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Knee/ACL Status Update – 5 weeks post-op

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

5 weeks post-op -- 5 incisions healing very nicely

In the last couple of weeks I’ve received several inquiries about the status of my knee/ACL reconstruction surgery and recovery.  Here’s a quick summary:

When I saw my surgeon on Tuesday for the 5 week follow up, he was extremely pleased with my progress.

He released from Physical Therapy after completing just 4 weeks.  I can achieve a greater than 120 degree bend in the knee.  I can fully straighten the knee.  I have been walking crutch free for 3 weeks.  I have been back to my spin (indoor cycling) classes for a little over 2 weeks. I’ve been back in the pool, swimming freestyle with no kick (using a pull buoy to immobilize the legs).  I can go up and down stairs (relatively) normally alternating feet in the stepping motion.  I still go slowly on the stairs–especially coming down–but every day is getting better.

I still have a some swelling, but it is going down little by little every day; although, it does flair back up when I have been on my feet too long.

Things I am not allowed to do: NO running, twisting or lateral (i.e., shuffling or sliding sideways) movements for another 3 – 6 months.

My surgeon has given me the go ahead to get on my road bike whenever I am ready (no clipping in tho’ — have to use plain/open pedals).  If the weather stays nice, I will give it a try tomorrow.  YAY!!!!  Oh yeah, I am excited.  And a little nervous.

Thanks so much everybody for caring and for your support over the last few months.  It really means a lot to me.  HUGS!!!