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Old 31st May 2014, 05:55 PM
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My arthroscopy was a total breeze, up and about straight away and back in the gym after a week. Obviously that's with them not doing anything in there other than fishing and flushing as with titch's, but fingers crossed for you.

Re the exercises, ask your physio for glute strengthening exercises, they can give you those great printouts. It's basically stuff like clams and leg raises to isolate the muscles. If you don't have any luck I'll scan and send you my sheets
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Old 2nd June 2014, 11:24 AM
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I had my knee surgery and he took out some bone.

Two minutes from the surgeon afterwards was all I got while other medical staff were in my room- no chance to ask questions.

It is painful and I am right back at square 1 where I was when I fell 8 weeks ago. I am in a brace which is locking my knee in a certain position to help it heal.
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Old 2nd June 2014, 03:50 PM
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Hi Bernadette,

Sorry I couldn't really be of much help on this post which us why I didn't reply but just wanted to say I hope your okay and that hopefully in time your knee will improve
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Let's hope it was worth it in the long run
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Old 3rd June 2014, 10:56 AM
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Thanks everyone.

yes I feel a bit more positive today. Had a physio session and he was encouraging which always works with me.

He thinks I have patella maltracking which he says he can help with. The knee still hurts in exactly the same place as before the operation, but I can put my heel on the floor know when I walk- which I absolutely could not do before.

He says I will ditch the brace after my next session which will be good as it is very heavy to wear and hurts my back
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Oh Burdle I hope you recover quickly xx
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Old 3rd June 2014, 02:37 PM
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That sounds like good news! All surgery is really bloody frustrating, but your physio sounds great and like there's lots of hope. Keep us posted, and don't overdo it
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Hi Burdle I do hope you are recovering well and not in to much pain. XXX
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Old 6th June 2014, 10:17 AM
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Hi,

My knee hurts the same as it did before. I am worried really. If it is ligament strain and this is how long it can take then I am fine with that. It's the expectation that it should be better and that I should be able to walk without pain that concerns me. My foot and leg are really swollen- big creases in them and when I press my finger leaves a big indent.


I also have black bruises appearing on my leg.

I am back at work but cannot make it through the whole day- by the afternoon I am finished and the pain gets just too much so I go home. yesterday I went to bed at 8.30 and fell asleep I was so wiped out. This does not help my back pain so I wake in the night in pain.

I sort of feel that the way I walk is meaning that the knee cannot heal?


Everyone tells me that I should recover after about a week with an arthroscopy so what is the matter with me.
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If you've got a load of ligamental damage from the fall in addition to the problem that has now been removed, then that will still take however long it takes to heal - the arthroscopy cannot speed that aspect of healing, so even while it's had some beneficial effects such as being able to get your heel to the floor, and the recovery from the damage done by it probably will be fairly rapid, it won't fix everything

Ligaments and tendons certainly can take a while to heal - I tripped over the cat in the dark and fell down the stairs a month ago, and still cannot lift my arm. I nearly de-socketed the poor thing, 17 stone of flying titch dangling off it was never going to do it much good and I've injured the supraspinatus tendon (given my propensity for ligament ruptures, I actually feel lucky that it's just a strain!). The swelling has long since gone, but that's because I swell bizarrely little - the pain is still there, and there's still things like lifting the arm in certain ways that I cannot yet do.

I know it doesn't help you right now, but I very much hope that it is just that the ligaments and tendons are holding things up
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Old 13th June 2014, 11:55 AM
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I was due to see Mr Tucker at RNOH today- my first appointment on NHS after seeing him privately for all these years., because I just want to be in the system Just got a call saying the clinic was cancelled. I have been waiting since March.

Saw my physio yesterday and he is saying that my knee should be healing now- it shouldn't be hurting as much as it is and that there is nothing he can do- it is my pain signals that are to blame. He says Patella Maltracking would not give me this much pain but how does he know.

Not sure where that leaves me. I still cannot walk- leg and knee and foot severely swollen and pain when I weight bear. It's a horrid feeling - like you are being abandoned.


