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Posted: 1/7/2003 7:29:16 PM EST
So I have had a few arthroscopic knee surgeries all on the same knee with many complications. I have about 30 degrees range of motion and there is alot of scar tissue. My surgeon wants to knock me out and bend the hell out of my knee until it all breaks and then insert a PCA full of morphine into my knee for pain. I was all cool with it until he mentioned that I will need the morphine. What the hell am I getting myself into here? How long before I will be back up and walking again? Keving67
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 7:45:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/7/2003 7:46:24 PM EST by rogerdodger]
its not too bad, it usually happens because the DR didnt do a great job to begin with. Ask ur dr to order u a Continuous Passive Motion machine for the home it will really help with regaining ur ROM and preventing future scar tissue build up. The morphine is just for the immediate pain. The DR literally climbs on the table and bends ur knee 115 degrees to break up the tissue, Hang in there PS Lots of ice
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 7:58:59 PM EST
You'll love it. I tore an ACL (among other things) in my knee once. The first week of rehab after knee surgery is like going to a torture chamber. Use the drugs, Luke :P Heat and ice. It gets better after that.
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 8:01:44 PM EST
Any joint resides in a capsule of connective tissue. Scar tissue from previous surgeries can restrict movement and cause pain. The PCA will be in your arm vein, not the knee. You will not be addicted to MSO4 when using it post op. You can benefit from this. Lebrew
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 11:59:11 AM EST
When a doctor says he has to "manipulate" a body part, you know it can't be good, and will hurt like hell. Best of luck to you.
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 12:11:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By rogerdodger: its not too bad, it usually happens because the DR didnt do a great job to begin with. Ask ur dr to order u a Continuous Passive Motion machine for the home it will really help with regaining ur ROM and preventing future scar tissue build up. The morphine is just for the immediate pain. The DR literally climbs on the table and bends ur knee 115 degrees to break up the tissue, Hang in there PS Lots of ice
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Making Ice cubes right now in fact. This F up resides solely with my physical therapist. He was a big fan of being nice and gentle even thought my ROM was going to hell real quick. Looks like everything is a go for this Tuesday. They wanted to know if I wanted to be awake and watch. UM.... NO! Thanks guys Keving67
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 12:13:08 PM EST
I always Love it when the Dr. tells me to relax. "This may pinch, or sting a bit. You may feel a pulling sensation." YYYYEEEEOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!! P.S. Don't psyche yourself out- you'll be just fine.....trust us.....
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 12:14:13 PM EST
I always Love it when the Dr. tells me to relax. "This may pinch, or sting a bit. You may feel a pulling sensation." YYYYEEEEOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!! P.S. Don't psyche yourself out- you'll be just fine.....trust us.....
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 2:17:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By keving67:
Originally Posted By rogerdodger: its not too bad, it usually happens because the DR didnt do a great job to begin with. Ask ur dr to order u a Continuous Passive Motion machine for the home it will really help with regaining ur ROM and preventing future scar tissue build up. The morphine is just for the immediate pain. The DR literally climbs on the table and bends ur knee 115 degrees to break up the tissue, Hang in there PS Lots of ice
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Making Ice cubes right now in fact. This F up resides solely with my physical therapist. He was a big fan of being nice and gentle even thought my ROM was going to hell real quick. Looks like everything is a go for this Tuesday. They wanted to know if I wanted to be awake and watch. UM.... NO! Thanks guys Keving67
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i do orthopedic devices and braces for a living, tell ur PT that u want a CPM machine. PT is like like 3 times a week at best, the machine will maintain ur ROM in between visits, so u want have to start fresh each appointment. Actually its best to get on one the minute u get home. By constantly moving the knee it prevents scar tissue from building, increases blood flow thru the joint, reduces pain and swelling, it will actually feel soothing
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 3:23:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/8/2003 3:23:45 PM EST by keving67]
Originally Posted By rogerdodger: i do orthopedic devices and braces for a living, tell ur PT that u want a CPM machine. PT is like like 3 times a week at best, the machine will maintain ur ROM in between visits, so u want have to start fresh each appointment. Actually its best to get on one the minute u get home. By constantly moving the knee it prevents scar tissue from building, increases blood flow thru the joint, reduces pain and swelling, it will actually feel soothing
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My surgeon has got one reserved fo rme already. I was supposed to take the one I had in the hospital after my second surgery home with me but at the last minute, my insurance company decided the 200$ rental fee was too much. So because they are cheap, I have had 6 weeks of PT and will be having another procedure with full anestesia and drugs and everything. I'm just not seeing the logic when all it would have taken in the first place was 200$. From what my physical therapist told me, as long as I can get 3 consecutive visits in, starting the night of the surgery and use this cpm machin, I'll be all set in now time. I hope so, I havent walked since Thanksgiving Keving67
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 3:37:56 PM EST
Almost had to have that done for a "frozen shoulder", they do it under a general anesthetic so they don't have to listen to you scream. This from my doctor. [shock]
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