I Got Knee Surgery

I Got Knee Surgery

– Earlier this year I
voluntarily got knee surgery. They gave me this drug that makes me feel like I had five shots of whiskey. Flash a casual tit. (groans) It’s a story of risk
and pain and suffering, but in the end, there’s a baby. So it’s all gonna be okay. (energetic music) Welcome to Storytime, Storytime. It’s your boy, Ned, here. Now this is only a
fraction of my experience. For the entire novel, be sure to check out
our Try Guys’ new book. What are we talking about today? Well in the fall of 2012
I broke my knee so bad that it was cut down to the bone and my friends said this the
day that we saw Ned’s kneecap. It was playing paintball in the woods in rural New Hampshire,
don’t ask me how I got there. (gun firing) These are the type of friends I have. (cheering) That cut was so bad that it got infected and I was in the hospital for three weeks. It’s something called a septic knee. I cut my knee down to the bone, and then it got infected. They say that 50 years
ago, I would have died. I had multiple surgeries to clean it out and my knee was completely destroyed. I was off work for months
playing video games all day. My Halo friends would be like oh man, you’re just at home on disability leave? That’s (bleep) awesome, man. I was like, first of all,
you’re not my real friend, I just met you playing a
stupid alien shoot ’em up game, and also, it’s not cool. And it got to the point where I just, taking painkillers was like
the best part of my day. And it was a really, really scary time. Oxycodone is an opioid drug and it’s one of the main factors that’s contributing to
the current opioid crisis. A typical situation could
be like what happened to me. You have a horrible
injury, you’re off work, start taking pain medication because you’re actually in pain, but then you get addicted to it, so you continue taking pain medications. This isn’t about the opioid
crisis in the United States, it’s about me. Most people stop taking them
within six weeks of surgery, but here I am three months later still taking high doses of
oxycodone every single day. My physical therapist kind of was like how much are you taking a day? 10, 20 grams couple times a day. And he’s like most people
are not taking them anymore. I can see exactly how someone can be addicted to a painkiller. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the
support of family and Ariel, it could’ve been me as well. That time in 2012 was probably some of the worst times of my life. Hey, I really wanna move to LA. (energetic humming) That was such a devastating injury, it led me to quit all of
my activities in Chicago, take time off from work. So it is what led me to LA, but left me physically wrecked. Over the last six years I’ve
still had lingering effects. (Ned groans) – [Female] You good? (laughs) (Ned groans) – Anytime I would bend
over, my knee would pop and it would be painful. My tendon just like (popping), just like pops over my kneecap. Your finger on my tendon
right about there, and I squat down. – (squeals) It popped. Oh, that’s so gross. – There was a big lump of scar tissue. It was the type of thing
where it wasn’t crazy pain, but every single time you squat down, that gets old real quick. Here I am after soccer icing my knee and it makes me think that I’m not gonna be able to jump around
and play with my kids. Is it worth it to willingly
go back and get a surgery? And it’s just the potential, just the possibility of having no pain. – So Ned is coming home from Alaska and I have a little surprise to tell him. – What is this?
– It’s for you. – Bean, stay over here, stay. (laughing) – I knew it, I knew it, I knew, I knew it. So finally, after
consulting doctors for years and being told surgery was my only option, on the eve of the birth
of my first child, Wesley, I finally decided to take action. I was getting knee surgery
so I could bend down and play with toys, play with the baby, and be an active parent that I wanna be. On the morning of the
surgery, I was nervous. It’s the morning of the
surgery, can’t wait. So their plan was to go in, take a fancy surgical knife and go (hums), shave it down so that the lump was more of like a fine tendon again. We’re on our way to the hospital, Ariel’s driving, we’re taking her car because I’m not gonna
be able to drive back. Where we’re going, I
won’t need a car. (laughs) – [Female] Tell me your name. – Now it’s like every video ever. I’m already getting strange flashbacks to the first time I got injured. – [Ariel] Your heart
rate, it’s going up there. – [Ned] I’m nervous. Doing this for you little baby. – Oh, this one?
– Yes. – [Male] You be careful, okay? – [Ariel] He better. – Bye. (laughing) – [Ariel] Bye honey, love you. Give me a kiss. (kissing) Have fun. (dramatic music) – This is a message to The
Try Guys, I am post-operation. It went fine. – [Ariel] He said that
everything went really well, they cleaned out all the scar tissue, he also found a minor
meniscus tear, which he fixed. – No shit. – [Ariel] And that’s probably
why it was hurting so much. – Just leading an active life over here. – I’m a little drunk right
now, but that’s just the drugs. Just like talking like a crazy person. I love you so much, Ariel. I really wanna ride a pony home. I don’t even know what I was saying. Anyways, I’m gonna go home and watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for like 10 hours straight
