Friday, February 11, 2011

Recovering from Knee Surgery

It's 2:45 a.m. the morning after I had knee surgery to repair a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), medial meniscus and lateral meniscus.  I had the surgery performed by Robert Mileski, M.D.  I've been sending many of my clients to Dr. Mileski over the years and his patients always seem to get very good results.  One of the benefits of seeing thousands of people injured on the job every year is seeing which doctors get the best results, I guess.  A few observations: 

1.  Percocet is awesome.
2.  Surgery is never as bad as you think it's going to be. 
3.  I had the same surgery on my left knee 17 years ago and medical advances in that time are amazing.  In 1994, I stayed in the hospital for 4 days after surgery.  I left the surgicenter within 2 hours this time.  My 94 surgery left about 11 inches of scar on my left leg, I'll have about an inch and a half and three arthroscopy holes this time. 
4.  There is a new medical device made by Maldonado Medical that is a sleeve that goes around the knee and circulates cold water.  It is unbelievably effective at keeping swelling and pain down (sure beats a bag of frozen peas!!!).  If you have surgery, I highly recommend picking one up. 

As I blogged before, I've filed this as a workers compensation claim.  I'm still waiting to hear if it's accepted or denied. I'll keep you posted.

Snow, Carpio, and Weekley are Arizona workers (workmans) compensation attorneys with offices in Phoenix and Tucson.  He blogs on a variety of Arizona Workers Compensation related topics and can be reached at (602) 532-0700 or (520) 647-9000.

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