Friday, June 4, 2010

Knee scoped

before and after









Wednesday I spent the day at the hospital with Troy. They did a little exploration of his knee and cleaned it up a bit inside. It's all prep work for the big surgery he has to have in a couple months. He's had a ton of pain this year and has stayed alive by downing a lot of Advil. They took x-rays and couldn't see anything wrong, he went to physical therapy for a few months which seemed to increase his pain, had a cortisone shot which lasted 2 days and he even had ground up roster comb injected in his knee. Nothing was working, except the advil, so he finally returned and begged for an MRI to be done. The MRI showed he was missing maybe a centimeter of cartilage in his knee. We went to a surgeon who looked at it and agreed, but wanted to look inside before they decided to replace the cartilage with cadaver cartilage or a metal plate. The results on Wednesdays exploration was that he is missing about a quarter sized piece of cartilage, had some seaweed growth they needed to clean up and his bones that the patella sits in never developed correctly and so his knee cap sits off to the side and they need to recenter that. So what was to be sort of minor is now going to leave Troy on crutches and with a brace to keep his knee from bending for a month. He has business in Brazil and China this month so he's going to put it off for a bit (but he always seems to travel a lot in the summer). It is just painful for him to even think about flying with a brace on his leg! We'll see if it slows him down... highly doubtful. The doctor told him not to drive for a couple days and as soon as I left the house Thursday he was in his jeep heading to work...

4 comments:

California Garners said...

Ouch.

Wendy said...

Yuck.

Sharline said...

Poor Troy! we send him good wishes!!

samsthree said...

Just what I was thinking Yuck and Ouch.