Thursday, December 17, 2009

Knee Surgery Results

To follow previous posts on what happened with my knee click here for the first one and here for the second one.

I had surgery yesterday afternoon and the Doctor did not find anything wrong with my meniscus. Instead, he found other problems...
1. The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) had been stretched, but not torn. Because of the stretch, the some chords had separated so he repaired and tightened the ligament.
2. The Femur's Condyle (I believe) had been torn as well so he repaired that also.
3. Also, there is a slight crack in the cartilage underneath the knee cap and he repaired that as well.

I understood him to say that the femur and knee cap had slight cracks in them, but after researching here, I think it was the cartilage tears that he was talking about because he did say something about cartilage damage (I'll blame the misunderstanding on the drugs from

The final result is that the knee is fixed! I will be on crutches for two weeks without putting pressure on my leg (that will make leading worship in church and a Quinceañera ceremony next week interesting). The actual cost of surgery was $1600 usdollars ($20,527 pesos). We have already spent $370 usdollars on previous doctor visits, blood tests, medicine, and travel expenses. I go in for a follow-up visit next Tuesday where the Doctor will explain a little more in detail of what he did. I really like this doctor and have a high respect for him and his work. He told us that he will not be charging us for rehabilitation after surgery (Praise the Lord!). So, the continuing costs will be a minimal (travel and meds--if needed).

Thank you so much for your prayers and for those of you who have helped financially. If you haven't had a chance to help and would like to, you can see how here.

Blessings to you all!

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