My treatment and recovery

Before the surgery I was able to only walk about 3 to 4 blocks and get to work.

After work I was able to get home and nothing else. My life had completely changed and I could no longer participate with my hiking club. It was completely frustrating. In the night my knee would come out of its socket and wake me. I was living on Aleve and Tylenol. I was over working the muscles on the right side to the point that my gate pattern was so out of sync I needed intense physical therapy to correct.

Post surgical is amazing. Yes, there is pain, but it’s a different kind of pain. I was able to work through it and exercise the joint. In my case I recovered at home. I live alone so friends stayed with me the first three days I was home. Then I had a physical therapist come to my home everyday for 12 days, then every other day for two weeks.

At my 4 week checkup with the doctor I have full range of motion. I did the PT exercised twice a day. Went for short walks every other day. I live in an apartment building so I practiced the stairs whenever I had the extra energy. Before surgery I purchased a cycle, not expensive, that you sit in a chair and use. It has been very helpful in keeping the knee flexible.

My knee gets stiff, but if I massage the knee and flex it, it loosens up. I had a fantastic surgeon that listened to me and worked with me. My experience has been completely positive and I would recommend this surgery to everyone that finds there life has been modified to accommodate knee pain. It is definitely not without post surgery pain, but it is a different kind of pain and everyday is an improvement instead of added pain.

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I would recommend this surgery to everyone that finds there life has been modified to accommodate knee pain.

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  1. Rita Berry

    If this is Shirley Dildine who lived on Edgecombe Avenue a few years ago, please reply below.

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