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Patellectomy - Apr 08
My fiance suffered a fall in 2000 which resulted in four subsequent surgeries, ending with the last in 2003. The outcome was total patellectomy - complete removal of the ...
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cortisone hurtful or helpful? - May 08
Hi: I injured my knee during a half marathon in oct 04. The month before if fell carrying my daughter but was not really aggravated until the 10th mile of the run. The ...
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bad lower body - Mar 29
I am 46 years old , was born club footed (right) over the years have developed arthritis in most joints. Had right foot fused last year. Now left knee and ankle need work ...
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What's going on? - Feb 22
Hi I'm not sure where to post this because I don't know whats wrong with me. My problem is that my right knee falls from under me when I try to walk (I have to use crutches ...
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OH my knees - Feb 06
I have had many injuries to my knees. As tripping and falling seem to now be normal. I get fluid to the lfeft and right of the knee cap. None on the cap itself. The knee ...
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Posted: Apr 8, 2007 1:24
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  • Patellectomy
    My fiance suffered a fall in 2000 which resulted in four subsequent surgeries, ending with the last in 2003. The outcome was total patellectomy - complete removal of the left knee cap- and reconstruction of the patella tendon, which had been accidentally severed during the first surgery. The last surgery in 2003 left him facing 12 weeks of physical therapy and little optimisim for lessening of pain or much range of movement of the left leg. Against doctors orders, he took a job where he had to walk 9-10 hours a day on concrete, in 28 degree temperatures, lifting 80 -100 lb. boxes! This resulted in the building up of muscle in the left quad but also re-tore the patella tendon and now it is split into 3 separate sections, causing him severe pain, but not limiting his physical motions. I do not understand why there can be full knee replacements, but we cannot find an ortho or anyone who can do a patella replacement. My fiance is in constant pain, unrelenting and yet refuses to give in to the pain; he doesn't let the lack of a knee cap restrict his physical activity unless it drops him to the floor, as it does sometimes.
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