Well during my followup with my new kaiser ortho yesterday I asked him about my knee as he was focusing on my shoulder. Well when he pulled the xrays I was shocked that the issue wasn't my meniscus as I had believed but that almost the entire area under my knee cap between the knee cap and the patella was closed up and blocked off by what the ortho called severe arthritis. When I asked him what could be done or if braces could help, he said no and nothing could be done to easily remedy things. When I asked if they could go in and scrap out the arthritis he said no that knee replacement would be the next best course if I wanted to or just live with the pain
I this true?
some folks told me that they can shave the arthritis off the bone to clear up the gap in order for the knee cap to move freely again. Is this wrong?
I though I heard of bone shaving being done before. Or is it that the arthritis would just return like the doc said. Is that true, that once you have severe arthritis like this it you have it for ever?
Funny, cause he said he wanted to get me back in the water.
He asked if I would consider stand up paddle and I kind of gave him a stink eye.
I have half a dozen brand new boards I want to ride and need these handicaps to end before I get too old
Friend #1 just had a knee replaced...planed down the ends of the bones, drilled the holes, put in the new joint.
He had a fair bit of arthritis in there from two ACL repairs (careful playing soccer on the weekends at level 11, everyone).
They told him they couldn't just remove the arthritis crud and then sow everything back up because the joint surface was shot and wouldn't just go back to what it was.
So maybe this is the reason why they don't do it? Not that the arthritis could come back, but because the joint needs a proper bearing surface. Besides, I think arthritis is more than just surface damage.
Anyway, he is two months after the operation and in more pain than he thought he would be by now (he recovered well from the ACL repairs but he was 30 yrs younger for the first one and 20 years younger for the second). Heeling rate is such he is beginning to doubt he'll be ready for the utter horrible surf no one should ever move to SF for that we typically see come fall and winter
May have to pester R3W and heelnipster to meet me more often before work or way to early on the weekends....hey, that last time we went was pretty good until that clean-up set scattered us to hell, right?