Boulder, CO, Saturday 06/12/99
The accident was due to fatigue and lack of attention more than anything else. The usual story: the last run of the day (around 4pm), bad snow conditions (May 9th!) and bad skis: my ski caught an edge, didn't release, I heard two pops coming from my knee while flying in the air... and you know the story...
Diagnosis: 3rd degree ACL tear, LCL tear and possible meniscus tear. Solution: ACL reconstruction surgery or changing my life style plus the possibility of developing arthritis in 10 years or so due to meniscus damage.
I opted for the surgery and scheduled it for Friday 06/04/99 with Dr. Drigan
Wieder (highly recommended to anyone living in Boulder, CO and surrounding
areas). My ACL reconstruction was done using the patellar auto-graft and
titanium screws. I didn't use a CPM machine or an ice machine at any
time, and I didn't seem to need it.
I'd taken some pictures of my knees before the surgery and how they've been looking this week. I'm planning to add some more in the future.
I wrote a diary of the first week post-op while I was "under the influence" of the Percocet and Vicodin to remember these lovely days, and for anyone who would want to take a look. Be my guest. :)
Boulder, CO, Wednesday 08/04/99
It's been two months since the surgery and I've decided to update this page. Among the main additions are pictures of how my knee is doing right now and some things I learnt during the experience.
I'm close to full flexion now and my leg is starting to look normal again. My knee is still swollen and my thigh is weaker than it should be, but my leg is almost fully functional now. Enjoy. :)