Monthly Archives: September 2006

Under the Knife, part two

Well, it’s been about four months since my knee surgery and since I’ve posted anything. The knee replacement went ok, (I guess?)…It hasn’t totally healed yet. I can get around ok and have pretty good range and flex, but it is sore and tends to swell from time to time, (as I was told it would). The Doc says 5-6 months, but really a whole year before it’s finished the healing process.

I was six days in the hospital. I had a spinal and femoral block on my left knee, followed by a cocktail of happy juice through an IV drip. I was in and out through the operation. At one point I recall much noise in the form of sawing, banging, (hammer on metal) and then realizing it was me that all this noise was about…..I didn’t much care, as the whole process seemed to be totally detached from me. Then I came around again when they were sewing me up. When they were finished, someone lifted my leg up for me to see their handy work, and again it was total detachment as I could feel nothing. It could have been anyone’s leg.

I was fine….until the spinal and block wore off. I was on a morphine drip and pump that kept pain in check , but they took that away after the second day and tried to control pain with T3’s. That didn’t work too well, as I couldn’t get enough of them. so, they tried percicet…very good, but after about 12-14 hours it made me sick as a dog. Back to T3’s, gravol etc.. This part of the hospital stay was something I could have done without and I was ever so glad to get home. It took another week before I could eat and function properly and another month beyond that to get the events of the last 3 days in hospital completly out of my body and soul. It took a full two months before I was sleeping a full night and not requiring pain medication

In any event, I started phsyio 2 weeks after my surgery, which went on for 10 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday. Crutches, canes, upstairs, downstairs, driving for the first time, first golf swing, (ouch!). It all seems to be a blur, but I had to go through it all. However, every thing seems to be healing on track. I’ve had two x-rays and seen my surgeon twice and he is happy…so that makes me happy!

This type of knee, Zirconium Mobile Bearing is what it says, somewhat mobile, as opposed to other conventional knee replacements that are not. The little plastic insert between the tibia and femor prothsetic in my knee actually moves around like the meniscus in a healthy knee. In the conventional knee replacement this insert is stationary. Consequently, this one, (mine) takes a little longer to heal. My surgeon tells me it take up to a year for it to settle in with the tissue around it, but will function more like a natural knee joint. I had brought up the topic, because I was having some pain issues that seemed unusual…..I thought the whole thing was coming apart and I had screwed up with too much activity. He, (surgeon) assured me everything was ok…he would see me in about a year. I feel much relieved.

I may have more to comment about this contraption replacing my left knee later, but I am pleased with it so far. I don’t have the deep knee pain I was experiencing in years past, so that is good. Now if I can just get my golf swing working……..