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Offline lspeer13

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Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« on: June 26, 2011, 07:17:53 AM »
Ok so I am having a Fulkerson in a few weeks and I figured I would get some answers on here about recovery to get an average from all of you. I have seen a similar post on here from years ago and I want a updated one with a few different questions. I know this surgery has different recovery times for everyone so here are some questions, Thanks!

How old were you when you had surgery?
Time elapsed from first injury till surgery?
Any pervious surgery?
How long till you were able to walk unassisted?
How long until you could drive?
How long until you were able to fully flex knee?
Any bruising?
In patient or outpatient?
Any complications?
Did you require a drainage tube?
Brace or cast?
Life savers?
Things to avoid?
Recommendations?
For those of you who have completed physical therapy:
How long were you in physical therapy?
How many days a week?
Are you satisfied with result?
Are you able to run?
Are you able to squat?
Did you require hardware removal?

Thanks

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 03:34:17 PM »
How old were you when you had surgery?  #1 25, #2 32, #3 33

Any pervious surgery? Left Knee – No,  Right Knee - Yes

How long till you were able to walk unassisted? - #1 FWD out of the hospital, #2 PWB 2 weeks then FWB,  #3 FWB out of the Hospital

How long until you could drive?  Since I was FWB and allowed to work on flexion right away I was allowed to drive as soon as I was totally off Pain Meds.  2 weeks as the longest.
 
How long until you were able to fully flex knee? Somewhere between 4 – 8 weeks (Regaining flexion is generally not a issue for me)

Any bruising?  A lot – cutting bone bleeds which causes the bruses.

In patient or outpatient?  Inpatient for all 3

Any complications?  Non-union for #2 due to a fall and bent/cracked screw.

Did you require a drainage tube?  My OS always uses one.

Brace or cast?  Brace – Breg Post-Op Lite

Life savers? My Dog…Shower seat (Rubbermade 2 step – step stool works great!)

Things to avoid? Over buying Medical equipment.

Recommendations?  Make sure you are seeing a Patella Femoral Specialist not just a Knee Specialist.
 
For those of you who have completed physical therapy:

How long were you in physical therapy?  4 months

How many days a week? 3 days a week

Are you satisfied with result?  Yes and No.  The surgery was fantastic for my Rt knee.  I have gotten 10 pain free years out of it but now it is in need of a PFJR.  While the surgery did stabilize my left knee it did not solve the pain problem and I ended up having a PFJR a year after the Fulkerson.

Are you able to run? Yes

Are you able to squat? Yes  But CAN NOT KNEEL (You missed asking about this)

Did you require hardware removal? Yes for both knees.
Right Knee
2000 - 2002 - Scope,LR,TTT,Unscrewed
01-10-12 - PFJR

Left Knee
04/07 TTT/LR
08/07 Bone Grth Stim
10/07 Loose/Bent Screw
1/08 Unscrewed/MRI~NON-UNION
02/19/08 Lt  TTT Revision W/Graft
12/09/08 Scope
05/15/09 Scope
09/04/09 PFJR/Unscrewed

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 02:31:58 AM »
I can't answer much because it's only been about 5 days since I had mine but here goes:

How old were you when you had surgery? 20

Time elapsed from first injury till surgery? 9 years

Any pervious surgery? nope (this is my first one and it's for my left knee)

Any bruising? yeah. the part of my shin on the mcl side looks like someone colored it with yellow highlighter and that same side of my knee is multiple colors.

In patient or outpatient? outpatient

Any complications? none so far *knock on wood*

Did you require a drainage tube? not that i know of

Brace or cast? brace (full leg, locked at 0*, made of foam with plastic side stabilizers) (at least that's how it is at the moment)

Life savers? ice pump (actually an ice water pump - pumps ice water to a pad that you put of your knee. it feels nice and you can use it longer than regular ice because you're not going to get ice burn from it

Things to avoid? if the doctor says not to put weight on your foot, don't do it (it hurts). also, it helps to slowly raise or lower your leg (it hurts less if it hurts at all) (having someone help with this the first few days is a good idea because they can reach your foot easier than you can

Recommendations? have plenty of things to keep you occupied if you have to be NWB for any length of time (it helps combat boredom)

I hope this helps at least a little. I can keep you updated on how mine goes if you want. Good luck with yours! :)

