Re: Knee Swelling with Fluid after Lateral Release
I had a lateral release done oct 2/2010 and am regretting it. I was instructed that I would need 12 weeks off or my surgeon wasn't going to do it. I will say at the beginning my PT and Surgeon were very impressed on who I was doing. When I seen my surgeon a week after the release he said he never seen a patient with little to no swelling. My PT was impressed and how much movement I had and how much I could lift. I went to work after 12 weeks seemed ok, but still had difficulty walking upstairs and downstairs, but was told it was normal. Now, being Feb 3/11 I am still struggling going up with pain and my surgeon can't understand what is going on.
I seen him last month and he said normally at this stage he would pass me on to my family doctor because there is nothing more he can do , but he feels sorry for my situation and wants to continue to see me every 3 months. He says he tries to research if there is anything new he can do, but he said he has done this procedure so many times and has never seen a case like this. He says he stands behind his work, but if I wanted a second opinion he would refer me to anyone in any city. I was given an 85% full recover. He said he didn't see me falling in the 10% where it gets slightly better or the 5% where it got worse.
I am on celebrex for pain and imflammation as well as 600mg of ibripro adn I am now taking 1000mg 3x aday glucosamine chondroitin, but it takes a month to see a difference. So far it I am on a week so I can't give you an honest review.
I am frustated and fell into a depression where my family doctor wanted to put me on pills for it , but I never got it filled.
I am now 40 and don't want to live with this. Where ever I go I panic when I see stairs. I go to a hockey game and stay int he seats during intermissions because it is embarassing when you lose your balance and fall which happened. I love my summers at my trailer and there is a beautiful restuarant we go to over looking the marina, but there are 20 stairs to get up to the deck to eat. I try to hold back tears of frustration when trying to get up slowly. People joke with me because our family lives along time and I think to myself I do want to do this for the rest of my life. I am to young for this.
I will be seeing my PT to see if he can help me or give me answers. I wish I researched the procedure more, but the orthopedic surgeon is one of the best that I had. Yes things happens and not always for the best. I am hoping the glucosamine chondroitin works. If you seen me walk you would never know I had the procedure, it's when I use stairs. I just am not strong enough to put full pressure on it with out feeling shaky.
I hope things work out for the best. Keep asking questions and continue with physhio.