Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brielle’s follow up

We went back to Shriner’s today to get the results from her MRI. We got good news and bad news I guess..The good news is that they finally figured out what is going on. She does indeed have a discoid meniscus. So what the one dr was thinking is indeed what she has. Im relived that they finally figured it out!  But the bad news is that she will have to have surgery on it to correct it. The surgery shouldn’t be terrible so that is a relief.  They are going to do what they call an arthroscopic surgery. During arthroscopy, the surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and the surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. Most arthroscopic surgeries are done on an outpatient basis. They usually go home a few hours after the procedure. Once in there they will make it into a disc shape again since it is a circle right now. Take a look at the picture to see what I am talking about….
They wont know how much they have to take out until they get in there. Depending on how much they take out will determine her recovery. If they take a lot out they will put her in a brace and it will keep it straight for 6 weeks and physical therapy will follow to restore strength and mobility.. If they don’t have to do a lot I guess she will recover fine after a couple of days. So we are praying that they don’t have to take a lot out so she has a quick recovery.

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