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Old 11-16-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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ACL Surgery, Anyone got it done?



Has anyone every had ACL reconstruction?

I'm getting it done next monday... I am basically a knee specialist with all the reading i've done!! Man, i'm not looking forward to it! I messed it up while playing indoor soccer last Feb, but I guess it's time to deal with it.

If anyone has ever got it done, let me know the experience you had, and how long recovery time is? I only booked two weeks off but I have some flexibility for more time if needed.

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Old 11-16-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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I got it done in January. 2weeks is fine. Hurts like a bitch and swells up nicely. But you get to do absolutly nothing for 2 weeks. And your high off medications. I've had it done twice Make sure you do your rehab. Really important.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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I got it done in January. 2weeks is fine. Hurts like a bitch and swells up nicely. But you get to do absolutly nothing for 2 weeks. And your high off medications. I've had it done twice Make sure you do your rehab. Really important.
Glad you mentioned rehab, very very very important. Do the rehab and everything they tell you to do and keep at it.
Good luck and speedy recovery.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:16 PM   #4
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my acl is torn on my right knee.
pretty sure i ****ed up my left knee too a few weeks ago.

i should be seeing the surgery table soon.

good luck and keep us updated.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:06 PM   #5
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Had ACL reconstruction when I was 11. Instead of using the patella tendon to replace the ACL, they had to use my hamstring. It was necessary since I was still growing and they didn't want to disrupt the growth plates, so they made a smaller tunnel for hamstring. Long story short, it didn't hold and I partially retore it within 2 years. After a few small ortho surgeries to clean up burs around the knee I kinda rode on the partial tear for about 5-6 years with the brace.Finally about 3 years ago I fully re tore it. However I was still comfortable playing sports with the brace and opted not to have it done for a while. As of right now I am in the process of getting it done once and for all.

The first 2-3 days are a bit rough. After that you'll be fine, just have to crutch it for a few days and within a week to two weeks you can begin walking on it. Like others have mentioned they usually give you pretty strong pain killers for the first few days so you will be a bit wonky.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:33 AM   #6
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Ya, They will be doing the hamstring graft. 3 incisision holes for the intstruments and camera... And out of the camera hole they will fish out and take a peice of tendon from the hamstring. I need to pick up my CPM machine and CryoCuff machine today from the clinic.

I'm impressed with people's healing time! 2 weeks should be good enough i guess then... I bought a ps3 with Need For Speed Shift. So that should keep me busy for a while. I got other entertainment as well. The one thing that is going to bug me is having to sleep on your back. I find it hard to sleep like that.

I have my crutches ready from the intial injury also. I'm debating on getting put to sleep or taking the epidural (spinal) shot. I'll prob just go with the anesthesia and wake up with everything done. Wait till I'm ready to get up and crutch out of the hospital. I wont be driving for a while, but my winter car is auto and it's my left knee so i'll be alright after the 2 weeks i guess.

I'll keep you guys posted, but if you guys have any tips, let me know!

Rehab is the key, after the first week, i think they want me on a 2 day physio plan for about a month, after that once a week, and so on...
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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I had ACL reconstruction done 3 summers ago. Mine was very bad though, I had damage to my MCL and meniscus too. The rehab part took just over a year I think - I used to go for physiotherapy 3 times a week. My knee is good as new though. I have zero problems even while playing hard at sports like soccer or basketball.

I had the Patella tendon graft procedure done...
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I had mine right after new years, and may or may not have smoked some pot, and 5 days later the first night after the surgery, my medication didnt work and an ambulance came and explained im 19, probibly smoke tons of weed and the pain killers arent effective in my body. So instead of two they told me take six. 20 minutes later my face goes numb and im out cold. BUT before this it was the worst pain of my life. THE WORST.
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I had ACL reconstruction done 3 summers ago. Mine was very bad though, I had damage to my MCL and meniscus too. The rehab part took just over a year I think - I used to go for physiotherapy 3 times a week. My knee is good as new though. I have zero problems even while playing hard at sports like soccer or basketball.

I had the Patella tendon graft procedure done...
I'm glad to hear the knee feels perfect! That's my goal also!

