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7/24/07 11:10 A

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emoticon no brace and fewer pounds.

I've got funny tan lines from mine. 8 weeks post ACL surgery and I only use it in the garden or in the mountains. I'll be glad when that is gone too. It is so hot and sweaty when working outside.



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emoticon no brace and fewer pounds.

I've got funny tan lines from mine. 8 weeks post ACL surgery and I only use it in the garden or in the mountains. I'll be glad when that is gone too. It is so hot and sweaty when working outside.



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7/19/07 1:25 P

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Hoooray! That is awesome. And congratulations on the weight loss. What a great accomplishment.

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7/18/07 11:16 P

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how wonderful for you ........thats so good to know you can return to work
take care and all the best,hugs to you......lita

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7/18/07 10:38 P

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AWESOME!

I am soooo glad that it went so well and that you have come so far. It just doesn't get any better than that!!!!

I am very happy for you and your progress.

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7/18/07 9:45 P

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The doctor appt went really well today. LOL, he asked me to kick my leg out, and I whipped it out and then he asked me to walk without the brace...I said..."how far? 1 mile, 2 miles?" He then asked me how far I have been walking and I told him anywhere from 1-3 miles. I think that impressed him. He was also impressed that I have lost 15 pounds so far! i get to go back to work on Monday with no restrictions so I best learn how to get up at 5:30am again! The best though was the usual handshake at the end of our appt and then he gave me a great big hug..how sweet of him!

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7/18/07 10:56 A

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So you are making a day of it, eh? Good deal. Best of luck at your appointment. Let us all know how it goes for you.

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7/18/07 12:41 A

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well since my surgery isnt that common, I wanted the same doctor that did my right knee to do this one...and since I moved 2 hours north, that means the long trip. But he knows what he's doing, and I trust him (not to mention that i also had his patients when I worked on the orthopedic floor down there). And also, I didn't want to research doctors up this way when I knew a great doctor already...so when we go down there we meet up with my parents for lunch or go meet friends..it's pretty fun :)

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7/17/07 11:31 P

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Yes, let us know how you are doing!!! Yeeeeaaaah! You have reached the 3 month mark.

Hey... if it takes 2 hours, Dr. must be worth the drive.

I wish you the best and I do hope the brace can be gone for good. Ahhhhhh! Freedom again. LOL

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7/17/07 10:28 P

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I figured since this was already a topic, i would just post this on here. I see my doc tomorrow 18th and it has now been 11 1/2 weeks from surgery. Hopefully I can get rid of the brace completely and go back to work very soon...will let you know tomorrow night as it is a 2 hour trip one way to see him!

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3/6/07 7:51 P

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Wow... that is not too bad at all. 4-6 weeks between the two surgeries... sounds like a good plan.

Girl, let me tell you... I did the transplant tendion as well. My surgeon was all for it. The PT for when you use your own... OUCH. The healing time is also much less. Not to mention... you are robbing Peter to pay Paul... it is safe, they do 1000's of these transplants a year.

So when is the first surgery???
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3/6/07 7:32 P

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I got a second opinion on my surgeries while helping my mom with her TKR. I saw a sports medicine doctor who trained at Vail and has done 1000's of ACL's. He's also recommending two separate surgeries. His time line was 2nd surgery for the ACL about 4-6 weeks after the meniscus repair on the right leg. That's not so long.

Rather than using my own tendons for the replacement he recommends to go the tissue donation route for four reasons 1. the age of my tendons versus getting something from a younger donor 2. I tore my hamstrings on the same leg about 4 years ago thus using the hamstring tendons is less than desirable, 3. I have some degradation in my patellar tendon region because of all the kneeling I have done over the years gardening and 4. I would have less pain and heal faster. He said if it was his knee, he would go that route and he was one year younger than me. He's done several hundred of these and not had any problems.

I have to think about that one -- do a little research on the web, maybe.



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3/4/07 7:05 P

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Seriously, originally that is what my doctor suggested but he also asked when I planned to ski again or do other sports.

Okay, I am 35, almost 36. I am and was 30 lbs overweight before the accident (work-o-too-much-halic). I had just moved to CO for my husbands job and decided to slow my life down and get back into sports. It was time to loose some weigh and skiing along with cycling are about the ONLY things active I like to do.

Point being... from the looks of your photo, you don't look like you are over 60. You look healthy enough to do what I did... both at the same time. You will be doing the EXACT surgery I did... ACL replacement and meniscus repair on the left and only meniscus repair on my right (leaving that 2nd degree ACL tear to self heal).

Okay... you will only feel semi-helpless for about 2 weeks, I promise. My suggestion, just prepare some meals and get some microwave foods to last you about 3 weeks. They like to do the first leg then let it heal for UP to 6 months THEN you go back in for the ACL surgery and it takes 6 FULL months to turn into a ligament from a tendion and then you MUST wait about 6 more before you ski again. 18 months was waaaaaaaaaaaay too long to be healing, in my opinion. Trust me, after 1 month I was moving a lot better and now at 3 months, I feel great... just still have that "time" for true healing.

