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Alta Girl In Surgey For Knee ingury

post #1 of 28
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I just found out about this.
So for those of you who do not surf TGR here are the two treads I know of.

A rough trip out of the Back Country
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...d.php?t=48905

Best wishes thread

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=48966

And of course best wishes to Alta Girl for a speedy recovery
post #2 of 28
Thanks MTT! I'm back home and everything went well. He was able to repair the meniscus tear, so I should be back at it before too long and that's good news for my long term knee health. Also good news that my allograft ACL from about 18 months ago is looking strong.
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hey, on an unrelated note, did you get your CD From GT? Got mine yesterday I am really enjoying going through all the photos
post #4 of 28
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Hey, on an unrelated note, did you get your CD From GT? Got mine yesterday I am really enjoying going through all the photos
Huh - nope. I'll have to keep an eye open! Can't wait to check it out!
post #5 of 28
Altagirl, I'm so sorry to hear this. Frustrating to say the least. But at least you know that it's easier to heal meniscus damage than it is to heal ACL. You'll be back in full form in no time.

That must have been hell getting out of the backcountry and to the car. MrAltagirl rocks! Great extrication plan.

Heal quickly! But not so quickly that you don't get to enjoy being pampered by your husband. He sounds like a keeper...

Thatsagirl
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by altagirl
Thanks MTT! I'm back home and everything went well. He was able to repair the meniscus tear, so I should be back at it before too long and that's good news for my long term knee health. Also good news that my allograft ACL from about 18 months ago is looking strong.
Altagirl, I just blew my right ACL skiing and I decided to have the alograft proceedure. Anything I should know about? Still trying to schedule surgery and this year is a bad one since I am traveling so much.

Good luck with the rehab and recovery.

Mark
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Maddog
Altagirl, I just blew my right ACL skiing and I decided to have the alograft proceedure. Anything I should know about? Still trying to schedule surgery and this year is a bad one since I am traveling so much.

Good luck with the rehab and recovery.

Mark

Actually - take a look at this:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=49024

I had always heard people say "don't get an allograft - it's dead tissue and won't be as strong". But recently, someone told me that the allograft revascularizes after about a year and basically comes back to life from the dead and irradiated tissue they put in there. The rumor is true -- check out the picture of my 18 month old allograft in the thread I linked above! Blood vessels and all. Pretty cool!
post #8 of 28
Sorry to hear about that. Man it seems like a lot of blown knees this year. A touring partner just hurt his up in Powder Country at Powder Mountain, two turns in. Had to rig a sled with his skis and got him out after 2K vert and an hour later. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Powdr
post #9 of 28
Thanks Altagirl! I just hope I heal as well as you have. I am older than you, I was born June 26 and you December 23. Heh. I suspect you are younger than me (46 here) but I think I am young enough to get back to 95 to 100% activity.

Powdr, well if you do something aggressively for 35 years or so, I think it's likely you are going to have a serious injury. Other than lower leg compartment syndrome, a few serious muscular tears (lost about 20% of my right calf in a skiing related muscle tear), and lots of more minor scrapes, cuts, bruises, abrasions and muscle tears this is it. Seems like a reasonable trade for being able to participate in the greatest sport on earth.

The sad thing for me is we are having a great snow year, I have a season pass, I just got my new Head Monster im 88's, and we have lots more ski trips planned. Maybe I will be skiing on one leg this year. I must see if I can rent some of those poles with little skis on them!

Mark

PS Altagirl, thats one hot ACL you got baby. Don't tell the big guy I said that he'd just pulverize me. I know he would. Heh.
post #10 of 28
Sorry to hear about your knee. Way to go on the self rescue. I know this is small consulation but at least you waited until the end of the season to blow out your knee.
post #11 of 28
OH NO!!! AltaGirl is the Patron Saint of the Injured! Heal fast, and may the good wishes and inspiration you give to others come right back to you!
post #12 of 28
The meniscus heals? I thought it was dead meat if torn and the only alternative was trimming it or possibly getting a meniscal transplant (rarely done).

Altagirl, I hope you're back in action soon!
post #13 of 28
Menisci can be repaired in some cases. It depends on the size and
type of the tear.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by nolo
The meniscus heals? I thought it was dead meat if torn and the only alternative was trimming it or possibly getting a meniscal transplant (rarely done).

Altagirl, I hope you're back in action soon!
The tear was in the thick part, where there are some blood vessels, so it can heal if it's held in place and you don't squash it out of place while it's healing. If you get a tear in the thinner part, there are no blood vessels and it's toast. My surgeon said there's at least a 90% chance it will heal up, so he went for the repair. The photos from that are pretty interesting too - I'll have to scan and post them later.

http://www.arthroscopy.com/sp05026.htm
post #15 of 28
Good luck, AltaG--
there are some blood vessels in the meniscus, I guess that's the key. And it sounds like you are a rehab princess, which no one wants to be, but if you have to be, make it work. Best wishes!
post #16 of 28
AltaGirl - your thread really helps put my mind at ease somewhat, tho I'm still nervous.........I'm getting a donor allograft on 4/4 for my torn ACL.....