I only have ACL damage though, no meniscus.... so I hope my recovery time is faster because of this.

How long did it take you to start walking, or get off the crutches?

Patella grafts are good from what I researched. The only problem is when kneeling down, do you feel any pain when kneeling?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:13 AM   #10
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I had mine right after new years, and may or may not have smoked some pot, and 5 days later the first night after the surgery, my medication didnt work and an ambulance came and explained im 19, probibly smoke tons of weed and the pain killers arent effective in my body. So instead of two they told me take six. 20 minutes later my face goes numb and im out cold. BUT before this it was the worst pain of my life. THE WORST.
That's pretty crazy! I take pain pretty well, but I'm gonna listen to my doctors on recommended doses of pain killers. I don't think i'll be using much of them, but it will sure help!
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I'm glad to hear the knee feels perfect! That's my goal also!

I only have ACL damage though, no meniscus.... so I hope my recovery time is faster because of this.

How long did it take you to start walking, or get off the crutches?

Patella grafts are good from what I researched. The only problem is when kneeling down, do you feel any pain when kneeling?
Zero pain at all. The key to the whole process is your physio. I didn't want ANY hindrances in the capability of my knee following the procedure, so I did everything I could at physio for such a long time. I cannot stress this enough. You've gotta give it your all during the rehab process or you may regret it.

I don't recall how long it took me to start walking without crutches - probably a few weeks?

Also, as far as pain in the surgically repaired section following surgery, I didn't have much discomfort. I didn't even bother with the pain meds; but that's probably because I have pretty decent tolerance to pain lol.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #12
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maybe it's too late, but a good rehab program three weeks before surgery goes a long way. Build up your muscles (quads/hamstring/glutes/calf/groin) as much as you can before surgery should make rehab 100x easier post surgery. I've had both knees done and it has been 7 years since, no problems.

be liberal with pain killers, they are your friend.

as far as walking, you might be in crutches for a week, but try to relax, just enjoy lazy days, play video games or watch movies, surf the net....

I was able to drive 5 days after. It was a little difficult working the clutch but it comes back easily.

Getting back to sports is 6 months post op, but I suggest building up your muscles more. After that it's all mental.

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Old 11-17-2009, 10:40 AM   #13
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maybe it's too late, but a good rehab program three weeks before surgery goes a long way. Build up your muscles (quads/hamstring/glutes/calf/groin) as much as you can before surgery should make rehab 100x easier post surgery. I've had both knees done and it has been 7 years since, no problems.

be liberal with pain killers, they are your friend.

as far as walking, you might be in crutches for a week, but try to relax, just enjoy lazy days, play video games or watch movies, surf the net....

I was able to drive 5 days after. It was a little difficult working the clutch but it comes back easily.

Getting back to sports is 6 months post op, but I suggest building up your muscles more. After that it's all mental.
Some good points here! I've been already working out my legs pretty hard! I know this will help a lot! I will probably wait at least 9-10 months before any serious sports like soccer... I want the fixture to be 100% solid!

If I could limp pretty well after 2 weeks, I will be so happy! the recovery you had sounds very easy! Driving after 5 days is really good!
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:40 PM   #14
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Dammmn, zimmer splint, cpm machine, and cryocuff (ice machine) came up to $630, and they gave me a prescription for some pain meds, so I have to get those too.

Thank god for insurance!

cpm machine is huge!
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So just to keep you guys updated... I had ACL surgery and meniscus damage fixed on Nov,23,2009. It's been a few weeks now and I'm walking with a bit of a limp. I was off crutches 2 weeks after.

I got off the pain meds as soon as possible, and everything went smoothly. I have physio twice a week and i always come out of that place feeling better. I'll be switching it to once a week since things are getting more busy now. Pain was the worst when I would get up during week 1. I would feel the blood rushing down and basically all my incision holes would sting.... Knee looks good now, but it's still a bit swollen because i walk on it all day. I hardly ice anymore, when really i should be doing it a lot more!

Anyways, it's tough the first 2 weeks, I wish anyone the best of luck with this surgery, it's pretty annoying actually. The next 8 months i will be trying to get it to 100%.
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