The First Week:
May 15- Surgery
I was immediately on crutches and was pretty much stuck on the couch for the first couple days. I was able to crutch around, but there’s a lingering amount of pain and for me, nausea from the pain pills. You aren’t allowed to take your brace off, and you aren’t allowed to get it wet, so in order to take a shower I had to have my wife remove my clothes, tape a plastic trash bag around it and help me in. She then had to help me get my clothes back on and back to the couch I went.
I started immediately on the prescribed pain meds to stay ahead of the pain and it worked fine. I never went over a 3-4 on the pain scale and was very comfortable. I stopped taking my pain meds on the 4th day as the nausea was too much and was making it so I couldn’t enjoy my time with my family. Other than that the first week was very uneventful: Crutches, brace on all the time (including sleep), pain was very manageable.
I saw the doc after one week and was switched into a different brace. This one could be unlocked and you are able to hinge your knee to 90 degrees, good for the future. I was tasked with starting physical therapy beginning the next week. The goal this week was to continue to stay off the leg as much as possible and to exercise my quadriceps by doing “quad sets” in the sitting position along with ankle pumps to keep blood flowing down the leg to prevent blood clots.