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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #360 on: October 20, 2004, 05:30:31 PM »
Hi Fis,

I'm over 8 months post-op and still having trouble with lower leg lift. Getting easier but still a lot of crunching and grinding when I do it.

I'm amazed of people saying the were only diagnosed 2 weeks after the injury. I was left lying in th estreet in complete agony when I did mine (knee was also dislocated) I couldn't move at all and had to get a friend to call an ambulance.

Tony
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Patella Tendon rupture when a drunk fell on my leg.
Open surgery repair with disolvable wire loop 29.01.04

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #361 on: October 20, 2004, 08:05:56 PM »
Hi Tony

Likewise, after I slipped on ice outside my house, I lay there an hour before the newspaper girl was delivering the papers and saw me lying on the drive.  In no way could I stand up as there was no Tendon to support my right leg.

Interesting that no two persons are the same and I am still battling on two years later -  I have learned to take each day as it comes and hope for continued improvement.

JohnK/Manchester UK :D :(
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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #362 on: October 20, 2004, 08:07:06 PM »
First time, I was rushed into hospital :) Second time, I was rushed into hospital only to be sent home by French doctor who said it was not serious >:( The pain was there, but once I'd got a brace and kept it stable, the pain went down (or maybe the alcohol and my pain threshold meant I didn't feel it ???) I then had to be driven across France and fly back to England on Ryanair before getting to the hospital (God bless the NHS :D)

Sorry to hear you're having problems. I'm quite pleased with my progress. Seven weeks on and I'm regularly walking around at home or close to my office without any plaster or splint and the exercises are going well - if slowly and certainly not full range. Have you talked to your doctor about scarring and/or any problems caused by the wire loop?

Hang in there. Wonder how Patricia is....

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Two tendon ruptures!
One - right leg - eight years ago - fully recovered.
Left leg patellar tendon rupture 26 August, '04. Op Aug 30. Out of hospital Sept 3

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #363 on: October 21, 2004, 04:00:57 PM »
How do you know when/if the wire has snapped? I've had very vague answers from the medics. The knee is progressing well, but the odd sharp pain to theright of the kneecap - nowhere near the tendon...

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Left leg patellar tendon rupture 26 August, '04. Op Aug 30. Out of hospital Sept 3

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #364 on: October 21, 2004, 06:12:53 PM »
Hey guys --

Progress is VERY slow. Instead of taking it one day at a time, I've been reduced to taking it one hour at a time. I guess if it gets me by...

However, it ends up translating to very long, boring days. I have nothing to do. Doesn't help that all of my friends are away at college or are busy with their lives in general. I've grown extremely stir crazy in my house (I just hate being stuck in my room at this point), I dunno what to do with myself anymore.

Problem is, the only thing I can really do is focus on my knee, which my doctor tells me to try NOT to do (in order to keep my sanity). So, I'm left working "harder" than I should be, causing more pain. These past few days have been torture. My whole knee has been hurting, especially around my hamstring. I find it a little weird though, I haven't really had too much pain in the hamstring since a few weeks after the surgery (I had a hamstring augmentation, BTW). Now it just feels extremely tight and painful; I'm experiencing sharp pains in it and also behind the knee itself. I know I just had a manipulation, maybe that's the reason why it feels so tight and painful?

My tendon has also been hurting a lot more lately. I *have* been getting a little better in the CPM, but I'm kind of stuck at an impasse right now; feels like I can't get any more motion all of a sudden. *sigh*

I guess the scar tissue still left inside the joint is a problem, I do feel it when I'm in the CPM, it's so damn painful.

Worst problem though is my pain meds. I keep on running out! Percocet harldy works for me, and I just end up going through it so quickly. I've tried Dilaudid (didn't work), Vicodin (didn't work), and Ultracet (doesn't work well)...I feel like I'm running out of options without having to go back to my pain management specialist again. I *don't* want to do that. Ugh. I guess I have a lot to talk about with my doctor tomorrow, eh?

