Hi Again Guys,
I guess there is not too many people posting on here that have totally recovered from a RQT as one tends to move on with their lives and put it behind you. So thought I would share some of my experiences being 9 years post op on my first RQT
As mentioned, I did my left knee 9 years ago. The recovery was long - and as most have mentioned - over 12 months. But by that I mean running etc.
I should point out that I was 38 when I did my first knee. Been a gym junky since about 13yo - but never much of a runner. I did play a lot of social tennis with my wife - and I think it took 18 months + before I could cover the tennis court properly. But I never had the speed I used to. Some of this was psychological I am sure. Some of it was the fact that I didnt have the time to devote to my knee due to a pretty full on career at the time.
Now I work for myself, and at home - so I will have more time to devote to my recovery
The BIG difference I notice this time around is the the fact that I am already putting weight on my bum knee. Last time around, my left knee didn't touch the ground for 8 weeks. So you can imagine the atrophy. I have more mobility a week and a half post op this time around than I had at 6 weeks + last time. So hoping this will speed things up.
2 weeks ago - I was the fittest I have been in years. Whilst I have never enjoyed jogging. I was actually dropping my daughter to school ans sprinting the 1km back home ( well... my version of sprinting ).
9 years on ( and probably from 3.5 years post op ), the pausing before commencing declining a set of stairs etc had gone entirely. I never really reflected on the injury and it was like it never happened. That's a nice place to be : )
With additional time to devote to my recovery, and a vastly different approach (weight bearing already ) - I am hopeful I can get to this state at 12 months.
But for now.... be happy to walk again without a limp.