Downtown Toronto Health Centre
Chiropractic/Sports Therapy, RMT, Naturopathic
Chiropractic/Sports Therapy, RMT, Naturopathic
Lateral Cartilage Transplant/Femoral Microfracture procedure helps Doctor ride bike again.
Almost exactly a year ago I was under the knife for a fourth time to remove scar tissue and manipulate my knee under anesthetic to get more range of motion back. I had been stuck at 90 degrees of flexion – hardy adequate for cycling after a grueling cartilage transplant surgery four months prior.
To make a long story short – I had a slight setback this spring when I was concerned that a piece of donor cartilage had broken off while performing a leg stretch. An MRI showed this was not the case. My surgeon believes it was likely a few permanent sutures coming undone but luckily the cartilage is stable.
So is my knee 100%?
No – nor will it ever be. I feel that it might be 70-90% of normal which is waaay better than before! I am very gracious to my Toronto surgeon – Dr. Jas Chahal. Considering how damaged my knee was prior to the latest surgeries he did a great job inserting the donor cartilage. I am also very grateful for organ donors as this surgery wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
What have I given up?
What is next?
I was confirmed for another surgery recently to stabilize my very loose ankle but my surgeon abruptly moved away to BC. I have found another surgeon and am meeting with him soon to discuss options. Stay tuned but in the meantime…
I am sooo happy to be riding my bike again!
Knee Cartilage Transplant/Microfracture Surgery a Success! After a grueling two surgeries and a very challenging rehab over the past six months I have achieved my goal of riding to work again! Does that mean my knee is perfect? No – but it does feel about 85% better. My range of motion has improved from around… Continue Reading
The Range of Motion Battle Continues Roughly four months after a very invasive and challenging cartilage transplant/microfracture knee surgery I was under the knife again for a ‘clean up’ surgery. Why? The toughest challenge in the recovery/rehab has been trying to get full range of motion back – specifically knee flexion. At the three month… Continue Reading
Farewell to Crutches! After a very invasive cartilage transplant/microfracture knee surgery I can finally WALK AGAIN! My post surgery updates haven’t been as frequent as I had hoped but life has gotten in the way. We bought a house and moved 2weeks after my surgery and we are expecting our 2nd child soon. I’m also… Continue Reading
Cool Water Walking – A Great Post Surgery Rehab Tool Four weeks post microfracture/cartilage transplant knee surgery I went to a beautiful cottage in Georgian Bay, Ontario for a week of recovery/relaxation. Being on the beach everyday walking barefoot did wonders for me both physically and mentally as I recovered from a very invasive knee procedure.… Continue Reading
Almost Two Weeks After Getting Surgery Doctor Shares His Progress Cold Turkey – No More Pain Medications In my previous post, Percocet – An Honest Review, I discussed how this opioid pain medication with controversial oxycodone helped me through the darkest days of pain in the seven days after surgery. I also talked about the… Continue Reading
Doctor Gives Perspective on Percocet Post Knee Surgery Here I am five days post knee surgery and still taking percocet, a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. I was prescribed 1-2 pills every 4hrs for pain. The strength prescribed was the second weakest (Percocet 5/325 – 5mg oxycodone/325mg acetaminophen). I rarely ever take pain medication even… Continue Reading
Surgeon Performs a Microfracture and Cartilage Transplant After 18 years of knee pain and two prior knee surgeries I underwent my third knee surgery three days ago at Women’s College Hospital – a state of the art new hospital in Toronto. What did the surgery consist of? The anesthesiologists performed a femoral nerve block (to… Continue Reading
My Third Knee Surgery Has Been Delayed As I mentioned in a previous post, and to my patients, students, family, and friends I was supposed to get knee surgery today but I found out last week that it will be delayed. WHY? The knee surgery is quite complex as there are a number of factors… Continue Reading
How to Utilize Health Benefits & Improve Your Health As we approach the end of the year many look towards their employee benefit plans to get massage, physio, chiropractic, naturopathy, foot orthotics etc. Some haven’t used benefits all year and others have long since maxed out their coverage. Here is some info to help navigate… Continue Reading