Hi! Newby here!! I had a fulkerson Osteotomy 3 years ago (the breaking and repositioning of the bone immediately below the knee cap and fixed in to place with screws) as i was getting a lot of pain on the inner side of my knee. After a number of xrays, mri's, having a camera put in my knee etc the consultant said that my cartilage was wearing away on one side which meant that the surgery was needed. As i later found out, and have confirmed on this site, this is basically arthritis.
I have been to see the consultant many times and basically have been told that a TKR is not an option because of my age (i'm 28 next month) and that because of the pattern and area of cartilage wear i am not suitable for other procedure e.g mosaicplasty or the one where they drill holes in the knee cap to release bone marrow which in effect creates new cartilage.
I am taking dihydracodeine for the pain (been on these for about 5 years in total) and unfortunately ibuprofen don't have any effect on me as i have been taking these since i was about 10.
I was wondering if anyone reading this has any suggestions of any other ways i can relieve the pain??? I have tried heat pads, hot water bottles, tens machines, those ibuprofen gels, accupuncture and physio but nothing has worked (cold compresses make the pain worse). I have also lost almost 2 stone (
) upon a suggestion from my consultant that weight loss would take the stress off my knee and have dropped from 13st 2 to 11 st 4 but this has done nothing either.