, I suffered multiple dislocations to both knees from the age of 12 and had cartilege surgeries to both knees before eventually having realignment surgeries at 17 and 18 (the type that leaves you with very attractive 8 inch scars on both knees). I've suffered intermittent pain ever since that has become much worse in the last 6 months. Both knees crunch, swell and lock. The pain extends in to my calf muscle and up to my hips. It's bothering me. Does anyone know whether these surgeries have a 'shelf life' please? Thanks

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    You have had a lot of bad luck . .but the answer to your problem has to come from an orthopaedic surgeon . .looks as if you need mri's on both knees. . Hope they can sort you out with the minimum of invasive procedures!
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      I'm on the long waiting list for the MRI. I'm just wondering if there are any common issues that can occur. I am sending myself a bit batty with all the "what if"s as I'm still only 35 and would like to wear my stillettos ūüėÉ
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    I also had a patella realignment 14 years ago (TTT).  Over time, the pain returned with knee crunch and swelling which led to difficult and painful walking.  I was told my last resort was a tkr which I had done 7 weeks ago.  Very tough going but no arthritic pain only surgical pain and a lot of hard work ahead to be able to walk and bend my knee normally, but I know it's going to be worth it.  Speak to your Consultant and get advice as you can't keep going the way you are. Good luck.
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    Not giving negative advice. But I had realignment issues to.

    And I needed to have a partial knee. But it locks up. I am a bit over s month and doing fair. Trouble bending and straightening. But it's worth it.

    Good lucks lots I'be and elivate.

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    I also had multiple dislocation of both knees from the age of 12, I m now 64.

    I had left knee pinned at age 20 and right knee patella removed at age 24. (Or it could have been the other way round, so long ago I cannot remember)

    I had total replacement of left knee nearly 3 years ago and it is now fine.

    Sarah

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