while I ice my knee. (laughing) Got to do wifi. I look down and my knee is swelling up the size of a cantaloupe. My thing is green, my leg is green. So here’s the normal
leg, here’s a green leg. Do you guys wanna be in the video? – [Male] No. – So we leave the
hospital, I’m super loopy. It’s a, I’m post-op right now. Getting wheeled in a wheelchair. It was very important in those first couple of days to just ice my knee. They said ice the (bleep) out of it. So all I did for a period
of five or six days was to sit on the couch and ice my knee. Wow, video games are so cool. I bought myself a PS4, ’cause daddy needs to treat
himself sometimes. (laughs) My knee, my knee broke though. Oh my god, look at that, I have little tiny holes in my knee. Also, my knee is huge. It’s like the hulk, knee smash. You guys ready to see pictures
of the inside of my knee? – Yeah.
– You betchya. – [Ned] This is like the
inside of knee cavity. These are my ACLs and stuff, and this is a giant lump of scar tissue that they shaved away. – You could’ve told me that these were photos of your unborn child and I’d been like oh my
gosh, she’s beautiful. (laughing) Why’s your leg green? – That’s like an antiseptic scrub, I haven’t showered since Monday. (laughing) The doctor told me it’ll be
a week of being off your feet and then I’ll be back to normal, I can help Ariel out ’cause
she’s still pregnant, and it’ll be great. As the weeks go on, my knee
doesn’t get a ton better. Today I’m going to get
my sutures taken out. They kept them in for an
extra couple of weeks. It got to be a week after the surgery, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, and still, I couldn’t play soccer. – [Ariel] Are you comfy? – No. And I’m kinda starting
to get a little worried. (toy squeaking) You’re so helpful, Bean. During this time they gave me
a prescription to painkillers. So here I am exactly in a
place that I didn’t want to be doing all the things
that I didn’t wanna do, kinda depressed about it, looking forward to taking painkillers, and realizing that I have a
baby due in nearly a month. So now we come to our present situation which is I have been prescribed a whole bunch of hydrocodone, it’s not even oxycodone, but still, I see this and I get afraid of it. I get afraid of where it could take me. Don’t even get close to that
place that I was before, I don’t even know why I filled this. These sort of painkillers
can be really helpful. Through taking the painkiller I was able to stretch my muscles further than I would’ve otherwise been able to do, which helps you recover faster. I have a prescription full of painkillers and I am saying to them not today. Don’t need them, don’t
want them, get rid of them, throw they away, throw them away. Flush it down. Goodbye. Well, we still got a straggler. Get down there. One more time. (cheers) Feels good. I’m not even touching that. Wish I didn’t have pain in my knee, maybe I always will. Accidents happen sometimes, how you bounce back and
try and dig yourself out of that hole is what makes you the type of person you are. And now it’s time for physical therapy. (energetic music) I do a lot of physical therapy
not wearing many clothing. You could just see everything
move a little better. I kept at it, luckily Ariel was there. Yeah, I honestly couldn’t
have done it without Ariel. I had the support of a
great physical therapist, kept working, kept icing,
it slowly got better. And just when I’m in a great groove, a really good rhythm,
the baby comes early. Oh god. (baby cries) The days have all blended together, there is no day and night, there is only sleep, eat, poop, for both me and the baby. So now all of this time that I’m spending like really working on my body is taken up by the magical wonder that is caring for a newborn life. – Oh, he’s making little noises. – [Male] Oh my god. – Baby.
– Hi, hey. – Hi, guys. – And as I saw my baby, Wes,
playing around on the floor, I could crouch down, play around with him. And yeah, you know what, there’s still a little bit of pain there, there’s still a little bit of swelling, but it’s not as bad as it once was. And I know that even
though if it’s not perfect, I did everything I could to try and lead the mot active
life with my baby possible. What’s that, Wes? What you got there? I continued doing physical
therapy, I continued icing, it got to the point where I
could even ride a bike again. Finally, several months
after the recovery process, when Wes was growing up
before our very eyes, I got to play my first soccer game. (gentle music) I was able to run full-speed on the field, cut back and forth, kick the ball. Yes, sure, my knee buckled a couple times, yes, sure, I wasn’t perfect, but I was back to doing the
things I enjoy the most. Wes, I got you an avocado. Thanks. Oh, yes, right in the mouth. For more of this story, please check out The Try Guys’ new book. You can pre-order it right
now in the link below. Our book is 300 pages of pure comedy gold and gets pretty heavy at times. Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow. (energetic upbeat music) (whimsical music) – [Ariel] The ice cream man. – Girl, you know I put
the pop in popsicle. – [Ariel] (chuckles) All right.

