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Had my ACL Surgery Tuesday

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Surgery was at 7:30am, had to be there by 5:30am and FINALLY got home around 3:30pm!! They weren't going to let me leave!! Jeez!! They wanted me there until 6-8pm for some reason....I finally told them - Look I want to leave.....oh and they wouldn't let me eat...how am I supposed to take my meds with no food in my stomach?? PLUS - I couldn't leave until I ate and they wouldn't let me eat.....

Anyway got there at 5:30am - sat around for a very short bit, then they prepped me pretty quickly (BP, temp, etc) took me up around 6:45am, hooked up my IV, asked me the same ? they had asked me 3x downstairs & gave me my Jaeger bomb via IV....twice... OH and I got a Femoral nerve block in my right leg....right next to the femoral artery I now have a nice puncture wound & bruising....The anesthesiologist tried to trick me by asking me what I had for breakfast....

Got wheeled into the OR, Dr. Axe (yes that is my surgeon's name!!) walked in & asked how I was - I said more importantly "How are YOU??" Then *all of a sudden* I was OUT.....Woke up in recovery shivering with supreme cotton mouth, hung out there, got into my room upstairs where I just hung out till I asked to leave...never saw Axe again...my throat hurt & was scratchy from the tube in my mouth while I was under - and I had tape residue ALL over me....The sore throat is finally gone as of today (Friday) but the dry mouth is sticking around due to the meds....

I'm in an immobilizer with a drain and the electric cooler thingy - ice/water pack wrapped around my leg & it plugs in to circulate the ice water.....Also had a drain tube coming out my knee into a balloon-collection thing, which is pretty gross...I removed that myself yesterday morning....that was fun....changed the dressings yesterday too.....

OH and I have 5 (yes FIVE) scrips.....3 pain + 1 antibiotic + 1 anti-inflammatory....However as of today - I'm taking Tylenol mostly - cuz I've had a wicked heacache the past few days that won't go away....sticking with the "every 12 hour Oxycontin" dose, tho....not really in a ton of pain.....

Leg block finally wore off completely Wednesday - began to wear off Tuesday nite......

OH and I start PT on Monday (again Wed & Fri) and see the Dr. again Wed.

Got some pics to post up too....
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The cooler thing:

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This is the cooler pad that wraps around my leg, via velcro.....pretty cool!!

post #5 of 22
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The big incision - the lower one, is the one that bothers me the most....."pulls" when I stand up and is sore & achy.....not too bad tho....thought I'd be way more bruised up.....




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Tonite's pic....pretty swollen


post #7 of 22
LOL, looks like what MY wife was just through. You saved me from having to take and post pic's
post #8 of 22
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Update @ 15 days out from surgery, allograft (ACL reconstruction only)

Whoooooo!!! I was 2 weeks out of surgery as of yesterday & had my 5th post-surgical PT session today....Anti-biotics have been completed & I'm almost done the anti-inflamms.....Off pain meds, tho I have some left.....pain is there slightly, depending on activity - but I don't take anything for it....

Well today I got on the stationary bike for some rocking back & forth on the pedals & got 30 times around in a circle all in a row backwards....yay! Then was able to complete 5 mins + of pedaling forward, and they even adjusted the seat down 2 levels.....

Also when I got to do the stim I kicked into the iso-kinetic machine at a higher level than I did Monday.....

Making GREAT progress in PT and pretty quickly....PT sessions are lasting about 2 hours now - and I'm wiped afterwards....

STILL on crutches tho with weight bearing restrictions on my leg.....so I still can't walk without the damned crutches....Still can't drive....
post #9 of 22
your description of the surgery day makes the whole process look so fun... lol
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OMG!!! It rained (ie poured) all day today....so I don't know if this is related or not.....but my knee is KILLING me....dammit I was in pain today...just achy and I couldnt' do my exercises....damn!!

Nurse!! Meds........stat!

Edit: 10:00pm - my knee has become horribly stiff.....can hardly bend it now.....
post #11 of 22
Oh, the flashbacks. I had the same type of surgery 10 years ago. I too was weather sensitive in the weeks following the procedure, but not after several months. The great news is that each day will get better. Yes, the rehab is horrible....but hopefully your surgeon clued you in on that before the procedure. The bad news is the journey back to normal is not without its frustrations and aches. I lost track of how many bottles of generic Ibuprofrin I took in the first couple of years after surgery. I also remember my first day back on skis 10 months later. Although I was thrilled to be on the slopes again, it wasn't the "fun" experience I recalled from the years before. But my worries about the knee holding up and the pain during and after my ski days slowly went away. I ditched the custom brace after the first ski season (the happiest day skiing up to that point) and was pain free (for the most part) after my third season post-surgery. As usual, YMMV, but don't let the little setbacks get you down. Keep the big picture in mind.
post #12 of 22
Absolutely. I even talked to my Dr. about the pain when it rains, I thought it was a myth but he says no, its not a myth and the pressure will cause it to hurt more. ICE ICE ICE. is the only thing besides ELEVATION.

good luck with your recovery. it will be a while and even though it isn't the worst pain in the world, it will hurt for a while, and you'll get so sick of it.

but you will get throuh it! you will have a pain free hour and you will be like, "oh thank goodness". and then you will have a pain free afternoon, and then a day, and then a few days...

and then it will rain and it will suck again.

its a long road, but it is so worth it. especailly when you start skiing again. you will have gone throug hell and back and you will be stronger for it...
post #13 of 22
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^^

Thanks guys!! Helps to know that this is "normal" even tho it's a pain.....
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by jenscats5
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Thanks guys!! Helps to know that this is "normal" even tho it's a pain.....
10 years post ACL replacement, and I STILL get the weather thing. I'll almost always know 1-2 days before a big rain or snowstorm. Ugh.:

Keep up with the PT, both at the center and at home, and you'll be back to skiing in no time.
Good Luck!!
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Jenscats5,

I waited to say anything since I do not seem to be having any problems like you are and I did not want to get you worked up. Seems it is a problem for some.

