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Old 10-04-09, 11:56 AM   #1
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Ever have surgery?

I知 going under the knife for the first time next week. I tore my quadriceps tendon in a fall at work, so they are going to cut my leg open, drill holes in my kneecap and re attach the tendons.
I知 not so much worried about the surgery as I am the recovery. I知 going to be in an immobilizing brace for six weeks, then months of rehab. They told me I can expect it to take 6 months or more untill I'm 100%. I知 going to go nuts; I致e never been laid up for any length of time before.
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Old 10-04-09, 12:17 PM   #2
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I'll go ahead and tell you the bad news, half the time your never right after surgery, I had a full open operation done on my shoulder, (torn rotator cuff) the docs gave me the option of Arthroscopy or full open surgery, they told me Arthroscopy could reach 70% of the shoulder and full open would be the best as they could reach like 95% of the shoulder that way, and here I sit 8 years later and I feel the exact same way I did after I was injured! I'm not trying to scare you as half the time people do well after these type surgeries and go on to feel 100%. I'm just letting you know that this can happen. Good luck.
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I had my neck sliced open when I was 2. Still bare the scare.

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Old 10-04-09, 01:20 PM   #4
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6 months before you are 100% does not mean you will not be able to be active for 6 months. You will just have to take things easier than usual for most of that time. I had knee surgery a year ago to repair a torn meniscus. While slightly different from your situation, it still took a while to heal. ilikebikes is correct in that you will most likely never return to where you were prior to the injury. You will, however, be better than you are now and your body will adapt to allow you to do most everything again.

Take your pain medication when your dr tells you to. Don't try to be a tough guy. Do what he tells you as far as activity is concerned. You'll be back on your bike. It may just take a while.
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Old 10-04-09, 01:42 PM   #5
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6 months before you are 100% does not mean you will not be able to be active for 6 months. You will just have to take things easier than usual for most of that time.
Good advice.

After going through lung surgery over a decade ago, I can tell you that it's a bad idea to get too active too soon. I was cleared for work after 3 months, but due to being inactive all that time I reinjured myself again and again due to muscle atrophy. Everything had knit, but jumping back into hard physical labor like framing houses took a toll in pulled muscles and a lot of discomfort. I was a toughguy and just worked through it, but was I able to do it over again, I would've focused on getting active more gradually.
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Old 10-04-09, 01:50 PM   #6
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vasectomy. wasnt too bad, keeps me around the house more and I dont claw the furniture as much.
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Old 10-04-09, 03:16 PM   #7
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A couple of tips.

Mark the knee NOT to worked on with a magic marker with a big NO - Other knee! Sounds stupid but surgeons sometimes work on the wrong body part.

If you are given the option of a local anesthetic then take it. You will be so relaxed on tranquilizers, you will probably fall asleep anyway. One of the biggest dangers in many operations is the general anesthetic.
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Knee surgery/rehab is a lot better than it used to be.

Follow your doc's instructions and do your PT exactly as they say. If you are in good shape, you'll rehab faster than you think.

I've had my tonsils out, a cancerous testicle removed @ 21 (no chemo Thank God) and a retroperitineal lymphectomy after the testicle removal to see if the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes behind my stomach. Fortunately, it had not. The 2nd surgery was a beotch, I was pretty out of it for a couple of months.
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going under is great fun. i remember the surgeon telling me a joke then i woke up and i wondered when he was going to tell me the punchline.
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Apparently when I had my local anesthetic for my knee surgery, it didn't work like it was supposed to and I punched the surgeon. I woke up from general anesthesia 2 hours later.
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Old 10-04-09, 05:11 PM   #11
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going under is great fun. i remember the surgeon telling me a joke then i woke up and i wondered when he was going to tell me the punchline.
I had surgery on my sinuses once. They just gave me a local and some REALLY good tranquilizers. Now I remember the doctor placing a instrument that looked like a rod down my nose with a few seconds of tapping.

But during the operation, I asked the nurse when was the doctor going to start. She said I had been on the table for over two hours and he was already done! She said I fell asleep within minutes after he started.
And with all that stuff jammed up my nose!
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Old 10-04-09, 05:56 PM   #12
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My arm was in a sling for 6 weeks from the surgery to repair my collarbone after I crashed into a dog with my bike. I teach woodworking and welding to high schoolers. Had to do it one-handed.
You will get through it.
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Old 10-04-09, 07:00 PM   #13
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Had my c-bone rebuilt last fall, broke in 5 places; now have a stainless plate and 8 screws in there.

I remember the conversation with the surgeon; we were joking and having a good time while he was 'walking me' through the procedure. I was disappointed when he said 'no' to titanium. When I was wheeled into the OR, they told me to climb off the gurney onto the table (same elevation, no prob). My right arm was stretched out on an extension to the table...the next thing I remember was the trip down the hall to recovery -- eyes closed, feeling faintly the turns and the slight momentum of rolling.

Since my eyes are bad, I saw a fuzzy clock, and thought it was 2:20 -- he had said it would be about an hour or so. It was 5:10, I had been in there for nearly three hours. I wasn't allowed home until I could walk, unaided, across the room (bout a 15x20). Went home the next morning.

