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(NZ Herald)   No more pesky surgery thanks to do it yourself knee repair kit   ( divider line
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5292 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Feb 2002 at 3:48 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-02-12 03:53:43 PM  
2 words- penis extensions.
2002-02-12 03:54:00 PM  
Yee haw!
2002-02-12 03:56:15 PM  
maybe its just me but i kinda think this needs a Sick tag to it grooosssssssss
2002-02-12 04:12:22 PM  
Hmmm, if you have to implant the engineered ligament, there's still an element of surgery involved.

Anyway, they use a lot of parts from cadavers for this kind of reconstruction.
2002-02-12 04:13:34 PM  
Not exactly the same injury, but I think Tonya Harding would make an interesting spokeswoman for this one.
2002-02-12 04:14:26 PM  
I'll bet Waffle Woman don't need no farking knee replacement! She's too cute to need one! Yeah! Go!
2002-02-12 04:17:44 PM  
2002-02-12 04:17:54 PM  
Because the cells would be a patient's own there would be no risk of rejection.Much less "Home Grown" than grown from the cells of the individual, by some lab tech. Accuracy, Thy name ain't NZHerald.
2002-02-12 04:21:12 PM  
This (and "scoping") would have prolonged Bobby Orr's career by five years
2002-02-12 04:24:50 PM  
A torn cruciate ligament is usually replaced with a piece of the hamstring.

Funny Mine was replaced with a hunk of my patella tendon.
2002-02-12 04:29:12 PM  
I take it those of you who say "yuck!" and "grosssss..s" have never had to have another part of your leg hacked up by inept doctors trying to repair a damaged ligament. Good for you. I think the rest of us would like to keep as much of the functioning parts of our leg intact as we can. You people probably scream when you get a papercut too -- farking pansies.
2002-02-12 04:35:33 PM  
A little late for me. I had my torn cruciate ligament repaired back in 1998. Took an entire year to heal, and I porked on about 20 pounds in the interim.

I have 3 screws in my knee, and set off airport metal detectors (except at Logan, ironic, huh?). Kind of embarrassing to have to drop trou to show my scar just to prove I'm not concealing a weapon of destruction.
2002-02-12 04:57:09 PM  
Ha Ha Ha, exactly what I was thinking !
2002-02-12 05:12:53 PM  
Groundhog - me too. Did my ACL whilst bouncing 100 feet down a skislope in Val D'Isere in 1998.
LadySin - I'm confused. My screws don't set off detectors though I can't remember what they're made of.
Here's an mpegof what it does when it doesn't work.
2002-02-12 05:21:27 PM  
So this is a no-surgery do-it-yourself knee repair, that someone else does, in a hospital, by cutting your farking knee open. This is not my idea of "do-it-yourself", neither is this my idea of "no surgery".

I think someone has got "grow-your-own" confused with "someone-else-grows-it-in-a-lab-and-then-surgically-implants-it-in-you​r-knee". Then, SOME OTHER PERSON has got the erroneous "grow-your-own" confused with "DO IT YOURSELF WITHOUT SURGERY"

I had a bad day at work, so I must rant at YOU!!!
2002-02-12 05:32:57 PM  
Groundhog: When I did my knee they let me pick.. they said I could use hamstring, patella or the achelles tendon I think (though the doc recomended patella).

Redbull: Also, they said they had some crazy bioscrews that I could use if I didn't want the metal, but the doc said he thought they were a little sketchy.. maybe that's what you got?

However, I wussed out.. haven't had the surgery yet.. I can run totally fine without it, and I'm not too into being crippled for 5 months (let alone a year! that sucks Lady Sin!) Besides I didn't like the idea of them slicing another ligament to make me a new ACL. Maybe I'll get it done when this stuff hits primetime.
2002-02-12 05:48:53 PM  
Incapacitated for a while, but the morphia after surgery is great fun.
2002-02-12 06:03:14 PM  
So apparently stem cell research that gets results doesn't involve killing unborn children. This really needs a HERO tag.
2002-02-12 06:46:33 PM  
Groundhog: I believe they're surgical grade steel screws. They normally only put 2 in, but my knee still had too much "play" in it, so they added another for good measure. I always set the detectors off in LaGuardia.

Redbull: Didn't get morphine, but had some verrrry nice daytime and nighttime painkillers. Had someone offer me $10 per pill (hoarded them all for myself, though).

Jwsh: I'd recommend sucking it up and getting the surgery done. I wussed around for almost 3 years, until it got to the point where I'd go to stand up, and next thing I knew I'd be flat on my ass. The worst of the recovery period was 3 weeks or so, it just took a whole year to get back to 100%. (Then there was the wonderful resultant case of Plantar Fasciatis, but I won't bore y'all with that one.) Bottom line, I haven't regretted it for a minute, and at least I know that if I ask my knee to do something (i.e., support weight), it will.
2002-02-12 09:56:20 PM  
Guess I shouldn't take the anesthesia if i'm gonna do it myself huh?.. Oh well, Yo Adrian, grab me another beer and the scalpel...
2002-02-12 10:27:16 PM  
Now, if they could only figure out a way for me to get rid of this tendinitis...without all this "rest it" crap...
2002-02-13 06:26:35 AM  
one word comes to mind when reading this.....ouch
2002-02-13 09:23:25 AM  
The morphine was great, but coming off it was no fun whatsoever. (Puked-up bile even tastes green. Ugh.) They used some of my patellar tendon too. It's been six months and I'm still having physiotherapy three times a week. My surgeon was very conservative -- no weight on the reconstructed knee for six weeks after the surgery -- and the thigh muscles atrophied something fierce. I was walking with a cane two weeks after the knee was weight-bearing again, though.
I imagine it'll be another six months before I'm completely back to normal, but I'm hardly crippled these days. I can go out dancing, and I can run up the stairs without fear that the knee will drop me. And I've actually lost 20 pounds since the injury; I think that's helped the knee a lot. (I guess weight loss is fairly uncommon; I've almost never done anything in my life the usual, straightforward way.)
I have one titanium screw in my tibia; the screw in my femur was bioabsorbable, and doesn't show up on X-rays. Haven't flown since the surgery, so I don't know yet whether I'll set off alarms. I still have some tendinitis in the hamstring tendon, but the nice people at physio are treating that with ultrasound. My therapist pointed out that it's been almost two years since the leg muscles were asked to work normally, so no wonder they're complaining.
I continue to be amazed by how common this injury is. I'd never heard of it before I did it to myself.
Speaking of physio, I have to be there in less than an hour. Eep.
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