As most of you know I was having work done on my right knee after injuring it last June. Today was the surgery and what I was hoping to be just a normal cleanup, has turned into much more. Basically the ACL that I had done in 2005 is torn. It's completely gone. Thank you to the donor of the Achilles tendon that served as an ACL for all this time unfortunately I ruined it. I also had some loose bodies floating around and some bone rubbing issues.
So in addition to the clean up, I also underwent micro fracture surgery of the lateral femoral condyle. Basically my cartilage was very damaged and the lesions had to be removed. Once removed, the doctor then drills smalls holes in the thigh bone. The blood and bone then harden to become a cartilage like substance. Luckily, mine was lateral (outside) and my recovery chances are higher that if I had medial. Medial is weight bearing and is much more delicate. Lateral is delicate to a point but the chances are greater for success.
As for the ACL loss, the doc told me that my legs are incredibly strong. Usually they do manipulation movements in the office to check for your ACL and verify how strong it is. In my case I didn't show any issues with my ACL being there when he was doing these manipulation movements in the office. Generally once they have you under anesthetic they can manipulate your leg more. In my case even under anesthetic my leg still seemed very solid. This is good and may delay an ACL recon for a few years. At this point I am being starte on PT and were going to take it from there. He's not ruling out being able to do Ironman but likes the idea of off road and less running miles.
So I guess it's a good thing I bought that mountain bike and want to do Xterra races this year.
I'll keep everyone updates on the progress and see everyone out there soon!