I was going to talk to MR T about whether I have hurt my back in my fall in a way that it could have affected my knee. It is when I weight bear that it hurts so much and I can press on the spot where the pain is- it feels like it could be pressure on a nerve Then depending on what he says I was going to talk to my knee guy ( follow up appt next Tuesday) and pass on what he said. Now I can't do this and I am so frustrated. I will get another appointment with Mr T- but don't know when yet.

I had it all under control and now it has all gone wrong again!


I am feeling very down- have been looking up Patella Maltracking and it says that in some case it can be helped by surgery. The knee surgeon said that it was a physio issue. I don't if patella maltracking can be seen under an arthroscopy ? does any one know? I just wonder if the surgeon was just looking for a tear- sounds daft but when I mentioned it before the operation he just dismissed it. BUT I had knee problems BEFORE I fell and they were the cause of the fall AND I still have the same pain now. I feel as if no-one is listening and I don't know what to do. Did he look for it- could he look for it with keyhole?


Funnily enough I was out with my sister in law ( sitting there in agony with a ballooned leg) and she said she had surgery for patella M - but it was open surgery not keyhole. I am frustrated and jealous - I know I shouldn't be and it is not for me to judge but she has no back issues and she gets her knee fixed just like that and I don't even remember being in a lot of pain or not being able to do stuff. She rides and does activity holidays and I can't do any of those things- I can't even walk without a severe limp and I can't sit at this bloody desk at work without this pain and oh my goodness I am crying again- need to stop.

I am being mean and silly because everyone is different but when physio says to me it's your pain signals - I just feel I can't cope with any more.

I do pain management and it doesn't work any more and I can't just up painkillers or I will just be a zombie and they don't help with the walking problem.

I simply can't communicate with medical people any more any more - all these people who just don't acknowledge that my scoliosis is probably the underlying cause of everything because they just say- Oh I don't now anything about scoliosis.

Has anyone got any ideas.
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Old 16th June 2014, 10:15 PM
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As the saying goes...don't run before you can walk
I was off work for almost 8 weeks after my arthroscopy for maltracking and fat pad removal. My bruising didn't appear for 10-14 days afterwards and I felt my recovery was going backwards before it got better. I'm now almost 8 months post op and now suffer with locking, patella popping out and in recent weeks the swelling is returning but it's not as painful as it was pre op at least. The knee joint undergoes a lot of trauma during arthroscopy even though it's key hole so you need to take it steady it's well known that doing too much too soon only aggravates the joint so it won't heal which means more surgery to put that right too...

I forgot to add my patella maltracking was seen clearly by the surgeon during the arthrocopy. I've got three A4 sheets of various pictures he took that he gave me as a souvenir too lol.

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Old 16th June 2014, 11:38 PM
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Sorry to hear things haven't improved for you, it must be very frustrating that your appt was cancelled-you so dont need that right now!!

I can relate to the sister in law thing, its tough when you see those close to you so active when that's how you want to be.

I really hope that time will be the healer regarding your knees, sometimes things take much longer than we anticipate.

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Old 11th July 2014, 10:40 AM
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My rescheduled appointment is this afternoon at RNOH.

I don't want to go- I expect I will just cry- all I seem to do now if anyone talks to me.

My knee is not any better. I cannot walk on it and the leg is still swollen. This is fine because you know the pain is in my head- it is imaginary or so say the conservative health people (physio). that's such a great help to be told that I shouldn't have pain as the MRi shows up nothing on the knee.


Anyway the appt is for my back really so I almost don't want it to go off on a tangent.
It's just that I am so fed up but that's ok too because I am depressed and so If you stuff me full of pills so that I am too groggy to wok and pay the bills and to socialise then you can tick the box for that one as well.
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Old 11th July 2014, 11:07 AM
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When I was having a bad time with pain etc and was prone to crying all the time, I wrote everything down in a bullet point list to give to my surgeon so that I didn't leave out any details or get sidetracked. He was so shocked that I wasn't my usual chatty self he took me very seriously immediately. Good luck with your appointment.
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