lightheart_7 (lightheart_7) wrote,

Knee update

I had my one week post-op appointment with my surgeon, and my knee is "ok".
I had meniscus tears on both the medial and lateral side, plus he cleaned up some arthritis in the knee on the ends of my tibia and femur. He said the arthritis is "moderate". Two years ago when I had my ACL reconstruction, I had NO arthritis, so that was quite surprising. The entire inside of my knee shows a lot of inflammation, and hopefully as it heals, that will decrease. I also asked him if he could relieve some of the pressure, and he pulled about 25 cc of fluid out of my knee.  He said there may be a knee replacement in my future.

I still cannot stand or walk for long, but that is getting better every day. I have to walk very mindfully and slowly because the slightest twist causes pain. The surgeon said that squatting and kneeling won't be back for "a while". He said I should let my knee be the guide of how much activity I can tolerate, and give it 6-8 weeks to see where I will be as far as recovery from this surgery. I have a appointment towards the end of April. He will give me another cortisone injection if I feel I need it.

I am still putting heat and cold on it, not sure which one to use as neither helps much. I went back to work on Thursday, and have been driving instead of taking the train, which I will do until  I can walk comfortably.

I am hopeful that I will be able to resume full activity, it is too depressing to think of any other option at this point.
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