Friday, 3 January 2014

My ACL Reconstruction Updates

So back in December 2011, i had a fall and split my ACL. I went for physio following the fall and was told by the first doctor that I was fine to go without surgery.

A year went by, and I was doing pretty ok, I JUST COULDN'T RUN! And a year on, my knee started popping more often, getting stuck in one position, and I would suffer from pain for at least a week or two after each knee pop.

For those wondering why I didn't get surgery sooner, it was simply because I was scared. I was scared of the pain, the recovery and I didnt want to burden everyone around me while i was on crutches.

Anyways, I finally decided to "Man UP!" and went for a second consultation and a second MRI in August 2013, close to two years after the fall to find out that my meniscus was beyond repair with a complex tear and with all the popping, the doctor suggest surgery immediately. I was then scheduled for surgery 3 weeks later.

During the three weeks, I was an absolute baby. Every time I thought about surgery, I would start crying or be really upset (Don't judge me).

So the morning of my surgery came by before I knew it and honestly it wasn't as bad as many of the blogs/ forums / posts I read online where people complained of so much pain till they couldn't handle it and suffering the side effects of pain killers.

Besides feeling the sensation of pins and needles for 2 weeks on my leg, I did not feel much pain otherwise. I did go what I was told with the continous icing of the knee and having it elevated and honestly staying in bed for 2 weeks before trying to be a superhero.

Just some photos to give you an idea of what went on.

First Photo: Removal of Stitches! Yay !
2nd Photo: Rocking the knee brace!
3rd Photo: A night out not too long after surgery which resulted in my feet swelling up pretty badly! 


I still do have scars that I think look terrible, however I am so glad I've done the surgery and I'm still going for my weekly physio lessons.

A big thank you to my family and boyfriend for being so amazing during my recovery

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