Yesterday I went to see the surgeon who repaired my shattered patella – 2 weeks post operation. As usual, the Plaster Room at the U of A hospital was packed and it took me 2.5 hrs to finish my visit. The longest wait was to get an X-ray – some 50 mins from once I entered the que…
So my patella was busted into 4 main pieces, which Dr. Bury wired and pinned back together, starting with the top portion & working down to the bottom. So question is, why not just put an artificial patella in? Well, firstly, the patella is connected to your body w/ soft tissue and blood vessels – so if they can save the patella, they will. You see, my shattered p-bone was still connected to my body, so by wiring and pinning it back together, it still gets blood and O2 delivered, which enables it to heal. So this is my un-expert reasoning as to why I did not receive an implanted patella. If they can save the real one they will. Eventually I will require surgery again (in 9 to 12 months) to have the pins and wire removed – as most patients elect to do so.
Anyways, the doc is happy with how my knee is healing & I’ve been given a couple of assignments for the next 4 weeks. I need to start bending my knee letting pain be my guide. Basically bend it ’till it hurts. It’s quite a weird sensation as there is not pain but rather resistance to my leg bending. It’s like I’m stretching my muscles just to bend it like a normal person. Amazing how little time it takes of inactivity for your leg to ‘freeze up’ like this.
The second exercise is to statically flex my quad. Simple enough eh…we not totally. Since my quad has been inactive for 2 weeks, I can’t even flex it! I try and it’s just mush. So I’ll have to work on that too.
I still need my crutches to get around, which makes matters quite a bit cumbersome.
The good news is that I’ll be riding my bike again in no time. Race this year? Well, that may be a stretch as it will take a while to rebuild strength – but we’ll see. I’m in no rush to getting back to competing but I’m sure in a hurry to ride again! I was very relieved to hear this as you can imagine how difficult it would be to hear that you cannot do the activity you love to do again. Funny as the doctor told me I’m going to have to buy a bicycle for my rehab. I smiled as I proclaimed “I think I got that covered” 🙂
Do you think the extra pins and wire in my knee will affect my power to weight ratio?