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Offline elliottl73

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Preparing for ACI surgery 1NOV any suggestions?
« on: October 26, 2011, 06:28:28 PM »
Hello all,
Well my surgery date is approaching quickly now.
My CPM is being delivered tomorrow.
I am going grocery shopping tomorrow.
I have a shower seat
I am short don't think I need toilet riser
requested hospital bed to stay upstairs
I have begun to pack for hospital stay
 Tooth brush, tooth paste, chap stick, hair ties, lotion, body/face wipes, dry shampoo and hair brush.

Pre op Friday

I am starting to get nervous and just wih it would get here so I can quit worrying about it
Any suggestions would be great

Thanks,
Laurie :)
9/2010 fell broke nose and injured L knee
10/2010 MRI  negetive
1/21/2011 diagnostic arhtroscopy woke up with MFX
8/11/2011 new MRI showed failed MFX
9/1/2011 Biopsy for carticel
11/1/2011 ACI
5/31/12 scope and microfracture again 1/2 ACI failed
9/2/12 Scheduled OATS,Osteotomy
 
Laurie

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Re: Preparing for ACI surgery 1NOV any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2011, 07:27:13 PM »
I don't want to scare you, but I had meniscectomy a few days ago and am now in hospital with a thrombosis (blood clot) - after the surgery, be very careful about keeping your leg up - I was often sitting in a chair in an uncomfortable position with the leg hanging down, which I now realize may have contributed. Just don't be too aggressive - do any exercises while lying down if possible, have someone baby you with food and such (ie. don't walk around). Also, if you have any indicators for DVT (family history, certain drugs, smoking, age) then you could consider discussing with your surgeon various prophylaxis such as a compression stocking or mild anticoagulants. But even if you don't do medical prophylaxis, DEFINITELY elevate the leg as much as humanly possible and of course exercise it as much as is comfortable or recommended.

This is just based on my own bad experience but trust me, you don't want to end up in the hospital days later with a second condition. Nobody warned me effectively about thrombosis which also means I probably wasted 24-36 hours before seeking treatment.\

Your surgery might be outpatient but bring a couple snacks just in case - hospital food is often bad, inadequate, or served at the wrong time, and a bag of pretzels or a cheese and tomato sandwich could be a lifesaver.

Other than that, good luck!