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Popliteal cyst but Doc removed articular cartilage

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 7, 2007
  • 10:49 PM

I was told by a surgeon that I needed surgery on my meniscus. This is my first knee injury of any kind. I have been a runner with no--I mean zero--knee pain ever until my knee began to feel hyperextended and not-straightenable.

After reading all my records, I found that the pre-surgery MRI doctor said all cartilage looked fine, but that a minimal popliteal cyst was present.

Anyway, after telling me that I needed meniscus surgery, be back to work on Monday type thing, the surgeon removed 40% of my articular cartilage on the medial side and I may never run again. The recovery has been ***l.

Does this sound like a malpractice case to anyone?

I think because I mentioned that I have run marathons (with, by the way, no pain, ever,) I believe the surgeon assumed cartilage damage that was never there and started exploring, cutting, smoothing, cutting.

I am depressed and miserable since the surgery. I can't squat to play with my kids and I can't run ten feet.

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