Post op ACL

firecracker22

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Here I am 2 days post op on my second ACL reconstruction, and I just wanted to check in--I feel great! Compared to my first time around, this time is sooooo much better. I have a new doctor who used the patellar tendon as a graft this time (last doc did the hamstring) and that has to be what makes the difference. There isn't nearly as much pain as there was the first time. It's absolutely amazing. I must have gotten a really talented doctor too.

Anyway I just wanted to share the good news--surgery isn't fun but this is much better than it was before, so I feel good! Time to go take another pill and go to bed. Everybody have fun riidng for me.
 

Michelle

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Heal up in as much time as it takes. Glad it went well, just take it easy.
Ops aren't fun, but it's the being under that scares me, not the actual op or post-op.

Take care & don't rush it (yeah, I know, it's the other knee this time & you're impatient hehehe) ;)
Michelle
 

KiwiBird

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Good to hear Sharla, take it easy and do your therapy.
 

GETMETOCA

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Hey Sharla! Good to hear you are in good spirits! Heal up, girl!
 

CaptainObvious

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That's great news. Take your time and heal well (and stay on your feet when you go dancing!).
 

firecracker22

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Thanks guys! I still can't get over how different it is this time. I have even cut back on some of the painkillers, since the headaches and nausea they cause are worse than the twinges in my knee this time. Last time I was counting minutes until I could take another pill.

Well anyway I haven't started therapy yet, I'm sure THAT will change it all! But I WILL be there for Reno so at least I have a goal.
 

NVR FNSH

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Hmmm, the few people I know that have had hamstring grafts seemed to have less pain than I did with my patellar graft. Interesting.

I was off the Vicodin after 4 pills - Advil was strong enough.

Glad to hear your doing well.

Brian
 

firecracker22

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It must be a difference in doctor technique. The differences between the first time and this time are incredible. My doc told me he preferred the patellar, and that I'd have a little less pain, but I didn't expect this. Maybe I've just toughened up a hair in the last 2 years too (yeah right.) Also weird, the swelling seems to be far, far less this time. As in, instead of looking like a stuffed sausage from ankle to thigh, my leg just has a few puffy spots. I'm not complainin.'

I didn't quit the vicodin, only the oxycontin. I keep getting headaches though I might go back the other way--oxycontin and aleve, or ask for some vioxx.
 

James

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How/When did you hurt this one?

I am going for my ACL reconstruction on Nov 17th.
 

firecracker22

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Originally posted by James
How/When did you hurt this one?

I fell off a fence. Pretty stupid really. Oh well it probably would have happened eventually anyway.

Good luck on your surgery!
 

AnneBrooks

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Sheesh, Sharla!! This is the first time in quite a while I have surfed DRN, and the first post I see is that you had knee surgery AGAIN!!! I am glad to see it went better this time, but am sorry to hear that you had to go through that again!! See--riding your dirt bike is safer than falling off a fence! Hang in there, and glad you are doing well.
 

splatt

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Good to hear your doing good. Next time stick to falling off the bike.

 

Steve
 

firecracker22

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I learned my lesson about fence sitting! I think I'd be safer starting bar brawls! I'll be under the influence for a while, if the pills hold out. Not too crazy about the oxycontin but the vicodin makes everything a nice fuzzy haze.

I'm actually going crazy already because my leg is starting to ache--you know that ache you get when you sit in one position too long? well I have that, plus it hurts to move. Ah well I've already started to get some mobility back. Plus if it didn't hurt I'd have nothing to whine about.

I think I'll be back on my feet pretty well this time. I have to--there's an assload of stairs to get to my apartment.

Bbbom, are you guys still camping Halloween weekend? If you are and Keith wants to go, I might take both bikes up there, let him ride whichever he wants and let the other be a spare, and I could crutch myself around camp until the drinkin gets started. :aj: