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TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:27:39 PM »
Just home from the hospital.

Doctor did my surgery on Monday.  He did the osteotomy on the left knee but found that it was still unstable even after that so he did a MPFL reconstruction as well.  Pain level when I woke up was very little as I was quite out of it.  Post op day 1 (yesterday) the pain started kicking in but I vomitted after nearly every type of pain medication given so unfortunately I can only have a very mild pain killer.

Today is post-op day 2 and I was allowed home from the hospital,  the pain is by no means unbearable but the stiffness is quite bad and my stomach is still quite ill which is making things a bit awkward.  I am hoping the stiffness will wear off soon so I can be a bit more mobile.  Glad it's all behind me now!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 05:19:00 PM »
Glad you are doing ok! Can they give you any anti-nausea meds? You can always ask if you think it will help. Take your time getting mobile and just rest and elevate.
History of Dislocations
12/08 Scope
3/2013 TTO, Lateral Release, Medial Reefing, Grade III Patella lesion.
11/2013 TTO L knee, LR, Medial Reefing, R knee screw removal

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 06:50:41 PM »
Thanks for reply

I am waiting for my gp to call and i'll ask if she can leave me a prescription for anti nausea.

I had my first PT session yesterday and am fully weight bearing with crutches (not without pain!) I am doing the physio religiously every 2 hours so hopefully it will speed things up  - i was specifically told no straight leg raises and I am only allowed to knee bend when a physio is present.

I start proper physio in 2 weeks time after I have paper stitches removed - which I am worried about!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 09:34:23 AM »
Post op day 3:

Not feeling too bad today,  some pain at the sides of my knee, and of course the shin bone but nothing I can't handle.  I have had 3 major surgeries on my ear since 2007 which involves a part of the bone being removed and the pain scale is about the same. maybe less because it is not on my face.  So in that respect I am lucky as it's nothing I have not experienced (pain wise) before. 

Done some physio exercises this morning.  Still a little nausea but not as bad as yesterday.  I'm finding it awkward in terms of getting things to eat because I cannot function with one crutch yet so I kind of have to stand up when I am eating (to avoid carrying to table) and then I just get fed up and give up - might lose a few pounds this way  ;D

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2013, 07:37:36 AM »
Post op day 4:
Had a very bad nights sleep last night.  Lots of pain in my thigh which made it difficult to stay still.  It feels more like muscular pain though so hopefully when I am a bit more mobile and have a bit more energy for longer 'walks' this should calm down a little bit.

On the plus side I am still doing well with the physio and noticing that I am a lot more stable getting up to go to the bathroom etc.  Will try some ice today.

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2013, 08:54:32 AM »
Post op day 5:

Much better night last night.

Put a large pillow under my leg last night and that really helped ease the pain is was having in my thigh.

Tried some ice yesterday, that was good.  I am having trouble with pushing my knee down to the back of the bed, don't feel like I'm getting anywhere fast with that but I guess it all just takes time.

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2013, 02:24:59 AM »
Sorry you had a bad night the other night. Glad you got some rest last night though. Yeah definitely take your time with the exercises. I know all of our Drs have different protocols but this early I think it's ok to take it easy, rest and not worry too much. Hang in there. You are almost through the worst of it.
History of Dislocations
12/08 Scope
3/2013 TTO, Lateral Release, Medial Reefing, Grade III Patella lesion.
11/2013 TTO L knee, LR, Medial Reefing, R knee screw removal

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2013, 10:45:26 AM »
Post op day 6:  Had a very bad night last night.  Couldn't eat and a mild temperature. I was that tired I couldn't carry the frozen peas to my room to ice my knee with the two crutches and i cried for about 5 minutes  :P so I ended up going down stairs in the apartment block and asking for help to carry the peas to my room!

All this seemed to accentuate my pain lol but feeling better today. 

