A little bit of background. So Iv had ”funny” knees since I was a child and they began dislocating at 13 a scary, horrible experience, but weirdly one I got used to. They have dislocated walking down stairs, in a swimming pool, and a night out with the girls would often end in my painful party trick of me on the floor with a knee that had dislocated. But I would persevere, ice, rest and carry on with life.
I mainly put off the idea of surgery, due to my driving test, travelling, shopping, washing my hair…. you get my point I avoided it. The pain was a factor for this, but not the real reason behind neglecting my knee’s for so long. I was scared of how much it would change my life, my job, my relationship, my social life. Also hearing the recovery was sooo long, I was scared I was going to ‘miss out.’ I was also scared it would leave me worse off.
I Know its just an opp, but I developed a deep rooted anxiety around the issue, every dislocation left me a little more anxious, I think that’s called a trauma. Youd think it of pushed me toward getting it done, but it made me avoid it more . But that’s anxiety . It makes no sense . I think others going through any physical or mental recoveries can relate to that, not just those TTT rare knee people .
But things changed. I cant live in constant anxiety that my knee may pop out should I slip in a swimming pool, or walking downstairs or I move to quickly, any longer. So I am booked in for a TTT/TTO surgery ( Tibial Tubercle Transfer). Basically, you know the bump below your knee (tibial tubercle) they move that, by breaking that off your tibia with the patellar tendon attached and move it to a more ‘appropriate’ place.
I have found a few people online who have had this surgery which is great as its a rare knee surgery, so it would be great to speak more to you.
But no matter your surgery/Recovery I think its great to share stories to support and help one another on the bumpy road x