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Chondromalacia Surgery Recovery Time
Indeterminate: The answer is a function of the nature and extent of the chondral damage and the technique employed to try to improve the chondral surface. Thus not a simple answer. The recovery is different for procedures such as chondroplasty, pick chondroplasty or micro fracture, or oats procedure, or fresh osteochondral allograft. ...Read more
Had a scope knee surgery 11/22/13 for chondromalacia medial femoral condyle, I wondering what's the recovery time for the knee pain? I still have pain
Depends: Depends. If the knee instability is not correct, would not expect significant improvement. ...Read more
I just been diagnosed with chondromalacia paletta. It's severe enough that after 6 weeks of pt more likely surgery. If so, how long before able to drive?
See ORS: Chondromalacia of the patella is an extremely common dx. And should be treated non-operatively for longer than 6 wks. In my experience.Nsaids, isometric quads strengthening, wt. Loss, and other modalities are helpful.Surgery is not always 'curative'...Seek 2nd opinion before surgery. Good luck! ...Read more
I, m having lr surgery, also have grade 3 chondromalacia, can they fix it or I will always have that?
Yes they could: They usually done in the same time. ...Read more
Diagnosed with chondromalacia. My knees pop when I bend them, so I am afraid to exercise. If they pop does that mean I need surgery? I have pt nextweek
It depends.: Depends on exactly what is done. Most recoveries are 2-3 months. But there are some procedures that require 6 months for full recovery. Ask your surgeon for the specifics of his/her rehabilitation protocol. ...Read more
I'm really nervous about having knee microfracture surgery for my chondromalacia, what can I expect? Crutches a braces? I'm nervous
Non weight bearing: Micro fracture in essence is creating a fracture to stimulate fibro cartilage to fill in a void. This needs to be protected from load for a minimum 4-6 weeks. Once the micro fracture heals you can progress your weight bearing. Early pt will focus on range of motion strengthening without loading the joint. Typically flexion past 90 is avoided in the short term depending on the region of the fx. ...Read more
Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?
Consider Surgery: Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella. If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help, an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment. ...Read more
I had arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in 08. No problems since. I had a direct fall in feb MRI shows chondromalacia. Is this pre existing?
YES: Chondromalasia takes time to develop. Not an acute problem ...Read more
Sometimes: Patellofemoral syndrome is often successfully treated with aggressive, committed physical therapy aimed at strengthening the inside portion of your quadricep muscle. Damage of the smooth articular cartilage on the undersurface of the knee cap is called chondromalacia patella. If this damage is severe enough, then either a partial or total knee replacement may be indicated. ...Read more
Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?
Last resort treatmen: Running causes high forces in this portion of the joint. So does arising from a chair, going up/down stairs. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core. Doubt knee replacement would be needed unless other compartments of knee also arthritic. Patellofemoral replacement as a last resort. ...Read more
Mri results: an osteochondral defect on the posterior surface of the patella does this mean surgery also chondromalacia patella and small joint effusi?
Depends: None of these problems necessarily reuire you to have surgery, but the first 2 could be improved with surgery. It depends on your degree of impairment/pain/ability to get around. A small effusion (fluid) is not unexpected. You need to discuss risks of surgery, prognosis, amount of rehab, etc with your pcp and/or orthopedist. ...Read more
My dr prescribed Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for Knee pain knee surgery and now chondromalacia. 1-2tabs every 6 hrs I took one 4 hrs ago. When can I take another pill.
Pain meds: Can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed for pain ...Read more
My MRI results came back saying: mild trochlear dysphasia with shallow trochlear depth, which can predispose to patellar instability. Patellar chondromalacia with a full thick lness chondral defect at the genu of the patella. What does this mean? Surgery
24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?
Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are still bothered by your complaints, then the only real option to get better may be to have the 20 min scope procedure and move on. Give it an honest try and then decide if surgery is right for you. ...Read more
Bwc case. Contusion/sprain knee approved. Surgeon says surgery. He tried to add chondromalacia but was denied. Have mucoid dengeneration also on MRI?
MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?
Obviously you have -: -symptoms, so if the trouble is locking, giving way, the findings indicate a mechanical problem in the knee. You need to follow the advice of your orthopedic surgeon who is familiar with your case, especially if you have treated with him/her for a while. The surgery is only driven by your symptoms. The thing to remember is there is no orth prob so severe that it can't be made worse by surgery. ...Read more
My dr prescribed lortab for my L knee. I had surgeries & chondromalacia now. I heard a pop & its swollen and tighting up & sharp pain what can I do.?
Ice it: But inform your doc of the new finding. ...Read more
30. Feel knee pop or snap around/from knee sometimes when turning foot out. MRI Dx w/chondromalacia. Told patellar maltrack. Recovery time? Any advice
Variable: The recovery time can vary from weeks to years. Chondromalacia implies long-term, often irreversible damage to the cartilage that covers the bone. However, symptoms can improve or even disappear. If your patella is not tracking properly, then I recommend a physical therapy program, patellar stabilizing brace and rest from activities that worsen symptoms. Also, update/improve athletic footwear. ...Read more
It takes time: To develop and can be caused by an injury but still develops over a period of time ...Read more
I read that there is a high success rate for chondromalacia patella, but I also notice a lot of people get a lot worse over time? Which is usually true?
Patella femoral: Stubborn problem for most. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read more
My Rheumatologist said that i'll be on pain meds for a long time for chondromalacia. I don't wanna get hook on pain meds. Are there any other choices.
Yes: There are very definite and better alternatives. Assuming you have chondromalacia of the patella (kneecap) quad strengthening, patellar bracing/ taping and NSAIDs may be the best option initially. Topical compounding creams and weight loss (if overweight) are helpful. A second opinion by an experienced ORS is an option. Pain meds are not an option for my patients! Best of Luck! ...Read more
What is the best type of shoe to wear to work (I stand all day) if I have chondromalacia pain? I get knee pain after stand/sit for long time, & stairs
See details: Any shoe with a good arch support. ...Read more
I'm Taking Norco 10/325 for Chondromalacia in knee. DR Gave me script for it and Phenergan (promethazine) 25 mg. Can I take them both at same time. Or wait. Thanks.
Knee chondromalacia: Taking narcotics to Rx patellar chondromalacia is not a good path to go down. In addition to the addicting potential, it will lead to a false sense of safety such that u will not feel pain when doing an activity which will produce more injury. So get it checked by a knee specialist for a better rx ...Read more
I have chronic knee pain from chondromalacia. My dr gave my Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for pain. Can I take it with Aleve at the same time. How many aleve can u take.
I have had chondromalatia patella for seven years, I have done physical therapy, but it is not better, what should I do, should I have surgery?
You might need it:
If you have had the problem for seven years
and you have not improved with therapy or
other conservative treatments, you may need
to consider arthroscopic surgery.
While surgery for this problem is not the first
line of treatment, an arthroscopic surgery
can be helpful to improve the situation. ...Read more
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