Still some foot swelling and ankle swelling - the joys! More on top of PT today :-)

Thanks JessJess - that is music to my ears!! :-)

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2013, 10:02:08 PM »
Post op:  Day 7

Wow!! What a difference even 40 minutes good uninterrupted sleep can do for you!! Feel soo much better and also dealing with the pain better.   My breathing is still funny from the temperature the other night so going to see the doctor in the morning if it is still the same.  Also this is the first time I have eaten something without throwing half of it away so my body is coming round slowly but surely after the anaesthetic.

Had 2 nightmares last night that I felt (and I genuinely felt the pain if that makes sense!) the kneecap subluxing and a sat bolt upright in bed both times, only to remember it was weighed down by the brace :D

Didn't do too much physio today, seem quite stiff today.  Hopefully the pain will ease off in next couple of days so I don't feel so awkward walking around.

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2013, 09:16:31 PM »
Post op day 8:

Went to the doctor today as was still feeling feverish - turns out its just a nasty ear infection that occured after the op (trials of having bad ears!)

Went to a shopping centre with my sister today - found it very difficult to walk around on the crutches - with every "wrong" step I felt a pull on my knee (not a sensation of instability just sore!) and felt very nervous and absolutely exhausted.

Probably did too much too soon but know now what my limits are at the moment. 

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2013, 05:31:02 PM »
Post op day 9:

Had a frustrating day today as I kept losing my footing on the crutches and getting a pulling sensation in the kneecap and sides of knee and I was worried it was going to pop out.

Knee won't move at all to do pushing down exercises  :'( but hey ya have to take the bad with the good.

Doctor prescribed me some mild sleeping tablets as I am finding it so hard to sleep on my back and having recurring nightmares of the knee cap subluxing. I have not taken one yet but I may tonight.  I am worried though in case I fall out of bed hahah but I guess I would not have been prescribed them if the doctor didn't think it was a good idea. 

I can see that there is an end in sight to the unmanagable pain now. I'd say another few days and it'll get much more tolerable and just be uncomfortable xxx

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2013, 09:30:39 AM »
Wow wow wow!! What a difference one sleeping pill makes!! Slept for 10 hours straight and feel amazing!

Was able to do my exercises with no problems this morning. Knee is not as stiff this morning and I am taking my time with the walking. 

Swelling still up but bruising is going down a lot.  So overall I am happy happy happy! :)

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2013, 03:46:34 PM »
I totally agree about the good nights sleep! I am nearly 3 weeks post TTT/MPFL/LR/VMO advancement, and have only just the last few nights, been able to sleep properly!

It was really getting me down, I had no heart to even try my physio! How are you managing with your exercises? I dont seem to be able to get any movement from my quads at all, they are barely existent any more! I am just trying to focus on keeping my ROM up, then at least I can work on the muscles after!

Glad you are feeling more positive!

Char
1994-First knee dislocation
2006 - LR for recurrent knee dislocations
2012 - Arthroscopy for fractured patella/exploration, following dislocation
April 2013 - MPFL, TTT, LR and VMO advancement

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2013, 04:04:18 PM »
I'm sorry you have such difficulty sleeping - let alone the nightmares :o  (hate those!).  So hard to retrain our body post surgery to move like normal, let alone the mental and emotional trauma that for the most part, is denied.  We just assume it is all a part of the journey (which it is...), but the reality is, there is a huge emotional/mental impact with injury/disability - surgery - healing - then, getting back to a functioning routine trusting the limb. ::)

I'm glad you were able to get something to help you sleep (and that it worked so well ;)).  Keep on healing, you are doing a fine job!

God Bless!!

Misty
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'95 -knee injury
5-'04 -knee scope cleaned up grade III tears
12-'12-knee scope cleaned up tears
2-'13-harvested cartilage for upcoming ACI
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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2013, 11:12:14 PM »
Thanks EasyKneesy and misty

Easykneesy:  Well the quads are v hard, they are pretty much non existent so it's hard. Sometimes when I am doing the knee pushing down to the bed exercise (name??) lol I can do it, other times the knee won't move at all Just have to be patient I guess! How are you managing yours?

Mistyd:  Thanks for support, nice to have people like that on here!

