A little over eight months ago, I had the MACI knee surgery procedure, along with a MPFL Reconstruction. I’ve given you updates along the way and some pretty amazing things have happened over the last month or so that I just had to share. If you had this procedure or are thinking about having it, you will want to read this post, as well as my previous updates.
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MACI Knee Surgery
It’s been a little over eight months since I had the MACI knee surgery and I am still very happy I had the surgery. It’s not been the easiest of recoveries. However, I knew that going in. I knew that the full recovery is about 18 months. With that said, there are a few things that, along the way, I kind of thought would be my new normal. For instance, going up and down the stairs. I was able to go down somewhat OK. However, going up the stairs was difficult. I could do a few stairs OK, but not all of them. So I resorted to going up one step at a time. Well…guess what?! Last week, and every day since, I have been able to go up the stairs “normal”, with very little pain!
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About the MACI and MPFL Procedure
So, why the MACI procedure? What is it exactly? I had two issues going on with my knee. First, I had terrible knee instability. Second, I had a lot of cartilage damage. The MACI procedure is a two part procedure where they took a biopsy of the cartilage in my knee during the first surgery. A lab took that biopsy and grew more of my own cartilage. In the second surgery, they cut way all the damaged cartilage and replaced it with my new cartilage. The next thing they did during the second surgery was the MPFL Reconstruction. With that procedure, they took out a tendon and used a donor tendon to help stabilize my knee.
How Are Things 8 Months Later?
I honestly could not be happier! It’s been SOOOOO long since I was able to walk without worrying about my knee dislocating. I started physical therapy in October of 2018 after my first surgery. Currently, I am still going to physical therapy. The second surgery was in April of 2019. Right now I am going once a week, every other week. When I am not at physical therapy, I make sure to go to the gym daily (or almost daily!) to continue to build up my strength. All in all, while my knee still gets sore from time to time or stiff, I am very happy I went through this surgery. It wasn’t always easy, and it still isn’t. They work my butt off at physical therapy, but the confidence I have in my knee now is great.
If you are going to be having knee surgery. I have three tips for you.
- If you have time before the surgery, do physical therapy or strength exercises. The stronger you can be going into surgery, the better things will be after surgery.
- Listen to your doctors and physical therapists. Do the things they ask you to do outside of physical therapy. They will know if you don’t!
- Consider picking up the three things I linked to at the very top of the post. The knee elevator is paramount to getting a good nights sleep. If your hospital doesn’t send you home with a water ice machine, buy one. It helps so much! Finally, the Arnica gel helps so much with swelling!
If you have had the MACI knee surgery, please leave me a comment and let me know how you are doing! I would love to hear from you.