Medical Q&As

Knee surgery

I had a cartilage and ligament operation on my left knee 13 years ago. Lately my knee is giving me trouble. Itís got so bad that I'm having trouble even walking on it. When I'm getting up out of a chair I have to be very careful. Where do I go from here?

You need to be re-assessed and part of that assessment should include an x ray examination of your knee. It is possible that x ray films still exist from the time of your operation 13 years ago. The radiologist would be able to compare and contrast the old and new films and give an opinion on the amount of change that may have developed. Given the degree of trouble that you had with your knee before, which necessitated surgery, it is possible that you have developed arthritis in the left knee.