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Zakuraba

Palm Springs, CA

#1 Mar 16, 2007
I just found out I have a completely TORN ACL. I acquired this injury 2 months ago but initially thought it was only a bad sprain. I had no clue as to the severity and due to circumstances with bad communication with doctors and such, HAVE BEEN WALKING ON IT FOR 2 MONTHS NOW. I have no clue what type of further damage I may have done to my knee. I wore a brace on and off and used crutches for barely a week. After waiting about a month and a half, I finally got an MRI and scheduled an appointment with a physician who told me I had a torn ACL, and that I would need surgery. My main question is, is it possible to wait until the Summer to get the surgery, or would it lessen my chances of a full recovery/heighten my chances of doing further damage? Remember, I have already been walking on it for 2 months since I did not know the extent of the injury. The reason I am contemplating waiting til Summer is because I am in the middle of a rigorous academic year right now, and I have heard that the initial recovery time that you are bedridden is anywhere from 2-3 days to 3 weeks. I can't afford to miss that much time of school (if it is 2-3 weeks), but IF IT IS ESSENTIAL TO GET THE SURGERY EARLY, I will sacrifice my school life for the wellbeing of my knee. So, should I get it this coming Spring Break (Early April), or is it possible to wait until Summer without reducing the chances of a full recovery? Thank you for your time.
Zakuraba

Palm Springs, CA

#2 Mar 16, 2007
Also, I am a grappler(wrestler), so the strength of my knee is highly important in my physical activity. I was told my choices for the surgery were to either use tissue from a cadaver, or take it from another ligament in my knee. I have since then researched and found that there is a 3rd option, which is to take tendons from the hammstring. I wanted to know which would be the best in my situation. Thank you again.
kberry

Memphis, TN

#3 Apr 6, 2007
I have recently completed 2 weeks of physical therapy for a full ACL tear and tibial platuea (what is that?). My knee feels alot better but only at times does it feel instable. I am a very active person and participate in the following recreational activities: skiing (how I tore it), water skiing, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, learning to play golf, pilates, yoga, and dance. I also am considering going back to soccer. My doctor has told me that I should wait to decide to have surgery because I may be fine and that my ACL has possibly attached to the PCL providing me with some stability after preforming the Lachman's test. Due to my actice lifestyle, which I am not willing to give up, should I consider surgery? While doing a stationary bike my knee at times hurts and definitely feels unstable while riding a real bike. Also, if I choose the non-surg option, what type of brace do I need to be using while participating in all of these activities?
Kirsty

Cheadle, UK

#4 May 21, 2007
I am 3 months post op after having a acl recon. I had to wait 9months before having my op and I don't think it has done any harm, if anything having physio before the op has aided recovery. I don't think I would personally have gone back to any kind of contact sport without having the op, the extra damage you could do just doesn't seem worth it. I was off crutches in 3days but i'm told that is pretty good. I am getting back to most of my sports now but Ultimate and skiing will hace to wait a while
Cam

Burlington, Canada

#5 May 31, 2007
I just had my Acl redone 5 weeks ago. I took mine from the hamstring. Taking it from there is far better then the Patellar (my teammate just got it from there)He is in far worse pain post op then I am. I can walk fine but am still 7 months off from playing soccer again. Get the surgery as you can do a lot more damage walking around on it..arthritus sp? will happen if you keep the bones rubbing.
luvsortho

Lakeland, FL

#6 Jun 3, 2007
there is no rush for ACL surgery and it is elective. If you stay away from cutting type activities and sports and work on range of motion and rehab your hamstrings you should do great. If you want to get back to sports and the knee feels loose and gives way then get your ACL fixed. As long as your knee feels ok and not loose you can wait on surgery. walking on a torn ACL does NOT cause any more damage ! Running on a loose knee YES !! all the best :)
Allen

Mount Pleasant, SC

#7 Jul 4, 2007
I'm two months out of ACL recon. They took my a hamstring graft. I heard that is the best option, as it makes the ACL 250% stronger. Get the surgery asap is you want to continue playing sports. I tore mine chasing down a fly ball in baseball. The first few days after recovery suck but after that its good. And then at school all the girls are nice to you b/c of your crutches. :D
Seibert14

Prince George, Canada

#8 Aug 14, 2007
I tore my ACL back in June (a week before grad, those were happy days thinking i would be on crutches with my dress). Anywhoo ive already seen a knee specailist and have my date set up (end of this sept) to have a scope done, where they take my hamsting and attach it to my ACL. Im having a really hard time becuase Im a very competitive soccer player and dancer (interesting combo I know!) and in the winter snowborder, but I have had to quit before becuase of the injury. The main reason I was leaving town for another school was for the dance studios (and intermural soccer). I even had to return my seasons pass to the hill that was given to me as a grad gift. So at age 17 I feel as if my active lifestyle is over.