Well this afternoon I managed to drop a pot of boiling water on my good foot thanks to me losing my footing on the crutch my elbow hit the handle of the pot and crash! Got a fine big burn so that kind of frustrated me but all ok now!

Also have lost the feeling in my pinky finger tip and fourth finger tip on left hand! I also feel like I'm starting to lose a lot of strength in left hand!! It's a scary sensation because I am struggling to zip up coat pockets etc!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2013, 12:57:09 PM »
Noooo, bad about the burn!! Very unlucky! Is it feeling ok?

Ha ha, I took my brace of while I was sat on my bed. Ive started my 'scar reduction moisturising program!' So I took the opportunity to check out the damage, its not pretty. my quads have all but disappeared. When I try do the knee to the bed thing (also no idea of the official name!), absolutely nothing happens! I read on here though that if you try to stimulate the muscle by giving it a light tap it can help, and I actually do get a response after trying that. Its like it wakes it up or something.

Just got to keep trying!!

Keep smiling.

x

1994-First knee dislocation
2006 - LR for recurrent knee dislocations
2012 - Arthroscopy for fractured patella/exploration, following dislocation
April 2013 - MPFL, TTT, LR and VMO advancement

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2013, 02:52:25 PM »
'scar reduction moisturising program!' - ha wow that's a tongue twister!!  :o
what is it exactly?

OOH thanks for the tip about tapping the muscle must give it a try!

It doesn't feel too bad, I've got the pain in my knee to distract it haha!

Post op day: (I don't even know, my brain's not working!)

Not bad today.  Managed to do some physio.  Bit nervous about getting paper stitches and sutures removed on Tuesday (Thought sutures dissolved!!!!!)

Some more pain in the thigh during the night (the back of the thigh) but not as bad as it was.

Quite tired today,  but did a lot of walking yesterday so a rest is probably a good thing :-)

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2013, 03:50:52 PM »
:-D I am just using palmers cocoa butter several times a day. I don't know if it works or not, but people seem to love it in reviews!

Some sutures do dissolve, but a lot of the time, if they use ones that dissolve on the surface, some surgeons want them removing early as it makes a neater scar. My wound is sutures internally with dissolvable ones, and then was glued and steri-stripped at the surface.

I was really nervous about having the paper sutures taken off. I am a nurse too! I wanted to do it at home myself, but was worried if it had not healed properly then I wouldn't have anything to redo it. The most painful thing was the dressing sticking to the lovely 2 weeks worth of leg hair growth! Luckily most of that was on the numb side, so it is useful for somethings.

I actually felt better once the dressing was off as the skin felt like it was being pulled before.

Take it easy.

Char
1994-First knee dislocation
2006 - LR for recurrent knee dislocations
2012 - Arthroscopy for fractured patella/exploration, following dislocation
April 2013 - MPFL, TTT, LR and VMO advancement

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2013, 06:07:52 PM »
I bought that Bio Oil stuff to put on my scar. Just started using though. Wanted to make sure my incision was healed and scab mostly off. Is Cocoa butter better?

Don't worry too much about suture removal. I'm not sure about you but my incision area is still numb. If yours is too then you might not feel it when he removes them. I had sutures removed from a nasty laceration on my finger and thought it would hurt really bad. It didn't! But you can always take some pain meds 30-45min prior to your appt if you are worried.

I had the dissolvable sutures and steri strips. Had I known the steri strip stuff would have cause nasty blisters on my leg I would have asked for regular sutures.

Get some rest !
History of Dislocations
12/08 Scope
3/2013 TTO, Lateral Release, Medial Reefing, Grade III Patella lesion.
11/2013 TTO L knee, LR, Medial Reefing, R knee screw removal

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2013, 05:15:45 PM »
Vitamin D works really well too!  Although, it can be sticky, but there are creams that have large doses of vitamin D in it.  My left arm looks like a Frankenstein monster due to so many surgeries/skin grafts, but the vitamin D has done wonders in smoothing out scars (especially skin graft scars, :P) and blending them in.


