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Full range of knee surgery, to suit you

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Trufit Bone Plug to the Knee

Trufit Bone Plug

Aim of Surgery

- To replace the Articular Cartilage (Shiny white gristle) that has
been lost from the end of the bone
- This is only suitable for small holes in the Articular Cartilage
- Specially coated plugs are placed into drill holes in the bone
where the Articular Cartilage has been lost
- The special coating stimulates the Stem Cells from inside the
bone to form new Articular Cartilage


Before Surgery

Pre-Operative Assessment of fitness for surgery:
- This is not normally required unless there are specific
problems with your general health

Contraceptive Pill (OCP):
- It is up to you
- If you wish to stop this for 6 weeks before your surgery and use a different form of contraception that is acceptable
- If you do not wish to stop using the OCP then please tell us when you come in for your surgery and we will give you
an injection while you are asleep to help prevent you getting a blood clot in your leg


In Hospital

Scratches / Cuts
- If you have any scratches, cuts or the like on your leg when you are admitted for surgery then your operation may be
postponed if Mr Lavender believes that these will pose a risk to you getting an infection at the time of your surgery

Consent
- Mr Lavender will come and see you when you arrive. He will get you to sign a form (Consent Form) agreeing to the
operation and explain the risks of the surgery

Discharge
- Normally, your surgery will be done as a day case, being admitted and discharged on the same day. You will require:
- To be brought to hospital by car
- To be taken home by car
- Someone to be in the house on the night of the operation
- A telephone at home

Walking
- You will be given a pair of crutches after the operation
- The amount of weight you can put through the leg is:
- None for - 2 weeks
- Part for - 2 weeks
- All after - 4 weeks


Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy
- The physiotherapists will teach you exercises to do before you go home. These are aimed at:
- Keeping the knee moving through a full range of movement
- Keeping the ability to get your knee straight

Stitches
- Mr Lavender usually clips to close the holes in the skin. They are usually removed after 2 weeks when you
come to see Mr Lavender in the out patients department

Driving
- You are able to drive after 4 weeks

Work
- This depends upon the type of work you do and should be discussed with Mr Lavender

Sick note
- Mr Lavender will provide you with a sick note if you require one

Flying
- You are not allowed to fly for 6 weeks following surgery, due to the risk of blood clots in your legs

Sport
- Sport is best avoided for at least 3 months after your operation


Follow up

Mr Lavender will normally see you at 2 weeks following the operation to explain what he has done and what he expects in the future.

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