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.
My goal is to become knowledgable about the process of the surgery itself but also as many ways as possible to prepare for the surgery. I also want to heal and speed along the recovery.
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 helps 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. This is an advantage to a progressive small town.
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.
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.
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.
I found that by looking at my goals in life and, realistically, at where I was at right before surgery, I came to a solid decision. Stating my goals and reasons for the surgery are helped me get clear that this is a positive choice. It is important to enter into to something as drastic as surgery with a confirmed list of why it is you want it.
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 get to know who is happy with whom. I chose my surgeon based on the results I had seen in patients and that feeling one gets when they connect to someone and sense their intensity and love of what they do. My surgeon was Dr. Meagan Swanson MD. I preferred her surgical approach and he commitment to her work.
History of My Knee
A history of the traumas and experiences with my knee that got me to the place I am now. This shows how past traumas have added up to the place I am at now. I feel this reviewing is important so that one can process the history of one’s life story and understand how the surgery fits in to the whole story.
Getting myself in the best shape before the surgery was one of the most important things I could think of doing. Starting off from the healthiest place possible just makes sense. If you are going to traumatize yourself, you might as well be a prepared as possible. One’s performance in any activity benefits from training and being prepared. 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.
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. Some where to help my mind get ready. Some were to help get my spirit ready.
- Understanding the Surgery
- Stuff the Doctor Says
- 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