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 03:24:47 AM »
How old were you when you had surgery?   22 years old
Time elapsed from first injury till surgery?   5 months
Any pervious surgery?   After initial injury playing volleyball I had arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a piece of chipped bone
How long till you were able to walk unassisted?   about 8-9 weeks
How long until you could drive?   about 14 weeks
How long until you were able to fully flex knee?   I still to not have full ROM...currently at 120 degrees.  But I went into the surgery majorly lacking ROM since knee cap still wasn't siting right.
Any bruising?   YES!
In patient or outpatient?   In patient...didn't want to but my OS didn't give me an option...said he wanted to control pain.
Any complications?   Kind of...stress reaction occurred from shin to ankle.  Random bruising and swelling.  When I started walking more this occurred.  My OS believes because all the work done on the bone and my knee...my muscles, bone, and nerves just aren't happy.  I also have nerve damage.
Did you require a drainage tube?   Not that I am aware of!
Brace or cast?  First and immobilizer for 4 weeks, then a hinged brace for another 5 weeks
Life savers?   My iPod Touch!!!  Also ice will be your best friend. 
Things to avoid?   Don't overdo it the first couple of months.  Listen, listen, listen to your doctors....they know what they are doing!
Recommendations?   Like I said...Listen to your doctor!!!  Also, make sure you get out of the house and have friends visit.

For those of you who have completed physical therapy:   I am kind of still in PT...but am dealing with other issues that came about after the surgery
How many days a week?   2 days a week
Are you able to run?   This is why I say listen to your doctor...I started running at about 4 months.  Just running in place doing Wii Fit!  But this is when the bruising and swelling occurred.  I have stopped, but the swelling and bruising still occurs therefore my OS is not understanding what is currently happening.
Did you require hardware removal?   My OS currently believes I may be allergic to the screws.  So he said it is probably a good idea to have them removed...says it is a simple procedure...

Best of luck to you! If you have any other questions please ask! :)

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 01:58:40 AM »
My daughter actually had the surgery but I will try and answer the questions from my perspective.

How old were you when you had surgery? [color=Purple]13[/color]
Time elapsed from first injury till surgery? [color=Purple]4 years[/color]
Any pervious surgery? Yes, stapling of the growth plates to try and prevent fulkerson
How long till you were able to walk unassisted? Crutches for 3 weeks
How long until you could drive? N/A
How long until you were able to fully flex knee? about 8 weeks
Any bruising? Yes, bright yellow bruising. At first we thought it was the iodine but later found out it was bruised
In patient or outpatient? In patient. 3 days stay in hospital
Any complications? None
Did you require a drainage tube? Yes, they were removed before leaving the hospital. Left 2 extra scars. ;D
Brace or cast? Hinged brace
Life savers? Ice pump, pumps water from a cooler full of ice water and Percocet
Things to avoid? Running, Jumping, having any fun!!!! hahahahaha ;D
Recommendations? Best decision we ever made for our daughter. Follow all your Dr. orders and make sure you do your PT exercises at home.
For those of you who have completed physical therapy:
How long were you in physical therapy? For the first 2 weeks my daughter was limited on what she could do she only went once a week. Then she went twice a week for 4 months. She just finished 2 weeks ago however her PT got authorization for 6 more sessions just to help prepare her to play softball for her freshman year of high school.
How many days a week?
Are you satisfied with result? We both are very satisfied with the results. My daughter can't wait to get the right knee done and out of the way. The left knee has gotten so strong and has not dislocated even with running, jumping, and normal activities.
Are you able to run? Just started running about a month ago on the treadmill, not ready to tackle out side surfaces yet. This could be because her right knee is still very unstable.
Are you able to squat? She has been able to do squats now for couple months. Still can't manage a one leg squat on surgical leg (criteria for having other knee operated on by our Dr.)
Did you require hardware removal? Our Dr. chose to leave the staples that were in there put, he felt it would cause the bone to be more fragile if he removed em then drilled more holes.

Hope this helps and Good Luck. This is the beginning of the rest of your life.
P.S. My daughter had a fulkerson osteotomy with a MPFL reconstruction and LLR so that could change the results of your study. :)
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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011, 06:12:59 PM »
Hi ,My surgery was March 3rd       I'm 68yrs
Ski-ing injuries starting when I was 16yrs
I was partial weight bearing on crutches for 6wks.
I started full weight bearing after 6 wks. My muscles were like jelly.
I am now at 145 degrees flexion and still improving.
I was told I could drive whenever I felt able, which was about 7/8 wks
I had a massive amount of bruising which took several weeks to resolve.
Overnight stay with no complications so far.
I had a removable knee splint for 6 weeks but no drainage tube.
I strongly recommend sticking closely with your surgeons recommendations and working everyday on physiotherapy.
I'm not yet able to squat properly but I am able to kneel.
I did not require analgesics after day 1 post op and I am not planning to have the screws removed as they have given me no problems.
I don't run yet as I also had autologous chondrogenesis to the damaged areas under the patella. It will be 9 mths before I can run.
I am extremely pleased with the results. I have no pain, no dislocating, and no crepitus.
I am swimming full training sessions and cyclling with my club again.
As soon as I came off crutches I started low level work at the gym and built up at each session. My muscle strength returned quickly.
I visited PT weekly for 30mins and worked on the exercises at home between visits. It has been at times "very hard work" but it was woth the effort.
Good Luck.
March 2011. Elmslie trillat/TTT. Autologous Collogen Induced Chondrogenesis to patella n Trochlear.

