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And finally, the Monkey 4 update. . . .
Boiled down, the news is not good.
About 3 years ago, just before his knee surgery, he had a CT scan from his hips to his ankles. It was discovered that the groove at the end of his femur was a little shallow. We were hoping that the groove would deepen as he grew.
Picture of normal femur. . . note the deep groove at the end.
The new CT scans were very revealing. Now, the groove is no longer there -- at all. And now both femurs look like this:
How Monkey 4's femurs look now.
There is basically no place for his patella to rest. So, instead of "residing" in this nice little groove like this:
. . . . it grinds atop this condyle like this:
The femurs also now have a twist to them, and that presents another stack of issues we'll have to deal with later.
What do we do now? We wait. We manage his symptoms, and buy time.
His doctor told him to go out and have the best summer ever, and to do whatever he pleased. My sweet boy was ecstatic with that news (and I think he tuned out the rest of that conversation, which involved surgeries, bone reshaping, etc.) But that's OK. I plan to help him have this fantastic summer. We'll see his doctor again at the end of it.
SO, in full disclosure, the trampoline alone did not damage his knee. He had a predisposition to knee injury. But the initial injury was still due in part to jumping on the trampoline. And I still hate trampolines.