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Offline chelsea86

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tubigrip and muscle wasteage
« on: July 13, 2008, 12:51:05 AM »
hi im fresh from a acl/lcl and posteriolateral corner reconstructive surgery, im 4 weeks post op, im just worried about muscle wasteage and have noticed significant wasteage, i have not been advised at all really on my post operative actions which i am dissappointed with. As such im not sure about the doos and don'ts post major knee surgery, particularly as i have heard that tubigrip wastes muscle due to its compressive nature. I have had this grip on my operated right leg from foot to hip for 4 weeks, is this really neccessary to have on, is it causing more muscle wasting than is neccessary as i want to maintain as much muscle as possible post op, my actual insicion/ scars have healed and swelling is really down.

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Re: tubigrip and muscle wasteage
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2008, 05:17:04 AM »
tubigrip is used to control swelling.  i do not believe it can contribute to muscle atrophy.  i have been in tubigrip for 5 months in an effort to control massive swelling.   

good luck to you.  what did you have done during surgery?  aren't you in pt?
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Re: tubigrip and muscle wasteage
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2008, 05:18:12 AM »
sorry i see you already said what surgery you had done.  i should have read more carefully. sorry
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Re: tubigrip and muscle wasteage
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2008, 07:08:50 AM »
Tubigrip cannot cause muscle wastage but it can help prevent thrombosis in the immediate post-operative period. It is a damned sight more comfortable to wear than the compression stockings that are the alternative.

Chelsea - try to calm down and take things one step at a time. Your postero-lateral corner injury (PLC) injury was luckily seen and treated by your surgeon. Many of us only find out about ours at a much later stage, when we have complications in our rehab. So your surgeon is really on the ball. Mine, a professor of trauma surgery at LMU in Munich, missed mine and messed up big time, so I am facing a long and complicated revision process involving two surgeries now.

Try ringing your surgeon's secretary and ask for an operation report to be sent to you or if that is not acceptable, at least to your Physiotherapist. Every consultant has a secretary who does all their admin work and they are worth their weight in gold if you cultivate the right relationship with them.

Whereabouts are you in the UK? There are many Brits here, the site is run by a British doctor. If we know where you are, we may be able to guide you a wee bit better. In the meantime, do the exercises they have given you, it is a standard post-operative protocol he has given you. The patella mobilisations are very important as they stop your knee cap becoming fixed in the scar tissue that builds up after an ACL or any other ligament reconstruction in the knee joint. Gently move your knee cap in slow small circles and from side to side. Do not press too hard as it does not need this, just keep it moving. Later you can use static quad tensioning and relaxing to improve the movement even more.

Take a look at the information available on your injuries in the information pages - you will find a wealth of material there that will help you to understand what has been done inside your knee. If you click on the Community Hub (top right of this page) and follow the instructions you will find out lots of things you will find useful. Also take a look at the posts in the Postero-Lateral and Criciates sections - I see you have already posted in both.

Just because your surgeon has not communicated with you in a useful way does not mean he is incompetent, possibly a little arrogant, but then so are a lot of specialists.

Good luck and keep us posted on how things turn out.

Sue  ;) in Germany

PS - Please can you use a little more punctuation in your posts as I found it a little difficult to work out exactly what you were saying. Some of the people here are not native speakers of English and will have even more difficulty. But they can be a wonderful source of help too if they understand fully what you are asking.

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