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Offline vowell172

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2009, 03:49:27 PM »
Julie,

 My procedure will be done here in Mt. Vernon at the Good Samaritan Hospital. My OS is Dr. Houle.

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2009, 03:39:54 PM »
Thought maybe you were in Chicago.  Well good luck!  Let us know how you do.  I just got off my crutches kind of yesterday.  I am down from 2 to 1 and feel like I have the freedom of the world again!

Julie
L hardware removal and scar revision 6/4/9
Left AMZ and medial release 1/8/09
ACI biopsy 11/4/08 and bilateral scopes
12-22-06  L -Microfracture lateral trochlea, LR, and removal of loose bodies
1999-Right knee Loose body removal chondromalacia

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2009, 05:35:40 PM »
Good luck with your surgery, vowell. Let us know how everything goes!!

Courtney
7/08 Left knee microfracture
12/08 Left knee ACI biopsy
4/09 Left knee ACI/AMZ

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2009, 05:20:39 AM »
Hope all is well and the surgery is a success!

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2009, 05:24:23 PM »
Hope it's all a smooth success today, vowell!
February 1 2008 - left knee AMZ/LR/Debridement/ACI biopsy
December 2 2008 - left knee ACI - Patela
May 25 2011 - Left knee mfx - trochlea  (ACI growth looked "pristine"), Right knee ACI biopsy
September 5, 2012 - Right knee AMZ/ACI - patella

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2009, 04:28:11 PM »
Whew!!! Day 4 and I feel a little better today. Was very sore and had a lot of pain the first couple days. Today I am making myself get up and use crutches and move some. I started on the CPM machine the day after my surgery. Not that bad. Kind of feels good. The very first repetition was scary as I thought it would rip my knee apart...but that was only in my head. A lot of pain when I try to move my leg around. I have had someone help lift my heal when I get up or down but today I am able to due it using my crutch as leverage.I had a morphine drip when I woke up and for the first 24 hours or so. Don't know how much it helped as I really didn't feel anything when I pushed the button. I have been loyal to the Vicodin and Tramdol as I feel they help a bit.
 My ACI was on the medial femoral chondyle. The Doc said my site was a little over 40 mm's by a little over 10 mm's. They were able to use some type of patch and did not need to harvest a piece from my shin which he said makes it less painful. I have a meeting today with the physical rehab people to see what my next step will be.
 Hope this helps anyone getting ready. I wil say I am a pretty big and strong guy and I was humbled by how hard this hits you when you try to move on your own. So welcome any help you are offered and plan on some help when you get home. Today is my first day alone but I am doing fine.

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2009, 05:44:25 PM »
Hey, vowell!  Glad to hear your home safe and sound and doing fine.  It is a very humbling feeling, being so helpless at first.  I had the same feelings as you on that first cpm rep, and then I was like, ok... not bad... hmmm, it actually feels good  :D

Take care, and keep us updated!

Kim
February 1 2008 - left knee AMZ/LR/Debridement/ACI biopsy
December 2 2008 - left knee ACI - Patela
May 25 2011 - Left knee mfx - trochlea  (ACI growth looked "pristine"), Right knee ACI biopsy
September 5, 2012 - Right knee AMZ/ACI - patella

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2009, 07:17:03 PM »
hey vowell- did you do the procedure in patient or out patient?? glad to hear things went well & your recovery has began!!

courtney
7/08 Left knee microfracture
12/08 Left knee ACI biopsy
4/09 Left knee ACI/AMZ

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2009, 11:07:41 PM »
glad you made it out in one piece  ;D.   It will all come back in due time


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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2009, 02:37:14 PM »
My procedure was in patient. I stayed about 24 hours. I could have stayed another night but did well getting up and using crutches so they let me go home. I don't see this being an out patient procedure as they had me on a morphine drip and had to show me how to use CPM machine, crutches, and confirm pain management. I don't want to scare anyone but it is more than you think as far as difficulty level. I am very independent but have needed a lot of help at home. And I am a pretty strong guy with no other problems. But when you have a bad leg and have to use both arms for crutches...that doesn't leave room for much else...lol.

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2009, 10:02:56 PM »
Just a suggestion, I just had my surgery last week and I am using a walker beacuse it is easier to get around, You can put a bag on it and actually be able to carry things from one room to the next. I feel like granny but it works and is also more stable than the crutches.

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2009, 12:13:37 AM »
Hi

New to this site and have been avidly reading everything i can about the aci op. i am scheduled to have my surgery on august 4 and am now starting to get nervous and stressed about it. have been on crutches now since feb 22 2008. it was only discovered in sept 08 that all my cartillige had removed itself, over 50% of medial meniscus had to be removed due to severe split straight through the middle and i also have a 'crevice' at the top of my femur and the knee cap does not have a good track anymore! also have arthritis in the same knee.  so i am wondering if this is going to work! but i am relieved that there are other people out there who have had serious and uncommon knee problems - was begining to feel all alone with mine - have been told one too many times that my right knee is very uncommon, interesting , challenging and unique.  what i would give to be considered'normal'!

so, basically i woud like to say thanks to everyone for all their honest posting - it has given some idea of what to expect.  and i would also like to know if anyone has had this done by prof richardson at oswestry??

Thank you!

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Re: ACI February 19th, 2009
« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2009, 12:29:43 AM »
Hey, Vowell, glad to hear everything went well!  Hope you're continuing to improve.  I'm a little late to the game, but I second the reccomendation of forearm crutches.  SO much easier to maneuver with!  I had a neck injury when I was a kid that messed up my neck, so underarm crutches were really uncomfortable, but the forearm crutches worked like a dream. 

I had a large defect on my MFC as well - 6 sq cm (or two sq inches to us non-metric folk!) as well as two full-thickness lesions on my patella.  They also did a TTO.  I was on crutches for about 4.5 months and it was a long road.  But it's doable.  Just don't push yourself too hard, focus on one day at a time, and follow your PT.   ;D

Good luck!