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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3810 on: August 29, 2011, 09:59:35 AM »
Cheers Gutted.. I know what you mean by the 'ok' pain, it does restrict rom when coupled with the tightness of the patella tendon. I also have some bruising appearing at the back of the knee, my pt thinks it might be due to lack of use of the hamstrings? Thanks mate, :)
31/01/11 Fell Downstairs Ruptured Left Patella Tendon
10/02/11 Surgery Pinned And Repaired
22/03/11 Plaster Removed & T-Scope Brace Fitted
6 months post op, Current ROM 90-100°

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3811 on: August 29, 2011, 02:29:47 PM »
No probs,

I must admit I never really looked that hard at the back of my knees so I didn't notice any bruising. One thing my rehab instructor said was that swelling occurs at the back of the knee (as well as the front), but you don't really notice it as much as you tend to concentrate on the front of the knee.

How have you got on with having a go on a spinning machine?
Complete (aside from a few strands) Ruptured Patella Tendon, disrupted and torn retinaculum medial: 6 Dec 10

Surgery with wire loop inserted: 16 Dec 10
Put in a cast for 7 days, then a velcro brace.
Wire snapped after 2 months post op whilst doing physio.
Wire removed 3 months post op.

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3812 on: August 29, 2011, 08:58:08 PM »
I bought a road bike last week and sit on it in the house.. I can just manage to back pedal around, it hurts at the top but it seems easier every day.. Not long now I'll be trying it going forwards lol.. The bruising was noticed by the wife :)
31/01/11 Fell Downstairs Ruptured Left Patella Tendon
10/02/11 Surgery Pinned And Repaired
22/03/11 Plaster Removed & T-Scope Brace Fitted
6 months post op, Current ROM 90-100°

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3813 on: August 31, 2011, 12:58:52 AM »
Hello fellow PTR sufferers…I am now 8 weeks post op and wanted to update everyone on my progress.  Things are going pretty good considering I’m from New York and in one week I experience the aftershocks of an earth quick and hurricane Irene ( ;D one crazy week) now onto the positive.  I have been to PT for the last 3 ˝ weeks and have achieved what I thought was the impossible.  Full rotation on the spinning bike – I also achieved 110deg ROM – yeah!!!  My PT informed me to work on my off days and gave me a list of exercise I could do and I did them still do them like clockwork and it has help.  I am looking forward to my next doctor’s visit and I am hoping to hear that I can get rid of the brace - love it but it’s time for it to go.  Keeping a positive attitude is the only way to get by this...
06/27/11 Ruptured right Patella Tendon
07/08/11 Surgery
09/15/11 Rom 125°
10/12/11 Current Rom 137°
10/27/11 Current Rom 140°

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3814 on: September 02, 2011, 03:14:49 AM »
Thanks for all the info and advice everyone. Today is 2 weeks post op...and my birthday. Nothing more fun than being laid up in bed for your birthday. Haha.

I was wondering about nutrition, vitamins, supplements, etc for help in the recovery/rebuilding process. I had seen some websites that suggest human growth hormone. I'm not sure if this is the same as steroids, but I heard that steroids are actually a cause of a weakened patella tendon. Anyways, asked my PT if I could add anything to my diet to help but he said no. I assume there has to be something that will help. Thought about juicing organic fruits and veggies and adding that to my diet.

Suggestions? Opinions?
Antigravity-I can tell you my regimen, for what it’s worth. I’ve been taking glucosamine(1500mg) and  chrondroitin(1200), twice a day. Vitamin C, (1000mg) per day and now I’m down to just the occasional ibuprofen for swelling and a little pain relief. I massage and manipulate my patella’s at least twice a day using vitamin E lotion.  In addition to my regular PT homework exercises that my physical therapist gave me, I cycle quite a bit(both recumbent and actual bicycle) and I do a bunch of single leg squats on my Total Gym at setting #6. Last week, I got signed up at a local wellness  center which has a pool and I’m now doing hydro-therapy as often as I can get over there. Even with all that, this injury is a bear! I wouldn’t want to tackle it doing anything less however.

I think the diet is very important. This injury has forced me into a healthier diet. The result has been I’ve gone from 254 to 228 in the 4 months since my accident. Some of that was what I lost in my quads while in the casts, but most was from diet and now an increasing amount of exercise. You mentioned HGH, I personally wouldn’t go there, or at least check with your doc about it first. I’ve heard so many opinions on it, I really don’t know what to believe. I just know it scares the crap out of me! I wish you well and Godspeed.

