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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #135 on: September 25, 2007, 10:01:50 PM »
ACL DONE June 14, 2007

DAY 101 POST-SURGERY


Forgot that I had a follow-up appintment with my Physiotherapist on Monday.  Called in to take the day off ... boss not too pleased ... understandably they want to know about these things ahead of time. 

The PT suggested that I start jogging  :o at Month 4 ... I told him that he and my OS would have to collaborate because it seems that my OS would frwak out if I did in fact run again.  The PT was happy with my musculature ... commented on my gaining a bit of weight (again - yeah another 5 lbs - back to the former post-knee surgery self) ... yeah wonderful I am thrilled about it as well ... no time for working out with a new job and lots of overtime being undertaken, however.   :(

But, the good news is that my knee is almost straight in tems of extension - and all of this without much effort on my part.  My PT was quite impressed by the fact that I have nearly all of my range of motion back - considering my nine knee surgeries, including three credible ACL reconstructions and one not-so-credible one (including meniscus removal) - which started this whole merry-go-round of right knee surgery as a major, ahem, hobby in my life. 

The PT also offered his opinion as to the original surgery being a mess ... and also added to my OS's comments as to the inappropriate way the first surgery was conducted ... yes evidently one should NEVER, EVER cut horizontally across blood vessels and nerves ... creates a great deal of problems ... the PT was surprised by how well I had done in that I am (in some circles) textbook case for knee replacement. 

Thank God that this is not the case for me, however.

ACL DONE June 14, 2007

DAY 102 POST-SURGERY


Well Kneegeeks, here I am, enjoying my lunch break at an Internet-friendly cafe ... just walk in and activate the wireless in one's laptop computer - no charges incurred, no muss, no fuss.  Grrrrreatttttttt!  ;D

A funny thing happened on the way to the cafe ...

I was leaning into the back of my vehicle in the cafe's parking lot ... wearing a short skirted (slightly above the knee <not tarty-looking, however> black suit, black high heels and bare legs ... when lo and behold, a man in a Volkswagon Jetta drives by, opens his driver's window and loudly yells a very lewd, albeit complimentary statement about what nice legs I have, and what he would like to see me do with said appendages as it relates to, um connecting with him on an, um, physically-based, coupling level.  I laughed to myself ... and thought that this gent was long gone after yelling said lewd comments while I still searched the back of my vehicle for my cell phone.  BUT, evidently the fellow circled the parking lot and returned to the side of my vehicle and once again loudly repeated said lewd, albeit complimentary and humourous comments as to wrapping my gorgeous legs around ... well you get the message - don't you dear kneegeeks.   ;)  I would have to correct his statement as to wrapping my legs ... wrapping one gorgeous leg and another gorgeous leg sans beat-up knee around ... yada ... yada ... yada ... his, um, (blush) mid-section ... (this is too funny)!!!!!!!!

If I were my former 20 year-old self, I would have been highly insulted and disgruntled by such comments.   >:(

But, as an over 45-year-old, I welcome such compliments ... nice to know that the ugly old beat up knee and its owner don't crack mirrors ... I really got a kick out of the guy and his comments ... made my day and made me laugh heartily.   :D
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Cheers to you dear kneegeeks ... am leaving to go back to work and am staying late ... driving home late (as per usual) with inspriational, positive, spiritual CDs loaded into my vehicle's CD player!!!

Best wishes to all until tomorrow.

Knee-will-be-great!!!  :D



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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #136 on: November 28, 2007, 06:36:29 PM »
Hi All Kneegeeks out there!

Well, the knee does feel great; I have not had much time for anything other than work and family - glad my body was accustomed to exercise before becuase it certainly is not getting any exercise currently.

The popliteal cysts is still there at the back of my leg.  I expect it will have to be surgically excised at some point in time.

My only real major incident post-ACL allograft #3 was tripping over a folded up area rug last Saturday (that was packaged and scheduled to be sent to the specialty wool carpet cleaners) - this trip occured while walking to the washroom in the dark - and yes, I could have (and should have) turned the light on to avoid such a possible knee disaster.  The knee swelled up the next day and felt loose for a few days; in fact it still does feel this way - although some of the swelling has abated. 

Worried about acl re-injury - YES - BUT I was told by my physiotherapist that only a strong, strong force would dislodge or stretch the new (June 14-07) ACL allograft.  Hopefully this is the case - because boy-oh-boy, my mind has played a variety of tricks on me in terms of acl being stretched since that "event".

