Trufit Bone

Plug to the Knee

Aim of Surgery

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– 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

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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

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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

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Rehabilitation

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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

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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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Spire Hospital

170 Barlow Moor Road

Manchester

M20 2AF

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