The bone patellar bone ACL reconstruction surgery I had after the complete tear in ACL from playing roller derby, performed by Dr. Walter Lowe in Houston, TX, went very well. I've relied on wonderful friends and neighbors to get through the first week despite my desire to do everything on my own. So, if you're at this blog post for insight before you have it done, please get someone to help you for the first week, you will need it. I had the proceedure on Thursday I went back to the doc today and they gave me a 60° bend in my brace and unwrapped the gauze. It feels wonderful to be able to bend it some and even better to have all the wrapping off. It wasn't as scrambled as I expected it to look under there and I'm a week away from getting the stitches out and being able to have a good soak in the tub. Here's what it looks like 5 days after surgery (today) while the brace is off. You can click to embiggen.
|Thank you Kiki, for going with|
and taking the gross photo.
The pain of the first two days after surgery are something to sleep through. The physical therapy regime is full and difficult but will get me back up and going fast so I'm eager. In an earlier post, I misspoke, I do have two screws in there, one will turn into bone eventually and the other is titanium and MRI/metal detector safe. I'll keep posting the progress and the evolution of the scar that I don't think I'll mind. I'm viewing it as one would view a tattoo, it's a permanent reminder of a time in my life that I loved (more on that later when I can wrap my head around my gratitude.)