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This surgery is like nothing before

Bones, Joints & Muscles | Last Active: Jan 2, 2023 | Replies (7)

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Hi @theswedking, I had surgery for a severed ACL in the late 70s when I was in my mid 20s. I had surgery in Canada the day after I injured my knee. The surgery then was called a pivot shift. The surgeon rerouted muscle through the bone to replace the torn ligament. I also lost all my cartilage. I was in a huge cast for 6 weeks and able to start phyysical therapy, every day for four months, after the cast was removed. After a month or so of physical therapy with no progress I was assigned to the chief therapist who determined that I needed heat, not ice, which was gumming everything inside my knee up. I walked with crutches for that length of time as I could not be weight bearing until I could straighten my knee. It was very painful, difficult to get around, and a long slow process to healing. I can't emphasize enough the importance of physical therapy - I was able to get all function back and have a stable knee. You are right, though, about the "ease" of other surgeries. I had open heart surgery a couple of years ago and I could not believe that it was not as painful or disabling as my knee surgery was.

Is there anyone you can talk to about the pain? Your doctor or a physical therapist? Maybe an infrared heating pad would help, if heat would be appropriate for you. I hope you get some relief soon.

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Thanks for the kind words. I did see my physical therapist today and was able to get ahold of my doctor for some new pain medications. Patience isn't my strongest suit or taking it easy. I don't think most people don't like being laid up and hurting. I am hoping soon I will get enough strength and confidence to go down the stairs. I am sleeping in the guest bedroom on the main floor, The thought of going down the stair in all honesty scares me.

You don't realize how much the knee affects your body until after the surgery. From your lower back to your foot is affected.