ps... Joe, I was told I would need a cadaver graft and there was more chance for complications with that as well. Also, more chance of rerupture when the retraction is large. I have an 11cm retraction.
rpolaw and goaltender, good luck with your recovery. Christineb, Ontario is to long of a commute!
Hi everyone. I will be 3 weeks post op tomorrow and I feel great. The incisions are starting to heal and pain is minimal now. I am on crutches for 3 more weeks and then PT.
kiwiaussie77-sorry don't know what that medical terminology means. Do you have an appointment with a specialist?
Tammy and rpolaw all the best with your recovery!!
Joani - very sorry to hear about your experience. I will send you some stuff I found on the internet, not sure if I can contact you directly through this forum? Don't lose hope. There might be also be an orthopedic association that you could contact to maybe find a surgeon that treats this specific injury. Hang in there.
I will get back to you with links to articles tomorrow that you and whoever can read. Don't despair. I don't know your financial situation but you are looking at the rest of your life. Seattle is not that far from you and is a great cosmopolitan center that I am sure has great ortho surgeons. Let me get some info put together for you that I have researched.
As for me I am 4 weeks post op and have started rehab on musles on my arms, calf and foot. Not much more til my brace comes off in two weeks. Got a standard walker since I have a hard time with balance and crutches at nite. It is slow but really helps getting to the bathroom when I am tired at the end of the day.
Glad you are through surgery Tammy. Keep us updated. Will talk to you all tomorrow. Thought I might put together a very short summary of our current active members so it is easy for everyone to know who is who, such as Rich, Flerdle, Dave, Tania, Tammy, Carol, Maggie, Christine, nicole, Scott, Lisa, Joe, etc. We need to keep the support going for each other.
That is a good ideal!
Sorry to hear of your trouble. I don't think your surgeon is quite right. My wife is 62 years old, had 17 centimeters of retraction on all three heads of the hamstring, and had surgery with full success. The incisions was three inches, no cadaver graft, and no pain after the first 48 hours. If you read this entire thread, you will see some people who left this untreated had problems for life. Unless you are quite elderly, I would get to an experienced surgeon and have this done. Experienced surgeon is the key. Our surgeon and his research partner have done more than 50 of these. We traveled to Philadelphia, PA and stayed in a motel for few days to have this surgeon, and it was the best investment we've made. Best of luck with your decision. Kevin
I'm sorry your surgeon hasn't done this surgery. I had the same problem. My first surgeon told me I would heal just fine w/o surgery. I went to PT for 3 months and I only got worse. My hamstring wasn't attached at the pelvis at all, only at the knee. How is the hamstring suppose to get strong when it is only attached at one end? It doesn't. It just kept falling farther down my leg. The other muscle try to compensate, but they don't function in the same way. They can't do what the hamstring does. The muscle will end up scarring into place wherever it lies, and since it is next to the sciatic nerve, this often is scarred as well, which can cause permanent pain and disability. Many old school docs don't realize how repairable this injury is. They haven't kept up with what is going on, and since it is a rare injury, they don't have personal experience with it.
When I went to a different surgeon, he said that I should have had surgery right away. You need a second opinion. I would try to find out if any of the specialists have done this surgery. I would also take in information, and advocate for yourself. This surgery is being done all over the world very successfully. The injury is a fixable one. U.S Dr's are not knife happy. They are doing these because it works and it is far better than the alternative. Don't give up. Hang in there. The people in this blog understand and will help you. A new plan can be made.
Here are links to various studies of proximal hamstring avulsion surgeries. *One even is a study with a tendon graft. *I printed these to give to my doc, but he did not want to see them. *Since he did not give my physio guy much in instructions, they were most helpful for PT. *They also helped me understand the surgery, PT, and outcomes better
Also google*hamstring avulsion jefferson edu
Thanks for the support. I called this surgeon today as he suggested. He spoke with a colleague who is the sports consultant for major Canadian teams. He doesn't do the surgery for the majority of his patients. He has good results with long term physio and complete return to play..(football and hockey players) I tried again to address long term issues, and he admitted he doesn't know if this other surgeon is following up with any of these people down the road. I brought up that I am having sciatica issues already and am worried down the road. His opinion was that since the nerve is not being impinged against a bone that scarring won't be an issue and if I am having sciatica pain that its probably not related to this injury!!!This is very frustrating. My finances won't stretch to Seattle,except if the Mexican insurance company for the resort will cover it. I am going to check online right now for an ortho doc in the Seattle area. I am also going to forward all these links to the doc I saw here. Thanks again everyone...joani
Joani...check the ortho dept at univ of washington...univs are usually more advanced in treatment. Also googled n found this doc...
Do not know anything about him, but doc does treat the Seattle seahawks and lists the hamstring surgery in his bio. Let us know and good luck!
hey everyone, thanks again for info. I will def. check U of W site....here's my email if anyone would like it...firstname.lastname@example.org