After dealing with a painful left knee since 2006, from a repetative running injury, I finally had surgery this morning out in Banff. Dr. Hiemstra did a left knee arthroscopy and debridement of my patella which sounds worse than it actually was. I arrived at the hospital at 9:00am and was discharged at 11:15am. The surgery itself was only 10 minutes long and I was able to watch the procedure on the screen that they had beside me. It was really neat to see the inside of my knee and thankfully other than having a nasty kneecap, the rest of my knee is perfectly healthy. I have a crack on the inside of my kneecap and had a lot of rough cartilege which was able to be shaved off and the doctor is pretty confident that this will help with the pain and cracking that I have been dealing with. Now I just have to be a good patient and rest and allow my knee to heal properly. I have this week off work, so I will be doing a lot of sitting around with ice packs and meds, and I am planning to start physio next week. The full recovery time is between 4 and 6 weeks, which is just in time for one last Canadian rock climbing season!