Thanks for posting your story!!
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by jenscats5
AltaGirl - your thread really helps put my mind at ease somewhat, tho I'm still nervous.........I'm getting a donor allograft on 4/4 for my torn ACL.....

Thanks for posting your story!!
I am going in on 4/5. Good luck and a fast recovery!

Mark
post #18 of 28
Interesting article about the meniscus, altagirl. When my daughter suffered a violent injury to her knee in a basketball game (totaled the ACL, partial tear of the LCL, and partial tear of the medial meniscus) the doc told us that he would trim the meniscus and hope it functioned well, but explained that sometimes not enough cushion was left for athletics, in which case we might consider a transplant, a rare procedure only done by very few orthopedists, and then rarely. He only knew of one orthopod in the U.S. he'd trust to do it.

As the athletic trainer who helped when my daughter was injured said, "The knee is a good joint to hurt." She meant that no other joint had had the attention and development of advanced surgical techniques.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by nolo
Interesting article about the meniscus, altagirl. When my daughter suffered a violent injury to her knee in a basketball game (totaled the ACL, partial tear of the LCL, and partial tear of the medial meniscus) the doc told us that he would trim the meniscus and hope it functioned well, but explained that sometimes not enough cushion was left for athletics, in which case we might consider a transplant, a rare procedure only done by very few orthopedists, and then rarely. He only knew of one orthopod in the U.S. he'd trust to do it.

As the athletic trainer who helped when my daughter was injured said, "The knee is a good joint to hurt." She meant that no other joint had had the attention and development of advanced surgical techniques.
The location of her medial meniscus tear probably wasn't in an area that had much chance of healing. If it's not very likely to heal well there's no sense in wasting the rehab time keeping weight off of it or risking having a second surgery to clean it up later.

I've never met anyone who's had a successful meniscus transplant, but just had someone tell me their sister-in-law has one that's worked well. Which is good to hear instead of the horror stories about how it made things worse.... That's one of those techniques that I don't think I'd want to risk... yet anyway. Or at least not without having a surgeon who truly specialized in it and had significant success with it.
post #20 of 28
I will keep all posted with my wifes results.
post #21 of 28
I Hope we don't have to start a new section to Epic called The Hospital zone. Everyone take your time this summer to heal and strengthen those knees.
post #22 of 28
Hello AltaGirl,

Surf over to http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/ for help, guidance and general support for all things knee related.... I post over there as UK2TX2CA too!

Best regards and wishing you a speedy recovery,

UK2TX2CA
post #23 of 28
Hi AltaGirl,

Mrs Whistlerskier here. So sorry to hear about your knee. Hope you're coming along okay. Nice to be able to save that meniscus. Had my lateral stitched and saved when I tore my ACL. It's definitely worth the bother of being non weight bearing.

We moved to Park City last fall (no more Whistler so need to update our name) and I need to find a super ortho for my fragile knees. So was wondering who's keeping you put together? Or any other recommendations would be great. Sure is tough moving to a new area and having to find all new docs. But the skiing more than makes up for it.

Thanks,

Tracy
post #24 of 28
Tracy, In Park City Look up Dr Rosenberg and Cooly They seem to do the Knees of a great many on the US Ski team as well as most of the Park City ski team. But if you have been in town more then a month I'm sure you already know who they are. Oh and welcome to Park City even if I am getting out of town.
post #25 of 28
Thanks! I do know of them. In fact, I went to Rosenberg already. But my knee has a lot of problems with recurring scar tissue mainly around the patella tendon and Rosenberg said he really didn't know how to help me other than by sending me to PT. So I ended up seeing Dr Steadman who's done a lot of scar tissue work in recent years.

But now that I have moved to Utah my new insurance here doesn't cover anything out of state, except emergencies. So I really need to find someone willing to take me on here. Have heard so many good things about Cooley. Perhaps I'll try him next and hopefully there won't be any conflict issues because I've seen Rosenberg.

Tracy
post #26 of 28
I live down in Sandy and I see Dr. Parkin at Altaview. I know a lot of people go to TOSH (The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital) down here - not sure about docs up in PC. I'm going to PT tomorrow - I'll check with my therapist and ask who she'd recommend for someone with a history of scar tissue problems. Maybe someone specializes in that sort of thing?
post #27 of 28
Thanks!

Parkin is on my providers list so that's a start.

Am seeing Steadman in a couple weeks for another surgery! Probably my last with him as I'm now footing the bill 100%. I'll be back in PC as soon as possible as my insurance will cover PT here. I'll be going to TOSH up here.

Who knows, maybe this will be it and I won't have need for an ortho ever again. Right! With my track record of ski injuries that's highly unlikely. So I'd better get someone new lined up before next season.

Hope your knee's coming along okay.

Tracy
post #28 of 28
Good luck with the treatment altagirl, sounds like you're doing all the right things.
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