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You guys problably remember me asking if I should have a TKR or not at 48 years old. I found a different Dr. and saw him last Wednesday. Unfortunatley, he is in agreement with the first Dr. that I am too young to have to go through TKR at this age. However, he did tell me that I do have a menscuis tear that needed to be repaired. He said he doesn't know how much of my pain is from the bone on bone or the torn menscuis. He said while he is in there repairing the menscuis he will drill tiny holes in my bone then do a bone marrow transplant from my own bone marrow into my knee in hopes it will grown more cartlige. He said it wouldn't be the same kind of cartlige that I have worn out but it anything grows it is better than what I have right now. This is only to buy me time before I have to have the TKR. He said I would be on crutches for a week and then will wear a custom brace for 6 months to keep me off of the repaired area of my knee to give it time to grow new cartlige. I am happy and feel a comfort with this Dr, and his recommendations that I did not feel with the other one. I knew from the MRI from before that it had said I had a torn menscuis but the other dr. said I did not.
So my question is has anyone had these procedures done regarding the bone marrow transplantation? If so did it work? He said it is a brand new procedure that insurance does not pay for but If it gives me a chance I am willing to pay for it.
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