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Old 04-06-2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Knee Microfracture Procedure?

I'm a military retiree, 51 yo male, 5'11, 180lbs. Been CF'ing regular for about 12 months, as well as participating in sprint triathlons and following the CFE rx when able.

After looking at my MRI my ortho doc suggests a microfracture procedure to "grow" cartilage and fill in the worn out spot in my knee joint. Evidently, while the procedure is done with a scope the recovery time on crutches is 6-8weeks and full physical activity resumed in 16 weeks. I'm not digging the potential down time.
My question is; does anybody on the boards have any experience with this procedure? Can the downtimes be shortened? Is it worth having the procedure done? etc, etc

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Old 04-06-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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Re: Knee Microfracture Procedure?

Don't know too much about it myself but read the wiki:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfracture_surgery

Looks like it may not be the best alternative?
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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Re: Knee Microfracture Procedure?

Recently (six weeks ago) had this procedure. Went in for a scope to have my knee "cleaned out" doc said, "I'll fix whatever I find while I'm in there." The MRI showed arthritis and lots of debris in there. Turned out I had no cartilage left (bone on bone) and menicus damage. He did a lateral tendon release, cleaned up the damaged meniscus and performed the microfracture procedure. It's coming along fine. I'm a fed LEO and was back to full duty in a few weeks. CrossFitting is a different story. I'm 44 so I don't want to screw this up so I'm being careful. I'm able to do some stuff, enough to condition but no squatting, running, jumping etc. My PT said Ortho's are getting more aggressive with MF rehab, less time on crutches etc. these days. Mine put me on crutches to protect me from myself, for 2.5 weeks. I've had no swelling and no (as in zero) pain.
I talked to Coach B a few weeks ago, when I was still on crutches; he had a knee replacement at 52 and said he could do about anything he liked but chose not to run. Doc told me I'd eventually need a knee replacement, he hoped I could make it to retirement (57) but that would be unlikely but up to me. Despite the MF, cartilage won't regenerate to its original state. I really want to through hike the AT when I retire. We'll see, I'm not too worried about it. I'm sure by the time I need it knee repkacement will be even better than it is today.
I'd love to hear from others who've rehabbed from this and how they've done.
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Re: Knee Microfracture Procedure?

Wait as long as possible for knee replacement... they get better every year as you know.
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Re: Knee Microfracture Procedure?

Michael, I'll let ya know how it goes. I'm scheduled for 19 May.

Stephen, Thanks. The Army docs who are doing this seem pretty competent with documentable successes. Let's hope my old *** is one of them.
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Good luck sir. Keep us updated.
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Re: Knee Microfracture Procedure?

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Michael, I'll let ya know how it goes. I'm scheduled for 19 May.

Stephen, Thanks. The Army docs who are doing this seem pretty competent with documentable successes. Let's hope my old *** is one of them.
Good luck, looking forward to hearing your progress. My doc was awesome, wife's a nurse and wouldn't let me see anyone else, now I see why. I have a friend who needs her meniscus repaired and her doc was telling her 12 weeks on the shelf. She can't afford it, think she may see my guy.
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