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Knee Surgery

So, in case anyone is out of the loop -- I am recovering from knee surgery. The particular culprit that caused all the problems is called "Patellar Tendinosis". Go ahead. Google it. You'll find hardly anything because it's pretty rare.

Here's the best summary of the injury that I've found (in case you want to use it in a book or something): http://www.tendinosis.org/injury.html

No one really knows what causes it, is what you'll get. The current guess is that there is a maximum "healing threshold" in which the body can repair damage normally. If you are bloody minded, stubborn, and a fool (like me), you can push your body past the healing threshold, and instead of healing things normally it just throws whatever tissue it can at the injury -- bits of bone instead of patellar tendon, whatever -- and you end up with Tendinosis. The problem is once the tendon heals incorrectly it never remembers how to heal correctly again. It's almost like the Prion problem (prions are a lower state of energy than like substances in the brain, so once you have a prion in your brain, your brain chemistry starts sliding down that low-energy slope). Actually, tendinosis is completely different than that, but I keep getting that simile stuck in my head.

Anyway, they fixed it by cutting out the "dead" or "mishealed" part of my tendon, and letting it regrow.

Things are doing well so far -- off crutches, in PT, healing ahead of schedule -- but I have a long way to go to full recovery.


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May. 23rd, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're making good progress.
May. 24th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks man :)
May. 24th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Hope it works out well. Do you have to get hooked up to a "pain machine" like I did after my ACL surgery? Dayum that hurt!
May. 24th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Nope, I didn't have one of those, but I did have a whole lot of home-based PT exercises that hurt so bad I couldn't do them until the pain went way back down.

How'd you blow your ACL anyway? (Surgically, btw, they cut off a little bit more of my patellar tendon than they did on yours (or did you get tendon from a dead guy?), but they didn't have to open up my knee joint and rebuild a tendon either.)
May. 25th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Broke it doing a jump front kick. Turns out that is a pretty common way to break your ACL, actually. They cut off part of a tendon to repair the ACL (I think it was the patellar tendon, but I'm not sure).

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