The ‘Ole Knee: Part 2

A few days ago, I posted about how I injured my left knee on two different occasions and the diagnosis from the orthopedic. After weighing the pros and cons of having surgery vs. not having surgery, I decided that the best thing for my lifestyle will be to have surgery. I’m still relatively young and active. I do not want to have arthritis in my knee when I’m 30. I would love to ski again someday. And ice skate. I would love to be able to walk without worrying about my knee giving out randomly. I want my knee to stop hurting me all the time.

Yes, it seems like surgery is the better choice for me. I am scared about being under anesthesia for 2 hours and how I will feel when I wake up. I’m worried about the months of rehab and fearful that my knee still won’t be normal after surgery.

Here’s a rough outline of what I’m supposed to expect. I will stop taking my multivitamins 10 days before the surgery. 5 days before surgery, I will go in for lab work which hopefully is only a small tube of blood. I hate needles and blood. There will be some routine paperwork. On the morning of the surgery, I will wake up and shower as usual but then use hibiclens solution after my shower to be as germ-free as possible. I will arrive 2 hours before my actual scheduled surgery time (still TBD) and check-in for pre-op. I will need a driver (i.e. my husband). I will then be in surgery for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours but of course, since I’ll be under anesthesia, I won’t remember or know if 2 hours went by or ten days. When I wake up from surgery, I will have my hip-to-ankle knee immobilizer on my left leg. I will then be in post-op for about an hour with an anesthesiologist watching me to make sure I’m okay after the surgery. I will leave on crutches and there will be an ice machine waiting for me when I get home. One week after surgery, I should be able to be back at work and will also be starting rehab. That’s the plan.

At least knowing roughly what to expect makes things a bit less scarier, but I’m still freaked out when I think about it a lot. In the meantime, I will try my best to enjoy the Christmas holidays and New Year’s because 2011 is going to be an interesting year.

I leave you now with a picture of my knee from 2 days after I tore my ACL.

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