I am the Snail~!
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Near Akron, Ohio
Bikes: 2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
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First, I'm not a DR - so when you say
missing tendons on the outside of my knee and muscle atrophy
I honestly do not know if that's too much damage for you - I can't say.
Over 30+yrs I've had nine knee surgeries, and finally in 2009 I had a left TKR (with rescission), and bought my first 'comfort bike' at 378lbs... I've got OA badly, right knee needs replacing, right hip replaced July 2011, shoulder done June 2010, etc.. I bought my Rover DEC 2010, and never looked back. I am not fast, but I can ride better than I can walk!
My first tour of the GAP was this June (9 days, 200+ miles), and just last week I completed my first metric century (am down to 303lbs now).
The muscle atrohpy may take some work with a PT DR and "Muscle Stim" - 18 weeks to bring back the left inside of the quad for me. - Again, I'm not a doctor - but I was pretty hosed (still am in some ways), but a lot better since getting my trike! 650 miles on the bike, some 1300+ miles so far on the trike (so far). Did your Ortho say the knee is now stable? Lots of questions to ask both an Ortho and a good PT DR that is into cycling...
My 'story' is here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...gery-and-More!
if you're bored and want to read about my beginnings. I'm mostly over on BROL now (trike section) here: http://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...splay.php?f=13
- best of luck to you~! PM me here or on BROL if you wanna chat or ask more questions.