JC

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3815 on: September 06, 2011, 03:25:00 AM »
Hello all.

I am at week 13. I am walking with a normal gait and going up and down stairs. My ROM is almost 100 percent. My physical therapist has told me he only needs to see me once a week now. I continue to do my daily homework. I am riding a stationary bike for exercise.  Running is still a 2012 event.  Overall I am i am very pleased with the results so far.  The knee still does not feel normal but it Improves every day.  My quality of life and independence has greatly improved and I can drive again.   

Best to all

Fast Eddie.

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3816 on: September 07, 2011, 08:34:33 AM »
Positive sounding Fast Eddie :) Nice one :)

Good news here too, got signed off by the specialist yesterday!! He said more work needed on my comedy quads but other than that's all seems well..

Am still around 110 degrees but can manage a good leg leading downstair effort now!! Feels tight and awkward but soooo liberating lol....

Keep up the good work fellas :)
31/01/11 Fell Downstairs Ruptured Left Patella Tendon
10/02/11 Surgery Pinned And Repaired
22/03/11 Plaster Removed & T-Scope Brace Fitted
6 months post op, Current ROM 90-100°

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3817 on: September 11, 2011, 12:21:52 AM »
I am now 1 month post op. Still have some swelling and bruising. The swelling is real noticeable after showering or working to bend my knee for awhile. I'm still on crutches, waiting for the doc to allow me to put more weight on it. I have a really cool walking cane on order. My leg does get cold below the knee. I try to massage it and walk  around to get the blood flowing. Seems to help. I definitely feel something poking through my skin just below my knee. It's hard to the touch and proudest more or less depending how my leg is positioned. Past few days seems like it has grown and wearing my brace is somewhat uncomfortable, as contact with the protrusion causes a sharp pain. I've read this could be a screw, but I thought they  only put screws on the top. Anyways, i go to the doc in a few days for a checkup and ill see what he says.

When is the earliest I can  expect to walk again? My leg seems so weak it feels like I wont ever walk again. What can I do to speed up the recovery process. I feel somewhat helpless right now. It's my right knee so I can't drive my car. I would try to double foot it but I have stick shift and that's just too much to try and deal with. 

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3818 on: September 11, 2011, 01:34:52 AM »
Antigravity,

Everyone is different but I started walking about three weeks ago.  I had surgery on June 1st.  The key to walking is getting your quads back. I did lots of quad sets over and over again. I also did all my physical therapy homework. At first I used one crutch until I got confidence. Then I lost the crutch. Still feels weird but it is getting better every day. Sorry about the protrusion. Get it checked out. I had one as well when I was swollen and less flexible. The flexibility and reduction in swelling has sorted it out.  My doctor told me I will be walking by labor day. I was actually I little earlier than that.

Best

Fasteddie

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3819 on: September 11, 2011, 08:02:38 AM »
Hi Antigravity

A reminder, you have sustained a very serious injury, it`s going to take a few more weeks until that tendon has healed somewhat, maybe up to 3/4 months.

Driving is another matter, as you must have enough strenght to depress that brake pedel, otherwise you will have problems with your insurance company.   Once you commence driving, ou will be more comfortable if the drivers seat is placed back as far as it goes, but it will be 3/4 months post op before you get to that stage. 

Would suggest that try walking with one crutch, but only in the house.

JohnK/ Manchester UK
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Slipped on black ice.  Manchester UK

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3820 on: September 11, 2011, 05:15:16 PM »
Hi Antigravity,

Don't worry, you're real early in the process.  I won't try to tell you what to do, as there are better qualified people, most notably your doctor, but many much more knowledgabe than I on this thread.  But, i will tell you that when I was at your stage I never would have believed I'd be walking and functioning pretty normally again.  My surgery was at the end of April, and a few of the recent milestones include:  I'm walking pretty normally, sometimes the knee feels pretty darned good, and other times less so, but it is constantly getting better (it is a very slow drawn out process and it's generally hard to notice the improvements, but out in time if you think back you certainly will realize it).  The knee still feels "thick", like a rustier hinge full of molasses or something, but that continues to improve.  Swelling is way down, but it appears mis-shapen compared to the other.  I've now found I can begin some light jogging on the treadmill, but based on advice I am waiting a bit longer, for the leg to further strengthen, to actually do much of that.  The quad is beginning to show quite noticeable improvements in size and strength.  I'm doing regular weight training now on the Nautilus machines, and can do multiple sets of 15 reps leg extensions with thirty pounds.  It had taken so long to even do them with no weight.  I always think back to where I couldn't even dangle my leg off of the training table.  One of my best moments was that this week I touched my heel to my butt, while laying on the stomach.  That was a key goal I set for myself, and many said I would likely never get there.  I'm a firm believer in working hard on the ROM.  I'd made small incremental progress all through the ordeal to get to where I am, working it very hard.  Walking up the stairs is fairly normal.  It doesn't feel all normal, but I can make it look normal.  Going down is still a struggle.  Can make it look fairly normal if I use the handrail lightly.  Best of luck and hang in there and work on it.  You'll get there.  JC, Fast Eddie, Verbal and all, good to read of all of your progress.

