Janaye is now past the six (6) week window of non-weight bearing required for her meniscal transplant surgery. She is thrilled to be walking, to say the least.
Here is a quick update of Janaye’s recovery!
1. Her calf muscle on the surgical side is quite sensitive and “feels torn.” When the quadriceps weakens from the immobility caused by a surgery such as this one, walking becomes heavily reliant on the calf muscles. Compensations can be a real pain. This should improve as her quads perk up.
2. Janaye can now balance for limited periods of time on the surgical leg. Good job, Janaye!
3. We have decided that the donor meniscus came from a young person. Janaye did get to see the donor meniscus prior to transplant. There were no imperfections to the tissue, which will typically mean that the donor did not have the time in life to cause typical “wear and tear.” I would bet that meniscal tissue is not viable for donation in people over the age of forty for this reason. Become an organ donor, people!
4. Janaye’s lower back and hips were very sore and stiff for the first several days after re-introducing weight-bearing. Not being able to bear weight on one’s leg for six weeks is a huge problem in terms of body symmetry. The pelvis and lower back will inevitably suffer mal-alignment issues from excessive weight bearing on one side. The longer that the body is not allowed to bear weight equally, the more likely this is to become a problem.