Patricia
« Last Edit: October 21, 2004, 06:14:25 PM by imnotpunk »
R knee:
08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #365 on: October 21, 2004, 10:09:49 PM »
Nice to have you back with us Patricia. Of course it's hard and you have our sympathy ;)

"I guess I have a lot to talk about with my doctor tomorrow, eh?" - I know I'm getting old fast, but it helps me to write down the things I want to find out from the doctor and go through the list. If I don't I always come out thinking I've missed something :(

You say all your mates are away at college. Is there any distance learning course you could do? I did an MBA recently by distance learnign and it's had a major impact on my life - plus I enjoyed it. It would give you something to do and they can be really useful later on if you pick the right course... Just an idea. It might take your mind of stupid knee ;)

Hang in there....

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One - right leg - eight years ago - fully recovered.
Left leg patellar tendon rupture 26 August, '04. Op Aug 30. Out of hospital Sept 3

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #366 on: October 23, 2004, 06:48:27 AM »
Went to the doctor today, discussed a LOT of things...here goes:

He was quite pleased with how the incisions are healing now. Says it's *good* that they have been bleeding a lot; means there's bloodflow in the knee again. Since the fourth surgery (patellar tendon reconstruction), I had pretty much lost a lot of circulation in my entire leg, no feeling whatsoever around the entire knee and it wouldn't bleed at ALL. Still suffering decreased sensation and nerve damage but at least there's that oh-so-important bloodflow.

Doc is letting me start up PT again, also letting me stim my quad and I can ice the knee again hoorah! Initially he wasn't allowing me to ice the knee because it would constrict the bloodflow, and as you can very well imagine now, that's a big no-no! He said that while it's still a concern of his, he'd like me to be as comfortable as possible. As long as I continue to bleed, things will be a-okay. But if I start to drain a lot (with no blood) again, then to stop icing and to immediately call him.

BTW, back to the incisions -- they still basically look like two big holes in my knee, but at least they're starting to properly heal. Looks like I won't need the Wound VAC anymore (THANK GOD! I *hated* that thing!). Even though they look really nasty and disgusting, there's at least granulation and like I said earlier, bleeding ALONG with drainage. That's very good!

Scar tissue is still a concern (especially since there is still a lot left in the joint itself), but at least it looks as though we don't have to worry about the incisions opening up worse; that was the problem, I couldn't really do anything with the opened incisions, they'd just get worse and worse when I worked on my ROM. UGH. But anyways, the scar tissue issue (tee-hee) will be dealt with later; if I need another surgery, so be it. I probably will, but I'm gonna stay positive and hope for the best.

I still am on antibiotics (both oral and topical), and probably will be for another few weeks but I guess I gotta deal with that, eh? Sucks, but whattaya gonna do?

*Finally* I can really start rehabbing now, it's been LONG enough! He said I can start as early as Monday, which was music to my ears. I was also able to talk to my therapist as well, he ended up stopping in the office on the way out of the building (my PT is in the same building as my doctor), so that was good to let him know what was going on.

In terms of the painkillers, my doctor agreed that while it stinks that I have been on the percocet for so long (14 months now), it's necessary. I completely understand, I just don't like being on them for such a long time. He also gave me a script for a larger amount of the percs, which was what a desperately needed. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I couldn't even get in my CPM after I ran out of the pain meds; he realized his error in not giving me enough and agreed to give larger portions.

I'm seeing him again on Wednesday, hopefully I'll have made some progress in PT by then. I hope so!

Unfortunately I'm not in the clear yet (and probably won't be for a *long* time), but it was nice to hear some encouraging news for once. I just hope the news gets better and better with each day. :)

Patricia
R knee:
08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #367 on: October 24, 2004, 10:12:07 PM »
Patricia, the news you've given us makes us :) :) :);Your whole attitude seems one of hope instead of dread and this is great stuff.  Of all the posters on this thread your case was by far the most difficult and we all felt diminished by your troubles and emphatic that you get better with everyone offering their experience and hope.  It worked!!!!  You are getting better and despite the worst efforts of your physicians you kept at em until they came around to your struggle and made it their own business to think harder to solve your needs, and now you can rest your nerves a little. 8)  Keep up the good work!  John C.
Ruptured Patellar Tendon lower left leg 3-30-04 while playing basketball
Open surgery to repair 4-12-04 , sans wire loop
Brace removed/heavy PT since 8-11-04
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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #368 on: October 25, 2004, 03:12:46 PM »
Hi Manxman..
The pain u are having, could come from the wire "around" the kneecap..I just recently found out that the wire is going around it cause i was having the same pain as you..a little massage around the kneecap will help you a little bit, but remember to keep it elevated.
Sonshyne ;)
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97 scoped the patella
00 removed the point of the kneecap
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3 cortisone injections
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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #369 on: October 25, 2004, 03:20:11 PM »
Hi Patricia

So good to learn that you are making SOME progress,
albeit slowly, just keep at it and keep your chin up.