My only real issue right now is joint line pain on flexion/extension exercises on the inside and to a lesser extent to the outside of the knee. As well as some patellar tendon discomfort but this is so much like similar discomfort I had after other leg injuries resulting in significant muscle wasting that I am not worried about this.

I am walking, driving and pretty much back to normal albeit with that DAMN brace dogging me everywhere. I can't wait till I can actually exercise again!!! Not the piddly weighted leg lift stuff but real ground and pound workouts!!!

But I digress and this will only frustrate me.

I hope all is well with all this years ACL crew and steady on!

Mark
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Originally Posted by Maddog
Jenscats5,

I waited to say anything since I do not seem to be having any problems like you are and I did not want to get you worked up. Seems it is a problem for some.

My only real issue right now is joint line pain on flexion/extension exercises on the inside and to a lesser extent to the outside of the knee. As well as some patellar tendon discomfort but this is so much like similar discomfort I had after other leg injuries resulting in significant muscle wasting that I am not worried about this.

I am walking, driving and pretty much back to normal albeit with that DAMN brace dogging me everywhere. I can't wait till I can actually exercise again!!! Not the piddly weighted leg lift stuff but real ground and pound workouts!!!

But I digress and this will only frustrate me.

I hope all is well with all this years ACL crew and steady on!

Mark
Well thanks for letting me know.....I can't wait to be able to exercise also - I'm still restricted cuz of my meniscus tear....I miss lifting...

But I can drive at least....Still have knee swelling which causes pain/discomfort doing exercises and my knee cracks often when I get up or walk.....

Got 129 degrees bend & -1 extension yesterday at PT - 2nd session with NO Prone hangs!! Yay!!!!
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I found spanking to be the least effective or memorable punishment. It often gives the "giver" a feeling of action, which is believed to be positive, but it seldom deters the truly strong spirited child. The way I used corporal punishment was only when the child was old enough to choose his punishment. This happens usually at age 6-8. After that time the child is required to discuss the infraction, which lead to punishment, describe why it is a punishable offense and determine a punishment appropriate to the "crime". This way the child is required to articulate what happened and why it is punishment worthy. We also discuss the why and wherefore from the parents view (e.g., requiring the child explain why shooting an apple off sisters head with an arrow is dangerous). My son will frequently choose spanking for his punishment, it is quick, as opposed to loss of some desired privilege for a few days.

I have found positive reinforcement to be the most effective preventative punishment and loss of privileges to be the most effective negative.

My children receive praise from other parents particularly when they are not with us (the parents) but on a sleep over or other away from parent time. That is not to say they are model children, they still are occasionally fractious and can be difficult.
Jens,

You have much better flexion than I do I am at 110 degrees or so but I am at 0 or maybe -1 on extension. I can naturally get to about -5 or so. I just started to use the bike to ramp up my ROM so I think once I start doing that more I will get some pretty quick extension results. Otherwise I am now stairmastering (at minimal level) for about 20 min per day and I am getting my weighted leg extensions to 10 sec on 10 sec off for about 12 - 14 minutes per day. I plan on stationary biking for about 20 min at minimal rotations 20 or so RPM (I have to go to the gym since I don't have my own bike, sheeeeeesh!).

I have some snap, crackle, pop of the knees but my real annoyance is the patellar discomfort, which came from the muscle wasting.

Here is to a trouble free recovery and lets have a burn the brace party when this is over.

Mark
post #18 of 22
Mark, that's the funniest post you've made all year!

Jenscats5, good luck on your complete recovery.
post #19 of 22
How does that happen? I write two posts and use copy and paste at two distinct and seperate intervals and on the last posting MS posts both? I have long hated MS and this does not help.

Oh well, I forgot to say I would love to spank the guy who decided we need to wear braces after ACL surgery. Although between the brace and being casted maybe I would recant my braceogeny.

Mark
post #20 of 22
I have been resistant to bracing too after 5 surgeries i know that building up the knee is the only solution
I look at the braces and wonder but all the work you can put into your knees at the right pace will pay off and both legs will be stronger for it.
Good luck jen and take it slow, you got all summer . Take advantage of the lack of snow to let it heal and build those muscles better than ever
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Mark, that's the funniest post you've made all year!

Jenscats5, good luck on your complete recovery.
Thank you.......and yes, I was wondering why Mark was posting about spanking in regards to ACL recovery.....thought I was getting a spanking for being bad or something!!
post #22 of 22
Jens:

Now there is spanking I think I like. Just don't rat me out to my wife. She hates it when I spank another woman.

Mark
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