Back in mid September 2014 I began developing some pain in my right knee. Pain levels were significant enough to cause loss of mobility and interfere with my sleep. Needless to say, not fun.
I got both an X-Ray and MRI done in PA/NJ where we were staying at the time. This was arranged through my family doctor (Dr. Brian Smith) and friend. The X-Ray indicated an abnormal image and the MRI showed loose bits floating around in the joint.
Back in the OR again under Dr. Cooper's care. A great doctor!
I sent along the images to Comprehensive Orthopedics in SLC, UT to be evaluated. They were really good about working with me some 350 miles away. As a side note, Jeannie and I decided to head back to Montrose, CO for an indefinite stay.
A pre-op was scheduled for Wednesday November 5th. My surgery came down the next day and I had my post-op in Friday at 8:20a. We stayed in the Crystal Inn for 3 nights. Right after the post-op we headed back to Montrose which is about a 6 hour drive.
Still feeling a bit dizzy but much better overall.
The good news is I didn't need a knee replacement and everything was corrected via an arthroscopic procedure which will restore full usage of my knee. A bone spur was removed, loose cartilage was removed, a meniscus tear was stitched and some rough joint surfaces were smoothed. Following my recovery, Dr. Cooper says I can even do some skiing this winter albeit later in the season.
BIG thanks to Dr. Cooper, his staff and the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and their staff for a job well done. I'm feeling much better now and in just 2 days can walk without crutches. I'm going easy for 2 weeks, however. Slow, easy and steady is the best way to keep this all moving forward.
Complete slide show HERE
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I need to scan the plates of the internal pictures of my knee.