Greetings- I am new to this site and am learning a lot!
I started dislocating my left kneecap back in 2000 in high school gym class. (I am now 32). Since then, I have dislocated multiple times per year. I never pursued medical care further as it always popped back in place and the pain would go away within a day or two. Fast forward to this winter where the pain didn't go away and I knew I needed to be seen by orthopedics.
I found out I had patella alta, a TT-TG of 21, and trochlear dysplasia as well as a basically useless MPFL. As per the op note- "profound instability pattern."
On March 8th- I had a TTO with anterior medicalization, chondroplasty to the underside of the patella, open reticular lengthening, MPFL reconstruction with a cadaver graft, and medial imbrication.
I am just feeling a bit down a week out with the pain. I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park, but I highly underestimated the pain. I have 4 kids and it is hard to be on crutches and using a walker- and know that this is my reality for the next 5+ weeks. I am curious how people stayed motivated. I am also wondering success of these procedures for others as well. I need some mitigation that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Any advice for recovery and pain control? I am icing as much as I can and propping my leg up.
Thanks for any feedback, advice, words of wisdom!!