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Offline A_sure_sky

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Re: Osteochondral Allograft
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2020, 05:16:08 AM »
I am now nine months plus out from my OATS surgery.  I believe I am still making progress.  The virus has put a big crimp on getting back to the gym.  For the first time, this past week I got to the gym twice and was able to work out.  So far, so good.  I have a long way to go to regain the strength but I think I am on the path.

Two weeks ago I was on vacation and was able to do a lot of walking (at least more than I usually do).  At times the knee would be sore (and feel a little "raw" inside the knee) after a lot of walking or at the end of the day but the next morning that is feeing was gone.

I try to do as much as I can without any kind of sleeve on my knee (although I kept on while on vacation).  Sometimes I get sensations where it feels like the knee is being pressed in from the bottom.  Putting some type of wrap or sleeve alleviates the sensation. This makes me wonder if it some type of nerve issue in the skin. Happily, the bone-on-bone pain hasn't reoccurred so far. I remain cautiously optimistic that the surgery will be a long-term success.

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Re: Osteochondral Allograft
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2020, 04:56:33 AM »
It has now been over a year since my surgery.  I recently saw my surgeon and he said the x-rays are looking good.  I have been working diligently on rebuilding strength in my leg.  The hamstring muscle in the left (repaired) leg is just about equal to my other (right) leg.  I haven't yet been able to equalize the strength in my quad muscle.  I have worked up to 85% strength in the left quad compared to my right leg although my right is probably stronger now that it was before the surgery since I am working that leg hard too.

I have lost some range of motion in the left leg. My ROM is 136 in the left now which is a little less than what it was before.  I am told this ROM is sill considered full range and I may still regain those last few degrees of ROM.  The the knee still has a little swelling in it, especially after exercising.

The bone on bone pain has not returned so from that point alone the surgery was a success. My repaired left knee is stiffer than before and I get sensations from this knee that I didn't have before.  I don't think I will forget I had major surgery on this knee anytime soon with these changes in how it feels. However I have regained the ability to do things like go on longer hikes that I was unable to do before the surgery.  My surgeon thinks I will still see improvements over the next year or two and I hope that is true.

Unless anything major happens in the future this will be my final post-surgery report.  Thanks to all on this site who have it made it such a valuable resource for those of us with knee issues!