But what I was hoping for were some good suggestions on what I could take up while Im healing. It has to be something that gets my heart beating because I can't take up someting like photography. I need to be moving and pushing my body to the limit. Best suggestion I have heard so far was to take up kayaking but there aren't many places I am able to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions on something I could do after the surgery (and when Im off the crutches of course)
Mike B

Halethorpe, MD

#9 Aug 29, 2007
On the torn ACl part,
Make sure you build your quads up before the surgery, its very, very important and your doctor will give you the right way. The knee that is getting the surgery will be weak from being on crutches and you need to have quads strong before surgery.
The hardest part is just dealing with the two crutch, then one crutch part after surgery(2-4 weeks). My son had his ACL surgery in march, and after the crutches he had to deal with slight limp which is all gone. He started jogging after 4 months, and next week he should get OK to train for soccer again. It was tough, but to have an active life, it needs to be done.
Just remember don't rush and do what your doctor says, and stay close with Physical Therapy people.
Good Luck
Mike B.
Seibert14 wrote:
I tore my ACL back in June (a week before grad, those were happy days thinking i would be on crutches with my dress). Anywhoo ive already seen a knee specailist and have my date set up (end of this sept) to have a scope done, where they take my hamsting and attach it to my ACL. Im having a really hard time becuase Im a very competitive soccer player and dancer (interesting combo I know!) and in the winter snowborder, but I have had to quit before becuase of the injury. The main reason I was leaving town for another school was for the dance studios (and intermural soccer). I even had to return my seasons pass to the hill that was given to me as a grad gift. So at age 17 I feel as if my active lifestyle is over.
But what I was hoping for were some good suggestions on what I could take up while Im healing. It has to be something that gets my heart beating because I can't take up someting like photography. I need to be moving and pushing my body to the limit. Best suggestion I have heard so far was to take up kayaking but there aren't many places I am able to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions on something I could do after the surgery (and when Im off the crutches of course)
erin

Boulder, CO

#10 Aug 31, 2007
hey..ouch sounds painful i totally know what you are talking about. One year ago I tore my ACL during soccer. I had my surgury and was only out of schol for the day after te surgury and then on crutches for 1 1/2 weeks and then was on a bace for antoher couple weeks so i dont know the extent of your but i would just get it to reduce terrible outcomes. good luck!
Jennie

Queenstown, New Zealand

#11 Sep 11, 2007
I have torn my ACL and MCl sking.I have been off work 3 weeks now with leg in a brace and having physio x4 per week.I walk with a limp at the moment.

This accident happened while i am travelling, I am worried as to if i should stay on travelling or just go back to england and get my op asap?

The plan was to do lots of scuba diving next and visit south america for 2months..should i still do that or just cut my losses and go home????
NateG

Waterville, ME

#12 Sep 22, 2007
I just tore my ACL and MCL also last week during a football game. My doctor told me that swimming was O.K. but and thing that involves cutting isn't. Surgery can wait, I am having mine in a month. Consult a professional but I think you'll be alright to travel.
Raymie

Pontiac, MI

#13 Sep 26, 2007
I ruptured my Petellar Tendon, tore my acl, tore my meniscus, and some other lateral ligement in my knee on july 19. I did all this in one soccer game. Had surgery july 27 and just now after 2 months walking with out crutches but with a full leg brace. I also suffered from 2 minor tibia fractures. Firt surgery i had all repaired but my acl, and currently going though 3-6 month physical therapy. Once i gain full range of motion (i can only bend my knee to 93degrees) I will definately get my acl repaired. Im 26 years old and have 2 kids. I still want to play rec soccer, and definately want to be able to be active with my children. If all you did was tear an acl, feel lucky. It could have been way worse. When my petaller tendon ruptured during a hit i took, my knee twisted and bent like tie wire doing monumental collateral damage.
Raymie

Pontiac, MI

#14 Sep 26, 2007
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Raymie

Pontiac, MI

#15 Sep 26, 2007
Yes the above picture is post op of knee. They repaired my meniscus, petallar tendon, removed bone fragments, and some other ligement. But once again my acl was not repaired during this surgery
lis PA

New York, NY

#17 Oct 1, 2007
I tore my ACL during a HS basketball game on 12/28..had surgey 1/31/07, totally rehabbed, took 7 months, started my senior yr for Field hockey tore the ACL in the other leg 5 games into my season...this stinks..I dread doing it all over again
liz

Houston, TX

#18 Oct 1, 2007
Hi guys, I tore my ACL completely almost three years ago. Although it is not neccesary for you to have the surgery right away, I would advise you had it right away. I waited almost three months to have the surgery done, and in those three months I tore it completely where I had to have the whole thing reconstructed since I couldn't stop being active. Three years later, my knee is just as good except you never lose the fear that you might tear it again.
Kev

Temperance, MI

#19 Oct 8, 2007
Hey there all. I partially tore my acl and meniscus back in July 06. My doctor chose to go with natural healing. While this was fine for walking, I've had pains when going up/down a lot of steps. Well, as of last Saturday I decided to play catch with my 4yr old. I ended up chasing him and picking him up. Once I did, "pop", and I ended up on the ground. Currently waiting to get in to see the doctor, and luckily it hasn't been as bad as the first time. Still trying to figure out why that is though. All I'm going through this time around is a lot of swelling, minimal pain, and definitly some instability when leaning forward or inward with the knee.
Curt

Mount Laurel, NJ

#20 Oct 16, 2007
Hello all glad this blog is here kinda of gives me a better idea of what to do I completley detached my acl dr. said it was shreded same as mcnabb q.b from eagles was his exact words and also torn meniscus mri only showed meniscus tear and then comes my artho. surgery to cut the torn piece out and what do i find out when i wake up from surgery exactly acl detached so now im faced with what to do recon. are just let it go seems my dr. is leaning to let it go but im only 27 and have alot of thigs yet to do i play rec softball snoboard and on top of it all im a policeman since finding out my worst fear is getting into a confrontation and pop ther goes my knee doing worst damage then originally well i had arto surg. 4 days ago and i am still on crutches as i speak reading some of the blogs hear helped me determine that i am going to opt. to have my acl recon. and the best way wit must sucsess of getting back to 100% health is the hamstring method i will write back following the surgery and let all know how the outcome is thanks alot for advice and good luck to all going through this painful process aswell
jocelyn

AOL

#21 Oct 26, 2007
I have a torn ACL

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