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I think what you are describing is an osteophyte which is an outgrowth of bone caused by arthritis. It might look something like this - this is my knee before it was replaced and you can see the osteophyte pointed out by the yellow line. And it won't be loose - it's very firmly attached to the bone! My opinion? You need a new knee!my left knee, the one that keeps trying to have its patella come out laterally, has a big bony like thing sticking laterally out there, i have never noticed before? In the past there was always fatty tissue and swollen like sitting there, now is unnatural feeling and looking bony structure sticking out.
We have a draft auto-saver on here. You could have retrieved itAh I so frustrated typed a big ole post and lost it.
Why are you sticking with these people? There are plenty of surgeons out there with more compassion than this.They had better not say live with it, I cant dang walk with it.
Well, since it's called an osteophyte which means it's an outgrowth caused by arthritis, just cutting it out would be a heinous dereliction of professional care. And they're not usually on their own - you probably have many other mini ones. They're just like mushrooms, just one or two get bigger than all the others!I guess worse case scenario they open up knee and cut it out of there, but with out a tkr, wont it just grow back?