llipgh2 wrote: skullman80 wrote:
llipgh2 wrote:So it's officially 12 weeks since my surgery. Just seems surreal to me.
How is everything going post-surgery?
I've hit my target ROM (range of motion) mark of 125 degrees. I walk all over my office building without the use of a cane (still need it for steps, get to that later). I'm comfortable taking the escalator again.
Still going to PT twice a week. Focusing now on strengthing the damaged quad tendon and control. This is where the steps come in. I can go up stairs, not much of an issue. Down stairs...yeah, an issue.
I'm doing an exercise called "Step up/step down". It' starts with a 2 inch block on the floor. Put the repaired leg on the block, other leg beside it but off the ground, foot flexed. You bend the repaired leg so the heel of the flexed foot just touches the ground, and then stand back up.
2 inches were tough, but after 2 weeks I was doing it without cheating (dipping my hip is cheating). It was increased to 3.5 inches. That was so freaking hard. My knee/quad feels so weak, and the control isn't where I want it to be. I have to work on strengthening and control, because I can't ditch the cane until I can do the exercise on the 5/6 inch block.
That said, I'm actually ahead of schedule. My therapist can't believe how strong my quad is already.
Thanks for asking. How are you feeling after the second procedure?
Sounds like you are doing well. Good to hear!
I'm doing better. I wasn't thrilled about going back in for the 2nd surgery yesterday, but knew I had to. They didn't put me completely out this time, just under "twilight" anesthesia. So I felt really groggy and out of it, but I was still wake to answer questions etc. I honestly don't remember much other than opening my eyes a few times and them asking me if I was ok or in any pain. I also remember my doctor saying "laser" a few times haha.
After surgery I was in recovery for what seemed like forever. I was pretty much ready to go, didn't feel nauseous or anything since I wasn't completely under. They tried to get me out of there quick but I waited for a good 3 hours in recovery for my doctors orders to come through to get me discharged. They finally moved me to the second recovery area where they took my vitals on last time, took my IV out, ripped everything else off of me, let me get dressed and go home. They were adamant I get wheeled out in a wheel chair, and I was like you are not wheeling me out, I can walk. They finally relented and just escorted me out and my mom took me home since I couldn't drive for 24 hours.
So I feel good, no tubes in me, doctor thinks he got all the stones this second time through. I still do have a stent in me which will need to be removed down the road, but this one thankfully doesn't bother me like the other one did. I told him he if had to put a stent in that he please use something different from last time, and he seems to have listened. Now its just getting the doctors office to fax over my stuff for my Short Term Disability so I my paycheck is fixed.
All in all, it wasn't THAT bad, but not something I would want to go through again. Today is the first day in almost two weeks where I don't have a tube sticking out my back and a drainage bag strapped to my leg, so that is nice.