Events, Decisions, Milestones

December 1980 – Football injury, partial tear of right Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and tear of right medial meniscus
March 1980 – Surgery to remove part of meniscus and clean up MCL
September 1984 – Basketball injury  –  torn right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
September 1984 – Surgery to remove more of meniscus and bone chips in right knee and drill holes to improve blood flow.
December 1984 – Fitted with brace to function as ACL – ACL never repaired.
March 1988 – Injured left knee while playing baseball
1998-1999– Received Synvisc injections to stimulate cartilage growth – moderate improvement.
1989 – 2012 – Stretching, ice and ibuprofen as I continued softball, baseball, golf and occasional tennis.
2012 – Began cycling regularly and tracking on MapMyRide
2012-2015 – Occasional cortisone shots, fitted for orthotics
August 2018 – X-rays for potential knee replacement,
December 2018 – Cortisone shots in both knees in preparation for trip to Asia
December 2018 – January 2019 Trip to Asia – If knees were a problem was planning on scheduling replacement some time after return
May 8, 2019 – MRIs on both knees show ACL deficiency (tear) macerated (shredded, frayed, or ripped up) meniscus, genu varus deformation (bow-leggedness) advanced osteoarthritis, loose bodies and full thickness  loss of articular cartilage. In layman’s terms, my knees were toast.
June 13, 2019Surgery – Successful simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty  (double knee replacement) performed by Dr. John Malloy at Broward Health North.
June 14, 2019 (1 day) – First steps on new knees
June 15, 2019(2 days) Moved from hospital to inpatient rehab, walked 100 feet with walker
June 16, 2019(3 days) Took final dose of percoset for pain. Stopped use of opioid drugs less than 72 hours after surgery. Treatment consisted of ice, Ibuprofen and Gabapentin  (non-narcotic nerve pain reliever)
June 17, 2019 –  (4 days) Climbed entire flight of stairs, did 800 steps on a stepper
June 22, 2019(9 days) Released from inpatient rehab returning home – able to fully function independently with aid of a walker.
June 27, 2019(2 weeks) Moved from walker to cane
June 28, 2019(2 weeks) Discontinued Gabapentin – totally drug-fee other than over-the counter pain relievers.
July 2, 2019(19 days) Rode 3 miles on stationary bike
July 3, 2019(20 Days) Back to driving
August 31, 2019(11 Weeks) Played my first 18 holes of golf
September 24, 2019 –  Completed 22 mile round trip to beach on bicycle