Medical Q&As

Knee ligaments

I'm a 34-year-old male and 10 years ago I underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure to fix a torn ligament, without success. My knee is deteriorating. Is there anything I can do to alleviate the problem?

I think your problem needs to be reassessed. You say that the previous surgery was not successful which means that there must have been some degree of instability in your knee joint over the past ten years. This raises the possibility of having sustained further damage to the ligament, which in turn could give rise to increased “wear and tear” on the bone structures in the knee joint. If you were overweight it would certainly be beneficial to your knee if you shed a few pounds. Apart from that specific advice I think you need to get an expert opinion especially since you are only 34 years old.