View Full Version : Patellar 'Scarf Joint'...
12-06-2006, 10:57 PM
Well, Back in June, we had left knee operation number three, at which time my sawbones did a 'scope job' and a biopsy.. Off the sample went to Cambridge, where they cloned 36 million or so new cells from my old guys.. Off to San Francisco two weeks ago, figuring on another 'scope job' and the cell transplantation..WRONG!...A humongus slice down my kneecap, mebbee 12 inches, and they slice the ACL loose, fold my cap back, and start working on the cell transplant. They clean out the damaged stuff in two areas, and then they cut some 'boneskin' from a lower spot on the leg, and micro-stitch the patch over the damaged area. Then they pump it up with a saline mix to check for any leaks, then they pump it up with, yep you guessed it..epoxy!...Next, they take the cells out of the vials, stuff them into the patch, and sew the entry shut...Over an eight week, no load bearing time, the cells will 'take', (hopefully) and my left knee will be repaired with my 'own' cartilage.pretty nifty, eh wot??....Tomorrow at 0700, the crew will prop me up long enough to helm ROYALISTE away from the docks, and we will head southward again, aiming for Hilton Head for a month or two whilst the knee heals. Capt. Kathy will be doing some long shifts at the helm for a while, till the knee is functioning...I was thinking of posting some of the photos from the operation, but she who has the password to my website wouldn't go for it!!
12-06-2006, 11:03 PM
Geez, Gary, you are going to have to start signing off as " Cap'n Bionic Sails Again!" :) May it all go well.
12-07-2006, 06:42 AM
Be well, Do good work, Keep in touch!
12-07-2006, 09:57 AM
Wooden Boats and Fiberglass Men.....hmmmm
12-07-2006, 10:25 PM
Ewwww, such graphic discriptions ;)
You post your picts and I'll see if I can post my post 'all-better' X-ray of my right leg.
Gary, you're too onery an SOB to be held down by such as that. (But be careful).
12-08-2006, 01:03 AM
Gary, where did you have that surgery done in San Francisco? I've had my left knee done 5 times and was told the next time is a joint replacement, which I'd rather not have done. The last surgery they were going to try to transplant some plugs of my own cartilage on the surface of my femur, but there was to much damage. I did watch them do the surgery though. I can still ride a bike and ski. I'm sure the skiing would be out with a knee joint replacement.
12-08-2006, 08:41 AM
I had it done at St. Francis, but I've been jumping between St. Francis and Chinese Hospital, as my surgeon (R. Grotz, M.D.) runs ortho in both hospitals..He's done 9,000 knees, but only 98 of the cell transplants, as there are only a few applications so far for the technology..I really was lucky that this particular injury was a candidate, as I didn't want a plastic knee this young.. My doc just did his first total ankle replacement last week; I'm keepin' a weather eye on the patient...Yesterday's sail from Charleston to Beaufort, SC was a tad brutal. Not so much any effort, just the 'gravity factor' of the swelling and clotted crap...Gonna lay up today, then head to Hilton Head tomorrow, and layover there for a month or two while this knee heals. Thanks all for the input....
12-08-2006, 09:58 AM
Thanks for the info Gary, I may look into it. Our daughter had the ACL replaced in her knee in August and I can't believe how fast she recovered. Within a couple of months, she was doing some biking and light hiking.
12-08-2006, 10:14 AM
All the best to you.
12-09-2006, 08:25 AM
That's encouraging, Bob, as I wasn't thrilled to see the two 7 mm long screws in my ACL!..I generally don't do well with hardware 'left behind'
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