I’ve learned so much from this site. I poured through all the reports on recoveries before my surgery. I am amazed how quickly I’ve recovered. All that reading didn’t prepare me for the daily improvements.
I had surgery on April 4th at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado with Dr. Rector. I’m from New Mexico but no one here has the experience I wanted. Dr. Rector called me 3 times to talk to me about the surgery. He and his super nurse Michelle were thorough and professional and I really appreciate the personal attention I received through out this process.
I was in the hospital for 3 days/2 nights. The experience in the hospital was excellent. Even the food was good! I used a walker for the first week, 1 crutch the second week, a cane the third and fourth week. I’m almost steady enough to go without the cane now. I’ve also been driving since week 3. I am so pleased that the rest of my body quit hurting. My neck, shoulders, knees, ankles and even toes were developing various problems. I now feel so much more balanced and all that compensating is gone. The rest of my body can now relax!!
Dr. Rector used glue for the 6-7 inch opening. Now I have some tenderness but very little bruising or swelling. I’ve been getting physical therapy once a week. He also fixed me up with a company that offers a machine that compresses and ices the leg. I used the machine for about 2 weeks and found it very helpful (it is called Game Ready).