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Misty
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'95 -knee injury
5-'04 -knee scope cleaned up grade III tears
12-'12-knee scope cleaned up tears
2-'13-harvested cartilage for upcoming ACI
...awaiting ACI

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2013, 09:26:06 PM »
Post op day 12 & 13

Day 12: Managed some walking (with crutches mind you!) out today and went for a drink with my friend.  I learnt that dresses and immobiliseres don't go together, the damn thing kept falling down every 2 minutes.

Day 13:  Soooooo sleepy today and very tearful.  I think in my own head that a lot more time has passed than it really has and in my head i'm like going back to work next week or something even though it'll be another 4 before I can get back to the Montessori teaching.  Pain is getting a lot better now.  It's mainly just first thing in the morning that is quite painful.   

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2013, 06:13:28 PM »
Exactly 2 weeks post op today.

Thinking about it its been a very long two weeks but I'm very pleased with how things are.  It's not too painful. I even managed a bit of sleeping on my side this afternoon and got back on track with a bit of physio today.

I am getting stitching removed tomorrow which I am a little nervous about, but once it's done I don't have to worry about it again! Might go and visit my Montessori Kids tomorrow, for a bit of a boost.  It will be good to see them. :-)

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2013, 07:50:16 PM »
Post op day 15.

Really??? Is it really only 15 days?? Seems like a lifetime ago!!

Went to get my steristrips off today, lucky for me the sutures are disolvable :D Bumped in to my old college tutor there - small world!

Getting the steristrips off wasn't bad except in one particular spot. 

It was the first time I got to see the scars - very neat job!!

A good bit of pain in the shin bone today but not too much in the knee. Have my first physio appointment on Friday which should be fun! Still numb in my 2 fingertips :S

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2013, 09:05:28 AM »
Post op days 16,17, and 18

Wow it's been quite a few days

Day 16 I began experiencing shortness of breath and dizziness.  Did not feel well at all.  I went to the doctor who said it could be a blood clot post surgery and asked me to go to the emergency department in the hospital.

Day 17 went up to the hospital.  They did  a blood test to see if I have ever had a clot in the blood, thankfully that came back negative but they said they cannot rule out a clot completely.  They didn't want to let me go because everytime they checked my pulse I was tachycardic. They wanted me to stay overnight in the hospital last night, but that would have meant sleeping on a chair all night - not what you need when you are in a leg brace!  So i asked to go home.  They agreed to let me go home on the condition I come straight back in if I have any chest pain or difficulty breathing. 

Day 18:  So tired today. Have my first proper physio appointment since surgery today so a bit nervous but excited to get going!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2013, 07:27:59 PM »
Post op days 19 and 20

Physio went so well on Friday.  Got to an 80 degree bend compared to 30 degrees last week so can't ask for much better than that! I had the electrical pulse treatment thingy majiggy (name>>) for 15 minutes - that wasn't good fun!  She said the muscles in my thigh are 'on their holidays' haha so have to work from the ground up in terms of that!

Had some fun trying to get down moving escalators yesterday! felt quite a few pulls on the knee and some pain but nothing major.  heart rate slowing down today which is good :) some pain at the sides of the knee but nothing unbearable by any means x

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2013, 11:05:31 PM »
so 3 weeks and 2 days post op now.

had second physio session yesterday - finally got my quads to work and got to 90 degree bend, also got the brace unlocked and crutches properly adjusted for my height so that is less pain on the shoulders so pretty happy right now :-)

Have my first post op appointment tomorrow with my orthopedic surgeon, interested to hear what he says seeing as I cannot remember anything of what he said when i was coming around from the anaesthetic. :P

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2013, 11:29:04 AM »
Hi,
Sounds like it going really well for you!
It took me a long time to get my quads working and even now (at almost 9 weeks post op) it's still hard, the muscles shake whilst doing straight leg raises.
Good luck with your post op appointment - it's really useful to find out exactly what has been done and some of the minor niggles you may have (odd areas of pain, numbness) will make sense. It also helps to understand your surgeons expectation at this point in your recovery - I felt I wasn't doing very well but my surgeon was ecstatic!
Best wishes,
Debbie

2008 steroid injections, Bilateral arthroscopy
2012 bilateral arthroscopy, cartilage biopsy
2013 MACI (patella), Fulkerson and lateral release march 15th

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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2013, 09:47:37 AM »
Thanks Debbie CJ

Doctor was delighted with progress - he did tell me though not to push myself too hard, that it will get there, but in is own time. 

