Post surgery update #2

Time is starting to fly again: 8 physio sessions, 2 post-op check-ups with the ortho surgeon and now 3.5 weeks have passed since surgery.

 

I had to say goodbye to my rigid knee-brace and welcomed a hinged one that helps me move more freely and doesn’t make me walk like a pirate with a peg-leg. Until I’ve built back muscles in my leg – which disappeared surprisingly fast thanks to so much time spent on the coach and not being able to use my leg – and those have to be almost equal to the one in my good left leg, I’ve to wear it.

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As the arthroscopic holes have healed up, I’m now allowed to go to the pool. Being able to swim feels so good and it helps me build muscle faster. Another sign of being on the right path to recovery is not being tired all the time and being able to go work out twice in one day: nothing fancy or anything but 1000m in the pool and some weight lifting.

 

During my meeting with the surgeon, he told me that as soon as I reach reach 110/120° of flexion I can get on the trainer again but I also need to work on my extension as well. I’m just missing a couple of degree to get full extension and not having a swollen knee really helps. For the flexion part, going from 90° where I’m now to 110/120° is apparently where the fun begins, dixit the physio!

While seating, I’ve to go back and forth with my foot on a skateboard to build muscles as well as gain some degrees of flexion.

 

I just need to remember to take it easy and not overdo it: listen to my body and rest as much as possible. Keep on eating right and icing my  knee. Soon enough it will on ly be a little bump on the road.

 

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