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Posted by joeabbott on January 17, 2016

2016-01-14 11.24.572016-01-14 13.52.45When I got back to work after the new year, a whirlwind of activity was going on in the background: activity involving the scheduling and prep for my knee getting fixed!

The operation took place this past Thursday and was completed by Dr. McAdam of the OPA/Ortho clinic. While he dug around in my knee, yanked out some parts that I can only assume were contributing to my ailments, and I spent a good while waiting for the anesthetic to wear off, it was a reasonably short affair: we left the house around 10:30AM and returned by, say, 3PM.  Lickity split!

The problem being addressed was a diagnosed horizontal tear in the meniscus of my right knee. While I thought the solution was to “shave off” the cracked part, the included video shows more yanking and ripping of the affected part (I’m assuming); which was then suctioned out.

For the operation I chose to have a spinal block, versus going under general anesthesia. We’d met with the anesthesiologist prior to the procedure and, based on my health and history (I’d been under twice before in recent years), he was confident I was a good candidate for “general”. However, I’m a curious guy and interested in what’s going on, so I wanted to know if the spinal block would be as effective; he assured me it would be.

After clearing with the doctor that having a chatty patient wouldn’t be a problem, I opted for the spinal block and couldn’t have been happier with any decision I’d made: it was quick, painless, the anesthesia wore off without side effects, and I was able to see and “participate” in the surgery! Heck yeah I asked question. I also made some observations, cracked a few jokes, and generally enjoyed having a front row seat that would normally require me to have completed a lot of schooling … or getting being impacted by some other physical trauma. It was great.

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Right now, 2-3 days after the fact (it’s Sunday), I’m walking about with only a slight limp, have minor pain and discomfort, and generally feel I’ll be back in shape in no time! Yes, I’m still treating the knee with cold pads, taking an aspirin once in a while, and letting Suzy do all the chores and housework, but it really feels quite fine for having had someone digging around in there.

The following video is from my operation; perhaps I’m a bit too close to the topic but it takes a bit of a strong stomach to watch. Think: a bit less razor precision and more yank-and-pull. But, clinically, it’s very instructive!

I’ll only do light walking for about 2 weeks and will wait for three weeks before getting back to spin class (stationary bicycling); but I have high hopes this summer will see me on a lot more mountains than I was on this past year!


And that was it. A quick nip and tuck and I should be back to fighting strength. Thanks for checking in!


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