Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.
I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.
1st Day Post Op (Friday): A Day of Pain
This was the worse day, pain wise. I was pretty much crying and miserable the entire day. My dose was doubled on the narcotic pain killer, I was given Oxycodone with Acetaminophin. But it barely helped. I moved as little as possible, tried to hydrate and mostly just sobbed. I refused to stay in bed all day and still moved to the couch, ate some meals, and tried to maintain a normal cycle of being awake and sleeping. But I was really drugged. So be prepared for this to be the worse day. During the night, I was using the bathroom a lot, to get all the fluids out of me from the surgery. Peeing was also hard, side effect from the drugs they gave me and the oxy.
Lifting my leg caused pain, like a tugging near the surgery site. Whether my imagination or not, it felt like the bone they cut was being torn off every time I used my muscles to lift my leg. Which I needed to do when using the crutches. So after enduring this pain for longer than it should have taken me to figure out, I realized I could drag my leg behind me instead of picking it up. I put socks on that foot to make it more slide-able, and just dragged it. This let those muscles relax and I was able to move in a much more pain free manner. I did this for the first three days, until I could lift that leg without feeling the pulling. Granted this only works indoors, but that was where I was spending most of my time, so it worked fine.
2nd day Post Op (Saturday) we were allowed to remove all the wrappings from the leg. Images below.
I bought regular wipes for use until I was able to bathe. I wiped the leg down when we unwrapped it. I didn’t get the disinfectant wipes, just normal hand wipes. They aren’t baby wipes, but those would work. It was easier than trying to take a sponge bathe. And it ensured the incision site was kept dry.
The pain was better on day 2 and 3, but I still kept up on the heavy dose of pain killers.
Of note, how I did the toilet and sitting general. My left leg was strong enough to support me in a squat, and I would slide the right leg out, keeping a sock on it. The first few days, my husband also lifted my leg onto a short stool, so the foot was off the ground. Since having it low, made it hurt more. By post op day four, I was leaving it on the ground, but it was also easier to pee because I had less drugs in me. I also found it was easier to take my left leg (good leg) out of the shorts/panties so I could spread my legs farther part. The brace makes it hard to separate my legs while having the pant leg on.
(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)
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