(Closed) Knee surgery recovery…any other bees want to share their experiences?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I had pretty much that exact surgery before I went to college because I couldn’t walk, sit down, exercise or really do anything for much time.  I probably got off my crutches after 4-5 days because I hated them lol.  The recovery itself as far as being able to walk on it again was short.  However, the PT afterward, like re-bending it, etc. sort of sucked and it look about a year before I was comfortable really bending it because it felt funny.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Sure!  Just make sure you stock up on some Advil or something when you start PT!  lol..but it goes by fast.  I am sitting in class right now feeling where they loosened the tendon in my knee and I still can’t really feel it…I think the weirdest feeling I had was like when you squat, it feels like your kneecap isn’t on “track” and that really took a while to go away because it has to make a new track…good luck!!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ACL the summer before I started college.  That was like 9 years ago so I’m sure some aspects of the surgery have changed since but I was off crutches within a week.  I went through a year of PT my freshman year of college but after that my knee has been great.  It was weird because I was off my leg for so long and not using it to its full capacity that the my quads seriously decreased in size.  I had to spend a lot of time rebuilding them.  I love to go hiking and it hasn’t bothered me all this time later.  The only thing is I do have some mild arthritic pain every now and then which I guess is to be expected according to my doctor.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had ACL reconstruction about 11 years ago.  I was a track runner, so I know the antsy feelign when you’re used to workign out like 6 days a week and then can’t even walk.  I woudl say I did about 2 week of PT before my surgery, and was able to run on a treadmill (very slowly and it felt weird b/c my knee was really tender) about 4 months post-op.  I stopped PT (which I was doing 2x/week) after about 5 months I think.  I also had ALOT of atrophy, but I was a sprinter, so my legs were HUGE.   

I was in HS, so I was busy with schoolwork, and other extracurriculars.  Plus PT 2x a week took up some time.  IN terms of working out, I had to stretch and do strengthening exercises (lots of leg lifts) everyday so I did that.  I also was able to do abs, so that was cool.  I had friends over a lot, and went over to people’s houses.  I was able to walk without crunches after about 6 weeks, but just needed to have a brace, so that also made things a little easier.

Also, have you thought of the arm bicycle?

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had arthroscopic knee surgery when I was 15 to correct a chronically dislocating kneecap. I think I was on crutches for about a week, but it took me a good 2-3 months to be able to climb stairs normally. Of course, I was 15, so my recovery time was much faster than it would be now. At the time I didn’t really want to be bothered with PT, and hated the various stretching exercises I was told to do, but I did find using the exercise bike extremely helpful. It didn’t hurt, but it still felt like a workout.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@tntrav44:I played volleyball in HS too.  I had to wear this brace wehil I played for like 2 years after the surgery (imagine trying to get your knee pads over that).  Did you end up trying the arm bicycle?  If so, how was it?  I never used one before but was always intrigued.  Just be patient, you’ll eventually get better.  How are you progressing along?

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am currently an Athletic Training student and work at a Physical Therapy clinic. I have seen TONS of procedures like this 

A lot of the problem in people with poorly tracking knees is not actually the patella or the femoral “track”, but actually the mechanics of the hip. When your external rotators (gluts, ie butt muscles) are weak your knees will internally rotate (knock kneed) when you do various activities. This causes your knee cap to track outside of where it is supposed to and cause the cartilage to become damaged on the underside. 

Until you can fully use your leg, an arm bike or this special machine called a Nu-Step (look it up, its a really cool device. many clinics have them) can keep your cardio up so you dont feel like youre going crazy 🙂

Also from my experience if people keep up on their home program and make sure their mucle balance is correct this is a problem that can be managed in the long term. Hopefull with some hard work you can prevent yourself from going back under the knife. 

 

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