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Post Knee Surgery Knee Braces — My Experience & Recommendations.

by Anura Guruge


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First 4-weeks.


Yes, all-in-all I lucked out. I literally walked away from my quad-tendon reattachment surgery with no pain, no limp, no discomfort and no lack of flexibility.

I can basically do everything I could prior to surgery though I am not running as much as I used to. I do run but I do notice that it is not kind to my knees. So, instead I walk 4.2+ miles 5 to 6 times a week.

I am HUGE fan of knee braces. I used to wear them, off-and-on prior to my injury. IF I had been bearing one I might have saved myself the surgery.

As soon as I hurt myself I put a brace on my knee. It immediately took away much of the pain. At ER they gave me a full-length brace (see above). That was good. But, a few hours later I was fitted with a ‘DonJoy  X-Act ROM Hinged, Knee Brace‘. That was even better. I wore it 24×7 during the week prior to surgery. That week I went to Cape Cod on a mini-vacation. With that brace I could walk, in the snow, with no problem or pain!

I wore that brace for a month after surgery. It served me well though it was brutal on my thigh muscles. I found and switched to a smaller hinged brace with my surgeon’s blessing. Again, see above or check out this link.

I had told my surgeon, at one of my follow-up appointments, that I planned to wear a brace, on my, knee for life. He laughed, then realized that I was not joking. He then came around and said that it would do me no harm and that yes, it would even help.

I have been wearing an assortment of braces since. Not all the time. Definitely when I am walking, running, hiking or out-and-about. I found the simple ACE knee supports remarkably effective. Didn’t need anything else.

But, for my 4.2+ mile walks I decided I need more support. I was carrying 18 lbs of extra weight — in the form of a 12 lbs weighted vest and two 3 lbs wrist weights. I am going to give the 12 lbs vest a rest.

I got the NEENCA brace, shown above (twice), today. It is very comfortable and provides excellent support. Looking forward to walking with it tomorrow.

I definitely recommend it. About the same price as an ACE support. So, you can’t go wrong.

So, that is my story. Hope it helps.


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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Physical Therapy: The Most Expensive BUT Most Useless Part Of My Knee Surgery Saga.

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.


I was supposed to do a TON of physical therapy post week 6 of my knee surgery. I went to the first session. I was totally underwhelmed, somewhat aggrieved and felt that I had been FLEECED. I never went back. I did my own and I am delighted to say as week 13 approaches my knee is pretty much back to normal!

No pain. I now, as I did in the past, BOUND (yes, BOUND) up the four staircases we have in this house. Last Thursday, I ran 3-miles carrying 11 pounds of weights — up a hill. I am also doing 23-minutes of cycling on a stationary bike. I have NO PAIN.

Physical therapy is NOT for I. I do not need some kid, who is probably NOT as fit as I am (even when I was on crutches), telling me how to exercise. I exercise more than most and don’t need motivation, encouragement or threats. I just need time. I would exercise more if I had the time.

That they wanted a $45 copay when I only pay $35 to my surgeon genuinely UPSET I. The surgeon’s magic and care cannot be duplicated. Physical therapy — I could watch on YouTube.

They also did NOT have a long-handled shoe horn in the premises. That impressed me none. That is beyond ignorant.

I see that they charged my insurance $345 for a 40-minute session. That is criminal. I am glad I did NOT go back.

I am good. My knee is good. Physical therapy was NOT good.

So, you know the score. But, I fully appreciate that I AM STRANGE. So, factor that in.


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Despite Knee Surgery 3-Months Ago, I Walk More Steps & Climb More Floors, Than Most My Age.

by Anura Guruge


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This is per my Garmin, which I wear 24×7.


 


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.


I live in a 4-storey house; my office is on the 4t floor, bedroom on the 3rd, kitchen on the 2nd and main/family TV on the 1st. So, I have to go between all 4-floors, multiple times a day, even when I was on crutches. Just for the record, my Garmin was pretty appalling at counting steps & floors when I was on crutches because I was not moving my arms enough to make the accelerometer register movement.

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I live on the side of a 1,440′ mountain. I walk/run the road that goes up/down this mountain. So, anytime I am on that road, on foot, I cover a fair amount of elevation. Typically I have 300′ to 700′ of elevation gain a day when I go up and down this road. I love it.

I still haven’t started running. But, for the last 4 weeks I am making a concerted attempt to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. And it is working.

So, I am happy. I have LOST quite a bit of weight since my surgery! That was a bonus. Yes, I doubled, maybe even tripled, down on it. That has helped.

So, do NOT let knee surgery slow you down. SMILE.


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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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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