Getting knee scope, can't use crutches - what to do?

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   Posted 9/6/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Tomorrow morning I am getting my knee scoped for a torn medical meniscus.  I've been trying to practice on crutches, but it puts too much strain on my 3 detached ribs (slipping ribs) from the accident that caused all this.  Would a walker be better?
I'm in terrible pain today from trying to get all the things done before I can't do them - mowing (on my old Ford tractor), grocery shopping ...  The arthritis in my spine and shoulders is awful today and my right hand is SO stiff after the trigger finger surgery on 3 fingers!
I will have no help when I get home.  I'll have little bottles of water strategically placed and plan to carry around pain pills.  My DIL will come up and fix me a salad for a couple of days.  (I have to eat that for the vitamin K, which I am always short on since stomach surgery.) But she's got a baby and 2 and 4-year-olds to drag everywhere.  My husband gets home around 10PM, often after I go to bed, and leaves 8-9AM.  He's capable of making tea, not too good with coffee, forget laundry!
I hope I'll be able to walk a little soon!

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   Posted 9/6/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Alcie I was just glancing thru the forums and saw your post. I had my knee scoped back in 2008. Yes a walker will work too. I actually used one right after my knee was scoped to go the bathroom. I actually liked the walker better than the crutches. At least for me, I seemed to be able to get around a little easier with the walker than crutches. Hugs and hope your surgery goes well. (I also suffer with chronic pain, so do understand).
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   Posted 9/6/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alcie,

I have never been very good with crutches and can't even imagine having to use them to get around. My sister even fell in a bathroom at a restaurant because of hers. I used a walker after my surgery and found it to work very well. Of course, my surgery was for my back, but the walker feels so much safer to me. I would like to recommend that you pick one up before the surgery if you don't have one already. I learned the hard way that medical coverage does not necessarily pay for durable medical equipment. You can almost always find a walker (or request they get in a walker) at a local goodwill. I wish I had done this before my surgery.....same thing with the raised commode seat and the bath seat. Some may not consider this a great option, but I have found that a good cleaning with bleach kills the germs and you can save several hundred dollars. I always found the ones with the rolling wheels in the front and added tennis balls in the back were the best for me.

All my best!
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   Posted 9/6/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I would talk to your doctor about this ASAP. Another possible option would be a full leg brace that the hospital would have. But your doctor would be the best person to help you with this problem. I'm going tomorrow for an MRI to see if I have a cartilage tear so may be in the same boat as you before too long. Take care and good luck, Lisa
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   Posted 9/6/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, and thanks. I have crutches, but can get a walker from neighbor, will do tonight. I have a $500 deductible on durable goods, and hospitals charge 10 times what anything is worth.

Lisa, I hope it's just a meniscus and not a cartilage. I'll probably just get a little meniscus trim.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   


   Dear Alcie,

     I hope everything goes well with your procedure. It sounds like you are working very hard to get as much of your life ready as possible. I do hope though at some point you are able to relax and rest up a bit before your procedure. You sound down right exhausted!

    You will be in our hearts and prayers. I hope everything goes well. Stay strong!


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   Posted 9/7/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks crew -
Procedure went well. I finally found an anesthesiologist who listened to the post-polio spiel. He even had my anesthetist there - usually don't get to talk to them!

My surgeon found some no-preservative Marcaine, so I have the long-acting stuff helping for now. It'll wear off tonight sometime. I wish he'd put more in. Knee is stinging despite Vicodin and 2 ice packs.

I got both crutches and walker. The walker is so much better! I don't care if I look like a grannie. I am one!

I only wish the surgeon had stopped by to talk to me. He called my husband, but I got only a tiny part of the message, and I think I didn't get it right. Surgeon said there was NO TORN MENISCUS! How could that be? It clearly showed torn on the MRI! He said something about putting a tack in. Does that mean there was a repair, not just clipping away a torn piece? Repairs take months, not the usual weeks to heal. I have a call into his office.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
  Hey Alcie don't worry about how it looks , use what ya need to to be as safe as you can . I think your a very strong person dealing with this basically alone and still trying to do everything you need to . But give yourself a break please , you deserve it and your worth it . Best of luck my friend !!! Mikel 
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   Posted 9/7/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcie, I'm glad to hear that your surgery went well today and that the walker is your mobility answer for now. Please let us know what the dr says after you call his office about the surgery. I think a lot of the time if it is out-patient the dr's don't come and talk because they think you won't remember what he said anyway so don't bother. That's not the point, I think they should check on you anyway. It's polite if nothing else. Anyway I'm wishing you a speedy recovery. Lisa

ps-no news on my MRI yet, maybe tomorrow.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Alice!

I'm glad that your surgery went fine today, and those walkers do help when needed. Take it easy, and rest up as best you can.

Loved the Granny comment, and certainly a good attitude about it all! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 9/7/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alcie!

I'm so happy to hear your knee surgery is over, and I hope you have a quick and complete recovery! With any luck, the pain will start to disappear faster than expected, and you won't have to deal with any break-through.

I hope you're able to get the right answers from your doctor...maybe what you heard was the surgeon telling your hubby that now that this is done, there is no tear in the meniscus? I'm sure he'll be able to explain it all to you when you call, and I hope you get the answers you're hoping for.

Take care, rest up, and don't overdo it!!

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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the kind words and the suggestions from all.

I believe it when you say that the patient might not remember things. That's because of the Versed. I always refuse that nasty med. I don't want amnesia and a messed up mind for the next day or more! It was bad enough to have to agree to general anesthesia. Post-polio of the throat, I hate having things shoved down my throat, and I have a splinted tooth in front from the wreck to worry about too. I could have had just local, but the surgeon prefers general so he can manipulate the leg better, and the patient doesn't have muscle spasms messing up his work.

I talked with the surgeon last night. He said no torn meniscus, despite what showed on MRI. There was some arthritis, so he did some chondroplasty. The arthritis was probably caused by the bone bruise from the wreck last year. So, no tacks or hardware.

I don't need the walker except when I first get up. I'm allowed to put weight on the knee. It stings a lot despite Vicodin extra strength. The least little twist or bending to try to put on a sock is not fun at all. I get to take off the wrap and put on lovely support stockings tomorrow.

I'm supposed to be doing 3 sets of 50 leg lifts, holding 10 seconds. Then I am to start PT tomorrow. Ha! Not going to happen. I can do 1 leg lift.
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