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Offline ladyduran

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Microfracture Recovery Question
« on: December 19, 2019, 03:58:51 PM »
Had my first physio appointment last week and have exercises to do at home. My 6 week follow up appointment  with my surgeon is on the 10th January. Is this when I should be able to drive again?
He said they will try to start me walking again after the 6 weeks but I will need at least another 4 weeks off work. Is this the normal thing? I work in retail and have a mostly mixed job of physical and sitting down in a cramped till area.
I have been quite lucky with pain since I had it done but today I am getting quite a bit of pain. Could this be healing pain?
Sorry for the questions I just like to hear of others recovery experiences

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2019, 04:20:15 PM »
Left or right leg? Manual or automatic car?
Do not drive until the surgeon or physio has cleared you or your insurance could be invalid

When you can go back to work really varies person to person. Can you do shorter shifts on alternate days for a few weeks after that 4 weeks of further rehab? Youíll need those to start walking and get stronger and more flexible again (try to arrange hydrotherapy through the physio)
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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 04:33:59 PM »
Hi Vickster, its my right leg and i drive s manual car.

So do you mean I will need the extra 4 weeks off work while i start walking and getting stronger..

I think my works will be quite adaptable to what I need.

I think I just have to be patient understand it's a long process and see what the surgeon says about going forward.

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2019, 06:44:09 PM »
Follow the surgeon and physio recommendations. You're going to be weak coming off crutches and you may well find it harder than you expect especially given your job, you won't be able to elevate if needed, ice, have a lie down etc. I'd assume I was going to be off for a month to focus on rehab in gym (good place to exercise), pool (good place for low impact strength recovery) and then a phased return. You don't want to be having a set back trying to do too much too soon (been there myself  ::) )

Right leg is the main one, you need to be able to brake and especially do an emergency stop comfortably and confidently
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LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2019, 09:32:06 AM »
Thanks Vickster for all your replies to my posts. You have been a great help with your advice and comments.

I have a pins and needles feeling in my toes area of my foot when I touch it. I've had it since the op, is this normal or down to nerve damage?

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2019, 10:09:19 AM »
Pins and needles all the time? Youíre not walking or putting weight through the foot so maybe itís down to that? Check with the physio or your GP maybe if concerned. Not sure why youíd have nerve damage affecting your foot from a knee arthroscopy. Did the surgery notes say a tourniquet was used but again thatís unlikely to be relevant.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2019, 10:11:53 AM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2019, 10:12:20 AM »
Ye only feel it if I touch it with pressure. Doesn't feel numb or anything when just resting so I'm hoping it us just because I'm not weight bearing at all

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2019, 11:06:13 AM »
Most likely. Keep pumping ankles, wiggling and massaging your toes, keep yor feet flat on floor when sitting, don't cross ankles etc

Don't focus on every weird sensation :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2019, 12:42:38 PM »
Hi Ladyduran,

How is your recovery going? I have had microfracture almost 2 y ago now. I don't think you can drive at 6 weeks already. Like Vickster said you need to be able to make an emergency stop (insurance wise as well). For me it was somewhere around 8 weeks again when I was able to walk without crutches as well. My PT told me it was safe to drive (dad very happy ;) )

I would follow Vicksters advice and be careful with going back to work. I was able to change to a sitting job and even that was hard. Was lucky we had a stationary bike that I was able to use. Doing too much hurts but doing nothing gets it very stiff so I made sure to do some exercises every couple of hours. I can immagine you want to do something as it is boring to be sitting home for so long and if it is going well painwise. But still be careful cause if work is overdoing is it is hard to come back from it.

Better work on some muscle strenght first (nwb) and if necessary improving ROM. Is your pins and needle feeling gone? I only had some painful thingling the first week.

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2019, 10:04:57 AM »
Recovery is going ok. I'm doing the exercises I've been given every few hours. My knee feels quite stiff still and I still have the pins and needles feeling when I press my hand on my foot. I think it's may be the swelling against a nerve. I see the surgeon in 11 days for my 6 week follow up so I will mention it to him.

Regarding work i am hoping he does sign me off for a bit longer. The job i do is quite mixed and fast paced. I wouldnt get a chance to elevate or rest when needed.

I know and realise I can't rush anything as you have both said i don't want any setbacks

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2019, 12:40:29 PM »
Are you using ice to help reduce swelling and heat to help stiffness?
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2019, 01:44:59 PM »
Hi Vickster can we still ice it after 4 weeks then? i havent been

How do you heat it?

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Re: Microfracture Recovery Question
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2019, 05:21:20 PM »
If itís swollen, keep icing. Heat, hot water bottle or wheat pack
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up