Tag Archives: Surgery

One Year Post Surgery Update

Four knee surgeries later – SUCCESS!

Lateral Cartilage Transplant/Femoral Microfracture procedure helps Doctor ride bike again.

goodlife fitness union station cycling dr. jory

Almost exactly a year ago I was under the knife for a fourth time to remove scar tissue and manipulate my knee under anesthetic to get more range of motion back. I had been stuck at 90 degrees of flexion – hardy adequate for cycling after a grueling cartilage transplant surgery four months prior.

Surgery Tools

To make a long story short – I had a slight setback this spring when I was concerned that a piece of donor cartilage had broken off while performing a leg stretch. An MRI showed this was not the case. My surgeon believes it was likely a few permanent sutures coming undone but luckily the cartilage is stable.

So is my knee 100%?

No – nor will it ever be. I feel that it might be 70-90% of normal which is waaay better than before! I am very gracious to my Toronto surgeon – Dr. Jas Chahal. Considering how damaged my knee was prior to the latest surgeries he did a great job inserting the donor cartilage. I am also very grateful for organ donors as this surgery wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

Doctor Jory Patient

What have I given up?

  • no more deadlifts (unless done with minimal knee flexion)
  • no more squats (YAAAH – an excuse for my chicken legs 😉
  • no more cutting sports (I had given these up decades ago)
  • no more running long distance (I will, however, be training for a sprint Triathlon in two years – only a 5km run)

What is next?

I was confirmed for another surgery recently to stabilize my very loose ankle but my surgeon abruptly moved away to BC. I have found another surgeon and am meeting with him soon to discuss options. Stay tuned but in the meantime…

I am sooo happy to be riding my bike again! 

Knee Surgery Number Four – Three Weeks Post

The Range of Motion Battle Continues Roughly four months after a very invasive and challenging cartilage transplant/microfracture knee surgery I was under the knife again for a ‘clean up’ surgery. Why? The toughest challenge in the recovery/rehab has been trying to get full range of motion back – specifically knee flexion. At the three month… Continue Reading

Walking in Water – The Less Discussed Miracle

Cool Water Walking – A Great Post Surgery Rehab Tool Four weeks post microfracture/cartilage transplant knee surgery I went to a beautiful cottage in Georgian Bay, Ontario for a week of recovery/relaxation. Being on the beach everyday walking barefoot did wonders for me both physically and mentally as I recovered from a very invasive knee procedure.… Continue Reading

Percocet – An Honest Review

Doctor Gives Perspective on Percocet Post Knee Surgery Here I am five days post knee surgery and still taking percocet, a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. I was prescribed 1-2 pills every 4hrs for pain. The strength prescribed was the second weakest (Percocet 5/325 – 5mg oxycodone/325mg acetaminophen). I rarely ever take pain medication even… Continue Reading

The Day I Finally Got a Cartilage Transplant

Surgeon Performs a Microfracture and Cartilage Transplant After 18 years of knee pain and two prior knee surgeries I underwent my third knee surgery three days ago at Women’s College Hospital – a state of the art new hospital in Toronto. What did the surgery consist of? The anesthesiologists performed a femoral nerve block (to… Continue Reading

The Day I was Supposed to get Knee Surgery

My Third Knee Surgery Has Been Delayed As I mentioned in a previous post, and to my patients, students, family, and friends I was supposed to get knee surgery today but I found out last week that it will be delayed. WHY? The knee surgery is quite complex as there are a number of factors… Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Dr. Jory is on a never ending quest to acquire knowledge. His intellectual passions for science, health, astronomy, and evolution are balanced with physical passions of cycling, surfing, kayaking, and hiking.

His vision is to change the World through extra-ordinary science and health education. He believes that knowledge and understanding empowers individuals to make healthier decisions for themselves and the planet collectively. He aspires to be the next Bill Nye The Science Guy.

Follow HybridDrJ & subscribe to his YouTube channel