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.


100 thoughts on “I Got Knee Surgery

  1. Omg i've been on painkillers most of my life and what I seen you just do their house was absolutely amazing I have bone disease and kidney disease and I would love to be normal to the sense ! But the point is you're very strong and I adore that watching you throughout the last week or two has been pretty cool your lady is one lucky chick!! Very cool!!

  2. DO NOT FLUSH MEDICATION. It gets into the water supply which isn't good for any of us or our animals. Please do not flush them. Just return the remainder back to the pharmacist and grab some marshmallows on your way out. I donated my dog's left over pain pills after he died of cancer to the vet office. Because of that other dogs could use what their owners otherwise couldn't afford. Also, a rather serious pain medication wasn't added to the water supply.
    I kept the sedatives though. The joke of saying "don't make me get the sedatives!" Was too good to pass up XD
    Oh, I should add that I loved the video, and I may only be commenting on one small part I'm so proud of him for refusing to be in that situation again and doing his best. That is awesome to see. Just don't flush your meds guys, lol

  3. When I was just a little baby 12-year-old, I broke my arm in sport so badly that I was off school for four weeks. During that time I got addicted to paracetamol, an everyday painkiller. Even now, years and years and years later, I can still truthfully say that was the worst thing that ever happened to me.

  4. I'm confused he said on the eve of the birth of my son Wes I decided to get knee surgery and then when he was getting the surgery Ariel was still pregnant what

  5. Medicate yourself with marijuana and marijuana cream or balm. Deep tissue work with a rumble roller and theragun

  6. I'm beyond proud of Ned for taking the step of getting rid of the pain killers because of his past but there are other options he should have taken to dispose of them. Flushing is the LAST thing he should have ever done. He had the option to take them to a hospital, dr's office, police station or a pharmacy (many have drop off boxes) but they may just ask for ID to prove the script is yours. Other than that, he shouldn't have flushed them because it's bad for the environment but also because many pills don't dissolve in water so people can actually get them if the sewer goes to other places other than the ocean (yes many do or the pills could wash up on the beach) and there are people desperate enough to take them no matter what. Also throwing them out isn't an option cause someone could just dig through the trash and get them. So for future reference of anyone wanting to get rid of meds, use one of those options. Do NOT flush or toss them.

  7. I've had 7 surgeries(2 knee, 1 chest and 4 ear) and only got paracetamol except my last one where I got 2 stronger pills (didn't use them though). It's a whole other world over here.

  8. Please don’t flush your painkillers!
    Many police stations and hospitals have a program that you can bring your old narcotics in and they will dispose of them for you.
    Flushing pills is bad for the environment!
    I am proud of you for getting rid of them tho 😊

  9. I have a fear of pain killers too. Pain killers got both of my parents through all of my babyhood until I was school age really. So I’m terrified of those things. I won’t come near them. I’d rather be in pain honestly.

  10. When I was younger, I played soccer
    My family and soccer coach realized something was wrong. I fell, a lot. I was taken to the doctor and I found out that I was pigeon toed (my feet faced one another) and it didn't naturally fit itself like it should have so I had to get both my legs surgically broken in order to fit them so I wouldn't fall every five steps. I had to be in a wheelchair for my entire year of kindergarten and I hated it. I had to quit soccer, move to a new town where I knew no one. I just wanted to walk and run. Not to far after I got my casts removed, I found out I was epileptic, that I had spinal bifida and scoliosis, and recently my sister told me that I might be dyslexic because I had to ask her which way a d faced and made a u upside down.

  11. Hope your knee is better now, I've just had knee replacement surgery. (8weeks later) and I still can't bend it properly, but I'm down to walking with one crutch. Good luck

  12. Everyone saying how they have respect for ned but im saying respect for ariel as well since she supported,helped him,cared for him&listened to him

  13. this is rly interesting. a baseball player by the name of tyler skaggs passed away from this. interesting to hear a deeper story

  14. this was a wonderful video to watch. I haven't personally dealt with a lot of health issues, but my brother has had a lot so I'm pretty aware of how stressful and hard to get through having surgeries and proceedures and complications afterwards can be, but it was great to see your ability to work through recovering even though it didn't all go perfectly smoothly. <3

  15. I know that this video was posted months ago but if you start to feel pain like you used to at all, go to an occupational therapist. They will help you strenghten the muscles around your knee and also make sure to get you doing things that will help you in the long run.

  16. PSA to not flush your drugs down the toilet!! It's really bad for the environment! You can return pills to the pharmacy where they will get rid of them safely.

    Environment aside: obviously, love the metaphor and it takes a lot of strength to make that choice for yourself

  17. I recently had my 2nd surgery on my same knee because I tore my meniscus. Last time I tore both my meniscus and ACL. It's so hard because I'm an athlete and barely started my sophomore year of high school. I'm glad that Ned is showing that there is obstacles, but in the end it's worth working hard to get back to where you were and be in a better place.

  18. I had a similar accident but in my foot, it was awful. The recovery, not be able to walk, therapy… It really is hard, so depresive. I'm glad he is ok now.

  19. Really should not dump medicine in the toilet it is bad for water quality the systems can't always sort it out of the water

  20. I’m crying 😭. I’m going through the same thing. I’ve been off work for two months and still have a long time before I can go back. It’s not fun or relaxing. Seeing how strong you came back gives me hope that I can do it too.