I don't know... you need to do what you feel is best for you. only YOU know what is best. Hey... you email me anytime if you want to chat more before surgery. I am here for you... I can actually say, I KNOW what you are going through. I am happy to help whenever I can.

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3/3/07 10:27 A

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More great info on the spin bike.
Now another question. You had both knees done at once. Turns out I need ACL and meniscus repair on left knee (with various other things strained and bruised -- sounds familiar, eh?)and meniscus repair on right knee (it's an older injury -- didn't realize it was torn, just knew it hurt, but had MRIs on both knees). Doctor said get right knee done first, get it recovered and then do left knee. He didn't offer to do both at once. I didn't think to ask. I was so shocked that I needed both.

I'm guessing it might be cause I am older, heavier, and that I don't have reliable help -- much as I love my boys, they just don't have time or the desire at this point in their young lives to be nurses -- college, friends, girls, etc are where they are at.

Anyway, what was the discussion about doing both versus sequential surgeries for you?

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3/2/07 7:23 P

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Okay, few good reasons (of course, my opinion):

1. They allow you to sit upright and your legs do all the work. Also, when you sit upright as you would on a road or mountain bike, you are building your core and upper body. A recumbent(sp) only uses your legs.

2. Also, a spin bike replicates true cycling... on the spin bike there is a 45lb front wheel which offers true resistance. Even on the lightest tension dial, you will build back those quads and hamstring muscles... a MUST to protect those knees and offer true support.

3. Those spin bikes also take up 1/2 the space! For me, my townhome may be tall, but it is not wide. LOL Easy storage!!!

4. You doctor will tell you that it is the ONLY exercise you can do right now... of course, any bike, but I am all about a sturdy, long-lasting, well built piece of equipment.

I give my Health Rider Spin bike an A+. My husband is the cyclist (races every season) and he LOVES the quality.

You know... I should be a sales person. LOLOLOL Selling you Dr. Millett at Steadman Hawkins and the spin bike from Health Rider... YEAH... where's my commission check??? Hehehee.

You ARE an outdoors-kinda-gal and you obviously like to work out and enjoy the outdoors... you will LOVE doing the spin bike and when ready, after about 4-5 months (I am not even there yet) can enjoy a spin class. You will LOVE it!!!!

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3/2/07 4:13 P

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Cammie, good info. Why a Spin bike and not a regular exercise bike? I've seen them in the gym, but have never done a spin class.

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3/2/07 1:58 P

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Sheila,
Ahhh, Boulder… I love Boulder! LUCKY!! Hehee.
Actually, I was at Breck when I did mine. By the sounds of it, you are a very well seasoned skier. I am still considered an average skier. Only been skiing 3 years, this would have been my 4th. I am still going up this weekend with some friends to just watch everyone ski. That’s still fun!!!

Oddly, I wasn't doing anything all that cool. I was doing a hill slide, made my turn back to the right, hit a bumpy-icy patch, recovered... but at the stop I simply buckled my knees and "pop". Down I went. I did it ALL I think from the time my left ACL popped and while I was falling over backwards after the pop.

I had my surgery 2 weeks later up at Vail. Honestly, I would not go anywhere else. I have seen peoples orthoscopic scares in my PT, mine are dots in comparison. Plus, I just really appreciated the Dr. Millett and his professionalism and kindness. Steadman Hawkins is actually located on the 3rd floor, separate from the hospital at Vail. I just do the drive once every so often.
I also live in a townhome in the Springs. It is 3 stories; 2 stair cases. To be honest, the 2 weeks were tough… and I still had to go to PT 3x a week for those 2 weeks and I just did the stairs. Took me like 20 mins to get up and down them, but it help build back up my quads. You may experience some muscle atrophy after surgery. Very normal… the body is trying to protect itself, mainly around the knees. It took me about 6 weeks to get my quad to really fire on my left leg; the leg with the 3rd degree ACL replacement.
Anyway… the stairs will actually HELP you recover. Sounds weird, but now I am so grateful (wasn’t the first couple of weeks). Also, I went to Health Riders website and invested in a real spin bike. It was like $599 on the site and they split the payments up over 6 months. WORTH IT!!! THIS sucker is the key to mobility and success.
Sheila… you will be FINE. The surgery is actually so simple and so common. Oddly, no pain at all for me… discomfort and frustration because walking is not really walking at all (plan your potty breaks!) and you will feel very, very worn out physically for about a good full week.
I opted for a spinal and nerve blocks; nice for when you do wake up – no loopy head trips or nausea. I had feeling back in my legs after 3 hours and walked to go to the bathroom (they said it would last up to 18 hours). Of course, the feeling in your private area will take a full 24 hours to come back so you have to really be cautious of that bladder sensation. LOL Sounds taboo to discuss, but I just want to warn you… no one warned me and my husband had to clean up for me. Hehee. Again, for a couple of weeks, PLAN those potty trips. LOL

I am chatting your head off... listen... GOOD LUCK... EVERYTHING will be just fine. I am "walking" proof!!!