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011, 08:23:44 AM »
Thanks everyone =) my surgery got moved up to monday. Pretty nervous about going under the knife again but I think this time it is because I currently have a 1 year old to chase around the house.  :o . Hopefully I will be able to do everything he wants to do with in the next year. Thanks for answering my questions.

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011, 11:14:08 PM »
How old were you when you had surgery? I was 16, it was last summer.
Time elapsed from first injury till surgery? I had no specific injury, few dislocations and they decided on the surgery.
Any pervious surgery? No.
How long till you were able to walk unassisted? Crutches for about a month/ month and a half.
How long until you could drive? N/A
How long until you were able to fully flex knee? About 2 months in total.
Any bruising? A lot of bruising, my whole knee decided to go through the colours of the rainbow.
In patient or outpatient? Outpatient, In at 7.30am, op at 10am, home by 7pm.
Any complications? None.
Did you require a drainage tube? No.
Brace or cast? Brace, unlocked by 30 degrees every few weeks.
Life savers? At the time, morphine. But never again. I'd say my Mum looking after me to be honest.
Things to avoid? I wouoldnt rely on the Oramorph. for more than a week again.
Recommendations? Rest for as long as they tell you to, I gota bit stir crazy and pushed myself too far, meaning I was in a lot more pain and healing took longer.
For those of you who have completed physical therapy:
How long were you in physical therapy? About a month and a half but I fell out with my Therapist, so i stopped going - wrong move on my part.
How many days a week? Once a week for an hour.
Are you satisfied with result?
Are you able to run? Not like I could before, no.
Are you able to squat? Yes but not carrying heavy weight or for a long time.
Did you require hardware removal? Yes, removal of both screws on Friday 15 July.

hope this helps!

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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 22nd- what to expect survey.
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2011, 12:04:13 AM »
How old were you when you had surgery?
33

Time elapsed from first injury till surgery?
Patellar subluxations were a chronic problem I'd been dealing with for many many years.

Any pervious surgery?
I'd had 2 scopes before. One when I was 20 and another when I was 32. Both were to removed bits of bone from previous subluxations.

How long till you were able to walk unassisted?
I am a year post surgery. I was off crutches after 2months. But I have little hiccups along the way that required use of the cane.

How long until you could drive?
It was my left knee so after about 8 weeks.

How long until you were able to fully flex knee?
My ROM came back pretty quickly - after about 8 weeks.

Any bruising?
Crazy bruising!! But it's nothing to worry about.

In patient or outpatient?
In patient. In hospital for 3 days.

Any complications?
Nope.

Did you require a drainage tube?
I had a hemovac but it was removed after 2 days.

Brace or cast?
Brace.

Life savers?
Friends! Books! The internet! And a bath chair.

Things to avoid?
Freaking out! (haha). If you have a shower you can walk in to, it will be so helpful. Getting in and out of the tub is NOT fun when you can't bend your leg for 4 weeks.

Recommendations?
Strengthen your quads/hams/glutes as much as you can before the surgery and diligently follow your rehab protocol.

For those of you who have completed physical therapy:
How long were you in physical therapy?
I'm still in in. It's been a year. It keeps me motivated and challenged.

How many days a week?
1 or 2.

Are you satisfied with result?
So far so good. My challenged is that I basically lost the ability to walk properly before the surgery. I think if I had had the surgery earlier, I'd be much much further ahead. It really is a life changing surgery.

Are you able to run?
No.

Are you able to squat?
Yes, very well and deep.

Did you require hardware removal?
Nope.

Good luck!
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Re: Fulkerson schedualed for July 11th- what to expect survey.
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2011, 07:53:40 AM »
Thanks everyone, I go in tomorrow at 12:30. It is almost midnight now and I am freaking out!  :o Hopefully my nerves calm down enough for me to sleep tonight.















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