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7-Weeks After My Knee Surgery (1-Week Off Crutches) I Was Walking 10K Steps A Day.

by Anura Guruge


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Quite an increase from the 4-weeks prior
though I was beginning to increase my
range despite the crutches.


So far, close to 10-weeks post surgery I am doing pretty well — even if I say so myself. NO PAIN, whatsoever — other than when I try to bend my knee beyond 30º. I have a feeling that this might be permanent. But, I could live with that, especially now that I am 65.

Still wearing a STIFF, knee-locking brace 23.4×7! Take it off for two twenty-minute stretches to do knee exercises. I now have 3 braces, and I have basically stopped using the DonJoy.

Also still using a cane when I walk. Can walk without it and do occasionally. I now also have a collection of walking sticks!



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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Medicare Supposedly Pays $17,000 For A Knee Replacement, Only Paid $5,596 For My Knee Surgery.

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My Bill for Knee Surgery.

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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.



Knee replacement, of course, is a much more involved procedure with expensive hardware involved. In my case they only had to insert 3 small ‘fiber’ plugs. So, there was no hardware costs. But, it just goes to show.

Yes, I know of doctors that will NOT accept Medicare patients just for this reason. The lower reimbursement. Not sure whether this applies to surgeons, especially orthopedic surgeons. They must get most of their business from old codgers like I who need knee and hip replacement — though I was, of course, different.

That huge 100% price differential is NOT RIGHT. It is worse if you don’t have insurance. Hospitals really rape you. I know. Dartmouth-Hitchcock raped me — anally at that.

There has to be a middle-path. Between the Medicare amount and what other insurances pay.

This is why the U.S. healthcare system is so screwed up.

I am sure glad I have Medicare — with the Humana Advantage overlay on top of it (which costs me NOTHING).


 

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6-Weeks After My Knee Surgery I Am Off Crutches — Walking With A Cane.

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Dramatic increase in my step count yesterday & today.


Today’s first real walk in 6-weeks.

I think I walked further (but didn’t have the ‘proper’ GPS setting). C’est la vie.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


 


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The Bill For My Quadricep Tendon Tear Knee Surgery.

by Anura Guruge


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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.



Pretty amazing. All of it. The surgery, the recovery and the bill. Overall I could NOT have been happier.

The surgery itself was near miraculous in that I essentially had no pain afterwards. Was able to stop taking Tylenol and Aleve by Day #8. Never had to take even one narcotic pill. So, that was great.

Wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the bill.

I am amazed. Gobsmacked. I shouldn’t complain — but, I will, because I am like that. Smile.

So, who do I have for insurance. An Humana Advantage Plan (on top of my Medicare). The Plan is HumanaChoice PPO. I don’t pay a premium. They get my Medicare premium from what I gather.

That they can just write-off $12,166.56 of the bill is MIND BLOWING. If I didn’t have insurance I would be on the hook for this.

This bill is worth studying.



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Per Fitbit I Walked 7.7 Miles On My Crutches, Second-Week Post Knee Surgery.

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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.


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I knew I was doing around 2,500-steps a day, as of Day #2 post surgery. I, of course, track — and of late even log — my steps. Yes, per Fitbit 2,500 is about 1-mile. Wow. I had NOT thought about it as such.

I have NO IDEA whether this is good, bad or indifferent when it comes to crutches. First time on crutches — ever.

It is still COLD in New Hampshire. Temperature did not go much above 38°F all day. So, not easy to go out and hobble about — though I did do that a couple of days. Getting bundleed up while on crutches is just complicated.

I am happy. I think this is not bad for a 35-year old cripple.

Just for comparison, this was March 2018.


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Knee Surgery (2019) For Quadricep Tendon Tear: WORST Part Was Having Staples Taken Off.

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Before & After

 


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Staples taken out Day #14.

Pain is still negligible!


As I have carefully documented I lucked out, big time. Surgery was miraculous in that I was PAIN-FREE. I was amazed and still in awe.

Pain was negligible throughout — just with Aleve & Tylenol — and I was able to even stop taking those on Day #8. I, however, continued to use the DonJoy cold therapy ice unit — mainly because I have become addicted to it. Some get hooked on opioids after surgery, I got hooked on ice therapy. Surgeon, with a smile, said it was “OK” to be addicted to my ice unit. He said it could have been worse. [I am using it right now. What can I say. SMILE.]

I kind of had a gut feel that having my 16 staples out was NOT going to be a walk-in-the-park. As I am always quick to point out, I am not totally stupid, just partially. That the surgeon smiled and said that it wasn’t going to hurt was an added clue.

No beating around the bush. It hurt. I did NOT scream, BUT I went pale! But, to be fair, they didn’t all hurt. Just about 4 of the 16.

I could FEEL FLESH being ripped off! I said that.

Well, when I looked at the picture I took — above — I was bloody right.

You can see my brown flesh on a few staples. As I said, they didn’t all hurt. Just about 4 and those were the ones that, as you can see, have flesh attached.

OK, now.

Oh, I cheated. I will confess. Knowing that I would have pain, I took took Aleves beforehand.

Before taking the staples the nurse asked me my pain level. I felt guilty. I didn’t want to say ‘0’. That seemed wrong. So, I lied. I said ‘1’. She was thrilled. Her words were: “That is what we like to hear”.

After the staples were taken off, and she applied some oil (containing shellfish extract) pain was negligible again.

I did not use my ice therapy, at all, at all, all day yesterday. The ONLY day I haven’t used it since surgery.

So, that is the sad story so far.

Still in a LOCKED full-length brace and on crutches. Will be as such for another month!


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Knee Surgery (2019) For Quadricep Tendon Tear: Able To Stop All Pain Medication After Day #8.

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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

March 17 was Day #10.

Pain is still negligible!


Never expected this — in my wildest dreams, i.e., the minimal pain.

I thought I was going to be in agony. Not so. As I said in my very first post, it, i.e., pain control, was miraculous! Don’t know how they do it. But, they appear to have cracked what obviously has been an issue since the advent of life. How to perform major surgery without the patient being crippled by pain during the recovery.

Yes, for the first 50-hours I had a nerve block pain pump attached to my hip. Not sure what was in it, but reading the marketing blurb I gather it was not narcotic.

Other than the nerve block, all I used was Tylenol and Aleve. That was what was recommended. Tylenol first and if that doesn’t cut it, Aleve. I stuck to that initially but by Day #4 just fell into a 3 Aleve a day routine. For over 20-years Aleve has been my pain-medication of choice (next to straight Aspirin). I never take much pain medication, but when I have to I reach for the blue tablets. They don’t seem to bother me too much.

Yes, of course, I can carry on taking Aleve. But, I am a great believer in NOT taking pain medication if I can get away with it. I could be wrong, BUT my thinking is that if I use pain medication sparingly they will be more effective when I do take them. That is my theory.

By the evening of Day #8 pain really was negligible — though I have to admit I am more or less permanently attached to my ice unit. I would even say addicted. I know addiction is bad, so I checked. YEP, you guessed it. Too much cold therapy can be detrimental. So, I have cut back.

Also doing my knee exercises — heel slides. Did 90 on Day #10. I was told to shoot for 30. So, I am close.

No, I am not totally stupid — just partially stupid. So, I realize that the pain could come back, big time, without notice. Do NOT forget that I WROTE the book on “Central Pain Syndrome“.


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