Hi everyone! This is my first chance to write a little bit as to how surgery went. Most people probably know that I am barely a computer guy let alone a laptop guy. Anyway, surgery went as well as could be expected. My doctor told me that my knee was a lot worse looking inside than expected. I think that is pretty typical as X-rays and MRI’s can never really tell the whole story. I was pretty nervous going in to surgery which surprised me a bit. I was wide awake at 2:00 am the night before and I did not have to be there until 9:30. I managed to shoot some video clips with my trusty Flipvideo camera throughout my hospital experience (Check it below) > and NO …my physician did not take his hands off the tools to shoot some video in the operating room!
I decided to try a spinal block this surgery so I could compare versus the standard General anesthesia route I have always taken with previous surgeries. I had always been concerned about hearing or feeling anything or coming to during my surgery in the past….therefore I always opted for general anesthesia. Well, I must be getting wiser the older I get because the spinal block was awesome. Absolutely nothing to be afraid of pain wise getting the block in ( bonus) and had much less anesthesia drugs im my body. I had no recollection of anything at all until I was in the recovery room at 3:30 pm . But the best part was that I had absolutely no pain at all when I woke up. My lower body was numb which meant ZERO pain! For about three hours I felt great….really tired but great. When everything finally wore off, I just transitioned to the pain pump which I could self control whenever I needed to use it.
I stayed in the hospital for three nights following my surgery and ended up having a hard time managing my pain levels to the point where my functional level was acceptable to my physical therapist. Too high a pain level when you try to exercise or get up and walk just translates into minimal performance. Thanks to my PT for relaying her observations of my declining functional performance to the medical staff which resulted in some medicine changes which ended up resulting in a night and day improvement in my pain and functional performance!
Let me also tell you that having both knees operated on at the same time is a lot tougher! There is no better side to help out on. Also, both of my knees feel about the same from a pain standpoint . I had a Total Knee Replacement surgery on my left side and was just having a plastic liner exchange on my right (basically an oil change). But post-op, they both hurt about the same which kind of took me by surprise.
I am back at home now and just trying to take it easy and recover. I am having a hard time trying to keep ahead of intolerable pain levels which become instantly apparent when I try to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom. It is not very pretty! (Meza, Jason and Kenny can get a pretty good visual as they had to drive me a few hours to the hospital after a dirt bike crash a few summers ago. I still feel bad for those guys who had to deal with that one!) My bedroom currently looks more like a medical supply warehouse. I have CPM machines, GameReady machines, Polar Care machines and a nightstand full of medication bottles. Anyway I am doing well overall and just wanted to write a little about my experience thus far undergoing Total Knee Replacement Surgery.
It is definitely a big one!!!
I will keep you updated. My plan is to begin physical therapy treatment at Alpine Sports Medicine this coming week!