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Offline Tom17

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New to the forum, one week to go!
« on: July 14, 2005, 09:46:43 AM »
Hi all, I hope I have the correct part of the forum for this first post, if not please let me know...

I had a skiing accident 2.5 years ago, fracturing my lower leg and "hurting" my knee. I Stupidly never got my knee seen to by a specialist at the time. Then after a year of the occasional (once every 2-3 months) knee instability I finally saw a knee doc who said I had a partial tear in my ACL. After giving me physiotherapy for a few months, all was fine for the next year, maybe only being unstable about 2 times altogether.

So then 6 weeks ago I was playing frisbee and had an "unstable moment". This time it hurt quite a bit and was slightly swollen for the following week. It was accompanied by regular unstable moments, even after the pain and swelling had gone. I saw another knee specialist and the tear is now complete. Time for surgery!

I am booked in for a week from now, the 21st and will be getting the semitendinosus tendon graft (Ham String). I was given the choice of this or the patellar graft, but looking at all the facts (well, mostly opinions I guess) I have decided this is the one for me, plus it is the one that my new doc (Dr Öttl in Munich, Germany) is most familiar with. He is the doc for a top league football (Soccer!) team here in Germany so he is well used to this.

I dont really have any questions right now, so just kinda introducing myself to the forum, seeing if there are any hints and tips (I am sure the docs will give me plenty to be getting on with though), getting a teency bit nervous (mostly about the anti-thrombosis injections I have to give myself after! - I am baby-scared of needles), and, well, saying hi.

Hi :)

Tom... (wish me luck)
« Last Edit: July 14, 2005, 09:49:08 AM by Tom17 »

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Re: New to the forum, one week to go!
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2005, 11:58:22 AM »
Tom,

Welcome to the boards.  Seems like you have a handle on your injury and what is going on - that is a good thing.  You can read some stories about other people's rehab in the Rehab Dept - Post-Op Diary.

Make sure that after your surgery you start an ACL - Post-Op Diary yourself.  It really helps other people understand their injuries and what the recovery process might be like....

Good luck to you, let us know how you are doing.

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PS:  You can also make a post -  example - (Tom17 - Acl surgery & date)  in Calendar Events Section....
« Last Edit: July 14, 2005, 12:03:25 PM by Shade »

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Re: New to the forum, one week to go!
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2005, 12:26:17 PM »
Tom, welcome first of all!  Don't fret about the anticoagulant injections.  I did them for a week post-op, and it was no big deal at all.  At my post-op appointment, they sent me for a DVT study to make sure I had no clotting and then took me off the injections.  I was supposed to be on them for 3 weeks, but that was only 8 days post-op.

I assume you're going to be given pre-filled syringes of a low molecular weight heparin (I was on Lovenox).  The needles are SO tiny...I honestly didn't even feel it if I did it right.  Make sure that you pinch the flesh tightly with your other hand and go in at a 45o angle.  You might get a tiny needle mark, and maybe some local bruising.  Occasionally the med burns a wee bit, but not even as badly as...for instance...cleaning an incision with rubbing alcohol.

Good luck with the op, and keep us up todate on your recovery with a post-op diary!

Peace,
Jen
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Re: New to the forum, one week to go!
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2005, 07:35:38 PM »
Thanks for the tips. I will try to keep some kind of diary. Is there one on this board that I can use or should just make my own (I can do this, it would give me something to do during rehab :) )

As for those needles, yeah, it will  be the prefilled ones. I had to help my wife with them a while back as she was in a cast so I know all about the burning - second hand :)

Cheers,

Tom...

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Re: New to the forum, one week to go!
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2005, 01:03:02 AM »
Tom,

If you go to the section called Rehab Department - then look for the Post-Op Diary section.. You can begin a post-op diary in there and keep adding to it as you go along.  It really helps other people with similar problems.

Good luck,


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