Bone graft and knee reconstruction
Hi everyone hope you don't mind me posting here. I had a bone graph and knee reconstruction surgery done 3/2/03. The bone graph was done from cadaver bone and I now have a metal plate with approximately 20 or so screws....sorry I've only seen the x-rays a few times and it's hard to count how many are literally in there. Needless to say I had to learn how to walk again after this as I suffer from a TBI as well.
Anyhow, I'm young, 27, was 20 when this happened and I was told back then I would need a knee replacement by the time I'm 30. I know I need to have at least some of the hardware removed but of course that's a long process and being the mother of 2 young children I'm still holding thing off for as long as I can. I'm curious though has anyone else been through something similar? When you got your knee replaced how long did it take to recover? I'm frightened a bit by the magnitude of it all, silly I'm sure.
I do have severe pain daily, don't do well in cold weather, am not on any prescription drugs, have issues walking at various times, knee collapses often and I cannot run without it causing me searing pain. I realize these are some petty issues compared to never being able to walk. I'm not in PT any longer and haven't been since 5 months after my ordeal. I do still try and use some of the stretches and exercises I learned but it provides little to no relief. Thanks for letting me babble and please if you have an advice or info I'd greatly welcome it.