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Old 12-04-17, 10:04 AM   #76
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Oh yea how could I forget I also had achillies surgery back in '11. Rehab is my middle name.
Oh good grief! I am in good company. Dec 23rd last year I had surgery to knock down a heel spurt on the back of my right heel. Surgeon cut in and found an infected bursa and only 25% of my Achilles Tendon still intact!!! He placed a new anchor in my heel and wove some fiber into the tendon and tightened it all back down. Longest 6 weeks of my life in that cast then boot. But, it is solid today and NO pain anymore. In fact, once the anasthesia wore off, I had no pain. Full range of motion today and I stretch both tendons daily...

Leg press was fun after the TKR. Something I looked forward to at the gym. I had every intention of maxing out that machine, and was close ready to add the last plate, when I broke my back...
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My therapist was saying today that I'm just about ready to be cut loose. I have two more visits this year this year with a follow up with the Surgeon on the 22nd so I'll see what he has to say. She feels that I have full functionality and I can continue to strengthen it at home. I have bands, ankle weights and a stability ball at home and can continue to do the exercises on my own. The only thing I don't have is a leg press machine which I also looked forward to. UP to 125 lbs on the damaged side today.
MY major goal was too get back on the bike and considering I rode over 10 hours last week I think I have cleared that hurdle. Time so start transitioning from riding to training and see how far I can come back. No getting around the fact that I'm still a creaky old guy but I leave all that behind when I'm on the bike.
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Awesome news!!! I cleared 200 pounds on the leg press just my left leg, and was on the way to 600 total which is that machine's top. Just days before my crash... But, I am a big guy, and always pushed heavy weight with my legs and pushed big gears in my past... Hate spinning. Forced myself into 165mm cranks lately..
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The emphasis on physical therapy after TKR is interesting. My experience with bilateral knee replacement, twice, was very little emphasis on PT. Stationary bike and some stretching exercises and that was about all I did. After the first bilateral UKR, I saw a physical therapist once, at my own initiation. He just measured my extension and said "looks good, keep doing whatever you're doing". After my second bilateral TKR, I saw PT twice (they came to my home) and they just gave me some exercises. In both instances everything healed up well....good flexion and extension.
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The emphasis on physical therapy after TKR is interesting. My experience with bilateral knee replacement, twice, was very little emphasis on PT. Stationary bike and some stretching exercises and that was about all I did. After the first bilateral UKR, I saw a physical therapist once, at my own initiation. He just measured my extension and said "looks good, keep doing whatever you're doing". After my second bilateral TKR, I saw PT twice (they came to my home) and they just gave me some exercises. In both instances everything healed up well....good flexion and extension.
Great to hear everything healed well TWICE. Just curious if everything was such a resounding success why did the first ones fail?
Like I always say everyone's recovery is different. I happen to be of the opinion that after the surgeon does his or her work it's up to the patient to do whatever they can to maximize the chances for a full recovery. But that's just me.
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Great to hear everything healed well TWICE. Just curious if everything was such a resounding success why did the first ones fail?
Like I always say everyone's recovery is different. I happen to be of the opinion that after the surgeon does his or her work it's up to the patient to do whatever they can to maximize the chances for a full recovery. But that's just me.
First ones failed due to infection. Had to be explanted for septic arthritis. They then implanted mobile spacers with antibiotic-laced cement...still going strong on those. So far. Going on 3 years. Eventually they’ll have to replace those, hopefully one at a time, but nobody really knows how long they’ll last.
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Oh yea now I remember you telling us that. That's a real tough turn of events. I truly wish you well and a successful outcome.
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Oh yea now I remember you telling us that. That's a real tough turn of events. I truly wish you well and a successful outcome.
It will be fine. Thanks for the good thoughts.
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I just wanted to put a bow on this thread. I just got back from a 15 week follow up on my TKR and all is well, better than that actually. Finished PT earlier in the week and have very good flexion (129 deg) and just about full extension. Therapist says the replaced knee has as much functionality as the good one. I'm still working on strengthening the quad and a bit of tightness in the hamstring tendon behind the knee but in reality the knee feels better than it has in years.
So far my cycling has been on the trainer but now it's more a matter of winter weather than physical limitations. I've been riding on Zwift and am up to 180+ miles a week. Started doing intervals and out of saddle work again. Power numbers still have way to go but at this point I'm grateful to be riding pain free. I'm trying to get my mind right for a post surgery FTP test but to be honest I'm not anxious to find out just how piddily my FTP is. I never really had a wattage bazooka but now.....
In any event I'm totally happy with the result. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all.
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Not sure what the roads are like there but if possible, you get out there in the wild...
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Soon enough my friend, soon enough.
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Nice Pinarello, captain, cheers!
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Thanks. It was a retirement gift to myself.
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TCR -- great progress!

NerdLord -- who is your surgeon? Looks like nice work.

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Unless I develop a problem, I'm done...now I'm going through therapy on that side for an Achilles tendon lengthening that needed to be done but couldn't until the knee was fixed.

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