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3/2/07 9:25 A

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Cammie,

Grade III tear on the left ACL. Reviewing MRI's of both knees with doc today to see what else I did. Medial something or other on the left knee I'm sure cause it hurts more than anything else. I tore the ACL at Vail doing bumps on Zot. My right knee had been bothering me (medial again). I did an awkard turn, zinged the right knee, shifted weight to protect it and snap,crackle, pop, got the left knee. Geez.

I was very impressed with Vail and the med center. What a well oiled machine they are. I was off the mountain, xrayed, evaluated, through PT and on my way home in 3 hours. Very professional there, but I guess they have a lot of practice.

I live near Boulder, am going to Lynn Voss at Boulder Orthopedic. However, I am thinking about having the surgery done in Texas at my folks. My house here is a split level, stairs to get in the house, stairs to go up to my bedroos, steep narrow stairs to go down to lower level...no significant other and two college age sons who are not going to want to hang around and babysit their mother. My folks house is a ranch.
Are the stairs a valid concern and for how long?

Do you live in the mountains? Did all these tears and sprains happen at once? Must a been a doozy of a crash if they did. FYI, my best friend in high school was a Cameron, we called her Cam.

I forgot -- the weight ticker is also set up on your Sparkpage at the bottom.

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3/1/07 11:37 P

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Sheila,

So you blew both knees out and will have surgery on both?

I had both knees done Dec. 1, 2006, exactly 3 months ago! I tell you, I am glad that I did both at the same time. I knew the recovery would be MUCH more difficult but it was so worth it to know that in 6 months I would not have to go back again.

Having TKR actually is a fast healing recovery, well, as far as the knees go. You will be walking after surgery, literally, they make you... LOL. I have several folks in my PT that have had TKR and they look GREAT and pretty fast.

I personally had my left ACL replaced with meniscus repairs, and a PCL sprain. Then, tore my right ACL, 2nd degree, but not replaced (decided during surgery), but did have meniscus repair. Tour my MCL's on both knees as well. The ACL replacement knee has been a bugger! You are not allowed to move laterally at all or it will "snap" again. It takes 6 full months to turn from a transplant tendon to an actual ligament.

I will say that the thought of surgery was more scary than the actual surgery. I was scared to go in... afterwards, it was not that bad. I personally did not have a lot of pain, but I have a high tolerance for pain. Still... my old co-worker had his knee done... he was up and about in about a week. You will be GREAT!!!

The spin bike will be your savior!!! It really is the only exercise that does not give to pressure on the knee. It will take a few days, maybe weeks to be able to get your leg to do a full rotation... but it will come FAST.

OH... who are you going to... your surgeon? I went to the Steadman Hawkins CLinic in Vail, CO. I live in CO though. Dr. Millett ROCKS!! My scares are soooo crazy small it is nuts. He is the surgeon for the US Olympic Ski Team and they do a lot of the pro team players.

Good Luck,
Cammie



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3/1/07 11:17 P

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Peach,

It's scary to think about the surgery emoticon . I just got off the phone with my brother -- my mom just had a second TKR. Surgery went well and they are reporting it was really needed -- bone on bone. I am going home to help out after I see my orthopedist tomorrow. I blew out my knee skiing last week. Surgery is in my future, also. Guess Mom and I will be hobbling and doing PT together.

I understand your angst -- I feel it for my mom and for myself.

I started with Sparkpeople around Christmas. I wanted to get the weight off before I turned 55. Now I need to get the weight off to help those knees. The injury has really dealt my mental health a blow, but I am slowly getting back around to getting back up again.

My new favorite proverb: Fall Down Seven Times, Get up Eight!

I haven't been sticking to the diet, but haven't been pigging out either. I'm planning on really getting back on task here shortly. My supper was a stir fry of red peppers, spinach, sugar snaps, zucchini, basil, parsley and chicken --- and two cocktails. Better than a bag o' chips and two cocktails. emoticon

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2/28/07 6:00 P

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Tday I had my recheck Dr. Appointment, :-(... the news is not good, my knee is not getting any better and will have to do the total knee replacement on it.
This was something I had been trying to avoid, but looks like since it has not healed as he had hoped it would. But he had suspected that this would be the end result. He was trying to work with me on it.
But I will take another deep breath and bite the bullet here gonna have to do this.
He encouraged me that recovery will be quicker and
alot less painful.
Just wanted to share my results today.
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