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.
Day 15 post op (Friday): Bending to 75 degrees and putting foot down while walking
I’m still non weight baring, but am now allowed to place my foot on the ground while crutching. It can only bare the weight of that leg, so the bulk of the weight is still on the crutches. I would advise to wait until your therapist shows you how to do this before you try. Sometimes its called “toe-touch” weight baring, which just means what I described above. You don’t actually use your toes. Emphasis to roll your foot through the motions of heel to toe walking, so your foot rolls naturally. The hard part is, the brace is still locked at full extension. So I’m walking a bit stiff legged.
Bathing is much easier now that I am allowed to get the leg wet. I am opting for baths, because of my non weight baring status. I don’t submerge the cuts. So I’m bathing in a few inches of water. But its nice to soak the sore thigh and the bruises. I think they are fading/spread out better now that I can soak them in hot water. I still leave the brace on when getting in and out of the tub. I take it off when I start adding water. The leg just feels so weak from the knee down that I don’t feel comfortable moving it without the brace.
There is a noticeable lump on the side of the knee where they did the lateral release, my therapist says this is normal. The attached photo shows the lump.
(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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