So I’ve decided upon Knee Arthroplasty
Knee replacement surgery
Ok…so I’m tired of limping around. I’ve done as much as I can and shouldn’t put it off much longer…
As you can see to the right, my knee joint looks plum wore out on the medial side. When they say bone on bone, I got what they mean.
This is my attempt at blogging about my experience. I will include many diverse, alternative, and mainstream viewpoints.
Preparing for surgery, sometimes called “Prehabilitation” is gaining in importance within the medical community.
My goal was to become knowledgable about the process of the surgery itself. That is what happens during the surgery and the healing process afterwards.
Also I wanted to look at as many ways as possible to prepare for the surgery. How can one be as prepared as one can be for the surgery?
I also want to heal quickly.What can one do after the surgery to heal as well and as fast as possible?
Luckily for me, I am an alternative health educator. I have a MS in Physical Education and am a Board Certified Structural Integrator. My BA in Philosophy also guides me look at things in different ways.
Additionally, Molly Gauthier’s education in nutritional therapy, herbalism, and astrology helped me in many ways. And her care, knowledge, and love facilitated my speedy recovery.
I also am connected to the remarkable healing community that we have here in
Charlottesville Virginia. I personally know many of the excellent practitioners in the area. And, of course, they also know someone who knows someone else. This is an advantage to a progressive small town and being in the same field for 28 years.
Below are links to various posts. They cover the hows and whys and whatevers. I hope they are helpful for you. I am not asking
that you believe in all the things I believe in. For instance, working with past lives may be a little over the edge for some of you. But other things such as diet and exercise shouldn’t be too controversial, but who knows.
If this list of items can help you look at your situation in a different, and more positive way then great. If they just amuse you than that is fine also. The modalities listed here are ones that I have tried and experienced.
Why have surgery?
Some have called surgery “Controlled Trauma.” So why would someone elect to do such a thing? I mean they use knives, saws, hammers, and screws. Without the vast knowledge of anesthesia, modern surgery would be impossible.
Trust me, I didn’t want to go through surgery I tried everything I could think of to avoid “the knife”.
So how would one choose surgery? I looked at where I was at in my life and what I enjoyed and found meaning in. In my current state, I wasn’t able to enjoy them.
Stating my goals and desires for the rest of my life enabled me to get clear that surgery was the best option for me. Once I realized this, getting the surgery became obvious.
Who is doing the surgery?
Whoever you choose to do the surgery should be someone that you feel comfortable with and trust. I would recommend looking around and getting a few opinions. Since some of the clients I work with have had surgeries, I got to know who was happy with whom. I chose my surgeon based on the results I had seen in patients and that feeling I got when I met the doctor. I could sense she had an intensity, and love, of what they do. My surgeon was Dr. Meagan Swanson MD. I preferred her surgical approach and her commitment to her work.
History of My Knee
I wanted to list the history of the traumas and experiences with my knee that got me to the place I am now. I feel this reviewing is important. It allowed me to process the past traumas and recognize how I got here.
Getting myself in the best shape before the surgery just made sense. Starting off from the healthiest place possible gives me the best chance of getting through with minimal problems and the fastest recovery. One wouldn’t run a marathon if one was not prepared. Surgery is the same. You are asking you body to do something amazing. It will do major repair and fight off infection with ease. Give it the tools to do it right.
Most hospitals and surgical centers have a “joint camp” or other pre surgery group meeting to explain what to do and what to expect with the surgery, and all the practical matters that need to be taken care of at home before and after the surgery. This is a great start, but there are many more things you can try.
In addition to the basic knowledge that the hospital provided about the surgery. I did some more research on my own. Below is a list of guides and modalities that I used before and after surgery.
Some were to help my body get to ready for surgery and repair afterwards.
Some where to help my mind get ready and recoup afterwards.
Some were to help get my spirit ready for the journey.
I have assembled them here.
- Understanding the Surgery
- Stuff the Doctor Says
- Rest, Sleep, and Healing
- Notes on Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster by Peggy Huddleston
- Hemi-Sync Surgical Support Series
- Bowel Health (the one I did not do enough)
- Lymphatic Drainage
- MAP: Medical Assistance Program
- Mental and belief work: Counseling, looking at my fears
- And, of course, Structural Integration.
Setting up a plan so I won’t forget things and have my resources ready.
Day by Day