Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jamie's Surgery

For those of you who haven't heard, Jamie injured his ACL playing soccer about a month ago. After several doctor's visits and an MRI, it was finally determined that it's not torn, but badly stretched which means it's not really doing what it's there to do. It's like when the elastic waistband goes in an old pair of underwear. It might still be there but it's not keeping those bad boys up if someone tries to pants you. The doctor said because Jamie is young, he feels the surgery is necessary. If he continued to try to run and play sports on the badly stretched ACL, it would eventually tear and could do other damage to his knee.

So next Tuesday Jamie will be getting surgery. I haven't gone to any of his doctor's appointments so I don't have too many details on what the surgery entails. His homework for next Monday when he has his pre-op appointment is to bring me as much paperwork as he can rustle up. But I do know that it's an outpatient procedure and he'll be home by Tuesday evening. He'll be in a brace and on crutches at first, but should be off the crutches within a couple weeks. Then he'll have physical therapy. I'm not sure how long the physical therapy will last or how long he'll be in a brace. I do know it'll be about 6 months before he's back to playing soccer or anything else strenuous. So if any of you were hoping to beat him at basketball or soccer any time soon, now is the time to do it.


cyndee said...

Poor Jamie! Of course, we are already praying for him and will continue to do so. Buy him some vitamin C and have him start taking LOTS. It will help with the healing.
At least he'll be able to play lots of video games! :-)

grandpa said...

Tell Jamie we have him in our prayers. He and grandma will have somethine in common to talk about this winter when we visit. She is doing great! Started going up and down the stairs the day she got home using the walker. So don't let him whimp out on you.