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    Old 08-10-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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    Question knee dislocation and peroneal nerve damage..

    Hey I am new here as well, I am suffering from drop foot. I dont know if it is permanent since none of my doctors can seem to answer that... I am a 22 year old mom who while pushing my quad down an incline trying to pop start it, I hit a pot hole and dislocated my knee. My foot started going numb almost as soon as the injury occured. I went to the er and the doctor pretty much played it off as nothing. He popped my knee back into socket and told me to go see my follow up doctor and talk to him about what needs to happen next. Well when I went to see him he told me that I might have to get an amputation because the er doctor didnt do an arterogram to see if my artery was severed or injured. I immediatly started to cry. Not even caring about the fact I couldnt feel my foot. Well I went to my arterogram and they told me everything in that area was fine. So I went to see a different doctor yet again and he told me I severely injured my knee. He also told me that I either ripped my nerve or stretched it. He said if its stretched then I will be able to regain my use of my foot. But he couldnt help me since I severely damaged my knee and have to go to a knee specialist to have my knee reconstructed. So now I am in waiting and the injury occured over a month ago. I have an appointment to see a knee specialist who "loves knee dislocations" that scares me a bit... lol, I have a sleeping imobilizer but still am waiting for a walking one. I have my knee completely imoblized and its in constant pain.. Now I dont think I mentioned anything about my nerve damage. First off I have had a noticable numb spot from my knee down the side of my right leg on the right outer side down to my ankle it wraps around my ankle and up to my large toe. My numb spot hurts on occassion and feels sort of like pins and needles, I have not been able to move my foot towards my face or push it away from my other leg. My knee has recently took a turn for the worse. The other night I woke up in pretty bad pain and realized that my brace was pretty much off my knee. Now all day for the past two days it has been in pretty bad pain. I am really nervous about seeing my doctor and finding out that I distroyed my nerve... Has anyone been in this situation before? I have heard that knee dislocations are very uncommon and need to know if anyone who ever had one has ever regained control of their foot? Or has even had this nerve problem. How long do you have to stay in the hospital for a total knee reconstruction? Not an knee replacement. How intense is the physical therapy? I am so worried any advice would help!! THX

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    Old 08-31-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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    Re: knee dislocation and peroneal nerve damage..

    I broke my tibia, right below the knee, and they inserted a metal plate and 16 screws to keep it together. Although no broken bones or anything were found in my foot, I just lost all the movement and my foot is stuck in tippytoe position. Because I broke that ankle 10 years ago, doctors just said it was arthritis from that. Now I'm unable to walk on it and my options are either keep the foot and stay on crutches/wheelchair, or amputate below the knee and be free to walk again. I'm 28 yrs old with 3 kids... Doctor said I need a letter from another surgeon saying it's ok to amputate before he will do it.. so that's what i'm waiting on now...
    I'm not sure exactly about the knee reconstruction, but I would guess 3-10 days in the hospital, followed by months of rehab. It'll be a long process, learning to walk again. Stay strong and keep good people with you. Best Wishes!

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    I am so sorry that sounds awful. I wish you the best!

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    Re: knee dislocation and peroneal nerve damage..

    I'm sorry about the pain you're experiencing. I had similar issues with knee dislocations years ago (I was actually a teenager at the time). It got so bad that I would just take step (not doing anything strenuous or out of the ordinary) and my knee would just completely dislocate. I got to the point where I would just put into place myself. However, I was in horrible pain much of the time and of course my parents brought me to our family Doctor who recommended an Orthopedic specialist.

    It was confirmed that I had ligament damage and surgery was necessary and given that it what it years ago the surgery definitely was quite involved and they had to open my whole knee and the recovery time was quite long. However, the good news I didn't experience problems with my knee for years.

    Recently, I have been experiencing a lot pain and weakness and my knee slips (though not completely dislocates like yours). But, it constantly pops and grinds and I'm basically limping around.

    As far as your issues I would definitely recommend that you see an orthopedic specialist that specializes in knee issues. Also, if they haven't ordered one yet, you really need an MRI to see what's going on. An MRI will give Doctor good idea of what's going on and how to proceed. So, make sure you get an MRI ASAP.

    I just wanted you to know I relate to what you're experiencing and totally understand how disruptive this can be to your daily functioning and activities.

    I hope you see the specialist soon and all the necessary tests ordered.

    You are in my thoughts and I hope you get relief from the pain you're experiencing and answers very soon.

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    Well I finally wised up and went to a knee specialist. He told me my last doctor was all wrong.. Well not like that... I ended up only tearing my acl and streching my lcl. I have had an mri and an nerve test. the nerve test showed that I have a cold nerve. But this doctor seems to think that I will regain control of my nerve it just may take a long time. He also said that He had a patient that had a similar problem as I have and it took him two years to regain any feeling in his ankle and now he is back to fighting fires. So I have hope.. My surgery is supposed to be sometime in december I am going to OHSU in portland oregon. He seems to be confident and knows what he is doing. He sees these often and I am glad that I didnt tear my pcl acl and mcl oh yeah and my meniscus was fine too my last doctor was going to repair what didnt need to be repaired. Dont go to dr van patten in mcminnville oregon he is rude and doesnt know what he is doing!!!

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    6 years ago on my birthday I dislocated my left knee so bad that I tore my ACL, PCL and mangled my paroneal nerve but was lucky enough to not damage the artery which would have resulted in amputation of my leg. I had drop foot from the nerve damage and also a combination of pins and needles and numbness on my big toe and above the big toe on my foot and also a burning sensation in my big toe area. My arthopedic surgeon said the burning sensation in my toe are the damaged nerves trying to fire back up as they are not making a connection to send the normal signals. He said this is good because it means I still have feeling, but it is painful. I was told my arthopedic surgeon Dr Kevin Wing who is a great doctor that nerves that have damage that are not from being cut are extremely hard to diagnos because basically it's hard to pin point exactly where the nerve is injured and then how long it will take for the nerve to regrow. I had 23 inches of nerve that needed to regrow and it did in under a year with 80-90% function of what I could do before when all doctors thought 3-5 years minimum before I get there. The only problems with the nerve I have are I can not wear any shoe above a low cut and no tight fitting shoes and loss of balance while on my heel. I had to do exspensive physio therapy for 4 months where I went 3 times a week and included water walking in the shallow end to start and moving to deep water walking with a foam belt to keep me buoyant. I found the best thing to get you through this is set a goal that is big, no need for a timeline to finish. My goal was to backpack across Europe for 3 months and I did it a year and a month later with a cane. As for the knee dislocation I was suppose to have ligament replacement surgery for my PCL and ACL as both were ruptured. But because of the complicated nature of the surgery and that they need to drill into the bone of my knee cap making it weaker my Orthopedic surgeon advised against it and glad I did. For the most part my knee is great except I get some pain if I walk too long or kneel and is sore in the winter time but I have a normal life. If anything this experience has taught me it's 1) get a 2nd opinion 2) see a dr who specializes in the knee ligaments that are injured and not a guy who does knees and hips or knees and ankles 3)Take the dr's prognosis for how long to get better and normal with a grain of salt as it is the average time but everybody is different when it comes to healing. I hope this helps any one

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