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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #210 on: November 02, 2014, 10:06:09 AM »
day 178- Looked at mri- MPFL still intact thank goodnes!!! - but other problems pff!!
So had a look with the mri with my independent doctor as a athlete you always have to have an independent doctor as a second back up to check everything is fine for your insurance......
He said i was lucky as my mpfl was still intact, he said there was a little swelling around it which im concerned about... but then he also added the fact that behind my kneecap there is alot of swelling and i have bruised my femur and my cartlidge looks like it has been damaged.... i said to him anything else lol?? He said  he says he will wait till he sees the full report or what my surgeon or radiologist says to confirm all of this them he said its good you had it because im signing you off the wrestling "WHHHAATT?"
As this independent doctor specialises in high contact sports he said in your sport with the amount of damage you have you need to let it rest by what is shown on this mri it was good you pushed for an MRI , because if you had stepped in the ring with that in two weeks time there could have been disastrous consequences your sugeon wont understand the sport as well as i do so im signing you off when we get the results from your surgeon/ radiologist then we will discuss your return further........

LESSON LEARNT- DONT SAVE A TOURIST FROM A TAXI AND WHO IS GOING TO BE HIT JUST WATCH LOL
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #211 on: November 02, 2014, 01:00:24 PM »
Mri mpfl reconstruction

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #212 on: November 02, 2014, 01:05:29 PM »
Mir mpfl reconstruction

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #213 on: November 02, 2014, 09:45:46 PM »
So sorry to hear about this lucha! And that you can't wrestle at the moment. Hopefully it can be fixed soon!
Make sure you take some time to recover after such a set back! Hopefully all goes well

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #214 on: November 04, 2014, 12:57:51 AM »
Day 179 - returning back to gym - knee swelling going down - bruising fading
So I have still been going to the gym before the accident I was doing amazing Burpees but I can't do that as of yet because of what the doctor said so I have been concentrating on sitting down working with the kegs on weights etc rather than impact the joint.... Boring I must say...... But in this situation I must relinquish and listen to the doctor..... The swelling is going down  around the mpfl which is good..... The bruising is also fading which is good my knee is feeling less painful just rehabbing it by myself to get it going again I know within two weeks I will bouncing out these Burpees and flips in the wrestling which I can do even with this reconstruction which us good :)))

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #215 on: November 04, 2014, 01:15:37 AM »
day 180  6 months post op achievements so far in Mpfl reconstruction in  getting back to sports and normally

I want people who are thinking of having mpfl surgery or who are in the rehab process to give them some hope or understanding of what to expect or what can be achieved as I know hard it is considering the complications I have had ........

I have achieved so far
10 hours of personal training sessions a weeks 4 hours a day in the gym post (24weeks)
Lifting 170kg on leg press post (24weeks) back to normal yeye
Cross trainer level 8 1 hour 30 minutes non stop (24 weeks)
Quadricep press - 75kg wohoo beats before the surgery (24 weeks)
Running 8km (24 weeks
Bike level 10 1hr 30 minutes (post 23 weeks)
Flying moves in wrestling out of ring ( post 23 weeks)
Lifting two people one on each shoulder in a match = 170kg ( post 22 weeks)
Burpees and mountain climbers ( post 22 weeks ) full flexion got back when surgeon said I wouldn't (22 weeks)
Flips ( post 22 weeks)
actual match ( post 20 weeks) went ok ish
weight lifting on legs increased by 12kg ( post 20 weeks)
bike 1 hour ( post 19 weeks)
survived two hour personal training session non stop (post 18 weeks)
lifting 100kg on shoulders ( post 17 weeks)
ran 6k ( 16.5 weeks)
wrestling in the ring practising ( 16 weeks)
running at 13.5 on the running machine (15 weeks)
running 5 miles outside ( 15 weeks)
squatting/lunges with 30kg in each hand ( post 15 weeks)
-lifting 150kg leg pres ( 14 weeks)
-running outside 4 miles (14/13  weeks)
- Lifting 140kg on leg press (12 weeks)
-squatting with men on shoulder ( 12 weeks)
- running 75 days post surgery( 10 weeks)
- lifting 120kg on my legs post surgery ( 8 weeks-9weeks)
- running up stairs (post 8 weeks)
- skipping jumping, ( post 8 weeks)
- squats lunges, lunges with dumbells 20kg) post (7 weeks)
-free weight lifting, lifting weight onto my shoulders with squats post

