After having a quiet, but fun Christmas and New Year, I was able to get in a few more days of skiing.
The Dr's visit for the MRI results was on Monday the 12th and he scheduled the arthroscopy on Thursday the 16th. That was fast! I wish I could share the MRI results with you, but I can't seem to get a copy of them. He had a very busy schedule and that date was the only one open for him till March so I wanted to get the recovery started sooner rather than later.
So here we are one day after surgery and I'm simply amazed. That was the least stressful of any surgery I've ever had and coming out of the anesthesia was easier and smoother than I've ever experienced. No ill after effects at all and soreness is minimal so I've not needed any pain meds yet.
Initially, he planned on doing arthroscopy/arthroplasty since the debridement was deemed necessary. Once he got in, he noticed that there was more cartilage wear/damage than originally thought from the MRI so he decided to do a microfracture to force bleeding and stimulate more new growth and hopefully faster healing. You can see from the pics that there was quite a bit of fragmentation in the cartilage. This was smoothed out which should cut down on the amount of irritation. Time will tell.
I'm cautiously optimistic, but am a little excited to feel like I'm on the right track to recovery. Let's just hope I don't get too frustrated with the time it takes to recover adn heal PROPERLY and don't cause more injury with rushing the process.
Below are pictures from the surgery. Click on them for a larger version but be warned they are BIG!