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DIARIES => Post-op diaries (<50 posts) => Topic started by: Getov95 on September 29, 2016, 12:56:38 PM

Title: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on September 29, 2016, 12:56:38 PM
Guys ,tomorrow morning is my surgery for actifit implant .I really hope everything will be OK and this to be my last surgery .I will continue to write here in this topic and upload photos with my recovery .Every questions are welcome ,i really want to help to other people with the same meniscus problems or dilemma ,because the information for this implant is little .Wish me luck guys ,and keep going ahead !
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on September 30, 2016, 02:41:07 PM
The surgery is completed ,im fine and just relax in the hospital .I will go home after 2/3 days and start with recovery .Cheers guys
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 02, 2016, 06:39:09 PM
Tomorrow morning I will leave the hospital .The rehabilitation (physio theraphy) started from second day after surgery and continue 24 weeks to full recovery .Now 60 hour after surgery i`m painless (whitout pain),whitout to use painkillers medicaments .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 05, 2016, 05:10:58 PM
(http://prikachi.com/images.php?images/567/8928567R.jpg)
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 05, 2016, 05:12:06 PM

http://prikachi.com/images.php?images/567/8928567R.jpg
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Catherine88 on October 09, 2016, 02:35:43 PM
Hey! Thank You so much for letting us know your experience. Your recovery seems remarcable! My surgery was on 20 th for a ligament reconstruction and meniscus removal and Its still quite hard to walk normally, although i abandoned crutches since 2 days.
Could You give more info about your injury history, i e why did You need the meniscal transplant ? Also, could You provide some practical information, like the cost of the surgery, what It implies (tests, injections) and, isnt the réhabilitation supposed to be non-weight bearing? Thank you
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 09, 2016, 04:25:11 PM
I had one surgery (meniscectomy) before Actifit, was removed bigger part of my medial meniscus ,but the meniscus rims was intact and in good shape for actifit  implant.I'm 21 years old ex soccer player and without meniscus I'll have a problems with my knee in the future (arthritis ,OA and etc).The implant cost 2750 euros,also has thread/string ,hospital and surgeons taxes.I'm very thankful to my surgeons ,because they didn't take me money .And special thanks to professor Verdonk ,who came from Belgium !First 3 weeks non weight bearings ,after 5 weeks progressive weight bearings ,and after 8th week full weight bearings.
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 11, 2016, 02:30:23 PM
http://prikachi.com/images.php?images/452/8931452n.jpg picture from day 11 ,everything is alright .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 16, 2016, 11:32:15 AM
http://prikachi.com/images.php?images/297/8936297k.jpg without stitches ,flexion is 60°
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Catherine88 on October 17, 2016, 07:54:36 PM
Looks great!! The doctor came from belgium to operate You?! Did You contact him yourself and he agreed? How are You doing now? And what did doctor Tell You about your return to sports? Will You be able to play soccer like before? Thanks for all the valuable information!❤️
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 17, 2016, 09:10:08 PM
My surgeon is friend with professor Verdonk ,and Verdonk came to Bulgaria for knee conference ,and before that helped for my surgery .I'm really thankful to this man ,just amazing person .Now I'm in very good shape ,no pain ,no swelling .Doing rehabilitation hard every day and following strictly rehabilitation protocol .The full recovery is about 9 months ,and after that you can start play contact sports ,but I'll not hurry to play soccer or others hard sports ,just start low and go slow .Sorry for my terrible english ,work to improve it .If you have any questions ,just ask me .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Catherine88 on October 17, 2016, 09:52:56 PM
Yes! And loads!! I d Love to continue doing snowboard, wakeboard and kitesurf! But just got a surgery a month ago for the hamstring ligament reconstruction and the lateral meniscus almost full renoval, so i want to take It slow, but definitelly envisage some kind of solution for the meniscus to have some cushioning back. So what interests me mainly is firstly; If You ll be able to function normally, without pain and If You ll be able to return to impact sports in the long run. Can we stay in contact?
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 21, 2016, 09:37:02 AM
From today brace is on 90° flexion  8) ,and started walking with   15kg loading on operated leg .For now everything is alright   :).Also I taken some supplements :glucosamine ,chondroitin ,msm and omega 3 fish oil .I don't know whether they'll help ,but definitely aren't harmful .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 28, 2016, 11:11:05 AM
Today 4 weeks after surgery everythink is OK .Walking  with 30 percent weight bearing .Monday I'll go back to the hospital for X-ray picture .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 31, 2016, 05:21:23 PM
Today i was at my surgeon ,he checked my condition ,saw x-ray picture of my knee and said that everything is good .I have no patience to start walking without crutches and to start hard physio therapy with proprioception exercises ,dynamic quadriceps  ,hamstring exercises ,lunges ,but  i have 26 days before to throws crutches .  ::)
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on November 04, 2016, 10:04:58 AM
