People gave condolences "you should be a pro at this by now" or "you'll be fine, you know exactly what to expect." To me, these statements had no depth.
The doctor’s goal was to revise my old ACL reconstruction from 2001 and reinforce the back corner of my knee (posterolateral reconstruction). This should be my last!
I expected to only miss three weeks of work. Now as I sit here, 6 weeks post op, I'm just returning to work. The surgery was more aggressive than I anticipated; I required crutches for three weeks and a single crutch for two more. Unable to drive, I relied on friends to take me to appointments and get groceries. They, in combination with my mom, were invaluable. I can't thank them enough!
My range of motion was stubborn at first, but goals were met. Swelling was an issue, requiring me to rest more and keep my leg elevated (words of advice…if taking a nap in a sun basked hammock, take your knee brace off!). Currently, the incision continues to heal leaving a thin red line on the side of my knee.
My range of motion continues to improve, but I have a slight complication. Every time I bend my knee my IT band is clicks over the new hardware. This leaves my activity level in question...will I be able to bike? Run? Hike? Right now I don't have an answer to these questions. I may have to go back in to have the hardware removed. Time will tell...but in the meantime things continue to improve each day. Maybe I'll take up sledge hockey??? And if all else fails...I'll be one hell of an arm cyclist!!