He said that this is the only surgery he has done on somebody that he has used two methods to stabilise the knee in one operation - also I am only patient of his to have ever redislocated (oops haha) - guess multiple procedures aren't very common with him!

He told me that he will remove the screws when everything is healed.  So happy that he is happy and I can start back swimming in about 4 weeks time.  :-)

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2013, 09:31:22 PM »
Glad things are looking good for you  :). Swimming is so nice on your injured leg.
History of Dislocations
12/08 Scope
3/2013 TTO, Lateral Release, Medial Reefing, Grade III Patella lesion.
11/2013 TTO L knee, LR, Medial Reefing, R knee screw removal

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2013, 08:21:22 PM »
28 days post op woohoo

doing really well, can bend to 110 degrees, moving much faster now on the crutches and feeling better in myself.#

most pain comes from my shin bone!!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #30 on: May 22, 2013, 12:07:38 AM »
Glad you're doing well!  How long are you on crutches?  I hate them!

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« Reply #31 on: May 22, 2013, 03:07:19 AM »
have been on them 30 days now!!

I am definitely not ready - as much as I'd love to be - for no crutches yet but I'd say I am ready for 1 crutch but my physiotherapist doesn't like people going to 1 crutch she prefers 2 to none so I am kinda stuck for maybe another week or so!

Having a bad night - it's 3 a.m. here and i cannot get comfy. My heart hasn't stopped racing and I haven't stopped sweating with the heart racing and am in pain.  At least I can sleep on my side now but don't know which side to lie on.  I do have an ear infection since yesterday morning (second one since I had the knee surgery) so that could be contributing to my bad night. 

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2013, 02:23:36 AM »
I hope you can get some rest tonight! Yay for 30 days!
History of Dislocations
12/08 Scope
3/2013 TTO, Lateral Release, Medial Reefing, Grade III Patella lesion.
11/2013 TTO L knee, LR, Medial Reefing, R knee screw removal

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2013, 06:57:55 AM »
I know it is so strange the first 2 weeks went so slow now its the opposite!!

Much better night last night :-)

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« Reply #34 on: May 24, 2013, 10:27:35 AM »
Took 20 steps yesterday with no crutches!!!! The excitement!!!

Was very slow and awkward but  I did it!! And my bend was 120 yesterday :D I have physio this afternoon.

So excited now, progress!

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« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2013, 12:07:17 PM »
Well done!
It's great when you start to make real progress.
I'm at 10 weeks post op and still don't sleep well, every turn in the night seems to wake me. I'm very lucky to be able to nap in the day.
I'm sure it will get better for you soon.
Good luck with your physio.
Debbie
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2012 bilateral arthroscopy, cartilage biopsy
2013 MACI (patella), Fulkerson and lateral release march 15th

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #36 on: May 25, 2013, 09:37:15 PM »
4 weeks and 5 days post op:

Had physio yesterday and got out of my leg brace!! A week and a half early - so delighted!!

Did a lot of work in physio yesterday - in so much pain today from it!!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #37 on: May 26, 2013, 01:04:20 AM »
That's awesome that you are out of your brace already! And that you can get to 120 degrees! I'm a little jealous ;). Take it easy though now that you are out of the brace.
History of Dislocations
12/08 Scope
3/2013 TTO, Lateral Release, Medial Reefing, Grade III Patella lesion.
11/2013 TTO L knee, LR, Medial Reefing, R knee screw removal

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2013, 01:04:24 AM »
Have loved reading this! Well done on getting out of your brace early.....gives me hope!

