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I had a while back 50% of my lateral meniscus removed after a basketball related injury. My most recent MRI shows I have mild cartilage regeneration in the lateral compartment of my knee.
I spoke to an orthopedic surgeon who told me my condition cannot yet be classified as osteoarthritis but it definitely resembles the preliminary stages of it.
Though I asked him multiple times, he wasn't quite able to tell me at what point my knee would so damaged I have to cease playing sports.
He told me since I'm missing such a large chunk of my meniscus I could be candidate for a meniscus transplant but I should be aware that it is a highly complicated procedure and not considered a norm in orthopedics. Right now he thinks my knee is too healthy to undergo such a procedure and that I should return to normal activity, after completing my physical therapy, and see how it feels. But again, he couldn't tell me how many years down the line I would need it, which is driving me crazy.
At this point I'm a complete mess. I'm filled with internal anxiety and pain. To me a happy life ends with the inability to play basketball like I always have. Even though it's not my job, it is my passion. There is literally nothing in this world, be it child, car, house etc that could replace the void of not being able to play basketball.
Is there any hope for me? Does any think its possible for me to play basketball for decades to come? (I'm 23)