Nollywood actress Nkiru Umeh reveals she has successfully undergone an arthroscopic evaluation and MPFL reconstruction.
She shared on her social media page;
Ok. It all started with something like my knee unexpectedly giving way once in a while. It happens very fast like in a twinkle my knee cap would dislocate and reset immediately and it comes with a very sharp pain that disappears almost immediately. It happened couple of times over the years, like twice in a year, mostly while pregnant. But never really serious, never disturbed me from doing anything. But roughly🤔 3 yrs ago I had this steady knee pain for about a week, was sent for an X-ray and my result came out with everything being okay. So why the pain🤷♀️ I was advised to use some deep heat ointment and exercise which I did and it worked, the pain disappeared, Fast forward to early this year I accidentally hit my knee on a marble table and the pain came back. Since then it’s been off and on. Once I do my workout and massage with deep heat spray, it disappears but shows up again in a month or less. Till about 5 months ago it became really serious and steady that I couldn’t even do my workout anymore. I couldn’t move around without having a knee brace on. Saw an orthopedic surgeon and he sent me for an MRI. My result says patella dislocation, because my media patella femoral ligament is bad/torn and not doing its work which is to keep my patella on the right position hence the reoccurring dislocation and for all the time I had that dislocation over the years the ligament kept tearing up the more and only way out is to repair the ligament surgically🙆♀️🙆♀️ They call it (Arthroscopic evaluation and MPFL reconstruction) I freaked out. I decided to seek opinions from other orthopedic consultants/surgeons both here and abroad, about two more gave the same interpretation and suggested same arthroscopic surgery. Others kept confusing me with not so clear evaluation. I did all I could to avert a surgical solution but it was all a waste of money and time while pain and discomfort kept increasing. Three months down on knee brace and physiotherapy sessions that solved nothing. I decided to go for the surgery.
So on the 3rd of September 2019. I was taken into the theatre. Surgery lasted for 4 freaking hours🤦♀️. I was awake but on epidural the first two and half hours then when it lasted longer than expected I became uncomfortable and unstable I was given a general anesthesia to enable the doctor finish up successfully. It was 4hrs of scary and stressful experience in the theatre but my God came through for me. Surgery was successful. Pain was unbearable when nerve block cleared. Omg! I had sleepless nights, pain, discomfort from having my leg in one position, having to struggle to sleep lying on my back facing up which I don’t ever do on a very good day🤦♀️ had to learn to walk with crutches and walker to at least use the bathroom. Have been having painful Pysiotherapy sessions to strengthen my quadriceps muscles to start firing again so I can walk without support. It’s been some really crazy, painful, stressful, psychologically draining experience but amidst all that, I pulled through because God came through for me. This week I started walking without crutches. Still undergoing physiotherapy though as I still have few months to go for complete healing but I can walk now without support so am planning to go to the alter in thanksgiving to God this November. I don’t know how to stay one place doing nothing so I had to move all AngelNikky’s Clothier works to my house. Turned my kids living room to a work place🙈😛😛Almost 2 months indoors. Working helped me a lot psychologically. Watch out for pictures and videos of me working while recuperating. Business had to go on na. As Anambra woman wey I be😛😛 To you all that reached out via voice calls, DM, sms etc. I felt loved. Thank you all so much. To my bestie @freddieleonard the only one that knew from the beginning of it all, for encouraging me to go for this surgery now that am young, zaddy, thank you😘 to @emmaugolee my special friend, you felt all wasn’t well and called, I told you the reason, you have been keeping up with me since then. Thank you😘 To the man I call my husband, words can never be enough. You are my blessing from God. #iamblessed