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Offline 35degrees

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when will the brace come off!? help
« on: April 19, 2004, 02:10:44 AM »
Hello.I am pretty new here. I was wondering if anyone knew the protocol for when the OS will finally let someone give up the brace? I am 7 months post op and in a long brace with hinges at the knee.  I don't use crutches but need to use a cane without the brace on.  I want out of the brace but my Pt said something about lifting 5 pounds before the brace could come off?? anyone know about getting out of this kind of brace.  I had a TTT  I have also had 3 MUA and scopes because I have only 35-40 flexion most of the time. still seeking arthrofibrosis info etc.. major atrophy in quads so I just did get to use a 3 pound weight with my leg raises.  should I just take it off and use the cane/crutch or should I do what he says and leave it on longer. I see him in 4 weeks.  He just told me I had to slowly stop using it but not what I needed to be able to do to get out of it. help me because I really want out of this for the beach weather and everything!

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Re: when will the brace come off!? help
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2004, 01:59:01 PM »
You should know when your knee is strong enought to take the brace off but i would wait to see him in four weeks then ask him then. I am 3 and a half mounths of plc and nerve recon and i still need another op but i have started to walk around the house without brace and crutches    i still need to put the brace on when i go out for saftey. When you can take your brace off depends on how much muscle you have in your leg and whever this will compensate for the damage in your knee.
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Re: when will the brace come off!? help
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2004, 04:42:35 PM »
Funny how different OSs have different post op protocols. I'm 7 weeks post op from having had a TTT and up to 4 lbs on the ankle weights.  I was never given the 5 lb rule. At first I was only allowed to walk about the house without the brace if I walked stiff legged. Now, I'm to bend the knee. However, I'm still in a brace when I'm I'm on my feet for very long. I should be trading in my post op brace for something much less substantial this week. Just waiting for the new brace to come in. It's hard to get one that fits when you have a large knee and no thigh!
I'm assuming you are still in therapy. Why don't you ask your therapist or you could call and ask to speak with your OS's assistant.
Good luck to you.
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Re: when will the brace come off!? help
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2004, 09:25:27 PM »
Are you in PT?  A good way to 'test drive' the knee without the brace in a completely safe environment is to do this at PT.  They usually have paralell bars that you can walk between and catch yourself if your knee gives way.  Also, they have therapy pools where you can move around with the support of the water--a lot of people with arthrofibrosis love water therapy.  For me, it really flares my knee because I completely overdo it in there without realizing it.  So take it slow.

Where are you located?  If you are seven months post op and only can bend to 35 degrees, why haven't you moved on to a second opinion?  Proper lysis of adhesions (scar tissue surgery) should be done within approx. 6 months of onset for best results, so you're still in that window of opportunity.  Many doctors don't understand scar tissue, I would definitely see a specialist!!  Doing nothing or inappropriate treatment can make the problems worse, so please see a scar tissue specialist soon.  

If you post where you live, someone here can probably recommend a doctor who specializes in scar tissue.  I had to travel 1000 miles, but it was more than worth it because I got back full ROM and the scar tissue did not come back.  I had two previous scar tissue removal surgeries, and the adhesions came back worse after each one!  So it really is important to see a specialist.  Arthrofibrosis happens in less than 1% of knee surgery cases...so most doctors don't have a lot of experience with it.  I've learned the hard way not to be anyone's guinea pig!  It sounds like you've been through a lot, I really understand where you are and that you're probably sick to death of surgery!  Believe me, I've been there--I did 7 procedures in a 15 month period of time!  But unfortunately, it's very important to act fairly quickly with scar tissue.  Leaving it in there can cause permanent mechanical changes like patella baja which are a nightmare to deal with.

Take care.

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