6.13.2012 Post-surgery Summary

June 13, 2012

Would have been good to maintain this during recovery, but there you go.

MRI showed that the left ACL was completely ruptured, the MCL torn but not ruptured.  No meniscus damage.

Dr. Mazer referred me to Dr. Sanders, the knee specialist at Greater Washington Orthopedic Group.  Sanders does hamstring tendon replacement.

Consulted with Dr. Pereles at Montgomery Orthopedics.  Confirmed diagnosis, offered to do a cadaver replacement.

I ultimately decided to go with Dr. Sanders.  Surgery was on January 26th.  Was walking in a knee immobilizer within a couple of days, missed a day of work total.

Did my physical therapy, three days a week, from February 1 to June 11 at Physical Therapy and Sports Assessment Center (PTSAC).  Purely by luck was assigned to Mr. Ed Lee, who owns the practice and played two seasons for the Detroit Lions until he blew his ACL out.  Care was fantastic – I have full range of motion, flexibility is fine, atrophy from the knee immobilizer is largely gone.  I owe thanks to Mr. Lee, Mike, Dennis, and the rest of the crew at PTSAC – good people all.

Was cleared by Sanders to do anything I want to do except cut or torque the knee.  So have been running, biking to work, mixing in some jumprope, and restarted Crossfit yesterday (separate post).

Will be able to get back on the mats after my followup with Sanders in six weeks.

Sharon has been a huge support through all of this.  I continue to be tremendously grateful for her willingness to support the time it takes to do this stuff, which I love.


1.  If I had it to do all over again, I’d go with the cadaver replacement.  Hamstring is still not 100% – has a little dead spot when I do knee lifts.  All of the (admittedly not large) setbacks I had during recovery were associated with the hamstring.  My knee is in great shape, and Sanders did a great job, but the procedure itself requires damage to the hamstring that you can avoid through a cadaver replacement.  Hopefully I will not have the opportunity to compare and contrast.

2.  My shoulder, which I separated in January, still hurts.  There’s a lump in the shoulder that is slightly tender to the touch, and the muscles that surround it talk to me after I exercise.  No impact on strength, though.  I will finally call and set a followup appointment for that today.



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