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Bad knees suck... - June 28, 2010, 06:51 AM

So I have been having trouble with my knee for the better part of 3 years. 2007 I had it scoped to remove a cyst under my kneecap, and clean up some cartilage. End of 2008 I tore ACL in the same knee, and had it "repaired" in January last year. I have had nothing but problems with it since. I cant keep my knee bent for longer than 10 minutes; it constantly locks up on me (particularly when I'm sleeping and I roll over); its swollen up on me here and there; and there's been times where its flat out given out on me and I almost land on my ass. My doctor now wants to do a "knee reconstruction", because he believes the repair they did on the ACL might not have taken, and he thinks I've done some damage to the meniscus. I've got an MRI scheduled for tonight, and he said that if they do the reconstruction, its about 3 weeks on crutches, and 6 month recovery. Now, I'm a tough sumbitch, and my leg hurts every day all day; some days are better than others, it just depends on what I do. I just wonder if they do need to do the surgery, should I give up on riding this year and schedule it as soon as possible, or should I wait until around Sept/Oct (still good riding months, I know). From my ACL repair that I had last year in January, I was back out riding by end of March. Anyone who's had a similar operation, how long did it take ya before you got back on the road?


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June 28, 2010, 08:03 AM

i feel ya man. i am in the same boat. although i messed my knee up really bad.

i have to get reconstructive surgery too. but if you can deal with it. then i would say just wait till end of the season. but if its bad and doc recommends surgery now. you might want to heed his warning.

i severed my PCL pulled both my MCL and ACL, and crushed my medial muniscas. shattered the top of my tibia like a windshield and dented my femur like a pingpong ball.
surgery didnt do squat for me. i can grab my leg below the knee and move it. i have no stability in my right leg.
i keep putting off surgery cuz i just dont want to do it. but i was out for 2 weeks then on crutches for like 2 weeks or so. then took about 2 months before i could feel somewhat normal after my surgery.

good luck, and take care of you knees. wrecking with bad knees would be a scary thing.


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June 28, 2010, 08:37 AM

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So I have been having trouble with my knee for the better part of 3 years. 2007 I had it scoped to remove a cyst under my kneecap, and clean up some cartilage. End of 2008 I tore ACL in the same knee, and had it "repaired" in January last year. I have had nothing but problems with it since. I cant keep my knee bent for longer than 10 minutes; it constantly locks up on me (particularly when I'm sleeping and I roll over); its swollen up on me here and there; and there's been times where its flat out given out on me and I almost land on my ass. My doctor now wants to do a "knee reconstruction", because he believes the repair they did on the ACL might not have taken, and he thinks I've done some damage to the meniscus. I've got an MRI scheduled for tonight, and he said that if they do the reconstruction, its about 3 weeks on crutches, and 6 month recovery. Now, I'm a tough sumbitch, and my leg hurts every day all day; some days are better than others, it just depends on what I do. I just wonder if they do need to do the surgery, should I give up on riding this year and schedule it as soon as possible, or should I wait until around Sept/Oct (still good riding months, I know). From my ACL repair that I had last year in January, I was back out riding by end of March. Anyone who's had a similar operation, how long did it take ya before you got back on the road?
Well, it's only a guess how long your recovery will be because they don't know the extent of damage until you have the MRI and they actually open up the knee. If it was me I'd definitely get the surgery ASAP because riding and living in pain is simply not worth it. If you have major surgery now you'll have plenty of time to recover for riding next spring. If it's just minor cartilage/meniscus repair you could be back on your bike in 1-2 months. Either way you'll probably want to invest in a knee brace system to wear the rest of your life when doing any physical activity. Good luck!


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June 28, 2010, 09:41 AM

get it done, last thing you want is joint issues that become life long.


