Tuesday, 8 May 2012
To knee or not to knee?
Well I’m back from the knee op.
After the spinal anaesthetic, being wheeled into theatre and vaguely seeing a group of gowned and masked figures, one with a yellow leg over his shoulder, which, after a bit of rational thought I deduced must be mine; I had no sensation whatever that the leg had anything to do with me
A screen was erected above my middle. From thereon the only memories were the brief sound of a saw, and a chinking hammer and chisel kind of noise, not from mild steel, but ringing stainless or titanium I guess.
Back on the ward the less said about insertion of a catheter to relieve my bladder the better.
A visit from the surgeon. I was sitting in a chair. He asked me to bend my bandaged leg back as far as I could which I did. It was not at ninety degrees. He said,
“now hook your other heal round the ankle and pull back further”,
which I did with a fair amount of pain, so he said,
I managed another half centimetre, and he said,
“further, you can’t do it any damage, I got it to a hundred and twenty degrees in theatre”.
Yesterday, the dressing was changed. I was interested to see a vertical row of about fifteen metal clips running up my knee looking like a mini via ferrata. I have an appointment with my gp’s nurse on 17th May for removal - I was told some people keep the clips as a memento. I think I might put them on Ebay?
I have been emphatically told I must carry out a series of exercises four times a day, taking them well into the pain barrier, and for the moment my life is revolving round that programme. I am walking with crutches, and generally experiencing a lot of pain.
Do I recommend this procedure to anybody else? I’m not sure yet.