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Offline dennisd

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Off to OS tomorrow
« on: July 11, 2011, 01:14:29 AM »
Hi all,

  Well I'm finally off to the OS tomorrow and am actually a bit nervous. It's been 7 years since I've seen this Dr. for my right knee and now am seeing him for my left knee. Am rather concerned that he will examine the knee and say that there is nothing wrong.

   The story with the knee is I fell off a ladder about 3 years ago, and have lived with pain and various issues since then. More recently I would have to "pop" my knee in order to take a step after sitting for a period of time. There is also excessive grinding and popping when bending down to the point where the pain becomes unbearable. There's also instability going up and down stairs to the point where the knee is shaking.

  Some of the symptoms are similar to when i had my acl/pcl recon back 7 years ago, but not to the same extremes. In terms of things I've tried, there has been pain meds which only work part of the time and there was a knee brace that would not stay put and actually cut into my leg from the sliding.


  I'm not one that is big on going to Drs so that is why I'm nervous.
LR 11/14/02
PCL Recon 2/14/03
Scope 3/12/03
Oct 2003 Left knee surgery
1/04 yet more knee surgery

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 03:26:00 AM »
Good luck, take deep breaths and don't thrash yourself for waiting so long.  Wishing you the best.
Sue JS
4/04 R knee partial meniscectomy
4/24/11 L patella comminuted fx
4/27 ORIF (2 of @ 6 pieces pin & wire together)
5/10 Staples out
6/7 from full leg immobilizer to brace set at 70 degrees flex
6/16 begin PT with 45 degrees ROM
7/14 75 ROM
7/21 81 ROM
8/2  102 ROM
11/30 127 ROM

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 12:06:40 AM »
Hi again all,

  Back from the OS and he thinks I have a miniscus tear on the inner part of the knee. Have an mri scheduled for Thurs of this week.

  If it is a miniscus tear can anyone give me an idea on how long the recovery period is after surgery? I ask becuase that was brought up as an option today along with cleaning up under the kneecap.

Dennis
LR 11/14/02
PCL Recon 2/14/03
Scope 3/12/03
Oct 2003 Left knee surgery
1/04 yet more knee surgery

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 03:58:25 AM »
It somewhat depends on where the tear is - a posterior one can take a bit longer.  A. Rod is having his done by the same surgeon who did mine 8 years ago.  I was back playing golf within 2 months. That's when A Rod is expected back playing ball.  I had a great PT and was religious about doing all the work.  Rehab is very important.  So, to answer your question - barring weird complications, about two months (but you'll be wanting to ice after activity for much longer).

Sue JS
4/04 R knee partial meniscectomy
4/24/11 L patella comminuted fx
4/27 ORIF (2 of @ 6 pieces pin & wire together)
5/10 Staples out
6/7 from full leg immobilizer to brace set at 70 degrees flex
6/16 begin PT with 45 degrees ROM
7/14 75 ROM
7/21 81 ROM
8/2  102 ROM
11/30 127 ROM

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011, 10:09:03 PM »
Thanks Sue, appreciate the feedback. Guess I'm more concerned with getting back to work as quickly as possible and perhaps bowling come sept.
LR 11/14/02
PCL Recon 2/14/03
Scope 3/12/03
Oct 2003 Left knee surgery
1/04 yet more knee surgery

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 05:33:29 AM »
Work on crutches for a bit (with handy ice bags) and Sept bowling should be okay (more ice).  Is it your "slide" leg (the one you deliver the ball off of)?  If so, be sure to let your PT know you want to rehab for bowling - they can add sport specific exercises that'll help you get back more quickly.

SJS
4/04 R knee partial meniscectomy
4/24/11 L patella comminuted fx
4/27 ORIF (2 of @ 6 pieces pin & wire together)
5/10 Staples out
6/7 from full leg immobilizer to brace set at 70 degrees flex
6/16 begin PT with 45 degrees ROM
7/14 75 ROM
7/21 81 ROM
8/2  102 ROM
11/30 127 ROM

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2011, 02:50:40 AM »
Wont be able to work on crutches in a kitchen, I do have a knee brace that I could toss on for some stability, although it likes to ride down the leg instead of stay in place. Not really found a way to make it stay. As for the bowling, it's my non sliding leg. The sliding leg is the one that had the LR and acl/pcl recon on.
LR 11/14/02
PCL Recon 2/14/03
Scope 3/12/03
Oct 2003 Left knee surgery
1/04 yet more knee surgery

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Re: Off to OS tomorrow
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 05:20:50 AM »
I used an office chair to get around my home kitchen for the period of time I was non-weight bearing after my partial meniscectomy.  Handy and pretty easy.  Nice that it's the "other" leg -- bowling should be fine by September.
4/04 R knee partial meniscectomy
4/24/11 L patella comminuted fx
4/27 ORIF (2 of @ 6 pieces pin & wire together)
5/10 Staples out
6/7 from full leg immobilizer to brace set at 70 degrees flex
6/16 begin PT with 45 degrees ROM
7/14 75 ROM
7/21 81 ROM
8/2  102 ROM
11/30 127 ROM