-LT

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3821 on: September 13, 2011, 02:03:22 AM »
Hello all,

Its been a while since I checked in but its encouraging to see all the helpful information still being shared. I am 15 months post op and proud to say I've made a 100% recovery. When I started playing soccer a couple months ago I had some lingering inflammation which I should have been smarter about dealing with but eventually I rested it long enough to get rid of it. After dealing with a lot of pain its hard to recalibrate your concept of how much pain you should deal with. I've run 2 half marathons this summer and have another this fall. I play in 2 soccer leagues with games 3 times a week and I'm putting in close to 60 miles a week on the bike. I mention that just to show you a 100% recovery is possible. I don't wear any braces and the only memory of the surgery I have is a bad keloid scar and the usual numbness on the side of the knee. Some people say that feeling comes back but it hasn't for me. Funny enough I've lived with it long enough now that I don't even notice it anymore. I'll offer the one thing that took the longest to get back was the ability to sleep on my side with the bad leg bent. I used to wake up in the middle of the night with bad stiffness. Same goes for sitting in a movie theater with the leg bent for too long. That finally did go away after about 12 months. For those early injury, know it gets better and for those who think this has gone on forever, just keep at it. I like to think Im stronger because of this injury (but maybe I'm just rationalizing the recovery!) I know my couch is stronger for having put up with my weight for 6 months!

Good luck!

EJ
Full patellar tendon rupture June 11 2010
Surgery June 14 2010

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3822 on: September 13, 2011, 04:03:40 PM »
Wow EJ, that's truly some great inspiration!  Thanks for sharing the update.  -LT

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3823 on: September 13, 2011, 04:48:01 PM »
Hello all,

Its been a while since I checked in but its encouraging to see all the helpful information still being shared. I am 15 months post op and proud to say I've made a 100% recovery. When I started playing soccer a couple months ago I had some lingering inflammation which I should have been smarter about dealing with but eventually I rested it long enough to get rid of it. After dealing with a lot of pain its hard to recalibrate your concept of how much pain you should deal with. I've run 2 half marathons this summer and have another this fall. I play in 2 soccer leagues with games 3 times a week and I'm putting in close to 60 miles a week on the bike. I mention that just to show you a 100% recovery is possible. I don't wear any braces and the only memory of the surgery I have is a bad keloid scar and the usual numbness on the side of the knee. Some people say that feeling comes back but it hasn't for me. Funny enough I've lived with it long enough now that I don't even notice it anymore. I'll offer the one thing that took the longest to get back was the ability to sleep on my side with the bad leg bent. I used to wake up in the middle of the night with bad stiffness. Same goes for sitting in a movie theater with the leg bent for too long. That finally did go away after about 12 months. For those early injury, know it gets better and for those who think this has gone on forever, just keep at it. I like to think Im stronger because of this injury (but maybe I'm just rationalizing the recovery!) I know my couch is stronger for having put up with my weight for 6 months!

Good luck!

EJ

EJ, just wanted to sincerely thank you for taking the time to post - it's so encouraging to hear success stories like yours. I'm definitely aspiring for a full recovery and it's great to hear that it's attainable. All the very best and thanks again - you've made my day!

Mikey
Full rupture of left patella tendon on Feb 10th 2011
Repair on Feb 15th 2011 - No wire was used
Age 32 - very active with longstanding tendonitis in my left knee

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #3824 on: September 24, 2011, 05:33:34 PM »
16 week uodate---

I now either walk a couple of miles around the block or use an elliptical every day.  I was just recently given the thumbs up to ride my bike on the local bike trail.  Finally back to work full time and I do get tired towards the end of the week but I guess that is to be expected.  I see my sports med doctor on Monday for final visit and I have my list of questions to ask him.  All in all I would say that my family has survived a very rocky 4 months.  Thanks for being here for support when I needed it.

Todd