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Posted by Mike Finn on August 08, 2000 at 13:48:45:

In Reply to: Chondromalasia Patella posted by Jeannie Havel on July 02, 2000 at 21:01:17:

: My 14 yr old daughter is scheduled for knee surgery to relive the chronic pain of chondromalasia patella. Physical therapy did not give her adequate results, her stomach cannot tolerate analgesics, so her orthopedic surgeon says surgery is only answer. I have a great deal of anxiety about her having surgery, but she believes she cannot live with the pain. The ortho surgeon says this condition is common in girls her age and would probably subside by her early 20's. Has anyone had experience with this condition? Can you offer any alternatives to surgery or comment on its success or failure?

Hi, I'm a 36 year old male and have had this surgery on both knees twice by highly regarded orthapedic surgeons. One was the team physician for the NY Knicks. In all instances my knees felt "better" after post operative therapy. Saddly though it didn't take long before my knees felt the same as usual. Sorry if this isn't what your daughter wants to hear, but I've come to terms with this. This is the way it's going to be and there's not much I can do about it. (Good Days/Bad Days)...I know how she feels. It's very depressing not being able to do everything I want without feeling pain. It's real pain and it drives you mad. I feel like 'Advil' has become a regular part of my diet. Hang in there.
There is a possibility that surgery may work for her. I hope so. It didn't for me though.
Good Luck!!!

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