Empire Boo-Hoo

Finally, a glitch, though mercifully it’s bureaucratic and not medical. When we first scheduled the surgery, I’d been worried about bureaucratic problems, because the surgery was scheduled for early January, and we had switched our coverage from Oxford...

Russian Stim and Leg Lifts

I had my first physical therapy session today. It lasted about an hour and featured “Russian stim,” electrotherapy with an icepack, and lots of leg lifts. Electrotherapy is intended to stimulate motor nerves and is thought to be beneficial for pain relief....

First Post-Op Visit

I have a new knee brace. The old one (shown below at left) was put on in the operating room. It had stiff pieces of metal running along the sides and bottom, and it wasn’t very comfortable. The new one is much more comfortable — and much bigger....

Frankenstein’s Knee

If you have a taste for gruesome pictures, click the continuation of this entry. You’ll get two pictures: one of my right knee, unveiled for the first time after surgery, with the osteotomy incision prominently shown and staples still in place. The other picture...

Knees, Before (but After)

Here’s an X-ray that shows what my knees looked like before last week’s operation, but after the 1987 ACL reconstruction and 20 years’ worth of use. Note the fun hardware holding the previous graft in place!