  21. Ik this is an old video but seriously this is very inspirational. I've had knee complications since I was 17 and I'm 20 now. I would do anything to be able to have surgery but I can't afford it. Just gonna keep on chugging along and I'll use you as an inspiration Ned 🙂

  22. I tore my ACL and 75% of my meniscus about 7 yrs ago and I can remember taking hydrocodone for the pain but then it wasn't for the pain anymore. I've been in that dark place and it sucks. I still have pain every day. So glad that you are bettering yourself every day. But on a good note….I can tell you when it will rain.

  23. This video is so inspiring. I recently got wrist surgery and am on my way to recovery! But what I really miss the most is playing volleyball, and seeing Ned playing soccer again really inspires me. I love you guys!😊

  24. ive never had any injuries to the extent where i needed surgery. im so proud of him for sharing this with us and ariel + the other try guys for being there for him

  25. Ned I’m so sorry that this happened to you, I had an accident 2 years ago
    (September 2016) and broke 2 parts of my lower spine, and needed 2 procedures to go in and correct the damage. I am 42 years old and recovery is a little harder at my age so you’re lucky that you are younger than me.
    Also if that wasn’t enough I damaged a part of my left knee joint. So like yourself I did physical therapy twice a week, and was bed bound for about a year.
    I’m doing much better, but I’m still prescribed 5mg morphine tablet 2-3 times daily as needed, and a prescription anti-inflammatory medication. I think the thing that I’m most sad about is that I won’t ever be able to run, or do Zumba classes like I used to.
    So Ned the battle is real & it’s a day-by-day struggle but I’m so happy to see you semi-recovered.
    YOUR VIDEOS ARE HILARIOUS!! My niece showed me your channel and I just think it’s so entertaining to watch you guys!! Thank you

  26. I've been addict to pain killers and it ruined my life it took embarrassingly years to get over it so seeing Ned flush those I'm proud of him wish I had the family support to get over my problem

  27. I mean, I understand the whole pain thing and having the surgery and stuff.
    I'm 21 and a few months ago I went to a doctor because of incredible pain in my lower back. Turns out my L5 vertebrae is moving forward quite a lot. It's genetic, apparently, and my mother and uncle have had to have surgery to fix it.
    I've spoken to multiple doctors and surgeons about the whole thing and the consensus is that before the age of 30 I'm probably going to have to have surgery that will have me on my back permanently for 3 months, and that will never leave me the same. I've already had to give up contact sports and can't play rugby anymore. I get maybe 4/5 hours of sleep a night. I can't sit at a desk for longer than an hour at a time. My back pain is causing referred pain in my left knee.

    I just hate having to imagine not being able to do anything for that long and not being able to carry my potential future kids and all that.

    Is sad.

  28. Dude on that footage/those clips there your using your knee and legs a whole better than I can 😅 And hell I aint even your age

  29. Its been a month and a half since my knee surgery because of my patella maltracking….i really was struglinng the first two weeks….it was like HELL. I know how it feels with pyshical therapy it is sooooo painful and also i really love that you made this video….to help people who have had knee surgery

  30. My biggest fear! Its been 1.5 years off of work because of chronic back pain. I have perks, but I only take them when I really really need them. I maybe, take 3 a week. Good for you!!!

  31. …I get and fully support how you feel about pills. But as a person who suffers from chronic, autoimmune and rheumatoid pain every day? It hurts me to watch him flush those pills. Especially knowing how hard it is to get them nowadays because of assholes in congress or wherever.

  32. I've suffered for 6 years with knee Haines and had surgery in 2013 to fix everything and my seventeen-year-old self really give a s*** about anything so now I'm living the consequences as a 23 year old with knee pain

  33. So, I was born with a knee malformation. Exactly what Ned had but since I was born. I had to go through this surgery when I was about 4, but nothing happened. I got another surgery at ten. You know how Ned's knee looked like a cantaloupe? Thats my leg, years after my second surgery.

  34. This video gave me so much hope. I am 13 years old and I am going to be getting knee surgery on both knees. I am honestly terrified that I will never be the same again. I swim and am in marching band so just the thought that that might potentially be taken from me hurts. Seeing this video and how even though it took time, Ned worked on it and his knee became better again gives me the motivation to be able to go through with the surgery. Maybe not today, maybe not in a year, but someday in a future I hope is near, I now am feeling better about the surgery.

  35. I was squirming ever time he showed his knee

    Ned- do YoU gUyS wAnT tO bE iN tHe ViDeO
    Doctor- Nooo!
    Me- ☺️😹lol😹😫☺️

  36. It’s so interesting to watch this because I’m a recovery (PACU) Nurse and I’m the one that gives you all those feel good drugs right after surgery. It’s interesting to see the type of equipment, even gown, that they use because I’m on the other coast and we still use the same stuff! That purple “gown” that you wear is so useful in certain situations! Its also interesting to see how you dealt with the surgery after the feel good drugs wore off and after the promised recovery period is over. People think having surgery will immediately cure them but it takes time and a lot of effort to recover from a surgery. Keep doing you ned!

  37. I was addicted to Codeine for 2 years. Its really hard place to pull yourself out of. Props to Ned for being so open and honest with his own struggles! I'm very happy he was strong enough to get out of that place, not once, but twice. Life wouldn't be the same without him in the Try Guys <3

  38. My dad is 51 and he is very active he’s definitely not as active as he could be but he plays cricket every weekend he plays soccer with my sister he plays netball with me and he thought that when he had my sister and I that he wouldn’t be as active as he is so it’s something that you worry about but you don’t need to

  39. Kudos Ned. And mad respect. That being said NEVER flush drugs down the drain. It ends up in the ecosystem. Take them to a pharmacy.

  40. Ned on Fetanyl is the best thing, also I'm only guessing fetanyl cuz thats a common surgery drug and I felt that drunk when I had it lmaooo

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