I hope this will give patients doctors and physios alike what can be achieved if your determined to see it through I know it's a hard surgery to get through but have hope faith and you can achieve those goals one thing I have learnt from this surgery is it is a lot about trial and error and only you know when your ready to do something I'm sure sometimes my surgeon uses reverse psychology on me to see how far I can push myself as an athlete, as he has never had a wrestler before and I suppose for him it's good research but I'm determined to keep proving him wrong because I already have just by turning my frustrations into determination I have surpassed the goals by weeks he set out and I suppose as we all know all surgeons will make a judgement and when you prove them wrong they will only answer with a smile or silence lol
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #216 on: November 04, 2014, 08:27:39 PM »
Day 181- still gyming - knee improving...... - bruising from MUA not going away
So I gave been going to the gym working with the personal trainers after getting hit by the taxi my knee is improving the swelling is still there but the pain is manageable after the taxi incident.. But one thing I was discussing with my trainer is we have noticed the bruising I had come from after the MUA after the stitches got ripped open the bruising hasn't even lightened and it's the same colour as it was after the MUA in June 4th so we both believe it's not going to go now.... But I will put that question forward to the orthopedic doctor I see a week tomorrow .............. But everything is going ok ..... :)))  but it's incredible I have lost over 5 inches off each keg since the surgery which is great as it shows how much more things I'm able to do :)))

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #217 on: November 05, 2014, 08:35:27 PM »
day 182- knee doesnt want to play- swollen - rest i think
So today my knee has swollen up again but the temperature has went down so i dont know if it is to do with that i tried going to the gym with it and it doesnt want to play so i thought listen to it and rest it there is no point in trying to be stupid with it, its doing if for a reason lol..... but my brusing is nearly going which is good =)

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #218 on: November 06, 2014, 08:05:35 PM »
Day 183 (6months 3 days) post mpfl reconstruction surgery picture

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #219 on: November 06, 2014, 08:47:58 PM »
Day 183  - Lessons leaant from MPFL Reconstructions..... post 6 months
I must admitt when i look back i see how much i have come through and beaten from swollen blistered leg, DVT, MUA etc. Has it been worth it???

I WOULD GO THROUGH IT AGAIN!! why i dare see you ask?

I now have a life again i am more mobile, my weight has dropped and for me by the surgeon taking the risk and choosing to do my surgery he has given me my life back, yes there was a case of trial and error and feeling like a guinea pig, but sometimes we forget how far has medicine come without help from patients and fellow researchers?

Things i learnt from MPFL is that the first 8 weeks i call "Riding the storm weeks" Because the pains you feel the inflammation, the frustration, the lack of understanding is very hard to even understand and accept.......
I think those 8 weeks are when you feel like every reserve of energy you have is used in those weeks and they are the most emotional weeks because of lack of sleep being uncomfortable etc........

I found with my surgery i noticed from week 9 onwards which i call "The end of all ends" my recovery speeded up x2, i noticed a considerable difference compare to the first 8 weeks where everything seemed slow my leg was reacting a lot quicker and sport seemed to flow naturally back when i started the gym. Everything seemed to settle and it was easier to cope mentally as the pain wasn't as unexpected or so unusual

I think some surgeons forget this as well as doctors that when you have had MPFL surgery the pains we feel for us are not normal i remember sarcastically replying to my surgeon registrar when he said how are you feeling i said " My knee feel likes its on fire and wants to rip open, i have zeus lightening bolts going down from my knee to my foot and my new ligament is screaming at me , and it keeps cracking like breaking a nut not much really " He looked at me and laughed and said that normal. I then replied what may be normal to you medically is not normal for us patients....... he went quiet........i think i hit a point.