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June 28, 2010, 10:43 AM

I hurt my knee skiboarding last january. Might've overextended it while carving. Its hurt less and less since, but still hurts a bit. Don't have/can't afford insurance so I'll deal with it until i can get insurance. Kneww problems are no joke, what are you gonna do about your new pain/problems?
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June 28, 2010, 10:45 AM

I would say be careful, I opted out of having my MCL repaired when I tore it in HS and I feel good still after the therapy and training. Still hurts from time to time with too much activity but i can deal. The knee is one of those places, once they cut into you it is more likely to get worse then better, unless you got bread and a great doc. My father had his knee reconstructed about 10 years ago and it's f'd up. He is highly medicated and regrets having the surgery done. In my opinion, if this doc can't assure you a better life physically don't do it (I assume they are the same ones that did the acl repair).


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June 28, 2010, 12:25 PM

Damn Diggy...you are old and busted!

Seriously though...go get it looked at.
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June 28, 2010, 12:35 PM

End the season. Get it done. You don't want to play around with your joints.
To be honest, it sounds like at this point you need an artifical knee implant.

Once you cross the 2nd or 3rd reconstructive surgery - it's pretty much a defect (biologically) that will never be 100%. You might as well go ahead get the stainless steel Terminator life-time joint.



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June 28, 2010, 01:00 PM

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End the season. Get it done. You don't want to play around with your joints.
To be honest, it sounds like at this point you need an artifical knee implant.

Once you cross the 2nd or 3rd reconstructive surgery - it's pretty much a defect (biologically) that will never be 100%. You might as well go ahead get the stainless steel Terminator life-time joint.
See, thats what I'm thinking too, but they keep telling me I'm too young and that the artificial knees only last 20 years. I have decided, though, that I'm going to shut it down and get the surgery done.


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June 28, 2010, 02:26 PM

damn, man. good luck. you should have a ceremony for the end of your season. play "retreat" while slowly putting a cover over your bike. it'd be a sad day.


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June 29, 2010, 09:30 AM

Ok, well generally you cant "repair" the ACL.. once its torn its torn.. I tore mine like 90% waaaaaay back in my freshman year of high school, and all they could do was go in and clean it up.. trim up the frayed pieces, etc.. Then when it tore the rest of the way, I also tore up cartilage, which sent me on a woooonderful journey of knee surgeries.. 6 so far on my right one, and 2 on the left. I do agree that if it is locking, chances are you have some torn cartilage in there.. mine has done that many times, but thankfully not recently. If you can get it reconstructed, do it. I wouldnt wait until the dead of winter to do it though.. cructches in the snow are not fun, and the grafts are weakest when fresh, so you dont want to be slipping on ice or the like.. REHAB REAHB REHAB is your friend as well.. I still dont have full range of motion, and I have to wear a compression sleeve on my knee when I am at the track (it still swells like a baloon though), and right turns are not my friend, but damn it's still fun!


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Ok, well generally you cant "repair" the ACL.. once its torn its torn.. I tore mine like 90% waaaaaay back in my freshman year of high school, and all they could do was go in and clean it up.. trim up the frayed pieces, etc.. Then when it tore the rest of the way, I also tore up cartilage, which sent me on a woooonderful journey of knee surgeries.. 6 so far on my right one, and 2 on the left. I do agree that if it is locking, chances are you have some torn cartilage in there.. mine has done that many times, but thankfully not recently. If you can get it reconstructed, do it. I wouldnt wait until the dead of winter to do it though.. cructches in the snow are not fun, and the grafts are weakest when fresh, so you dont want to be slipping on ice or the like.. REHAB REAHB REHAB is your friend as well.. I still dont have full range of motion, and I have to wear a compression sleeve on my knee when I am at the track (it still swells like a baloon though), and right turns are not my friend, but damn it's still fun!
True, usually they replace the ACL tendon with a fresh one from a cadaver or from your hamstring, ACL Repair
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Yeah, mine was done 20 years ago, so it was done with the Patellar tendon graft.. they didnt want to do cadaver because they said sometimes it was hard to get the length just right, and the other option at the time was synthetic, which wore out every 10 years or so.. They have gotten a lot better with it.


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