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Offline blue_ezzie

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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2004, 03:27:33 PM »
Hi,

Congrats to all whose MACI/ACI is progressing well, it's so encouraging to read about success stories! And Sarge, good luck for your left knee later this year.

Helena, I'm a bit concerned about my limited ROM and will see my OS in a couple of days. My MACI re-transplant is scheduled for next week. In addition to losing so much cartilage, I fractured my patella in two places and tore a (miniscus??) ligament, so I suppose this might be contributing to my difficulty in moving? Do you mean Manipulation under Anasthetic? I'll mention it to my surgeon when I see him...I wonder if he could do it during the same operation, prior to transplanting the cartilage culture?

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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2004, 04:35:37 PM »
G'Day PCFU...

Haven't heard of Mr Henderson... Ray Crowe must be a magician..did a good job on me..perhaps he could work on your football team as he is in Richmond just a good 3 Wood from the MCG...

As for a good physio.. I go to Hawthorn Physiotherapy in Launder St, they actually are the mob that do the Hawthorn Football Club...started going just a few weeks after the first Op and am still going...

Work Cover is paying the bills, so I will continue to go until I am 100% right again!! I can't believe you are 20 weeks post op and had no physio...

Anyway.. good luck with your rehab.

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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2004, 02:09:16 AM »
Sorry Blue, I obv didnt read properly I thought you'd already had the graft done, and you're really getting a lot of work done so expect a longer recovery than most!  You will probably have to take things a little slower with the patella involvement so listen very carefully to what your OS tells you!  I wish you the very best of luck, but luckily the time passes pretty quick so just keep looking forward!  H

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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2004, 11:55:25 AM »
Dmarkovina, I am envious of your 90 degrees after only a few days of the transplant! What was your pre-transplant ROM? And how has the last week or so been for you?

Thanks to everyone else for the encouragement - only a few days to go now, I'll let you know how it goes....dreading the hospital bit above all else!


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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2004, 06:30:47 AM »
Hi all,

Just thought I would update you with what has been so far my very positive experience with this op. It was nowhere near as painful as I was expecting and I was out of hospital the next day, off all pain medication 4 days later.

At the moment I'm in a straight brace and did not use a CPM machine in hospital...I see my OS next week for an update but am not doing any bending of the leg yet. I am totally NWB for the next few weeks at least, but at this stage my surgeon seems to think that I will be walking without the aid of crutches in 5 weeks.  I'd actually rather take it a little slower! So let's wait and see....

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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2004, 10:55:58 AM »
Hey sarge. i have been to the Hawthorn physio in    launder st before, but only because they could get me to see a second surgeon quicker than just waiting around for an appointment, but i have heard they are top knotch.
I know, from reading this site, and every other site on the net, it seems really weird that i haven't done any proper physio, and everytime i see the Doc i ask when i'm going to, but he reckons that they would work me too hard, and that because i was progressing pretty quick naturally that it was best to take it easy. I am nearly 6months and its going well, but....
i still have a tiny bit of swelling, which is normal i think for trochlea implants, so i am not concerned with that, but it has started to feel a little different,not pain really,but just different somehow?
has anybody esle noticed changes at around 5-6 months mark?? i dont think the graft has failed because there is not a heap of pain or any more swelling, but i wouldnt know how to tell if it had failed anyway. any ideas anyone??

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Re: MACI Recovery
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2004, 08:15:08 PM »
G'Day pcfu,

I was encouraged to do physio ASAP after the OP mainly to get the knee bending properly not to put any weight on it.   Once the six weeks of non weight bearing was over, I was given a gradual program to strengthen the quads etc.  I am convinced the help of the physio sped up the recovery.

As they deal with footballers on a regular basis, they specialise in knee injury/recovery!   I don't know who your surgeon is, but I can't believe he hasn't encouraged physio.   I was going twice a week for the first three months.   I am now 15 months post-op for the MACI and 6 weeks since having the screws removed and clean up arthroscope.  I am back to full duties at work, with the surgeon telling me that as good as the knee is now, it will continue to improve for another 6 to 9 months.

Good luck with yours!















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