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Offline Emily

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1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« on: October 15, 2004, 07:24:46 AM »
Well, today marks the 1 year annoversary of my TTO, LR, ect.

366 days ago I could hardly walk further than my house without a breg PTO brace or crutches. Today I walked a 1.5 mile rugged nature trail. So, with that, I am ready to call my surgery a success story!

The reason for my surgery: Basically genetic malalignment/ maltracking that lead to a LOT of pain. Little by little parts of my life began too painful and I gave up small things until school was basically my only out of the house activity. I began official treatment in October of 2002.  I tried bracing, taping, various types of PT, rest, mecication, orthodics... I can't even remember what else for a year with little relief. After 4 opinions, 2 sports medicine specialists, 6 physical therapists, and countless (2 times a week for 9 months) PT appointments my wonderful PT finally said he though we had exhaused all the options and I needed to see my surgeon again. I scheduled surgery for October 14th 2003 to realign my knee and get my life back.

The surgery itself took about 3 hours, I think I was asleep for more like 4. I got to the hospital at about 9 AM and was on my way home by 6. I'm not gonna lie, it's a painful surgery but it was not nearly as painful as I thought it would be as long as I had it plugged into my ice machine, elevated. Keeping on top of the pain was a definate must, I could really tell almost exactly 30 minutes before it was percocet time.  With pain control it was definately uncomfortable not noting unbearable... that or I just don't really remember much with the percocet in my system.

I started PT 2 days after the surgery (yes, Tuesday surgery Thursday therapy....). My leg was initally locked at 0 for the first week, weightbearing as tolerated. At the first session they let my bend it once where I got to 68 degrees flexion. After week 1 I was able to have my knee unlocked to the point I reached in PT when I was sitting, but it was locked while weightbearing until I had 130 degrees flexion and could do a SLRs with a 5 pound weight. I reached "full ROM" about 12 weeks post op with a little help from my PT and warm water therapy. I have to say, the ROM work was probably the hardest part of the entire experience.

I progressed to a point and then progress got stuck, the pain started comming back. We let that go on for a few months to see if it calmed down, and when it didn't I saw my surgeon. He suspected scar tissue and screw rejection and I went in for a scope on April 20th. He was right in both thoughts, and he removed the screws and cut away scar tissue. That really jump started my recovery once again.

After the 2nd surgery, I recovered quickly, but muscle weakness was still a major issue. I began using a NMES unit as much as possible and with my new stronger VMO, my knee feels even better than after the 2nd surgery, it's been amazing.

My knee is now better than I can honestly remember it feeling. I still do have some acheyness and pain... I can't run or do other high impact activities, but it is amazing to not have braces and be able to go for walks.  I am more than willing to call the 1 year old surgery a success. My other knee also has problems, but I haven't even looked into treatment. If it comes down to the same decision again, I would do it all over to get to the point I am at with my right knee.

I also want to thank everyone here for all the information and support over the 18 months I have been a kneegeek. This place has been the most valuable resource through this entire ordeal! Thank you.

If anyone ever has questions about any of this, please feel free to PM me if I can help. I'll still check in, but I know I don't always read all the TTO threads. Good luck to everyone who has had or is having one, or facing the decision.

Emily
« Last Edit: October 16, 2004, 04:51:06 AM by KneePain326 »
Right Knee- 10-14-03- LR, TTO, Scope, Plica excision
               4-20-04- Scope, screw removal, scar tissue clean up

Left knee- subluxing, maltracking & malaligned-not ready to start treatmet..

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2004, 04:10:30 AM »
Congratulations, what a nice story to hear. So much here is depressing and hopeless, unfortunalty that is where most of us are stuck, but to hear that someone really, actually got better is so encouraging. I am sincerely glad that you have christened yourself better. Enjoy, I certainly would!
Lisa...a California Native
2003 Scope on RT knee, patella shaving
2004 Scope on RT knee, patella shaving, lateral release, meniscus repair, resurfacing of the bones.

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2004, 08:46:31 PM »
Oh Emily!  :D

What a great story! You have a wonderful outcome to a very major surgery. I know that you are probably very busy now that you can walk, but please remember that folks on this site can use a good story once in awhile! Your knowledge and experience can benefit many so don't forget about us, OK?

I am so happy for you! Take care and enjoy your new post-op life!

Leta
OA in both knees; patellar dislocation left knee 2/03; LR on left 7/03; PFR w/TTT, left 6/18/04

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2004, 12:17:13 AM »
Emily, would you mind posting the web address for your photo diary of the surgery?  I am up for the same and would like to see what's coming for me.
Thanks!
Laurie
LR both R & L, 1998 (didn't work)
TTT, July 15, 2005

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2004, 01:11:07 AM »
Hello.

Thanks for the support yall, I appreciate it! I really hope everyone can reach atleast this point, it could most definately be better, but it doesn't rule my life anymore which I am very grateful for. I saw my OS last week, and he said my knee is now biomechaincally almost textbook perfect, and the pain should continue to settle down.. it's only been 6 months since the knee was opened up last. Also, I ave nerves trapped in scar tissue along my incision which is another reson that I still have pain.

Laurie, I sent you a private message with all my picture address! Also, check out the who's who section, there's a long thread on there with lots of surgery pictures... and some good TTO picture logs!

Take care, let me know if there are other questions I can answer for anyone!

Emily
Right Knee- 10-14-03- LR, TTO, Scope, Plica excision
               4-20-04- Scope, screw removal, scar tissue clean up

Left knee- subluxing, maltracking & malaligned-not ready to start treatmet..

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2004, 05:19:54 PM »
Yeah for Emily!!! ;D
1999 LR, 2002 ACL/PLC recon, reversal of LR, 2004 ACL revision, 2006 Car accident torn PCL and small fractures resulting in bone chips in my knee.  Torn MCL 3 times.  Wicked screws under IT band and Pes Anserine.  June 2008-Hip Arthroscopy.

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2004, 08:48:14 PM »
Thanks for posting your success. I needed to read it. I am just 5 weeks post op on TTO. Walking in the High Sierras is what I really am looking forward to doing.
Cheryl ;D
In full recovery!, (with a touch of arthritis during climate changes...)

Cheryl

Osgood Slaughter RK  12 yrs old
Lateral release LK 25 yrs old followed by 5 years in knee heaven
years of pain, naprosin and falls
moderate osteoarthirtis, subluxation
TTO , LK,  11/08/04

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Re: 1 year post op TTO/ LR... Success
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2004, 12:23:24 AM »
Yeahhhhh its so nice to hear a success story.

Best of luck to you on your continued success!!

Paulette















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