10 days post op
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Surgery went well. I have an awesome surgeon. Operation was complete in 45 minutes, about 5-6" incision. Have an ice machine that is great, it keeps circulating ice cold water through the pad and I can use it all night long. I haven't had any problems with excessive swelling, and my flexion is currently 88 degrees extension at 0, which PT says is good at this point. Still have a lot of pain and taking meds every 4 hrs. Alternate between tramadol at night and oxycodone 5mg during the day. I cannot sleep when I take oxy at night, and ambien makes me nauseated the entire next day. I am not doing quite as many exercises as I should, it really hurts to do many of them. I think I need to walk more during the day outside, I think the activity will help with the pain. I am lucky to have my mother in law here to do almost all the cooking cleaning laundry etc. and think it's made me a bit lazy? Staples come out monday, yay! I have gauze over the incision with a giant tegaderm, which is like a water proof plastic adhesive sheet that holds the gauze in place. Great because I have been able to shower since day 2 post op, but bad because it feels kind of tight and creates more pain when doing bending exercises due to the pressure on the incision/staples. I vow to move more today, and see if it helps pain level at night when its worst trying to get comfortable in bed.