I hope the rest of your rehab goes smoothly.... :)
1990 dislocated LK in hockey
1990 arthroscopy - debridement, cartilage removal
05 LK unstable and painful
May 06 dx tilting kneecaps
Nov 06 arthroscopy and open LR
Oct 07 debridement arthroscopy
Sept 09 - May 13 subluxing frequently
May 13 TTT and MPFL reconstruction

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2013, 11:32:18 PM »
Continuing to do well.

Was very nervous and sore the first couple of days out of the brace but now it is not too bad, just at the end of the day it gets sore,

going on hour walks with the crutches and just trying to build quad muscles back up.  I have my 6 week post op apt tomorrow *cannot believe that!* where I will have my first xray so I am quite excited to see the hardware  ;)

Been a busy week with hospital visits etc but I am getting there! :-)

And thanks itigo - hope you will get out of your brace early :-)

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #40 on: May 31, 2013, 10:33:07 PM »
day 39 post op

Not having the best day

Well positive first - had my xray and 6 week post op yesterday and my consultant is delighted with me and the progress that I have made.  He said my osteotomy site has healed too.  He said I can come off the crutches as long as I am comfortable.

So today I went in to town with no crutches - very difficult - I was so stiff and sore and everybody kept getting in my way and looking at me so that was really putting me off - I have Dyspraxia and sometimes cannot be distracted otherwise I can't do the task.  I did about an hour and a half walking with no crutches - quite adventerous for my first day with no crutches haha.  My knee got very wobbly at that point and 'giving out' a bit so I rang my physio so she just told me to rest it and it'll be better tomorrow - very sore now though!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2013, 06:44:12 PM »
Sorry you have a rough day yesterday :(. It is a hard transition going from that big immobilizer brace to nothing. Can you maybe wrap an ace bandage around your knee or a light adjustable knee brace for when you are walking for extended periods of time? That has helped me a lot, especially in the AM for school drop off and rushing through the parking lot before the bell rings. At home or just quick trips out I don't wear it. Don't want to hurt my mobility anymore.

I hope it gets easier soon. That's what I keep telling myself. Sorry people keep getting in your way too. I've had at least 3 people cut me at the grocery store lately. 1-2 of those times I had my big immobilizer on AND had my 2 kids with me. People can be so rude. Even w/o the knee issue I rarely have anyone offer to hold the door when I have my little one in the stroller. Ok, done venting about rude people on your thread, LOL. I feel your frustrations though! HUGS
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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2013, 06:38:38 PM »
Hey kneetrouble,
I was told at 6 weeks to try and lose the crutches, but found that I felt more comfortable with it up until about week 10 - it was security for me (even though not really necessary) with a weak leg, and also warned others to keep out of my way!
Keep your chin up - it will improve from now on and will get steadily easier.
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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2013, 06:25:34 PM »
I will be 7 weeks post op tomorrow and doing so much better.

While walking without crutches is still uncomfortable it's not as awful as the first two days - I take one crutch if I know I am going to be out of the house for a long time.

I have hardly any pain at all now apart from the osteotomy site.

A few 'pulling' dislocating feeling moments but I was told that was normal so I am not worried.  Going back to work week after next. Cannot wait  to see my Montessori kids but am going for job interviews this week as I feel I need a fresh start after everything. 

Hard to believe that only 3 weeks ago I thought the pain would never end!!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #44 on: June 13, 2013, 06:01:07 PM »
Day 52 post op.

Doing really well,  very minimal pain.

The only thing that is annoying me is the S-L-O-W- walking!!! I am going to have to learn to speed it up but any time I try that I feel this 'crunchh' in my knee and I get nervous, but I guess it will all happen with time!

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Re: TTT plus MPFL reconstruction
« Reply #45 on: June 17, 2013, 09:21:23 PM »
8 weeks post op.

"Crunching" has stopped in the knee cap :-)

Slowly losing the limp but painfully slow walking!  I am walking correctly for the first time in my life with 2 feet straight *before this operation I always walked with my left foot *bad knee* out to the side.  This is great but is causing horrific pain in my thigh and calf because where I never had muscle before I am suddenly developing so it is making me walk slow.

Also the knee feels very tight so I am nervous that if I go too fast I will damage it again.