Post polio and knee operation
A few years ago I dislocated my patella during a fall. I had been diagnosed with post polio syndrome 15 years prior but up until that time functioned well. The resulting knee injury shut down the quad muscle which was one that had been afftected during the original bout with polio when I was 6 yrs. old in 1956. Numerous attempts to restore strength in the quad via physical therapy failed. They even tried electrical stimulation which hurt like hell at the lowest setting so that was discontinued. I also have a complicating factor in that my left knee turns inward and is prone to further dislocations. Discussions with a qualified orthopedic surgeon were disappointing. He felt that an operation to correct the patella and knee angle could leave me in worse shape than before as the little strength left in the quad could be depleted to nothing. Thus rehab could be fruitless. So, what to do? My inability to walk correctly has now caused my hip to experience pain and the decreased physical activity is further complicated with weight gain that exaserbates the problem. It's like a vicious circle. Great difficulty walking leading to sendentary lifestyle and weight gain that adds more pressure to leg and hip.
So, what to do?? Has anyone with paralytic polio of the leg(s) that rehabed ever have a knee operation after onset of PPS? Are there any ways to transplant good muscle to the quad area for rehab? This is affecting the quality of my life very much and I hope a solution can be found. I live in Pittsburgh which is blessed with many wonderful physicians but would travel anywhere if something could be done. Ironically, I was admitted to Metropolitan Hospital of Pittsburgh (now Children's Hospital) which was where Jonas Salk did much of his ground breaking work. He was there when I first was diagnosed with polio. Alas, Salk's vaccine came too late to help me.
Anyone have any thoughts as to how to proceed? Thanks in advance.