I had MFS on October 15th for a quarter sized spot of grade 4 osteoarthritis. Spent 3 weeks on crutches, NWB, am now in a brace for three weeks with full weight bearing so long as the brace is locked in 0 degree position. I've had no pain (even post surgery - only took one pain pill and that was the morning I got home). Doc says that after my next visit he'll remove brace and I can begin to walk unaided - can even play golf. My "good" knee is now pretty sore but I suspect that's from doing the work of two while I was in a NWB situation.
The one thing I did that I think helped alot was to get a PolarCare 300 machine - it's essentially a small cooler with tubes that run out of it and into a wrap. The machine pumps ice cold water through the wrap. I essentially left that one 23 hours a day the first week.
11/03/2008 07:51 AM
Sound's like your surgery is coming up pretty soon. Good luck. In answer to your question I am also scheduled with Dr. Gill. This will be the third knee surgery for me in less than a year. I had the first for a large posterior horn tear of the medial meniscus. Three weeks out from surgery I fell on the ice and retore the meniscus and they found large fronds of cartilege hangin off of the knee cap and removed them leaving me with a grade thre throclea lesion and at the same time they did a lateral release. PT has done wonders but I still have issues with simple things like standing from a seated position and with stairs, especially descending. I've given up all but the most basic strengthening exercises. I have a treadmill, but can't use it. After reading all of the posts here I'm getting gun shy. Good luck with the surgery and keep me posted.
10/29/2008 07:37 AM
I'm scheduled for this proceedure on 12/2. Also with a well known OS from Mass General. I was told at my consult I could be fully weight bearing. It doesn't sound like this is working well for you. Any info/updates would be great as I want this surgery to be a success. I discuss with my Physical Therapist and his response was "if you fractured your leg you wouldn't walk on it would you." Thanks, Ghost
10/20/2008 04:08 PM
Hi ghost, I'm curious; I am having microfracture surgery in November with Dr. Gill of MGH. Is he your OS? As for being NWB, as I'm sure you'll read, it all depends on the location of the MF that dictates how quickly you can place weight on the joint. I've been told by Dr. Gill that it will be about 8 weeks NWB.
10/03/2008 07:01 AM
Thanks, I've been doing some reading and I think it may depend where the lesion is. I plan to double check with my physical therapist on the NWB issue. The surgeon is well respected and is the team physcian for the Red Sox and Celtics. Hopefully I've chosen wisely.
10/02/2008 11:41 PM
Had my second surgery and repeat microfracture on July 7th. Doc said I had incomplete healing due to not being on crutches. I have not been the same since the first microfracture. Protocol is NWB for 6-8 weeks. I was walking the same day of surgery. I did not have a brace. Get a second opinion on the rehab...Good Luck with your procedure
10/01/2008 07:08 AM
I'm scheduled for this surgery 12/2 and being told that I won't need crutches. I've been told 6-8 weeks in a brace and several weeks of the continuous passive motion machine. Any feedback you can give would be great. By the way, how are you doing now?
07/22/2008 05:27 PM
Has anyone had a microfracture and been told to fully weight bear after the procedure. This happened to me and the outcome has not been good. Like many of you, I was not told about the procedure until after recovery. To top that I was never told to NWB, I was given a cane and the day after surgery I was walking around.