Anyways, dear Kneegeeks, I thought that I would pop in and provide your with my greetings and salutations - and good cheer!!!

Keep on going everyone!!!  Get your knees fixed and NEVER, EVER give up hope!!!

Love and best wishes to all ....................... Knee-will-be-great   :) :) :)
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #137 on: November 30, 2007, 06:23:27 AM »
My second ACL allograft failed when I stepped on a 2 inch round rock, 3 months post op, wearing my brace.  First one failed 10 months post op while backing up an outfielder playing softball.  The reason they failed was because of damaged LCL and MCL, undetected by first OS.  It DOESN'T take a strong strong force to damage a repair when there are other problems.  My first OS and PT both checked my knee after the last failure and said "No, that wouldn't have retorn your ACL".  They were wrong.  Went to a knee specialist, had ACL,LCL, and MCL repaired 7 weeks ago.  ACL and LCL were allograft, repaired existing MCL.

Not trying to scare you, but there is a chance that yours is in fact damaged, again, like mine.  Don't let it go too long before you get a second opinion.

Good luck,
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #138 on: November 30, 2007, 07:43:20 AM »
Thanks Mark,

I see my OS in December.

Hopefully nothing has happened - but we will see.

Cheers.

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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #139 on: March 19, 2008, 05:28:00 PM »
Greetings to all Kneegeeks!!!

Well, I am 9 months post-ACL allograft replacement and things are going quite fine.  I feel as strong as I ever was, however my popliteal cysts (outpocketing of the synovial fluid membrane) at the back and at the medial aspect of my leg (above and below the knee) need to be excised surgically.  My OS is somewhat reticient about removing the cysts surgically as he states that the cysts will return.  I did state to him, however, that the cysts became extreme and started bulging after being hit on the front of the knee (head-on motor vehicle collision 8 years ago - my knees hit the dashboard).

Since my OS knows how (highly) active I am, I certainly hope that I can convince him to do this surgery.

Best and most sincerest good wishes for all things excellent to all Kneegeeks ... keep the faith folks ...

Knee-will-be-great!!!  ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #140 on: September 14, 2008, 07:18:32 PM »
Greetings to all KNEEGEEKS out there.

I am now happily one year and exactly three months post-surgery and the knee feels GREAT!!!

I saw my OS in July 2008, and given my excellent shape and muscle tone, my OS has decided to provide me with the synovial fluid membrane surgery to remove the huge outpocketing popliteal cyst that I had spoken of in my last post (March 2008).

I expect the surgery will be done in 2009 some time, when work et al can be arranged around it.

Best wishes to all you KNEEGEEKS ..........

Hugs to all, ... from ...

Knee-will-be-great ... (the knee is great) ... and it wil be even greater YET!!!  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #141 on: September 16, 2008, 12:49:42 AM »
Glad to hear it!!
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #142 on: September 21, 2008, 04:12:09 AM »
Just want to say that I've enjoyed reading your progress & have benefitted from your positive outlook. You're a bit of a knee hero to me. Sounds like you are super busy, but I'm wondering if you may have the time for an email. I'm facing a surgical decision and am wondering your thoughts on the matter...

Here's my brief history:
7/2006 -- ACL rupture (dog ran into me)
9/2006 -- ACL reconstruciton (rehab went great except I continued to have subluxations frequently after surgery)
9/2007 -- Big sublux which led to medial meniscus injury
9/2007 -- 2nd ACLr w/ MM repair
1/2008 -- scope with partial (most) medial mensicectomy due to continued swelling, pain, failure to progress
Current -- Significant pain and swelling with all 'exercise' modalities (jogging, cycling, long walking, etc.) My knee hurts mildly just doing nothing.

That's enough for now...hope I can have a brief exchange with you to hear your thoughts!
kimberleybpatterson at gmail dot com

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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #143 on: September 21, 2008, 11:32:51 AM »
Kimberly,

I have emailed you privately.

KWBG
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #144 on: December 23, 2008, 04:52:42 PM »
Hello all Kneegeeks out there!!!  :D :D :D

I thought that I would pop in and advise all that my much-operated right knee is alive and well, thank you very much - and going strong!!!

The ACL alograft # 3 was performed 18 months ago - and all is well in that domain. 

I do have a few brief, minor tinges of a burning sensation on the medial aspect of the knee joint every so often (once a week, perhaps once a month) when I have done at least two hours of strenuous working out - but the tinges would not even be considered in the category of pain. 

