Microfracture Procedure - Will They or Won't They?
S P Oldham
Microfracture Procedure - will they or won’t they?
So tomorrow I am going in for my second knee surgery (more a procedure actually.) I won’t know until I wake up if they will have done the clean and scrape only, or if they have decided to do the microfracture (stem cell) procedure they did last time around.
To be honest, although it is a more painful and protracted ordeal, I would prefer them to do the microfracture. The difference it has made to my right knee is tremendous. It is still painful and ‘heavy’ at times, almost two years down the line, but nothing as bad as it was pre-surgery. At one point I could barely walk at all, it was taking me more than half an hour to walk from the bus stop to my house where before it took five minutes! Not an exaggeration - it was only looking back afterwards that I fully appreciated just how bad things had got.
I am afraid that if they just go for the clean and scrape it will be a short term measure and that I will need to go back to hospital again in a very short space of time. It will be a ‘quick fix’ of symptoms rather than an attempt to solve the problem.
We will find out tomorrow I suppose. I am very fortunate to have the option of the stem cell procedure even offered to me, I realise that.
On the other plus sides to this - my husband will be cooking Christmas dinner for the first time in our 27 years of marriage. Not that he hasn’t wanted to before, I just wouldn’t let him - I like doing it! And I will have an excuse to sit and do some intensive writing as, whatever they do tomorrow, I won’t be much good for anything else for a while anyway!
Will report back as soon as I am able. Here’s to a very sober and sensible Christmas for me, and a very merry one to all of you!
Photos are of my original op in March 2014 on right knee. By the way, if anyone wants to share thoughts or experiences or ask questions, please do.