Hello everyone. Can't really say I'm happy to be here. But as you all know, there is no other place with as much real information on QTR issues. I'm amazed that this subject has been active here for so many years. I've been reading for days and haven't moved very far. Thought it might be best to join the discussion while I'm still trying to catch up.
On December 30th, 2015, I slipped on wet rye grass while walking down a hill next to my house. In a fraction of a second, my left foot slipped forward and my right leg went down and back. I completely ruptured my RQT, and had surgery on January 8, 2016. My injury occurred exactly 8 months from the day that I had hip resurfacing surgery on the injured side. I had been rehabbing the hip by walking 3 miles a day, and was doing well. Fortunately, I didn't blow the hip implant.
My post-surgical experience was a nightmare. I had been given a 12 hr. femoral nerve block and was sent home with a Rx for demerol. The anesthesiologist told me to be sure to begin taking the medication when I first felt the block wearing off. Unfortunately, I was way behind the pain at that point. I spent several hours in pure agony and ended up in the ER. I was placed on dilaudid IV for a few hours, and then was admitted to the hospital for further stabilization. I spent the entire day on morphine IV and oxydodone pills. I was released later that day (Saturday) with Rx's for oxycontin and dilaudid. This was my third experience with orthopedic surgery, and I have a fairly high tolerance to pain. Never in my life have I endured anything to compare with this. It was total pain mismanagement in my non-medical opinion.
My OS has the most conservative protocol that I have seen to date. I am locked in a leg brace with 0 extension and absolutely no weight bearing allowed for at least the first 6 weeks. No PT or passive motion of any kind allowed. They are totally paranoid about even letting my sock brush the floor. I was actually accused of "weight bearing" when I crutched into the office for my fist follow-up with my foot brushing the floor. I can only imagine the extent of atrophy that's going to occur in my rehabbed hip and injured quads over the next few months.
Anyway, it has been very enlightening to read your stories and discussions. I'm just beginning the journey and hope I'll be able to pass some help along just as you have done. At this point, I would strongly advise anyone contemplating this surgery to be very aggressive and demanding where post-op pain management is concerned.
A lot of bloggers here with your conservative protocol incl me. While some have had ROM issues, it worked well for me. I hope the same for you.