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  1. When Ned flushed the pain killers I actually started crying. I've been there. I have friends that are still in addiction. I'm so happy for him; flushing them away is such a victory, and I'm incredibly proud.

  2. My doctor gave me an opioid meds, because i have black disc syndrome, but my body couldn’t handle it so tree days after he changed my pain meds. Those three days where horrible. And you where taking it for three months, my god Ned you got thru it like a badass

  3. I a,most lost my whole left leg in an elevator accident. 10% chance of being able to keep my leg.

    I still have my leg. Now more active than ever and love skateboarding! The small chances that could make a change.

  4. I was Rx'd with Oxy after a surgery. Didn't work for me. I flushed it (I know, not environmentally conscious). Afterwords, someone said, "You could have sold it!" Umm, I don't deal drugs but I think there are some happy amoeba out there.

  5. Just a psa please don’t just flush regulated medications down the toilet talk to your doctor about an alternative medication and turn the medicine back in as it is still a controlled substance

  6. Hey, so after revisiting this video and seeing all the “he shouldn’t have flushed the medication” posts, I decided to look it up to see what the FDA says about it. And what I found was that the pain killers that he had were on their flush list. They do suggest to only flush if there isn’t a take back facility available, so him not being able to leave the house at that time would suggest that he couldn’t bring them to a disposal site which means that was the best way for him to get rid of the pain killers. Hope this helps!

  7. A dog came onto the rode when i was driving my scooter to college. Skid and fell but luckily missed the dog. The scooter handle bar fell over my knee. Acl ruptured and another ligament minor tear. Had surgery. They corrected the minor tear through a whole while acl needed a proper open surgery. It was my first surgery ever. I suck at physiotherapy. Knee is swollen. Had staples on my leg. They looked like caterpillar. Got them removed. It healing but my leg is still swollen. Cant bend my knee well. Constant pain. I don't want to get addicted to pain killers. Constantly crying depressed. Having pain killer makes me feel uti like symptoms so i dont want them. I want my knee back. Can't sit for long, cant walk for long or lie down for long. When i wake from sleep. My knee is always stiff. I hate it. Saw your video. Gave me some hope. Hope i get better too. Today is 23 day from surgery. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  8. My entire family has been addicted to opioids. From snorting/crushing them, to selling them for money. Even as a child, I had to perform drug deals, or walk in on my mother snorting them.
    Opioids are dangerous.

  9. Um, no. That is not how addiction works & I am sorry for your hardship but you can’t “catch addiction” from drugs & it’s also wrong to conflate addiction & dependence.

