I met with the orthopedic surgeon this afternoon. He told me that the patellar tendon in my knee had been torn.
I’ve been learning a lot of physiology. The knee has muscles, bone and cartilage. There are also ligaments, which connect bones to bones, and tendons, which connect muscles to bones. Think of your hands, where there are no real muscles. The ligaments hold the bones together. But the muscles in the forearm, which give the fingers their strength, are connected to the bones via tendons.
The knee has two tendons. The upper one, the quadriceps tendon, which connects the upper leg muscles to the knee, and a lower one, the patellar tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the kneecap (the patella). It is this lower one that I tore.
The surgeon said that the only solution is surgery, and he is trying to get the surgery scheduled for Monday or Tuesday of next week. The surgery involves drilling a hole in the bone and then, basically, tying the tendon to the bone. The surgery will last about an hour, and will then require a stay in the hospital of two or three days. After that, there is about three weeks to six weeks of wearing a cast to keep the knee immobile and then three to six weeks of physical therapy to reintroduce movement and strength back to the knee.
So, things are moving forward and I should be under the knife early next week if all goes well.