Friday, June 07, 2013
I've went from the high of finishing my first half marathon, and under the time i had set for myself (finished in 2 hr 22 min) but in a lot of knee pain (a knee injury flairing even with it taped and braced) to being told 2 days later I had to see an orthopedist and likely needed surgery (after they took x-rays) by a Dr when I went into family medicine for pain in my knee that was not getting much better.... to being told a week after that (a week and a half ago from now) by the orthopedist that I indeed did need surgery to correct the mal-alignment in my knee and to shift the weight load to the outside of my knee where I have healthy cartilage. The orthopedist had also unfortunately told me I have osteoarthritis in the inside half of my knee. He ordered an MRI and a hip to ankle bilateral standing x-ray (the x-ray to determine angle of correction for surgery and the MRI to check for soft tissue damage since I was showing signs of a lax LCL).
I went in for the MRI and x-ray this last saturday and then went in to see my orthopedist a few days ago (tues)..... the tests reconfirmed I definitely need surgery, and unfortunately it is worse than he thought. The degree of bone he'd have to put in or take out is about double compared to what is typically done. :( The MRI fortunately showed only small micro tears in my LCL.... but unfortunately showed a complete grade III ACL tear and a moderately severe grade II partial PCL tear.... along with some small micro tears in cartilage (a relatively minor thing all things considering) and of course the cartilage loss and bone spurs developing in the inside half of my knee. So, along with the major bone surgery I have to have a double ligament reconstruction (the ACL and PCL)
The orthopedist also told me after seeing the test results that instead of the maybe 20 years he was hoping to put off a knee replacement for me that it may only be 8-10 years.... but I'll take it. I am considered younger than usual for the surgery they want but not really considered a candidate for total knee replacement yet due to failure rate for someone as young as me (turn 30 in 2 months). I was told that long-distance running is no longer an option for me... and that it will take a lot of work after surgery to increase my range of motion enough to bike.... lol, bring on the challenge :D I would love to distance bike if I am unable to run. It will give me something to work towards.
I've been going through a torrent of emotions the last two and a half weeks.... from triumph, to heartbreak and loss, to the watch this gonna figure it out and kick butt anyways.