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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.
There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.
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I had been wearing the ‘DonJoy’ X-Act ROM Hinged, knee brace 24×7 (with at most a 30-minute break to take a shower and do my leg exercises) since I busted my quadricep tendon on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
I was only supposed to wear it post-surgery, i.e., as of March 7, 2019, but it was so comforting when they first put it on me for size that I sought permission to wear it even before the surgery.
It was a pain, but it did a good job in supporting my knee. As long as my knee was well supported I had no pain — even from the start. Hence, why I loved the DonJoy to begin with.
But, after 5-weeks the dynamics changed. I had no knee pain and as such the need for rigid support was not as much. But, now I started to notice the damage the DonJoy was doing to my thigh muscle. It was brutal.
So, I contacted my doctor and got permission to order the smaller, lighter and wrap-around ‘Neo-G’ lockable hinged brace — shown above. It was on backorder and I will not get it till Tuesday.
In the interim I went back to the original ‘CorFlex’ knee immobilizer that ER had given me to use prior to surgery. For now it is great. It doesn’t eat into my muscle. The soft wraparound material feels good, though it also contains five rigid metal bars. Why they want you to use the DonJoy is that they want to start increasing knee flex after 6-weeks. You need a proper hinged brace for that — like the ‘Neo-G’.
So, this is a heads up in case you need a knee brace. I did a ton of research before picking the ‘Neo-G’. That my doctor said it was ‘OK’ was reassuring.