That point is .... ask why something is normal......... ask the doctor to explain because i saw another registrar of his and he explained everything medically why it is normal for example he said that is normal because the nerves are repairing... which is a lot better than its normal its normal .... is that the only adjective or descriptive words doctors use in the English language lol.....

To be honest the amount i have researched about MPFL i have used very little of it i have found by looking outside the box i have found new and interesting ways with my personal training in the rehabilitation of mpfl reconstruction... keeping to basics and slow movements have worked the best we have found the TRX machine to be a great help in rehabilitation of the knee
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Sometimes my surgeon didn't agree with some things i did but then i said to him if you have it in black and white to prove to me that it is wrong to do then i will not do it, but if you cannot answer my question due to lack of research that is being done on MPFL reconstruction worldwide and you do not have the proof then you cant tell me it wont work because it hasn't been tried when i said this to him he just smiled.... again i hit another point........

ONLY YOU AS A PATIENT WILL KNOW WHEN YOU ARE READY TO DO THINGS- rehabilitation has guidelines of where you should be but everyone is different, if you feel you can try it try it with a physiotherapist or personal trainer with you at the time if you are cautious but you never know till you try, and as there is so little research on MPFL and rehab, then we must try to help other patients in the future....

and FINALLY...........  no matter how much frustration you have with lack of movement, lack of doctors knowledge of MPFL, just keep going have hope, and be determined to get back up on your feet because you know your body better than anyone else, if i can prove a surgeon wrong how many more people can?
Sometimes i find it rather funny myself explaining MPFL surgery to a doctor as they generally go quiet or red because a patient is explaining a medical procedure to a doctor lol

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #220 on: November 07, 2014, 09:53:12 PM »
Day 184 - weird sensations - some pivots moves on trx hmmm- planning Spartan race x2 next year
So I have been getting weird sensations which I can only explain is my knee with the cold weather I have also come  across a problem with my trainer when I try to squat and flex my left arm over to my right side on the trx my mpfl knee doesn't like it at all it feels like it's going to dislocate she felt it and noticed the ligament is acting rather differently I see the orthopedic Doctor in 6 days so I will ask him then whatever number #123456789 doctor I see lol - me and my personal trainer have decided to sign up for two Spartan races next year which will be amazing today as I have my ability to do anything I want now and not have to worry about dislocations :)) so I hope I will get an answer for that pivot motion because in wrestling that is an important pivot we use :)

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« Reply #221 on: November 08, 2014, 02:12:10 PM »
day 185 - 10000 views wow! - round up of last 6 months - MPFL reconstruction is it worth it?

I am shocked to see today there has been over 10000 views on my diary, the reason why i have done an everyday diary is i noticed on many other diaries it was only every so often and i thought to myself well in order to understand MPFL reconstruction better and the progress made it would be better to do it day by day as there was little information i could find on the surgery... I hope this diary has been helpful to patients, doctors and physiotherapist alike......

So i thought i would round up my Mpfl surgery so far
Early May - had MPFL reconstruction,
Late May- operated leg swollen to triple the size, with blisters and very red and stiff, DVT was suggested
                cleared then sports physio suggested could be anthrofibrosis or compartment syndrome
Early June- MUA to stop stiffness
June - August - sports physio, hospital physio, personal trainers, and sports massage therapist...
July - Running 10 and a half weeks post surgery
Mid August - had first training matches.........September - has first actual match
September - ran over 8km, back up to full level of fitness post surgery equal to before except for pivoting motions.......
October- got hit by taxi - now recovering from the bruising
November- Researching different pivot moves to see what is possible with an MPFL reconstruction

SO IS MPFL RECONSTRUCTION WORTH IT?
for me yes it is i have had no dislocations only one small slight sublaxtion when i got hit by the taxi....
My life is now complete everyone understand when you suffer from  knee dislocations it gets to a point where you just get fed up and have had enough, i can now run fully i can dead lift weight without having the fear of my knee dislocate... Yes the MPFL surgery for me was rather complicated but i came out better than before the surgery and now i'm able to do so much more that before the surgery if i did a burpee before the surgery my knee would dislocate now i can do 50 without stopping which shows =) and i say to those who are considering MPFL reconstruction go for it as its changed my life for the better and all that pain and complications i went through were well worth it..... Because now im living and now im gonna enter a SPARTAN RACE!!