I think that you are due some more flowers!!!

Best wishes
JohnK/Manchester UK




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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #370 on: November 01, 2004, 08:35:08 PM »
Hey folks.  Got room for another?

My story - I ruptured my left patella tendon playing in a yearly flag football game for charity.  Was in the last couple minutes of the game.  "And there I was ..." running a deep route, trying to adjust for the ball and suddenly felt like I got kicked below the kneecap.  Took a spill (head over heels apparently) and that was pretty much it.  Ambulence ride, ER, etc ...  Admitted that evening and had surgery the next morning.

Just over 2 weeks post op.   IN the STUPID imobilizer of course.  Having the stitches taken out tomorrow.  Would love to start PT ASAP, just to break up the boredom.   Wonder what the OS is going to say ... ???

Quick question - from what I've read so far in this thread, it seems like I was "weight-bearing" somewhat early.  The day after surgery, they showed me how to use crutches, puting some weight on the bad leg.  Unusual?

Some many more questions.  And so much more frustration (summed up by saying "THIS IS SUCH BS!").  However, reading this thread already has me optimistic.  Thx folks.

D



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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #371 on: November 01, 2004, 08:40:10 PM »
Welcome aboard, bigbadd. Not the best club to join, but I suppose it's better than nothing, eh? :P

I'm not sure I'm the best person to answer your questions, seeing as my case is a lot different than everyone else's in this thread, but I'll give it a shot anyways.

After my surgery, I was placed in a full leg cast for six weeks. I was given crutches as well, and told that I could do partial weightbearing AS TOLERATED, after the first 72 hours (which were to be spent in bed or on the couch with two pillows beneath my ankle). Hope that helps somewhat :)

Feel free to ask any questions, that's what we're here for! This thread is a great tool as well, sometimes you'll find the answers to most (or even all!) of you questions without having to even ask them!

Good luck with your recovery and rehab and PLEASE keep us updated on your progress!

Patricia
R knee:
08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #372 on: November 01, 2004, 08:51:54 PM »
Okay, now for a little update on me...

I'm back in PT daily, and I'm slowly progressing. I'm seeing a "team" of physical therapists, my doctor wants me to have the best care possible.

Unfortunately, two of my therapists argreed that I'd need to have my knee cleaned out again because there's just too much scar tissue inside. The PTs can get SOME ROM, but not nearly as much as they'd hope. I should be able to get about 90 degrees by now, but I'm nowhere close. Sure I'm at 90 in my CPM, but that translates to about 60-65 on the goneometer. Ahh well.

I'm also using all of the different machines to help decrease the scar tissue buildup and hopefully promote healing of the tissue. One of them  looks like a computer mouse with a laser on the end. Weird!

Seeing the doctor today, I'm hopefully getting the stitches removed. We'll see, though. I have yet to be on target with anything :P

I'll keep you updated, thanks for the well wishes! Hope you're all doing well! :)

Patricia
R knee:
08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #373 on: November 01, 2004, 09:32:13 PM »
Welcome a board bigbadd! These people are a great source of encouragement an advice. Help and support is at the tips of your fingers.. These guys are great!

Pat- to be so young, your are very strong!! Man, you go girl! Keep your head up. 8).. I'm sure by next summer those legs will be kickin! Later! ::) Post a picture then. 8)
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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #374 on: November 01, 2004, 09:36:41 PM »
Patricia:

I have been reading this thread because I started with a similar injury that nobody talks about: a quad tendon rupture. That was five and a half years ago, and I'm still here....so that says something about the state of my knee! Anyway, if you want some good information about scar tissue formation and the problems it can cause, go to the "soft tissue" section and read away. There are a lot of threads there and so much information. Scar tissue will not go away on its own, and can cause all kinds of permanent damage. I know you are working through a ton of trouble (I'm very impressed with your attitude and progress) and the last thing you want to hear about are more possible complications, but at least you can be aware of potential scar tissue damage.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.















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