Will all the best of luck with your hike. It is remarkable that you are so far ahead. I am at the 5 week mark and the OS said no way are you getting out of the immobilizer until at least the 6-8 week mark.
He said the repair is not fully healed until at least 6 weeks.
The one issue I do have is now that i can put full weight on the leg the darn immobilizer keeps falling down. The pressure from the straps on the knee cap causes enough pain to prevent me doing and weight bearing. Does anyone have suggestions to prevent that?
I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. I swear, your and my doctor must have gone to the same school!
- I too am stuck with the immobilizer for 8 weeks AND I also have the "slide down" problem you describe....and it sure does make a difference where the straps lay in respect to your knee. I'm 5'9" and weigh 126 pounds and my legs are thin anyways.
- To best describe what it is like for me is this...You know those little novelty items that has all the colored-thick-liquidy stuff in them that flows so slowly and you turn these items upside down and the gunky stuff starts draining down to the bottom of the plastic container..(supposed to be entertaining, I guess.)..well, that is what it is like for me....I stand up and it feels as though all the fluid in my leg just starts flowing ever so slowly to the bottom of my foot. You can actually feel it just draining down. My foot and then my leg gets bigger and bigger until I am racing for my chair to sit down and get my leg up....(that really stinks by the way)....Sometimes, I think my foot is going to split open.
First, I have the velcro monster with the area directly over my knee covered but there are no straps that tighten directly on top of my knee. Just above and below and for several inches. 3 on the bottom and 3 on the thigh.
I have found that , when I stand, the first strap just below my knee seems to press on the bottom part of my knee just enough to cause a lot of pain there. (Near the tibial tendon-the tendon that comes off the bottom of the knee cap). So......
I cinch my immobilizer like this...The first 2 straps on my thigh gets cinched gently snug. The bottom 2 as well. Gently Snug with the straps going behind my leg.....BUT, the strap just below my knee I cinch it just a bit less than snug and then I take the strap and lead towards the bottom of my splint and stick it there. That way, it sort of pulls the "buckle" at an angle, away from that tendon. My incision is right there too and it helps to keep the strap off of that....simply put, I can't have anything on that area anyway, it just hurts too much.
Now, the first strap just above my knee gets done the same way...not as snug and not wrapped behind my knee , but gets taken towards the very top of my immobizer and anchored there. It doesn't make my splint any less looser as we have those 2 metal side bars, which, I stick my finger inside of those and run it along both sides to sort of loosen the splint some, just a little helps a lot. By cinching the top 2 straps and the bottom 2 straps gently tighter, I don't have the slide down problem as much as I did in the beginning.
I would like to know, when was everyone able to pick up their own leg and how do you guys do this. I have to have somebody actually lift my leg for me...seriously, I can't do it yet.....Hubby, as gentle as he tries to be sometimes tweaks my knee and that smarts! Doesn't last too long, but still.......
Hope this helps...!! - Talk Soon - Connie