Anyone looking into mpfl surgery this link was a good info for me
https://www.rnoh.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/rehabilitation_guidelines_mpfl.pdf
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #222 on: November 08, 2014, 07:28:04 PM »
Day 185- knee mpfl reconstruction

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« Reply #223 on: November 09, 2014, 03:15:35 PM »
Day 186- have to wait for mri results tomorrow - knee ligament throbbing - still going lol

So I found out my surgeon has the radiologist report so I will wait till Monday Tuesday for an answer back my Independent doctor checked it last week said the ligament was still intact a few things did concern him so he told me to wait for the radiologist report so fingers crossed it's ok one thing I have noticed is I still can't  run my knee is still sore from the hit by the taxi - seriously I font know how many more lives I have lol

I have noticed my mofl ligament is throbbing/ pulsating feeling it's strange but I just get on with it I suspect it's the nerves healing.......

So I still keep going I'm still going to the gym.......with personal trainers I have two 9x a week then I have the time which I do by myself they have helped get back to track they have saved my life they gave got me back on track more than my physiotherapist have they have both learned things by rehabbing me  I think doctors should take on ideas from personal trainers because there is still so much to be learned from mpfl by them helping me I have made bigger steps I suppose gym personal trainers see a lot more and they push you...
I'm hoping soon by when I get the full mri results then that will give them clearance to do more with my leg because I'm getting frustrated lol

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« Reply #224 on: November 10, 2014, 07:56:56 PM »
day 187 - YEY!!!!! got clearance to train ! - mri ok- finally happy !
So i got clearance to train again i got my mri results back from my surgeon and i can finally train fully again =) I feel so elated and happy that i can now keep going to prove MY SURGEON and my INDEPENDENT doctor wrong as long as i dont get hit by another taxi lol

I have already proven a lot of doctors and physiotherapist wrong, because what annoys me the most is some people in life generally make a judgement and then that is it they keep to that judgement, some doctors i feel and im not pointing the finger here but they need to realise sometimes you cant always judge a book by its cover until they understand or have read the first few chapters at least.

I am so determined to show how much research is missing from MPFL for us patients and the lack of information and how to be honest there are better techniques that can be used in the rehabilitation of MPFL my personal trainers have come up with 30 new techniques on how to REHABILITATE MPFL RECONSTRUCTION with my thoughts as well...... because  i wasn't given any at the start i was given a paper with four exercises and told to bend it that's it but there is SO MANY MORE MOVES and techniques you can do to get your leg going which are more appropriate for MPFL TRAINING........

As an semi professional athlete myself i know how frustrating it can be for a doctor that says no you cant do that well im under the impression if you haven't got the evidence or research in black and white to say i cant why cant i if i have so little information on MPFL rehabilitation......

I have written a twenty page book with hypothesis and all the new exercises we have created as a guide and a understanding for doctors and physiotherapist to undertsand better the frustration many patients have with LACK OF INFORMATION but also to HELP FUTURE PATIENTS because all of these new exercises which i have discovered with my team through trial and error and have proven the doctors wrong with , by doing these exercises the medical staff are baffled by my speed of recovery.... my plan is to slam this book in front of my surgeon get signed off in 9 weeks time and say this is how i proved you wrong learn from it there are things to be learned from everyday in life !!

I have bounced back from MPFL reconstruction, DVT, MUA, ripped sutures, compartment syndrome, and started running post 10 and a half weeks after surgery which generally is at least 12-13 weeks post surgery on a standard MPFL patient with no complications, so it just goes to show this trail and error technique has paid off....... because without it i would be in a different situation ....

Yes my surgeon and his medical secretary have been great in giving me the help i need but i think sometimes some people need to look outside the box to see different views on rehab after mpfl reconstruction and to be honest a good start is personal trainers! they have been the key to my success and the key to gaining my full flexion back =)) frustration released lol















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