    Harvard, NCBI & The American Psychological Association all agree that addiction is up to 70% heritable & the two second greatest factors are mental health & formative environment. It’s not caused by the drugs, drugs don’t cause addiction any more than books cause dyslexia.

    Addiction is a continued &/or escalating use of a given substance to achieve a high &/or avoid withdrawal syndrome despite negative consequences caused by said substance use.

    Dependence is a temporary chemical adaptation the body makes in response to all kinds of substances like caffeine & sugar, not just opioids. This simply means that a person might experience symptoms if they abruptly stop consuming the substance instead of decreasing it slowly like they are supposed to.

    Dr Sally Satel, an addiction psychiatrist at Yale found that 78% of people who misuse prescription opioids have never had a prescription in their lives while Cochrane Review Mets Analysis found only 0.27% of long term opioid therapy patients find that they have addiction.

  10. When my brother broke his arm he opted out of pain meds so he wouldn't get addicted and just smoked weed (it's legal where he lives) and was just fine

  11. They expected only a week! I was on crutches for over a month after my knee surgery. I also had PT for 3 months. And I’m four months out now and I still have pain. Those doctors should think about their time frames ? and all I had a small ligament repaired.

  12. I'm still confused !
    How do you get so excited when you're gurl tells you she is pregnant while you know you had "Fun"night with her !

  13. What didn’t Ned do in this time he quit his job,started a new company renovated his house, had a baby had knee surgery dang Ned

  14. I had four surgeries during highscool breaking bones from skatboarding and got hooked on pain pills. In my early 20s the pills werent working so i switched to heroin. After a year i was sticking a needle in my arm. 26 and have been 4 months clean. Mad respect for you flushing those pills down the toilet thats a real man right there.

  15. Please don’t flush painkillers down the drain! Crush them in coffee grounds or kitty litter and dispose of them. Usually your local fire department can take them

  16. You know they don't let you opioid baser drugs take home with you in Europe? Once you're out of hospital after surgery, you're usually medicated with ibuprofene. Because: it's ok to feel pain after you hurt yourself. Healing means to get over the pain. Also, becoming older means that things happen that make things never be like they were before.

  17. I am rewatching this, can relate to Ned so much in his struggle 8:45. I am post left knee surgery 6 weeks ago. Still tight and painful in the knee. Recovery sure is a one tough journey. And my right knee would be operated if my left knee is strong enough. Yes, depression lurks arounds all the time.

  18. 1:42
    "The past is a puzzle, like a broken mirror. As you piece it together, you cut yourself, your image keeps shifting. And you change with it. It could destroy you, drive you mad. It could set you free."

  19. About four months ago I had an elective knee surgery. I hurt my knee almost seven years ago now and it was just some fluid build up which went away, but I was left with lasting knee pain and it had been bothering me off and on for the next six years. I had been in physical therapy two different times and it was not helping so I elected for arthroscopic knee repair, and they removed extra tissue that was rubbing against my knee cap causing a lot of swelling and pain. When I got out of surgery they told me that I would need to undergo more pt. The pain has prodominently left in the knee but the changes in the structure of my knee led to some back problems which I now need to go to yet another doctor for. It was also mentioned to me that I am more likely to develope arthritis a lot earlier in life which for a 17 year old figure skater is hard to hear, but the fact that I can finally walk and skate at about 90% for the first time in years made it well worth it. I can completely relate to what you were saying about how a good phsyical therapist got you through and the support of those around you.

  20. Watching your videos got me through rehab 9 months ago and continues to always teach me something positive and make me really happy XoxoX

  21. “I’m gonna go home and watch queer eye for a straight guy for like 10 hours”

    Favorite quote of 2019, we love nontoxic masculinity

  22. Shame on the pharmaceutical companies and the government for allowing the opium epidemic and not giving a crap of those effected.

  23. I know what Neds pain is like. I have EDS, and one of the biggest side effects is joint pain. I'm only 17 yet my joints are Considered the same as an elderly persons. EDS is lifelong and there sadly isn't much research gone on for a cure, so sadly my pain continues and grows worst as I get older. But I'm glad Ned got the surgery, and while the pain isn't all gone, is better than it was. And hopefully one day there will be a surgery I can get to help with my Eds, so I'll also no longer need to be reliant on painkillers or anything.

