My Knee Surgery

Operation

I went into knee surgery knowing that I might need two procedures (both ACL reconstruction and MCL reconstruction). The doctor and PA concluded during the operation that my MCL had healed on its own, saving me from a cadaver graft and another hour in the operating room. I was in and out of the operating room in 90 minutes with a new ACL constructed from my hamstring.

Post-Operation

I woke up from surgery as though I had just woken up from a nap. Thought I didn't remember anything from being under anesthesia, I do remember that I had pleasant dreams. I didn't have any nausea, so the nurse discharged me pretty much right away.

Since my brace has to be locked in a straight position for the next 4 weeks (ugh), I was really lucky to have the family minivan as an option to get me home. If you're wondering what the black tubes are, it's the valve that connects to an ice machine to make sure my knee stays cold. The green socks are from the surgical center (I rather like them).

The Notes

  • The doctor, physician assistant, and nurse in the operating room were all named David
  • The actual operation took 1 hour and 17 minutes
  • I couldn't feel my leg at all the first day because of the neuro blocker. I couldn't even wiggle my toes.
  • I'm slated to use the CPM machine for 6-8 hours a day for the next four weeks. That's so many of my daytime hours.