I'm now a week post-surgery on my ACL reconstruction and now that I'm out of that post-anesthesia and painkiller fog, I thought I'd jot down a few things. Sure seems like Superbowl Sunday (2/3) was so long ago. (See Pop without Pain or Swelling http://www.epicski.com/t/117972/pop-without-pain-or-swelling)
5/21 Tuesday: Surgery 3 PM
Although I had a conversation with my surgeon, I can't remember much of it. I recall two things clearly: my new ACL graft is my hamstring tendon intertwined with a donor graft (thank you), and he did not repair the meniscus. Photos 1-3 are pre-repair and 4 is with the new graft. I'm not sure if there wasn't anything to be done or that he did a trim instead of a repair. The part that I was happy about was that I could start weight-bearing after the femoral nerve block wore off and I didn't have a brace. After vitals stabilized, finally got to leave before 10 PM--I was able to avoid an overnight stay.
5/23 Thursday: First physical therapy appointment.
Less than 48 hours after surgery, I was in physical therapy. I was still in a fog and the nerve block had fully worn off overnight. Started a tiny bit of weight bearing for balance that day. My DPT is awesome. We were basically trying to get the nerves firing. Quad sets, straight leg raises, heel slides. It was a shaky session since I felt really out of it. But I got a few degrees from full extension and 65 degrees extension.
My phone camera is pretty weak, but the sutures don't look too bad. There are a couple of incisions up higher, but the swelling isn't that bad since I've been using the cryotherapy (Game Ready) 30 minutes on / 30 minutes off (60 at night).
I really thought I'd be able to get some reading in, but I just never got very far. I did order some Columbia gear on STP...a little incentive for next ski season.
5/28 Tuesday: Second PT appointment
Since Sunday I've been bearing more and more weight and got rid of all pain meds except Tylenol. No pictures necessary--just a lot of black and blue. So I walked into PT with one crutch. She had me rocking back and forth on the bike which felt pretty good. 15 SLRs with no lag. Added some clam shells and wall slides. She worked on my extension. I feel like the strain/pain on the stitches is limiting my flexion the most but I was able to get 0 degrees extension and 95 degrees. Today did wear me out. I worked the morning from home. Although PT is only 5 minutes from where I work, it's about an hour from where I'm staying with my parents so having the leg down in the car all of that time was a bit much. Got back in the recliner and iced up to calm things down this evening. Back to 2 crutches to give it a little rest and hoping for a good night's sleep.
Next: On Thursday, I have an appointment with the PA and PT so I think I'm going to drive myself and head into work in between.