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Went to see the surgeon, this morning. He's happy with the progress. I have 110 degrees of bend available with the knee, and nothing mechanically stopping more (no misalignment or bits of torn meniscus getting in the way) - just pain because there's still a lot of inflammation, and that's mostly because of the meniscus tears. The MCL seems to be healing well, and he said there's some good stability, there. I could, if I so chose, do some work on a stationary bike. I guess I'll see if the one at school is working. If not, continue with what I am doing.

He's pleased enough that we scheduled surgery for the 31st (pre-op appointment on the 30th, post-op on the 1st).

We talked more specifically about the types of grafts. If I were an athlete, we would probably do the patellar graft, despite the slight risk of patellar fracture (he said he's only had it happen, once, and it was in a patient who jumped off a table 3 weeks after surgery, so he takes no blame for that), because it gives the best (tightest) results for the ACL replacement. However. It means you can't ever kneel again, pretty much. It also is a more time consuming and more invasive surgery with more pain involved and a longer recovery time. (Which fits with what the guy on the street outside the Austrian restaurant told me about his experience with patellar autograft vs his second allograft results.) It also often leads to chondromalacia, which I already have, so not really the best choice. And, as it happens, I'm not an athlete. I just need to be able to walk without my knee bending the wrong direction.

He's not a fan of allografts (tissue taken from cadavers), which is okay with me.

So what we settled on was the hamstring graft. His only hesitation is that the MCL is kinda sorta supported by the bit of tendon we'd be harvesting from. But he thinks, given that I'll be braced for the ACL that'll be plenty of support for the MCL until it's finished healing, and it's doing well, now.

Smaller incision. Less difficult procedure. Less pain. Faster post-op recovery... There we are, then.

I'm going home on Monday and will see about moving back into my house... That ought to be fun.

Date: 2014-07-11 10:40 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] hzatz.livejournal.com

I just got caught up on your leg misadventures. I send you huge amounts of sympathy and warm fuzzies.

Date: 2014-07-11 11:07 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] aberdeen.livejournal.com

Date: 2014-07-11 11:31 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] irishkate.livejournal.com
The whole thing makes me shudder in horror so I'm keeping everything crossed it all goes well and thinking of you often. Wish there was something concrete I could do for you.

Date: 2014-07-12 02:06 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] aberdeen.livejournal.com
Awww. Thanks. This certainly wasn't how I planned to spend my summer, and it's still a little surreal. I'm doing pretty well, though, and I keep running into people who have it worse than me.

There's the guy outside the Austrian restaurant, who currently had his arm in a cast, had previously had his ACL replaced twice! And the woman in the waiting room, this morning, who had managed to completely shatter her ankle in the middle of her bridal shower. And there have been several people telling me about their Total Knee Replacement surgeries. And then there's the awesome guy who sort of manages this hotel, who has some degenerative bone disease that's slowly eating his hip, so at 28, he's in constant pain... Yeah. So. Perspective.

allo/auto graph

Date: 2014-07-12 04:14 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] penjudith.livejournal.com
Well, I once had an autograph hound, but that is totally external, and he got comments like "I hope he keeps you in stitches." If you are kept in stitches I hope they are the kind that dissolve on their own.

Glad to hear you are making good progress...but not that you are still having pain. Pain is a bummer.

May your move back to your house go smoothly and be accompanied by lots of helpful helpers and none of the other kind.

Do your 4-legged family members come home with you?

Do you need anything shippable?

Do you have a non-hotel place to say for pre-op, op, and post-op?

Can you link your livejournal so that your Aunt Thelma can read your posts?

Karla and I went to visit Kari and Karl Rab last Sunday. Kari is 94 and thriving. They are moving to Maine near Lewiston soon as they sell Karl's house in Clinton and his 1950 Chevy.

Date: 2014-07-12 05:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mizkit.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're improving and I hope you heal swiftly and well from the surgery. *hugs*


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