|By Brendan Blanchard
From Strafford, NH
Jan 23, 2013
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.
(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.