2 Babies….2 Knee Operations

I’m sat here on a standard non sociable Friday night and sulking over my knee.

Sulking.

I had a second appointment with the Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon today and he confirmed what I have known for the last 8 months. I need keyhole surgery. I have another tear in my meniscus; the small circular cartilage disc in my knee.

This will be my second surgery on my right knee. I tore my cartilage on honeymoon in 2012 and nothing could be done initially, as I was pregnant with the gremlin. As your joints are loose with the pregnant hormone relaxin, the doctors wouldn’t touch me until she was born. Come February 2014, I had my first surgery and a long 8-12 month rehab, until I was back on form.

It was hard work, not helped that I didn’t see a good physio until almost 2 months after the op. Completely dumb, as I had a lot of muscle wastage and need to get it rebuilt and strengthen my right leg. I got there though and was back to normal with my activity.

Piglet was born in 2016 and I knew I need to take it steady. I did too so was completely dismayed when I felt a sharp stabbing pain in my knee when I went to change her nappy. Deep down I knew I had re-torn it. My physio was optimistic and it did feel better in time but not right.

Time passed and I started getting niggles above the knee which I suspected could be related. I knew I had put off seeing the consultant for long enough, so I took myself along for an appointment and an MRI, hoping that maybe my gut was wrong. Sadly no. I also have some quadriceps tendonopathy which is a bit of wear and tear to the tendon attaching the quad muscle to my knee. I’ve been told this is due to hard exercise and overuse, potentially made worse by the cartilage tear.

I know knees are never the same once you have injured them but for me, someone who loves to train, this is a real blow. The only plus is I never really got back into crazy exercise since Piglet was born, so it has been a long time since I went to Insanity or Body Pump and it looks like it will be a little more of a wait again.

It’s not the end of the world. I’m getting older. I’ve gone at it with my high intensity and squatting for a long time now and I guess I need to slow it down a little and take it easy.

I’m not going to let this get in the way. Rehab is slow but steady and if I work hard and stay focused, with physio and support I’ll get there.

I’ll keep you posted with the knee journey…part 2!

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  1. July 18, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Hope your rehabilitation is speedy. So tough struggling with an injury. Keep your head up x

  2. July 18, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Good luck. I have a total dodgy left knee. It was badly sprained when I was 15, then a minor ACL tear when I was 21. Then it was great for a few years till one day it suddenly went from under me. I then had two years of problems off n on. Was even on crutdor honeymoon in 2011. My last MRI scan I was told I have stage one cartridge damage. Now I’m just waiting for the day it goes again

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      July 18, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Eurgh horrible for you! I think once you do something to your knee it’s never the same. Fingers crossed yours stays ok for a while!! x

  3. July 19, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Aww no, poor you hun. I barely exercise but after both my pregnancies my knees have not been right, my left in particular hurts all the time. Hope your op goes well and you recover quickly xx #bestandworst

  4. July 19, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Oh no! That’s rubbish and a total pain in every sense of the word, especially when you have two little ones to care for. Keep us posted #bestandworst x
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  5. July 19, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Sorry to hear this. Hope you’ll be seen soon and back on the mend. Good luck!
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  6. July 19, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Good luck with the second knee op and wishing you a slow and steady recovery #bestandworst
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  7. July 19, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Oh no! This must be such a disappointment! My Dad was a long-distance runner so he had many, many knee surgeries and finally a total knee replacement five years ago. You’ve right that they are never quite the same. Maybe you’ll find something low-impact that you’ll love even more? #bestandworst

  8. July 25, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Oh no that is bad luck – as a runner I feel your frustration! #bestandworst
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