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Hi all,

 

I just found this board, and am grateful for all the posts describing this injury and subsequent recovery. 

 

I suffered a complete QT rupture about 7 weeks ago.

 

I was descending the stairs into my basement, whilst carrying my two-year-old son in my left arm, and a nice cup of espresso in my right hand.  As I approached the bottom of the stairs, I suddenly felt a horrible pain in my left knee and thigh, accompanied by a horrible ripping/popping sound.  Because of the location and intensity of the pain, I honestly thought my femur was disintegrating.  I instinctively cradled my son to the floor, threw my coffee to the wall, and commenced to howling and teaching my son some adult language.  After a few minutes of agony and my son asking if I was okay, I somehow managed to coach my son upstairs (I was home alone with him) and into a high chair.  I was lucky to have some percocet left from oral surgery a few years ago.  I took one of those and washed it down with a shot of whiskey (seemed like a good idea at the time), and waited for my wife to come home.

 

Long story short, I had an MRI and out-patient, open-knee surgery a week later.  Sugery was 6 weeks ago now, and I am 2 weeks into PT.  I am able to bend my knee to about 66 degrees at this point and have been cleared to begin putting some weight on my left leg, but still have to wear a full-leg imobilizer brace and crutches.

 

I guess what I'm wondering is what to expect with the rest of my recovery.  The PT I have is great, but in the 17 years of practice, I am only her second QT rupture patient.

 

Any advice on how the recovery usually goes (especially, the time frame) would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance for your input.

 

Dave

 

P.S. I didn't even get a sip of the coffee.

post #2 of 6
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Sorry, I  meant to post previous message under quadriceps rupture thread.  Please disregard.

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welcome!

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I have a friend currently just starting therapy from having his second surgical repair of all four quadriceps tendons in a leg. He did the other one six or seven years ago while making a fairly high speed turn on skis. The recent repair is the other leg, damaged when someone ran him down while skiing. He's about two months out of surgery, has been weight bearing with the brace locked straight and yesterday received permission to weight bear with the brace set at something like 60 degrees. He returned to skiing the last time in the fall, but his original injury occurred in late November. This one was the end of February, but he and his surgeon both say he should be OK by next season. He's 76 and his tissues most likely are in much worse shape than yours. He says he feels like a marionette with all the "fish line" in his knees.
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Hi all! I just joined the Quadrippers 7/10/13 and go for repair in three days. Any tips on what to expect the first few days. I just read the warning labels on the OxyContin and theOxycodone and ondansetron Yikes they are scarier than the surgery. I took one Percocet in the ER and have done ok pain wise. Did everyone else need the big gun drugs after their repair?
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Hi all! I just joined the Quadrippers 7/10/13 and go for repair in three days. Any tips on what to expect the first few days. I just read the warning labels on the OxyContin and theOxycodone and ondansetron Yikes they are scarier than the surgery. I took one Percocet in the ER and have done ok pain wise. Did everyone else need the big gun drugs after their repair?

Welcome, although wish it wasn't because of an injury.  Probably better to ask in the general thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/66016/quadriceps-tendon-rupture-repair-and-rehab

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