Re: Newly diagnosed with synovial chondromatosis - need advice!
Thanks for responding! I hope your recovery goes well. You have been through a lot!!
I think I have decided to do the arthroscope and see what happens. If surgery is inevitable, this is the best time in my life to have it done. I am going to do it over winter break so that I don't have to miss school or work. I work in the summer - so that wouldn't be the best time for me.
How long does it take to recover from an arthroscope? I think my Dr. said 1 month - is that accurate? I am getting it done Dec. 18th and would like to be OK for New Years - not to go out, but to have a few drinks at home (my friends are going to sacrifice going out to be with me - isn't that nice?). I hope I'll be able to lay off the pain killers by then so that I can have fun. I am also hoping that I will be able to walk by Jan. 12 when school starts again. I'm a little nervous about walking 8 blocks to class in the WI winters with all the ice and snow. I'm sure my Dr. will tell me all this when I meet with him next Friday, but I'd rather hear it from someone who has actually gone through this.
Also, my Dr. said that he would be removing the entire synovial lining when doing the scope - is that what you had done? The doctor that is doing the surgery is my OS, not the OO that I saw (he doesn't do scopes). The OS said he does about 2 of these surgeries a year. That does not seem like a lot, but he is excellent with a scope in general (he is the surgeon for all the pros in MKE and the MU athletes) so I'm pretty confident in him.
Any insight you could provide would be very helpful.