I was seven weeks off the bike, seven weeks off work; 10 days after, I was cutting up old carpet one-handed in the front yard.

It will be a while before you're 100% -- but you don't need to be 100% to do a lot of things.
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Old 10-04-09, 08:14 PM   #14
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Pituitary tumor. They did a transphenoidal adenomectomy. That means they went into my nose, sliced the septum, moved it over, knocked a hole in the base of my skull, scraped out a 3.5 cm oval shaped tumor, patched the hole in my skull with gutta percha, put my septum back where it belonged, shoved a couple nose tampons into my snot locker, and after four hours called it a day.
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Old 10-04-09, 10:23 PM   #15
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I've been under the knife a bunch. ACL (titanium screws), 2x meniscus, fractured orbit (plate in my head), 3x skin cancer plus a few hundred stitches.
I found the ACL surgery more painful than I thought and PT was easier than advetised - though it was work.
Good luck with yours.
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Old 10-04-09, 10:34 PM   #16
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I've only had two knee surgeries (scope and then an ACL reconstruction), two back surgeries (neck and lumbar spine laminectomies) and my tonsils removed. They used to call me titanium Pete for my bicycle, now it applies to the hardware in my spine and knee.

I'm still racing. I'm almost 52. My knee is arthritic and my back hurts all the time. WhatEVER.
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Old 10-04-09, 10:48 PM   #17
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Old 10-04-09, 11:08 PM   #18
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I wrecked my wrist really good skiing. It required three operations to get it right (kind of), and months off the bike.

I like to read and this was my saving grace, I read everything I could get my hands on. I also spent lot's of time at the gym working my legs and core, and found that a spin bike with time trial bars allowed me to spend quality time on the trainer.

My advice, get books and lots of them. Use that library card, or hang out at the Tattered Cover and pick some winners. If you need recommendations there is a good thread in "Books, Movies and....". Coffee and books are a great combination, and winter is coming, so stock up on both. Audio books are good too, many very good titles, and can be very entertaining.

Good luck, and as someone said above, follow your doctor and PT's advice to the letter, they do know what they are talking about, and they know what gets best results for you! Gook luck with this all, it will be over before you know it.
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Old 10-06-09, 03:27 AM   #19
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I've had eye surgery regarding Glaucoma 3 times in the past 4 years. The first 2 procedures were to lower the pressure in one of my eyes because it was too high. The other two were to get the pressure to rise to a stable level because it had become too low. Each time I went on the table, I was put to sleep for a few minutes. When I woke up, I would be doped up and couldn't feel anything so that the surgeon could do his work.

Although each procedure never took very long, I hated each one with a passion. Recovery and seemed to take forever (several months each time). I was forbidden to do many activities of everyday living or pastimes (bicycling being one of them) until further notice.

In the present day, the pressure is stable. Although my vision isn't and cannot be completely restored, I use eyeglasses and other resources to compensate as best I can. At present, another round of surger would be the last thing I need.

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Something similar except with arm. Snapped distal bicep tendon. Doc drilled several holes in the forearm bone and tied the tendon down so it would grow back in place. Looks pretty cool on an xray.
Also had a bunch of shoulder work from torn tendons and rotator. Got some nifty hardware with that one.
Anyway, DO THE REHAB! Shoulders are a ***** to rehab. Took nearly two years to get that one decent, although not 100%. The arm wasn't nearly as bad to rehab. Only thing with that was a lot, and I do mean a lot, of pain from nerve damage. Drugs are your friend. Use them. Just be careful. My GF claims I said all sorts of things under the influence and I don't remember any of them. Hmmmm.....
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I've never had a surgery, but I *almost* had an emergency appendectomy when I was about 10. They actually cleaned my stomach area with alcohol and prepped me, somewhat, for surgery before they changed their minds and (rightly) decided it was just a bad tummy ache.
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Tonsilectomy (sp) surgery when I was a kid.

When I was 19, surgery to remove my wisdom teeth which didn't "erupt." Nasty surgery, I told the dentist surgeon not to give me the anesthetic drugs (thought they were gonna knock me out with a "mask") but they held me down and forced it into my arm etc. Ever since, I don't trust dentists.
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Tonsillectomy when I was 24. Off work for two weeks. If you have to get 'em out, get it done while you're little. Kicked my ass.

Regarding recovery: take your painkillers. Don't try to be a "tough guy". If you think you're OK to do something, wait another couple of days. You're gonna be pretty useless for awhile, so get used to the idea.
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I'll go ahead and tell you the bad news, half the time your never right after surgery, I had a full open operation done on my shoulder, (torn rotator cuff) the docs gave me the option of Arthroscopy or full open surgery, they told me Arthroscopy could reach 70% of the shoulder and full open would be the best as they could reach like 95% of the shoulder that way, and here I sit 8 years later and I feel the exact same way I did after I was injured! I'm not trying to scare you as half the time people do well after these type surgeries and go on to feel 100%. I'm just letting you know that this can happen. Good luck.
they lied to you. the least invasive procedure (arthroscopy) is almost always preferable to full open. I had one knee done each way and guess which one works great and which one was never the same again?

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I just wanna tell everyone if they ever want to do an Arthrogram on you, say no. Wait for the MRI!
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