Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Well here it is MIN-TKR by Dr. Jess Lonner, 6 days out. The good news is it's not as painful as I expected. The real pain comes at night when I have to get up for my 3:30 deposit. It's like fire and brimstone! Awwwww! During the day it only bothers me if I sit in one place too long and have to stand up. Blood flow issues. I have been doing the rehab exercises and taking all my meds and feel am on the right track.
My trip all started last Wednesday, around 11:30 when they tuned me up with some good old versed and fentanyl then they hooked up my epidural and wheeled me into the operating theater. The operation lasted 1hr 15min. I woke up feeling like shit, no kidding, couldn't feel anything from the waist down, thirsty as a muther and just feeling like crap! When I could finally move my feet they wheeled me into my room. My wife was there waiting for me with a beautiful bottle of spring water, perfect. I found out I would not be alone. My roommate Carl (great guy) had a THR the same day, so we had plenty in common (I have one too). The first night was the worst night I could remember in a long time. No sleep, perpetual motion machine, nurse coming in ever two hours and the famous morphine funk fed my misery. Thursday morning they pulled the morph and cath then PT came and got me out of bed for the first time (baby steps) that was fun! Awwww...I had a little lunch watched the "Dirty Dozen" on TV fell asleep for what seemed like two years. Friday PT woke me up gave me a work out and sent me home. Time in the hospital 49 hours. The thing I noticed right away is the arthritic pain is gone. I just have pain from the truma. I went back to work today on light duty and feel great. Thanks to everyone has supported me with this life changing event especially my wife Beth.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Director of Knee Replacement Surgery Booth Bartolozzi Balderston Orthopaedics, Pennsylvania HospitalMedical Director, Philadelphia Center for Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
An international leader in the treatment of arthritis of the knee, Dr. Lonner is uniquely qualified in his experience with minimally invasive techniques for total and partial (unicompartmental, patellofemoral, and bicompartmental) knee replacements. He is one of the first surgeons around the world to use robotic-assistance during knee replacement surgery and continues at the forefront of development in these areas. Dr. Lonner is routinely sought out by physicians and patients from around the United States and throughout the world for his cutting-edge and innovative treatments for knee arthritis.Clinical excellence is a mainstay of Dr. Lonner's work. In his career, he has been recognized both by his patients and peers for his commitment to providing outstanding surgical treatments to his patients and for his ability to teach the latest and most cutting edge surgical techniques. Dr. Lonner lectures extensively and has authored several textbooks and over one hundred chapters and scientific publications. In 2003, Dr. Lonner became the youngest member of The Knee Society, considered by many to be an organization of the top 100 knee replacement surgeons. He has been on the design teams for several innovative orthopaedic implants and further contributes to the field through his work on the editorial boards of professional journals such as the American Journal of Orthopedics, Seminars in Arthroplasty, Journal of Arthroplasty and Techniques in Knee Surgery.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Well this is my first blog that is inspired by my blogging buddies, Surfsister and Tango who both have undergone TKR Total Knee Replacement. Tango, Bi-lateral (that's both knees at the same time...ugh!) Surfsister, TKR and me, Minimal Invasive TKR. All three are different all have one thing in common, to get us out in the water surfing with NO PAIN. I have already had a minimal invasive THR Total Hip Replacement 4 years ago. I have fully recovered and have amazing ROM Range of Motion (see picture above) El Salvador one year post op. I am hoping to have the same result from my TKR with some hard work and a little guts. As of today my surgery is scheduled for September 16th. I have to say am a little freaked. It's not like I haven't been under the knife before, in fact I have had 4 knee surgeries, one ankle, and the hip. (note left hip/right knee) talk about being bionic. Being an ex-jock (I played college football and club lacrosse until I was 45) It seems like I am rehabbing something every 5 years since I am 18. It's getting to be a real pain in the ass. I'm not looking forward to the long process of rehabilitation, it really sucks. Anyway enough of this crying. The surgery will be performed at Pennsylvania Hospital by Dr. Jess Lonner MD. I will be getting a Zimmer NexGen knee and Doc will be doing a modified minimal invasive procedure due to my previous surgeries. I am also going to start taking MaxGXL recommended to speed the healing and rehab process. I understand the minimal quad-sparing operation is a much easier rehab with less pain...yea right! Just hope I get me some good pain meds. I know the 16th is going to be here before I can say knee replacement so I'm going to train to get that leg and get it as strong as I can and surf like there's in tomorrow. I only need mother nature to provide some waves here on the East Coast, New Jersey (it's flat today). That's it for now, I will up date as my special day approaches.