I have read a variety of ACL postings and would wish to advise all of you folks that it does take at least one to one and one half years to fully recover from the ACL allograft surgery - at least that is what my sensory, corporeal body is communicating to my brain and spirit.

Best wishes to all this Christmas season, and for all the future ... from Knee-will-be-great!!!  :D :D :D
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #145 on: August 15, 2009, 04:05:02 PM »
Hello.  I would love to hear from any of you who have had multiple acl reconstructions.  I am 40 years old with four girls....they keep me very busy since all of them play sports.  Here is a little about my knee:

02/1991 - tore acl/mcl
03/1991 - had acl reconstruction using patellar tendon autograft and had a full recovery.
06/2008 - injured same knee playing basketball with daughter but waited several months before going to doctor.  Symptoms were a little different, so did not think I had re-injured acl.  Thought maybe I had cartilage damage.
07/2009 - Finally went back to same group of surgeons who did my first acl surgery......they are the best in my area. They also still had my surgery records from first reconstruction. The dr diagnosed me with an acl injury and said that I needed acl reconstruction again.  Had a second opinion in the same group and he said the same thing.
12/17/2008 - Had acl reconstruction revision and had a few complications due to softened bone. So, after 4 hours of surgery and one larger incision on side of leg, my surgery was a success.  He told me since the bone was somewhat softened, he had a harder time with graft fixation. That was the reason for the extra incision. Showed me the pictures from my surgery, and acl had not completely tore yet.....just VERY stretched and non functional. All cartilage was okay for now.
12/22/2008 - began my physical therapy which was on a slower pace due to my bone problem.  I also had to wear a large brace this time to protect the graft and bone in my leg.  But, anyway I did 6 months of physical therapy until released to finish on my own. I want to add that I have seen my OS 8 times since surgery and he as been excellent on keeping a close eye on my knee.

I am just about 8 months post op and am ready to be without any pain.  I know I really can't compare to my first acl reconstruction, so I just want to know if you still had pain when jogging and some stiffness after sitting for long periods? I am still working out and trying to rebuild the muscle I lost along with doing mild cardio on bike.  It might be normal since my physical therapy was on a slower pace to let the bone heal.  I do trust my OS when he says I am doing just fine, but just would love to hear from others and not feel alone.....

Thanks!

Mom to 4 very active girls!!!

2/1991 -  Rt knee torn ACL & MCL
3/12/1991 - Rt knee ACL reconstruction
6/2008 - Rt knee re-injured ACL
12/17/2008 - Rt knee ACL Reconstruction Revison

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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #146 on: August 31, 2009, 04:26:22 AM »
Hiyah,

Glad to hear from you.

Sometimes, if I overdo it, I have stiffness and minor swelling.

Other times, I have no swelling at all, nor pain.

I find that if I stick to an "Anti-inflammatory diet" and / or a "Caveman Diet" (both are ways of life) as the way to eat on a day-to-day basis, any swelling or stiffness seems to be minimal.

Ploease email me with any other questions that you may have!!!

Note:  I would stop jogging as it does put a lot of strain on a joint whose integrity has been compromised.

Cheers from Knee-will-be-great!
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Re: Post-Op DIARY of ACL Allograft #3 - June 14th-2007
« Reply #147 on: August 31, 2009, 05:22:24 PM »
Thanks for your reply.....I think that I was having "one of those days" when I posted last.  I suppose it is normal for knee to swell some and be stiff if I overdo it.  But, I suppose I just get impatient sometimes and just don't want to have any pain.

As for the jogging, I really don't plan on doing it very much....I think I was just testing to see if I can without any pain.  I have recently joined a gym that has a great treadmill that I am using for walking.  I am gradually adding time and some incline to my workout.  I gained approx. 20 lbs.....UGH.....from the time of my injury, surgery, and now rehab.  I as so ready to lose the extra weight and feel better about myself. I do some of the leg machines in addition to the treadmill as I am still working on my quads.

Thanks for you reply....it's nice to have folks that understand the frustration and pain associated with having knee surgery.

I will let you know if I have more questions....or sometimes just need to know that I am not crazy and what I am feeling is normal.


Thanks again!  :)

Kim
2/1991 -  Rt knee torn ACL & MCL
3/12/1991 - Rt knee ACL reconstruction
6/2008 - Rt knee re-injured ACL
12/17/2008 - Rt knee ACL Reconstruction Revison