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I am 47 years old. I used to do a lot of outdoor jogging and running in treadmill. I had pain in my left knee 2 years back. I saw a sports medicine doctor who's a surgeon. MRI scan indicated degenerative patello-femoral chondro malacia. Surgeon rules out osteo arthritis and he did arthroscopy of my left knee for chondroplasty in April 2015 followed by PT and rehab. I was pain free after surgery. After surgery he adviced me to stop running and go for walks instead. I've been following his advice and gave up running.
In January this year I I had severe pain of left knee and swelling above knee cap. I went back to the surgeon. He asked me to take over the counter NSAID and sent me to 5 sessions of PT. Swelling reduced and I had some pain relief. I have been having pain on and off. I had a follow up visit in May. The surgeon ordered MRI scan which showed full-thickness cartilage fissuring along the patella has progressed. Surgeon said I don't have osteo arthritis and is recomending arthroscopy again. He said I'll be in crutches for about a week and then normal weight bearing.
I saw another sports medicine doctor for a 2nd opinion. Doctor2 said I have osteo arthritis and did not recommend surgery. He took an XRAY which he said shows bone spurs formed in my left knee. He said arthroscopy to smooth out torn cartilage may or may not help. He sent me to 8 sessions of PT. He said I can try injection of OrthoVisc every 6 months for pain relief.
I am quite confused which advice to follow. Has anyone had similar experience ?
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