  24. I had a bone marrow transplant in April. I was in so much pain from the bone marrow going in that they had to forcibly put me on a steady drip of dilaudid. I got addicted within a few weeks. Withdrawal was horrible. I puked everyday. I had the sweats. I was angry. Watching Ned flush these made me cry.

  25. For those wondering I was given hydromorephone after my knee surgery and they are TEN TIMES stronger then morphine which I believe is FIVE TIMES stronger then oxy so they are very extremely addictive and can cause awful side effects. That being said knee surgery is extremely painful and I’m not excited to have my next one I am extremely impressed Ned went through it without pain killers makes me hopeful I will be able to do the same

  26. I had knee surgery too on December 1st, 2017 and I wasn’t able to do my winterguard season. I was able to constantly pop my knee over and over again growing up, which you aren’t supposed to be able to do that really. Well in 6th, I had and accident. While I was in guard practicing, I was practicing our choreography and I ended up slipping and ended falling straight down on my knee. I fell down knee first. After that accident I ended up noticing my knee was worse than usual and I ended up getting surgery my junior year. They shaved off some cartilage and repaired my meniscus. I will have to go back later on in my life and get another surgery.

  27. awh Ned i recently have had my 7th break in my body and I was tested for juvenile osteoporosis (bc it runs in my family). And funnily enough it was my knee that broke. I just fell of my scooter ( going at a normal speed ) and they said the injury was like a car crash.. so mine probably wasn’t as bad as yours! But I kinda know how it feels! And omagoodness everyone is like your ‘sooooo lucky that you get to stay at home’..and it’s really not! It’s horrible. ( this happened about 5 months ago 🙂 )

  28. Just a heads up. You don’t flush meds because they can pollute the water system. Instead mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter.

  29. Wow. Just had complete knee replacement on June 18th. I was prescribed Hydrocodone mainly for PT. When I went for my second post op visit on Aug 2nd my Surgeon asked if I needed another script! I refused. So scary on how the drug problem in this country effects each person. It’s so easy to become a hostage to addiction. It can sneak up on you before you know it.

  30. Just a side note, you are not suppose to flush medications anymore. There are medication drop off sites at various pharmacies through every city.

  31. My fiancé shattered his elbow about a year ago to the point to where he had to have metal implants to keep his arm stable. Being with him throughout the healing process was difficult for the both of us, so I can barely imagine how tough things were for Ned and Ariel with the addition weight they had with the pregnancy and everything else. Kudos to you two, y’all are a great example of a loving and supportive relationship ❤️

  32. Pro Tip: Please don't flush your prescription drugs down the toilet. It can pollute our water and unintentionally expose people to the chemicals in these medications.
    Personally, I give Ned a pass because I'm proud of him.

  33. I broke my leg one time. It was very hard for me but I got through it and this is an amazing video. I'm so proud of you your amazing

  34. Wes smiling at Ned makes my heart hurt. I love the Fulmers. They’re such a good example of a family. Struggle and strife and stress, and they still make a point to make sure the others are feel loved.

  35. When Ned flushed those pain killers down the toilet you know he was doing the best thing for his future

  36. Ned, your family is absolutely adorable perfection. I just had surgery on my knee for the fourth time. Nothing nearly as intense as what you’ve had done, but I can empathize. As a teacher who’s lost way too many students to opioids, and the sister of an alcoholic I cannot praise you enough for deciding to cut ties with your pain meds. I had to do the same thing and wouldn’t even fill the script after the last operation. It’s not easy to acknowledge how easy it would be to lose control over your life and choose the pain over the chance of even going there. Wesley and Ariel are, I’m sure, grateful, proud, and blessed that you decided to take the hard road over the possibility of hurting them and yourself.

  37. Guys I have to have surgery on my eyes because one eye is straight and other eye is in a different direction I really scared and nervous about it

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