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After a long run around and three different consultants - all with differing diagnoses. I went in on Thursday for my third knee arthroscopy.
I was and still am nervous. The first in late 2013, debridement and microfracture, I was one of the 5% for whom things got worse - couldn't bend or kneel and off work for 4 months. Second in 2015, another debridement, microfracture and cutting of fat pad. Better results but gradual deterioration.
So back and forth to physio and consultants and the end result was Thursday's op. I signed a consent form for him to do what he liked really - anything in a bid to get rid of the pain.
Ended up with just the arthroscopic chondroplasty.
So I am home doing exercises properly - have done them since the first op everyday anyway. Obviously swollen and tight at the moment. Getting around and trying to keep mobile and bending as much as I can
Now the question is how long should I be off work for? I've had varying answers from one week to 6-8. My sick note says 6 weeks. I do get full sick pay so money is not the problem.
I have to be able to drive for work, get in and out of the car - I work in the community. I have to be able to get up and down off the floor - I work with disabled pre-schoolers in their homes. I have to be able to kneel and high kneel.
At the moment I have two roles at work - each 0.5 of my week.
The other half is more office based arranging meetings, chairing them and typing up minutes.
Previously the pain was also related to having my knee at right angles so sitting was an issue.
I am very concerned that this op should not fail - I don't want anything I do to compromise it.
Does anyone have any answers or advice? I know it's a bit of an open ended question. My GP is concerned that it doesn't go wrong and said he wouldn't send me back till I was fit.
Thank you all in advance
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