Has anyone had surgery before? Well on Tuesday April 22nd I will undergo my first surgery. About a month ago I injured my knee and I thought it was a bad sprain. I was walking on it fine, running and having a great time. I went to go play basketball one day and when I was lading from trying to rebound a shot my knee gave out and felt like jello. I said to myself ” What in the world is going on?” I took a five minute break to walk around to see if I was loosing my mind. I got the feeling back in my leg about five minutes after walking the pain off but I realized this was not a ordinary sprain I was dealing with. So I scheduled a appointment with a orthopedics to check on my knee to make sure everything is okay. After my first visit the orthopedist thought it could be a ACL tear. (The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is an important ligament for proper movement. ACL injury more commonly causes knee instability that does injury to other knee ligaments.) Below you can see a full ACL Tear.
So for me to know for sure what is wrong with my knee I had to go get a MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to investigate the anatomy and function of the body in both health and disease.) The following week I went in to get my MRI done and I was did not know what to expect. I laid done on e table that lowered me into a big machine that look like a huge vacuum and I could not move for 30 minutes. That 30 minutes felt like days. I never stayed that still ever in my life. When that was all done I had to get the result from the doctor later that week. When I went into the doctor to find out my results we found out It was not a ACL tear. Great! Instead I had torn my Meniscus.(In sports and orthopedics, a tear of a meniscus is a rupturing of one or more of the fibrocartilage strips in the knee called menisci.) As seen below.
As soon as the doctor found that out he decided to go into surgery as soon as the following week. I was nervous and did not know what to expect and worried about how it would affect my classes. Once he explained everything to me I spoke to a few of my professors and explained the situation and they were helpful and supportive as well as understanding. So I prepared myself for Monday Morning surgery. I had to stop eating fro sunday night at midnight and it felt like the world was going to end in my tummy. Once Monday morning came I was in a great mood and the anxiety kicked in. I was ready for the surgery and wanted to get it over with. I woke up early and went into the shower. As I was showering my phone rand twice and I picked up the third ring. I heard someone say “is this Mr. Cooke?” I replied yes it is. The voice on the other end said “Hi this is the surgical doctor informing you that your surgery is postponed until tomorrow morning due to overbooked surgeries today.” I said great, another 24 hours to think about this operation.