I am back home and 3 days post-op. My OS ended up using my own tendons rather then cadaver tendons. So far so good. The procudure took about 3 hours and increased my scar to about 10", but he used tape and sub-q stitches, so maybe the scar will be less pronounced then before.
I received an epidural (SP?) along w/ sedation for the operation and they left the epidural in for about 18 hours for pain control. What a GREAT way to go. With my last open operation in '97 I had a general, and pain control was a challange. Not so this time. Between the epidural, IV Motrin and an IV morphine for the first 12 hours, I was pain free. Since I came home, pain control is an issue, but with RICE and Tylonal 3 I am OK.
On the down side, swelling is an issue, but should begin to improve in 7-10 days.
I am full weight bearing in a full leg immobilizer (no ROM while weight bearing), and have about 90 deg ROM while seated. I will remain restricted to no ROM weight bearing for 6-8 weeks until the bones heal were the new tendons are anchored.
All in all I feel pretty optimistic.
Thanks to Daisey and Riosilia for your encouragement