In January 2018, I underwent a Tibial Osteotomy operation in the UK. I had been suffering from the onset of arthritis on my right knee and needed a solution that would avoid a knee replacement operation and get my life back to some level of normality.
In my last blog post I mentioned being diagnosed as being on the range as Pre-diabetic (type 2) – this means my last blood test showed my blood sugar to be higher than normal. This has made me urgently realise I need to make life changes to bring my blood sugar levels to a point that avoids me taking medication, or being affected by actually having Diabetes.
For the past 6 weeks I have worked on reducing my food portions, eating less sugary food and increasing my exercise intensity.
I have dropped 4kg in weight. My weight now is 105kg and my target is to get to 90kg in the next 60 days.
I have kept my knee exercises on point also and with the recent weight loss, I am feeling less of the pain. Previously and on some days, I do feel pain around the scar, joint pain in the knee . This will not go away completely, however it has lessoned considerably since my weight loss regime.
As the weather has become colder, I feel a lot better than the same time last year.
This does go back to the advice that was shared post Tibial Osteotomy of losing weight and eating healthily. I have found it difficult but have found my stride (albeit via another health condition) and expect to continue.
I am thinking of taking up Yoga now; some of the stretch positions put the knee in some painful positions for me but I’ll give it a go to see how it fares.
Recovery in weeks 3 and 4 (Feb 2018) In the weeks surrounding returning to work, I did find it tiring in the afternoon. I was able to work from home for a reasonable period; it helps the sense of things returning to normal.
Trying to balance a laptop, having a bag of frozen peas (to reduce swelling) and laying flat as much as possible does get uncomfortable – be aware. The swelling is getting less and some mobility was returning. I am going out more for a walk around also.
Starting Physiotherapy (at last!!)
Physio day (at the One Hatfield hospital) was something I was really looking forward to. In the same week, the UK was being braced to abnormally cold weather. Very challenging journey indeed to the hospital!
Loiza was worried on the day to drive. The outside temperature was around -1 to -3 centigrade on the day but snow was very light. In my mind I was completely set on going and would have driven myself to get there. I say this because I had set my mind to get to this milestone- its where the expert can tell me if my recovery is going well and what i need to do to get better. Having stopped work at 2pm, we set off.
I have to say that just sitting in the car and going for a drive is something i really enjoyed.
We waited for the physio to arrive and sat with a coffee.
We met with the resident physio, Craig. He started by testing my strength, assessed flexibility. He then went over additional exercises. Examples for strength exercises are :
Lying on the floor and lifting the leg up 6 inches and lowering slowly
Tensing the Quads and pushing the knee down
Bring the knee to your body
Roll up a towel, rest under the knee and straighten the leg
Stand up and hold a ball behind the knee and push the leg back
Craig said he was happy that I had been exercising- he could tell.
The final task was to walk and alternate the walking sticks – aiming to move me off 2 crutches and onto 1.
Having concluded the session, the task was to continue at home on a regular basis and get some core strength back.