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Knee Update
Yesterday I had knee surgery. It was arthroscopic, which means the recovery shouldn't be too bad. The big question had been whether he would be able to do some bone microfractures, to encourage my knee to grow new cartilage. As it turns out, although there is bone exposed, there is too much for me to be a candidate for microfracture. This is a bit of a disappointment, because I was hoping that there would either be no bone exposure at all, or just enough that we could microfracture the bone and cover it up.

On the plus side, no microfractures means that I don't have to spend weeks and weeks on crutches. I'm already able to put weight on my leg, and I'll be healing pretty quickly. Another plus is that my meniscus is less damaged than feared, and my ACL is intact, so those are both good things.

While he was in there, he harvested some cartilage. Although the body won't grow cartilage on its own, it is possible to grow some in a petri dish and implant it later. This is something I can decide upon later; they can keep the harvested cartilage for five years.

He also did a bunch of cleanup, smoothing things frayed cartilage and bone spurs. He did not drain the cyst like I was expecting, but maybe that'll go away on its own? I'm still not clear on that one. I haven't seen my knee yet; it's bandaged up solid. M will be helping me remove the dressing tonight, and I'll see how it looks. Probably puffy and weird, would be my guess!

It hurts, but I'm okay. I've spent most of yesterday and today alternating between napping, reading, and watching videos. It's an exciting life I lead.... my pain pills do good work, but they knock me out. I'm feeling pretty okay though. Sore, but it's tolerable. I'm using crutches but already putting weight on the leg. It hurts to bend or straighten, but as long as I don't try to use it like a joint it functions fine! Heh... but I think I'll heal fairly quickly.

I won't know until I've healed whether the surgery was really worth it -- whether it will give me a reduction in pain and/or an increase in mobility. I'm hoping for both of those, but we'll see. M and the doctor both think I will find that it helped. I sure hope so! For now, I just have to take it easy, let it heal, and gradually start doing more bending and stretching and such.

I have next week off of work. Although this had not been the original plan, it will certainly be useful to have extra time to rest and recuperate.

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specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: May 8th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Best of luck on the knees!
From: writerwench Date: May 8th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like the doc did some useful work on your knee. I hope it heals quickly and proves indeed to be much improved. Rest well!
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jenx From: jenx Date: May 8th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to e-mail you when I got home today, as I had not yet seen an update. Thanks for posting!

The meniscus and ACL are good news - if the cyst was caused by irritation by frayed cartilage and bone spurs, it may go away on its own. I'm crossing my fingers for your healing process!
sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: May 8th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you are doing well!
Take it easy and try to enjoy your recovery.
Hug!
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: May 9th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I was quite disappointed when I took the bandaging off of my knee after surgery. There were just these two little x's held closed by some sutures. I was hoping for a nice big gnarly scar. No such luck.

Do you have a Stretch Strap? I bought one for rehab and it's a lot better'n a rolled-up towel.
onemorethanten From: onemorethanten Date: May 9th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)

What a coincidence!

My Mom also had her knee surgery on Thursday! But in her case it was to replace her knee! She's doing OK too (she had her first knee replaced in September) but she's got a lot of recovery ahead. In fact, she asked for all of us "kids" (and our kids) to do Mother's day on the 17th instead of the 10th.

Anyway, I guess Thursday is a good day for knee surgeries.
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: May 9th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Surgery's no fun; rest up lots and get better quick!
jebra From: jebra Date: May 9th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much luck and warm thoughts for the knees!
kyril From: kyril Date: May 9th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck on that knee! As others have said, nice seeing you at con, too. I plan to be at Duck and would like to make Clave, not sure how the money situation will be.
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: May 9th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you heal quickly.
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