So, remember back in June when I saw Dr. J and talked about surgery? I eventually decided to try PT instead.
Well, I did PT. For months.
And as I said to Dr. J last week when I saw him again, that shit did not work, so it is KNIFE-TIME!!!
I’m going under the laparoscope the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Presumably on Turkeyday I will be giving thanks for Vicodin. Those three months of off-the-mat time seemed awful long back in June, but I’ve been essentially off the mat almost that long while trying PT. My knees actually got worse than they were originally after an initial improvement. Pfffft. You’d think I’d be used to that, as it’s an old pattern. Every treatment I’ve tried for my knees has helped for a bit and then they’ve gotten bad again. Surgery is the one thing I haven’t tried. The big guns, so to speak. Well, my knees are worse now than they’ve been in about a decade, so it’s time to bring out the big guns. I am not having with this nonsense any more.
Curious about what all I’m having done? BEHOLD:
I’m going to have Dr. J from FORM perform laparoscopic Lateral Release on both of my knees, in hopes of fixing my Chondromalacia. I’ll be under twilight sleep rather than general anaesthetic, thank goodness (I had to do that for my cyst surgery and was not a fan of the prepwork required).
After the surgery I’ll have a 4-week course of physical therapy and then after another couple months of healing, with any luck I’ll be back on the mat! WOO HOO! LET’S DO THIS!

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4 Responses to It’s KNIFE-TIME!

  1. Nate says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d be concerned about having a retired basketball player operating on me, no matter how many advanced degrees he has.
    All the same, I hope this works out for you!

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  3. john says:

    it has been determined you have a misaligned kneecap, a tilt? have you worked to stretch the IT band and strengthen the inner abductor, if outward tilt, the most common? from what I read about this surgery, it is not a given that the pain alleviated and that which can help is greatly dependent on your post op training. what I would like to know, if I were you, what is that post op program. try it first, if you haven’t. I continue to read how surgery has gone out of favor for these types of knee problems. I feel for you as I am struggling with what appears, doctor guesswork, chondromalcia. xrays negative, as usual and I am trying to remedy myself given how surgery is controversial. have yet to push for mri, but thinking about it. good luck.

  4. Ealasaid says:

    Thanks for the support, folks!
    John: You clearly haven’t read my blog enough to be making unasked-for suggestions about my medical treatment. Hell, it sounds like you haven’t even read this entry!