Today starting week 6 from my rehab .I start to increase flexion until full range of motion ,now i can fold up my leg around 120° flexion ,and i have 4 weeks to achieve full range .I'm on right way ;) and left only 3 weeks to start walking without crutches  8) .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on November 10, 2016, 01:05:38 PM
http://www.img-share.eu/main/image_view/074a8bKTWV.jpg.htm 
some muscles come back ,41 days after surgery .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on November 22, 2016, 05:17:45 PM
Now i'm on last stage before normal walking .Around 75-80% weight bearing and i walk with only one crutch .I haven't pain ,but when walk i feel some lightly Tingling .It's nothing serious and i hope that this will stop ,when my muscles addicted .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on November 25, 2016, 01:06:00 PM
Today 8 weeks after surgery i made the first steps without crutches .It's awesome feeling .The knee is well ,just a little  pain in my feet ,but this is because my feet bones aren't adapted to full weight bearings .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on December 11, 2016, 07:20:57 PM
Today 72 days after surgery i'm very well .Walking without any problems ,no pain ,no swelling .Working hard on my proprioception ,quads ,harmstring ,calfs ,started with upper body workout .With passion and dedication you can achieve everything!
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on March 20, 2017, 06:50:33 PM
Today 56km on my xc bike for 2:05 hours  :) not bad ,but I still have work to my full recovery .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: TheMonkeysAreComming on June 28, 2017, 01:18:16 AM
Tell us something new - update plesae ;-)
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on July 31, 2017, 11:30:47 AM
Tell us something new - update plesae ;-)
I'm feeling good overall .Riding my dirt bike ,playing football like goalkeeper ,make some jogging around 2-3 kms .Planning to do one finally rehabilitation with professional rehabilitator to achieve my full physical potential .I don't know whether the implant will protect my cartilage ,but the time will show .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: TheMonkeysAreComming on October 12, 2017, 10:08:25 PM
what was your status prior to the surgery?
Pain, function, lateral/medial?
How much meniscus did you have left?
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on October 15, 2017, 08:40:21 PM
I had injured my medial meniscus ,and after first surgery (meniscectomy ) i left only with the meniscus rim .2-3 months later i had actifit surgery .My surgeon wanted to put actifit implant in my knee ,because i'm young and active ,and if you haven'ta  meniscus that's prerequisite for arthritis .
Title: Re: I do not recommend Actifit implant !
Post by: Getov95 on November 19, 2017, 09:49:58 AM
Hello everyone ,i have some bad news ,my knee  began to get worse .I have a pain when try to make full flexion and also when try to make extension .There is very bad sound like popping of nylon when moving my knee .After some loading i feel my knee like a scrap or prosthesis .I did unbelievable efforts to recovery last year ,but now i'm done .I don't know what to do (removing the implant ,living with the pain ?) .I'm 22 years old very active ,throughout my life I've been an athlete ,but now i'm like a pensioner .My advice is :FORGET FOR ACTIFIT IMPLANT-That thing doesn't work !For me that's it one big medical lie .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Brandon123 on November 19, 2017, 01:20:39 PM
Sorry to hear about the bad news. Have you been back to the surgeon yet? Let's hope the implant hasn't failed, and you can still get better again.
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on November 19, 2017, 04:17:02 PM
Sorry to hear about the bad news. Have you been back to the surgeon yet? Let's hope the implant hasn't failed, and you can still get better again.
Maybe the situation isn't too bad ,but I'm affected ,because i expected more .The implant hasn't failed ,but i'm limited to do some activities .When i'm loading hard my knee ,feeling worse on the next day .I'm swimming 1 hour-2 times per week ,training my legs once in fitness and doing some extra exercise(plyometrics) .It's hard to explain how i'm feeling exactly .May have some days when i'm feeling good ,then one day feeling worse and etc .Something like arthritis ,but i'm too young for arthritis ,before one year my cartilage was perfect .For me the implant and the new tissue into  an implant are too hard (harder than native meniscus) and from that comming other problems .My range of motion is the same like on healthy leg ,but i have some pain ,when try to reach them. Also sometimes feeling some shudder in knee area .I'm planing to go to the surgeon soon ,we'll see what happens .
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Brandon123 on November 20, 2017, 09:18:21 AM
Ok, I understand. It is possible to improve the situation with PT or something?

Keep us posted how things develop!
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: exception on November 18, 2018, 08:32:12 AM
Sorry to hear that bad news. It's sad but i think the only thing we can do when meniscus parts are removed is try to compensate with hard training and balance the load. I think current implants unfortunately cannot simulate the meniscus tissue, which has cells that align and adopt to load.
I exactly know how you feel with this ups and downs, i am 31 and have the same arthritic issues, just wothout the actifit.
Wish you the best, keep us posted what you decided with the implant.
Title: Re: Actifit surgery
Post by: Getov95 on November 21, 2018, 06:12:08 PM
The implant is still in my knee 26 months after surgery .Feeling average ,never feel a serious pain ,doing lots of sports .Swimmin g two times per week ,running and ride my dirt bike .Everything look good ,have some strange popping sounds from the knee ,but without pain .Can do everything ,except contact sports like football .