Because of my orthopaedic care I can now have a stable right knee.
In 1968 I partial tore my right MCL and cartilage. In 1973 all the cartilage in my right knee was surgerically removed and learned the MCL was gone. I have been walking bone on bone since then.
In 2006 I met with Dr. Stamos and discussed options for increasing the stability in my right knee as well as reducing the arthritic problems I was experiencing. He told me I would need a complete knee replacement and that I would know when the time was right.
In May of 2012 I met with Dr. Stamos scheduled the surgery for Decemebr 4, 2012. We discussed what I could do to prepare for surgery. I suggest yoga and he said that would be excellent to help improve my flexibility, balance and core strength prior to the surgery. We also discussed weight lfting and the doctor said that if I could lift without pain or tolerate a moderate amount of pain, the strengthening of the leg muscles would increase my ability to rehab more quickly.
In August I began lifting twice a week and attending a hot yoga class every other week. I believe that this regime enabled me to recover more quickly. The day of the surgery I was able to use a walker and go from my bed to the hallway less than 3 hours after surgery.
The next day, using crutches, I was able to walk the entire floor as well as go up and down a set of steps. I was released 2 days after surgery and began home PT. The PT was painful, but I was able to work through that to increase the range of motion in the knee to the point that 20 days after surgery I was able to pedal a station bike, albeit slowly, I was still able to bend the knee enough to pedal. I began out patient PT a week later and was pedaling the bike for 5 minutes by then. The out patient PT lasted approximately 6 weeks, 3 times a week for 2 and twice a week for 4. When I was relaesed I felt I was at 80% to 85% of where I was before the surgery with one very important addition, my knee is totally stable.
Prior to the operation my knee was unstable and ever since the surgery it has been completely stable. I feel the surgery was a huge success and that Dr. Stamos’s advice helped me prepare for the recovery. In closing I would recommend that whatevery you can do in the way of strengthening the muscles in your leg, as well as you flexibility and balance prior to the surgery, will enable you to recover more quickly. It takes work, but if you are willing to do it, and understand that there will be some pain during rehab, the results will be well worth it.
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