I'm a full week post op. As I wrote before I had a really rough time for a good 3 days post op. However, thanks to a quick switch from percocet to hydrocodone on Tuesday (monday was the surgery) I can't say enough about how much of a life saver it was. Percocet didn't really help with the pain, but it would have backed me up and made me sick all week. I bought something for being backed up before I had the surgery, and I strongly recommend this. I had no pain or issues with backup. Hydrocodone doesn't back me up, but it did help with the pain. I stopped taking them a few days ago and switched to ibuprofen, seems to do enough. I had my knee drained on Tuesday 3/20 the day after my surgery and will most likely have it drained again tomorrow at the follow up with my doctor. He will also be removing the staples that are keeping my wound healed.
Little differences between my doctors post op and afski722.
I was given the imobilizer post op, but the following day I was given a different brace that allowed for full range of motion.
This was horrible at first because my knee would bend lifting my leg up and down while my knee was still very tender and painful. However, now i'm wearing the brace and walking around without crutches, though with a limp. I'm guessing that the doctor will be telling me to ditch the brace tomorrow.
I went to PT on Friday, my surgery was Monday. They started me doing alot of the same things I was doing pre-op and I've been doing them 3 times a day. I can't say enough about how much it helps and makes the knee feel better and stronger. Hoping on Wednesday they clear me to use the stationary bike...and clear me for fun with my lady haha.
Everyone is telling me I'm crazy for saying this won't keep me from next season. I think this entire ordeal will just teach me how to strengthen my knee in the gym and at home and gave me a much needed wake up call that I am not invisible on the slopes.
Procreator - It sounds like you're a bit older than I am (me being 23). You should talk to your doctor about the cadaver graft. Finndog just had his acl replaced via this method and could give you a little information about it. The huge advantage is that a ton of the pain of reconstruction is gone because there is no donor site on your body that will be killing you. The most painful part of recovery has been the pain from where they took my hamstring. So get it from someone who's done using it.
Cirquerider - Thanks for your support!
Edited by bsummmit - 3/26/12 at 9:27am