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I'm after some advice an wondered if anyone here can help.
I am a keen, ultra, long distance trail, fell runner, cyclist and duathlete - basically any endurance sport!! and have recently been suffering knee aches, severe crepitus and swelling of the RH knee made worse after a bike crash last year.
The pain is not so bad to stop me running but I am now noticing it affect my gait which is causing hip pain, again bearable but i suffer for a day or 2 after a long run.
The point is, after seeing a couple of consultants, I have been told I need a TTT operation and a lateral release. I have arthritus, caused by maltracking of the patela and bone on bone wear of the lateral cartilidge. The Consultant said I will be up and running in 4 months or so after the OP but I doubt his optimism and don't think he understands what 12 hour 60 mile mountain runs involve. Google tells me at least 12 month recovery from other patients but to what level I am unsure.
Has anyone had a similar op? and what were the results?
I am 42 years old and don't want to stop doing what I enjoy - should I run until I breakdown or have an op now?
Does anyone know a knee specializing Physio in the NW they could recommend as an alternative to surgery?
Any help is greatly appreciated? Thanks in advance