Today marks the 2 month anniversary of my ACL replacement surgery and meniscus repair..and the 22 month anniversary of the injury that led me to go on *this* journey…This surgery was necessary following a severe dislocation of my right knee which resulted in a partial tear of the MCL, rupture of the patellar capsule, and a complete tear of the ACL with untold shredding of the meniscus…The MCL and patellar capsule came back but no amount of therapies were going to bring back the ACL and meniscus to keep the knee stable and this resulted in secondary injuries..because the knee would not hold, I failed to “jump” out of the way of an iron post falling down in my garden which broke my left leg and exactly 8 weeks later my knee locked up on the bottom stairs in my house sending me for a “spill” that broke my right ankle and sprained my right wrist (which was awesome because it lessened the blow to my head and the concussion was mild..) #karma And no..(despite my “age”) none of these ‘secondary’ injuries were due to ‘weak’ bones..the good modern doctors did a bone scan just for fun..the causative factor was a faulty and severely damaged knee…Those doctors and my good Surgeon (who saw my bones up close and personal and even drilled into them) ALL agree that I’ve got the bones of a 20-something-year-old! (I’ll take that 30-something year later!) #ayurvediclifestyleAfter 20 months of “living” in a brace (that took me twice to India, to China, and all over North America, thank you, dear Ganesha,) it was time to honor the Wisdom of Sushruta (the Godfather of Surgery per Ayurveda) and trust in the skilled hands of the surgeon with blessings to the unknown cadaver who donated (his?/her?) human tissue so that my body may have new living tissue instead of a “bionic” mechanical knee which is the typical protocol of modern times (and from what I understand, a much “easier” recovery time with consideration to my “age”…shhh…)
Back to the POWER OF AYURVEDA:
With the exception of anesthesia during arthroscopic surgery and a few days of prescription pain medications, my recovery has been self-treated (I AM a Professional) using 100% AYURVEDA!
And l k! At 8 weeks, I have had ZERO swellings, surgery happened to my “driving knee”, but I’ve been driving for 2 weeks now, I’m off crutches and out of a brace (except when I’m playing with horses, dogs or chickens who run in different directions), I went “aqua jogging” in the public swimming pool all weekend long and starting yesterday I’m holding #asana “tree pose” with the surgical leg!
With the exception of a few scars (that are melting away), you can not tell the “good” knee apart from the “bad” knee and despite the whole ordeal, atrophy to the affected leg is MINIMAL.
Per Modern Medicine, “standard recovery” protocol for this procedure is a 6 month therapeutic time and the good Modern Medical Professionals note that although I am only 2 months out, my recovery progress “looks” like my surgery was 4 months ago…I have full flexion and no scar tissue..(And yes, I have been advised to wait it out before hiking the Himalayas, so meet me in on the mountain overlooking the Ganga in January!)
What did I do? A LOT! Internal herbs, external herbs, potions, oils and pastes galore! I’m not going to specifically post what I did because AYURVEDA is highly specialized to each unique individual. The herbs and therapies that I used might not be right for you.. safe and effective recovery does not happen by blanket advice on Facebook!
As a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, I have taken a sacred oath to #donoharm and I hope you will honor to practice what you preach too by only giving recommendations within your scope of knowledge and expertise. (Which means that I will share comments with Professionals on professional pages.)
It is my intention that through the story of my personal experience, you will be inspired to delve deeper into the Sacred Science of AYURVEDA, APPLY the ancient knowledge for quality healing when prevention is no longer an option and Integrate Ayurveda with the technologies of Modern Medicine for COMPLETE CARE.
If you or someone you love has surgery or procedure to get through, consider reaching out to a qualified Ayurvedic Professional (like me) for #rasayana therapies to rejuvenate and repair to live with Health, Harmony and Happiness…
“The 1000 mile journey begins with the first step..” -Chinese Proverb