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By Brendan Blanchard
From Strafford, NH
Jan 23, 2013
Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH

Hello fellow injury victims,

I fell while bouldering in May 2012, severely tearing my left lateral meniscus. I had surgery before the end of the month, taking out the damaged sections and had a good 8 week recovery with PT and easing back into climbing. Because of being active, working retail and climbing fairly often, problems started resurfacing as soon as I began working and climbing post-recovery.

Ibuprofen was how I've made it through each day for the past few months, as well as a Cortisone injection which only temporarily treated symptoms. I just had a second arthroscopy and the result is that the cartilage surrounding my meniscus is taking damage due to a lack of cushioning, thus I will be looking at a full meniscus transplant in the next couple months after recovering from this (Jan 2013) surgery.

All the prior work has been done by Doctor Gavin Webb at Seacoast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in NH. For a transplant and further work I will be referred to a doctor in the Boston area that is capable of doing a full transplant.

Does anyone have experience with knee surgeons in the Boston area who are qualified for this, or have any suggestions while I'm looking for options in the next couple of months? I'm especially interested in any surgeons/offices that frequently work with very active patients, athletes and climbers in the best case. Comments, surgeon suggestions, helpful recovery tips, training while broken tips etc are all welcome.

If there are any experts in the MP community who would like to comment as well, even if you're not in the area, I can send/post several pictures from my most recent arthroscopy.

-Brendan

(Forgive any mis-spellings and non-sensical phrases. Go Vicodin!)

Edit: I am 19, very active etc, which is why a full knee replacement and other similar synthetic measures are off the table.


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By john strand
From southern colo
Jan 23, 2013

Jon Wright at brigham & Womens in Boston...DR KNEE


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By Chip Shaw
Jan 23, 2013

Keep us posted how it goes. I've had 2 surgeries on my right medial meniscus. First was for a repair, the second to remove about 75% of it so I'm interested in getting a transplant as well. Good luck!


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By Brendan Blanchard
From Strafford, NH
Jan 23, 2013
Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH

Chip Shaw wrote:
Keep us posted how it goes. I've had 2 surgeries on my right medial meniscus. First was for a repair, the second to remove about 75% of it so I'm interested in getting a transplant as well. Good luck!


Chip, I'll keep this updated as I recover and figure out what the next step is, before my most recent surgery, I found this article to give helpful information.

orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00381

It mentions that medial meniscal transplants are less successful, but it's a helpful read if you're considering a transplant.


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By JSH
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Jan 28, 2013
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Lars Richardson, in Brookline. He's a team MD for Harvard. I've seen him for both foot and knee stuff - he fixed up a meniscus tear for me last spring (least of my injuries, but still). Very up to date on all the newest ...


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