I went for surgery for damaged cartilage (August 2012) in my knee and woke up to be told by the consultant that he had also performed a microfracture procedure (patella groove). It needed doing, I saw the pictures, so no issue.
Also told by the consultant to ditch running and take up another sport.
Hard to take as I have a ballot place in the VLM in April 2013.
Physio's view was not that conclusive, build the right muscle groups to protect the patella, start Pilates and work on the core muscle groups and joint alignment and I might get round.
Sold the treadmill, now have a cross trainer and static bike,
Jury's out on the VLM, but just come through a weeks skiing, turned down a click or two so as not to stress the knee to much.
But I have been accepted for Ride London (102 mile cycle ride) in August, so this may satisfy the competitive urge.
Giving up running for good, it's a tough one, but in the long term I do want to walk un-aided for as long as I can.
The surgery was to repair a patch of articular cartilage that had peeled away in the groove on the end of the fumur where the patella slides up and down.
I have gone through rehab and have 95%+ range of movement and I am continuing to rebuild muscle groups etc.,
Sods law, after 5 unsucessful LM ballot applications, I have a place for the 2013 race and I am keen to compete. Current training is on cross trainer and static bike.
Keen runner before this happened but have been advised by my consultant to take up another sport. Physio seems to think I could run the LM if I build up the supporting muscles groups and also strenthen my core with pilates.
Any thoughts on if it's possible/sensible to put my knee through the stress of 26.2 miles and if I could do the bulk of my training on a cross trainer and static bike?