I was asleep at the time, and so couldn't say no. I was just wondering if anyone here had any experience of this. I was out of nursing for the last 10 years, and micro fractures are a relatively new procedure, so I didn't know much about them until recently when I have been researching. They only have a 75% success rate, and my niggle in the knee from the arthritis was nothing to write home about. The meniscus pain is what I wanted treating. I just thought that people on this forum of all of them would understand how I feel, and perhaps have had the same sort of experience, but then there you are. Perhaps I am unique.
I really didnt give consent. Please do the favour of believing me. I had no idea that I had any arthritis. I am making a complaint to the Trust. I didn't even see the surgeon until just before I was put under, just a physio extended practitioner, and she never mentioned microfractures. I have ordered my hospital notes, and will be sending them to a lawyer. Giving informed consent involves discussion with the surgeon, and going through the possible problems. This never happened. I am actually an orthopaedic trained nurse, so don't go lecturing me about informed consent.
I actually tore the meniscus swimming, not running. I did not consent to the op. Since this I have suffered post traumatic stress diagnosed by the G.P.
The surgeon has just said that I am very close to having a knee replacement, and nothing else really except that it is unicompartmental arthritis. He encouraged me to start running again 6 months after the op.
I have asked to be included in a stem cell study, or to be considered for autologous cartilage transplant, but they aren't done at our local hospitals, only the large orthopaedic ones.
I don't want to stop, because I have pain most of the time anyway. I have always been very active, and now find it difficult to get to the phone in time before the answer phone cuts in. We may have to sell the house if my disability gets worse, as we live on a steep hill, which is very painful for me to get into. I went overnight from being a fell runner, with two marathons under my belt, to this, having not given consent, and without any inkling that I had any arthritis worse mentioning. The physio before hand said that it was a bit of "early wear and tear". I am determined not to let it stop me living my life. I would be grateful for anyone who has had any experience with micro fracture failure and beyond to give their opinion.
I went for a menisectomy last October, and woke up having been given micro fractures, which haven't worked. Has any one any experience or knowlege of getting back to running following such an experience? I am getting out, and running through the pain, which returns at the end of a 5k run, but can't even get up the stairs the following evening and day. I WONT give up, as that could mean my present run is the last one. Any comments/advice welcome.