My recovery has not gone as planned. On the day I came home from the hospital (four days in) I was trying to get comfortable at night and heard a loud POP come from the knee. It turns out that my MCL tore as a result of the abuse it took during the surgery. So, now I am recovering pretty well from the TKR but am also dealing with the MCL and wearing an "unloader" brace full time.
The good news is that I am now walking pretty well with one crutch and putting full weight on the knee. I've been on my road bike which is on a wind trainer and can pedal all the way around now. The doc says that's the best thing I can do to strengthen the leg. Fifteen minutes a day for now with no resistance. I'm also walking slowly on a treadmill. A week ago I wanted to commit suicide because I was in such pain and had such limited range of motion. The brace did the trick. The MCL was very painful because it was holding my knee in the wrong position and with the unloader brace it's now positioned correctly so it can heal and I can walk. My mood is much better now.
After six weeks the doc will make an assessment as to whether I have to have surgery to repair the MCL. I'm not too keen on it and am hoping it heals itself.
Going in, I had small hopes of being out cruising the blues by mid March, but I've put that on hold. I'm reluctantly saying good bye to the 09/10 season and plan to come back with a vengeance next year.
I'm curious if anyone else has experience with TKR. My doc is an avid skier and knows that I've been a pro for many years. He tells me that "anything but the big bumps" will be in my future. But, I'm wondering about powder and crud and would like to hear from others who have been through this.
Any encouraging words would be appreciated as I am living vicariously through all the Epic Ski members and their posts.
Ski fast and laugh often,