Re: tibial tubercle osteotomy on knee - any good stories
I am an 18 year old athlete who had to have this procedure done about eighteen months ago. After two failed lateral releases (the result of playing soccer and snowboarding), my doctor at Childrens Hospital Boston decided that a tibial tubercle osteotomy was the best chance I had at walking (I could barely walk before the surgery) and living a normal life. I am so glad that he made that decision! The surgery, although painful and frustrating at times, really did change my life and how I was able to revert back to an active lifestyle without further complications. I stayed overnight after surgery and was home the next morning with a CPM for a few weeks. That was probably the worst part since I had to increase the ROM every couple of days which was painful, but probably would have been much easier had I stayed on the machine 24/7. I had difficulty sleeping with it on so I would often take it off after about 30 minutes in bed. The advice I can offer is to be patient and do the exercises that you are supposed to several times a day even if they are painful. As of now, I am not back to playing soccer (more of a confidence issue), but I do snowboard and have even gained enough confidence to do jumping exercises when I go to the gym. I go on runs often and lift wrights pretty much every day to keep my knee strong. I still have a slightly smaller VMO and quad in my left side which will probably be the same for the rest of my life since I spent about five years in and out of surgery with not much time to rehabilitate. I am glad that I did opt to do the surgery even though my parents weren't so sure and I know that it may have prevented future osteoarthritis or at least increased the time until the effects will hit. As much as the pain is, find a good, practiced surgeon, and be patient. With hard work and determination, this surgery is a life saver!