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Offline sporty

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REALLY nervous before surgery
« on: April 11, 2011, 12:09:22 PM »
Ok...well I'm going in for my 5th operation on my left knee next tuesday and I'm really really nervous. I am struggling to concentrate at school and I was wondering if anyone has any tips to help me get through the next week.
I've always been nervous before surgeries but never this nervous...i don't know what it is.
I'm having a lateral retinaculum repair. I think a previous lateral release has caused me to have medial displacement - haven't been able to get any info on it and I think maybe that might be the reason for the nerves.
If anyone has any ideas on the surgery itself and what's involved or if you have any tips to help me calm myself down I would really really appreciate it.
Take care,
Rachel

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Re: REALLY nervous before surgery
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 05:11:40 PM »
First you are not alone, even after eleven knee surgeries I am a blubbering bag of nerves about my revision and reconstruction scheduled for next week.  April 19.
While I am not sure what recovery will be like from your surgery, I can tell you that you should not keep your fears of surgery to yourself.  It is always best if you speak about it with close friends and family and let them know you are fearful and really need their support.
Also you may feel better if you put a call into your surgeon and try to speak with him/her , or at least his physicians assistant or nurse.  Let them know your fears, and ask them to tell you what you may experience during your recovery.
Also keep your mind occupied.  In my case as a musician I will put on some opera's or classical pieces and listen for a few minutes or hours if necessary to refocus on the things I love/
Just this morning I called my surgeons office and related some concerns I had regarding a nurse coordinator on the joint replacement unit of the hospital where I am scheduled for surgery.
Simply getting my concerns out in the open was very helpful in dealing with an issue I needed to confront.
So for what it is worth, talk to friends and family about your fears, and let your doctor know where you are coming from.  Keeping your fears to yourself will only make things worse.
Good Luck, Mountainknees

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Re: REALLY nervous before surgery
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 05:36:40 PM »
Hi Rachel! I totally understand the nerves before surgery. I'm actually going to be having something similar done in a few weeks and I haven't found much information about it either. That definitely contributes to the nerves! I've been searching through the posts looking for someone else who has done this and I see people who had it done along with de-rotation or something like that, but not anyone who just had the lateral reconstruction. Maybe we'll just have to be buddies through all of this. It's my 5th procedure on this knee too. So what all have you had done before?
patella pain began early teens
'94 TTT/LR/VMO adv.
'94 MUA
'10 tried PT again
1/11 scope/hardware removal
4/11 (Finally!) dx medial instability due to LR
5/9/11 LPFL reconstruction scheduled

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Re: REALLY nervous before surgery
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 10:26:28 AM »
Thank you so much for your kind words. I will try speaking to some family - i just don't like stt=ressing them out but i know that they would prefer for me to feel better - thats all that matters to them.
Previously I have had TTT and lat release; plica removed; redone lateral release!; and debridement if fat pad. Had a meeting with a group of specialist knee surgeons a few weeks ago and they unanimously thought that the patella was in fact tracking medially and that a repair would be the way to go!
Will let you know how i get on so that maybe you will be a bit more prepared.
Thanks again for your replies. It is so nice of you to give up your time to help others in need.
Mountainknees 11 surgeries!!! omg. i am so lucky compared to you. I wish you all the luck in the world for your next op....i will be praying so hard for you.

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Re: REALLY nervous before surgery
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011, 03:23:54 PM »
You've had a lot done! I hope this is what gets you back on track. :-) I totally understand not wanting to stress family out. That's one of the reasons I come here. My family members love me and support me, but they don't want to hear about this all of the time and they don't necessarily understand the emotions and the stress of going through it. But I've found that the people here do understand that and are willing to listen...even when we get grumpy or weepy or whatever.

One of the things I found interesting was how many doctors missed this diagnosis in my knee, then seeing one guy who knows patellas and it seemed so obvious. It's all about seeing the right doctor with the right knowledge! Hopefully others who have had lateral releases and are still having problems will see this and will be encouraged to keep looking for answers. :-)

If you want to talk, I'm here! And I look forward to hearing how everything goes for you. It can be helpful to do a post-op diary on here because it collects your thoughts in one place. I find that my memory gets really bad when pain and meds are involved, so writing things down here while I do remember them helps me when I need to look back later. And then it has the added benefit of helping the next person who comes along with the same or similar issues.
patella pain began early teens
'94 TTT/LR/VMO adv.
'94 MUA
'10 tried PT again
1/11 scope/hardware removal
4/11 (Finally!) dx medial instability due to LR
5/9/11 LPFL reconstruction scheduled

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Re: REALLY nervous before surgery
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011, 07:03:02 PM »
hello, you can try a massage before surgery. it promotes good blood flow and healing..... heard of other people doing to relax before a surg.

GOOD LUCK... :)