Next Steps for the Knee

Let me preface this by thanking all of you who have continued to check in with us regarding Chris’ knee.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Today was result day in our world.  As in, we finally saw the doctor to get the results of the MRI to determine how to fix Chris’ knee.

The news is good, for the most part.  It’s not his meniscus which is a big relief because that would have been a long and painful recovery.  His cartilage is good, and his ACL is intact.  We exhaled a big sigh of relief when the doc said everything was structurally sound because that meant no major surgery with a big recovery.  Whoo hoo!!  After he gave us that good news, he went over some x-rays and the MRI with us.

So then we sat there, scratching our heads, wondering what else it could be.  The doctor then proceeded to tell us that it looked like one of the screws from his ACL surgery five years ago never dissolved, which could likely be causing irritation to the surrounding area.  He showed us the MRI which clearly shows a screw in the knee (it didn’t show up on the x-ray which leads him to believe it’s one of the high-tech screws that dissolves, and not metal).   The stuff around the screw is all fluid which is causing swelling and pain and therefore jamming his knee, making it impossible to straighten or bend past a certain degree.

So how do we fix it?  Surgery.  Chris is scheduled to have surgery next Wednesday to remove the offending screw and the doc will check out the knee and make sure nothing else is wrong while he is in surgery.  They ran some tests today to check for infection which could change how the doc would proceed during the surgery as far as any repairs are concerned, so we should have those back by Friday.

I’m sure I’ll be updating again before surgery day.  The good news is that the recovery will be a lot better than if they had to repair a meniscus or ACL and he should be back to good a few weeks after the operation.

Thanks again for all of the well wishes, y’all!  :)


3 thoughts on “Next Steps for the Knee

  1. This is dreadful, about the screw not dissolving…sounds like poor manufacturer product. But for Chris, thank goodness it wasn’t any of the other things!! There’s light at the end of the tunnel!! Love, Mom

  2. I’m so glad that you have a clear answer and a solution. I’m sorry that it wasn’t a “no surgery required” diagnosis, but at least the recovery won’t be nearly as long and painful. Hang in there, Chris! Get better and come see us!

  3. Hi, thanks for the post. I am having this exact screw problem from a surgery 2 years ago. How did it turn out? Was the recovery fast? I still have 2 weeks to go before surgery and can’t walk…

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