Arthroscopy Has anyone here dealt with a peroneal nerve injury?

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Hi everyone,

I underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in March 2021 to address outer knee pain that I'd been having for over a decade. I injured my knee as a teenager kicking a heavy bag which resulted in a loss a cartilage and loose body that I just lived with for a long time. My first knee surgery was in 2017 and all they pretty did then was remove a massive loose body that was floating around in my knee joint. Fast forward to 2021 and I can't live with the pain anymore so I schedule an appointment with my surgeon and he determines from my mri that I have a full thickness injury to my lateral femoral condyle and a subchondral cyst. I point out to him the pain that I'm having pain all the way from my knee to my ankle and he just disregards it as a symptom of the issues in my knee and never really addresses it. Here schedules me for a microfracture surgery shortly after that. He went ahead and did the microfracture on the lateral femoral condyle and told me that I could start walking sooner than other patients because my case was less severe.

I waited a year before scheduling another appointment to find out why I was still having pain. I read that it can take up to that long for pain to subside after surgery. The thing is that the knee pain is as bad as it's ever been and the pain that shoots up the entire side if my leg is even worse. I went to my ortho back in January to see what was wrong and he though it could be sciatica but an mri showed that wasn't the issue. I have a burning pain from from my thigh all the way down to my ankle. Sometimes the ankle pain can be worse than the knee pain, but I've never had any obvious injury to my ankle. What can this be? Can these just be secondary symptoms of my knee issues? Maybe I have a pinched nerve somewhere?

Btw, can I have a mod contact me to change my username?
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum! I will pass your request on to a moderator.. not a problem.

Sorry to read about your situation. You must be so frustrated and exasperated. I will say that when my hips were deteriorating my foot was so painful.. felt similar to a fracture.
 

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Administration has been contacted to change your username, we are having JRAD (Joint Replacement Awareness Day) tomorrow so there may be a delay in contacting you.
If you would like to attend JRAD online you can sign up here.

Your ankle pain could be referred from your knee, I have referred foot pain from my hip.
Once your knee is taken care of, your ankle pain should resolve.

I am going to leave you are pre op reading, you will find a score chart, be sure to take it so you and your surgeon can see just how limited your life has become.

Sounds like you have quite a lot going on with your knee, suggest you seek a second opinion before agreeing to any surgery. You will want to find a surgeon who has no relationship with your present surgeon, not even golf buddies.

Good luck and keep us posted about your next appoint with your surgeon.

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@jrvalpo86@gmail ... I'd be happy to change your username. Please post what you'd like it to be and I'll make the change for you. I'll also be going in and editing any tags to your new name.

It sounds to me like you need to seek out the opinion of one or more new surgeons. Please let me know if you require any assistance locating someone.





 
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@jrvalpo86@gmail ... I'd be happy to change your username. Please post what you'd like it to be and I'll make the change for you. I'll also be going in and editing any tags to your new name.

It sounds to me like you need to seek out the opinion of one or more new surgeons. Please let me know if you require any assistance locating someone.





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I've been researching some of my symptoms and a peroneal nerve injury sounds like it could be what's causing the pain that shoots down from my knee to my ankle and even down to my toes sometimes. This pain has been present since I injured my knee over 15 years ago, but it got much worse after my first knee surgery to remove a loose body. Would this type of injury not stand out during an mri or during the actual arthroscopy?

Is it common to have to undergo surgery for this or is it something that can be healed with injections, medications, or other things? What were your experiences? Can anyone describe the pain the were having? What treatment did you do?
 

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Here is a member with the same question, on the Recovery Forum:

 

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@jrvalpo86@gmail Since you have recently had surgery, I moved your thread to the Recovery Forum. I also merged your newest thread with your original recovery thread, as we prefer that members in recovery have only one thread.

This benefits you because all your information is in one place, easy to find, and maintains a nice journal for you.

This also benefits our staff, as your information is all in one place, and we often go back through your thread for previous details, so we know what you‘ve been through which helps us advise you better.

So, please keep all your posts in this thread. If you’d like a new title, let us know what you want, and we’ll change it for you.

Many members bookmark their thread in their computer browser, so they can find it when they log on.
How can I find my threads and posts?
 

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