My partner in life, my spouse, my husband using the word to mean that we husband each other, that we take care of each other, has spent several years hobbling from chair to chair. He used narcotic painkillers whenever available to enable him to function. I say whenever available because the Grand Old Party of the Republic in its war on people has made it increasingly difficult for humans living in pain to find relief.
Lynn’s left knee was crushed in a motorcycle car collision in January 1985. That Lynn lived is due to an incredible string on circumstances beginning with an ambulance crew being parked near where Lynn came to a stop, a trauma center nearby and a vascular surgeon on duty in the emergency room.
This is the result of Lynn’s knee resurfacing surgery. The surgery went well even though Lynn’s clinically obese. In his favor was a winter spent exercising at Planet Fitness doing as much as he could to build up muscle strength and flexibility. The down side was the disparity in leg length, and this was worsened by the surgery. Lynn is bow legged and the knee resurfacing surgery has the net effect of straightening the leg and increasing the difference in leg length to 2 1/2 inches.
If you really want to see how this work is performed, there is a YouTube video of a class demonstration. If you are contemplating this surgery you really need to decide whether or not you want to know all of the details. Many people prefer to take the “And then a miracle occurred” frame of mind. But if you don’t mind seeing the leg of a used body, power tools, and hand tools you will understand just why your new knee hurts so much after the surgery. I have learned over the years or more accurately over the many hospitalizations I’ve required that knowledge helps take the edge off the pain and that fear of the unknown is the most painful of all.