I got my marching orders from Dr. Tarlow on, appropriately, March 4th. He feels the residual pain will soon subside as I continue exercise, therapy, and muscle-building. (Arnie is still kind of cranky; Lenny is pretty pain-free and strong.) And he was quite happy with the range of motion, strength, and the x-rays. And of course it still hurts: I just had knee surgery a few weeks ago. Stop whining. March forth.
The financial adventure continues to improve. Of the $160,000 that the initial Blue Cross statements seemed to indicate I will owe, it now looks a lot more like about $3000. I can live with that. But it is the most bizarre, arcane system I have ever been a part of. They are now sending me checks which I have to deposit and write checks to various entities--the Surgical Center, the Physician's Assistant, etc. I'd explain further but it's really kind of boring.
And if anyone wants to geek out on my before and after x-rays, here they are. The back view really shows why the pain was so annoying. Those interior contacts were really starting to do that pesky bone-on-bone thing. And the first two pairs of images really show the bow-legged to straight-legged transition.