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Life after ACL reconstruction question?

Well it has almost been a week since the surgery and I am going to attempt to return to half days of work soon. Recovery seems to be going well to this point, but I have not had the knee out of the immobilizer and have yet begun physical therapy with me doing my own exercises.

My question to all of you that have already endured this surgery and went through rehab is if there are any tips or cautions you can pass on to me that were helpful for you, or that if you could of went back and done something differently you would have?

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I severed my ACL skiing, and had reconstructive surgery done a few months later. Some of it depends on which methid of repair they used (where they got the tendon or replacement ACL). They took mine from the tendons on your kneecaps. so your exercises may be different.

The best advice is DON"T STOP WORKING IT!!! Keep the rehab up, and when they let you rehab on your own, dont slack off. Technically your ACL should be stronger right now that it ever has been. (well, not RIGHT now, but when everythings healed) So any weekness is just in your mind. you really have to keep the excersises up. I am glad i had the surgery done, but I honestly don't know if I would do it again. Man it was some painful shit.

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Painful, a bit, just really uncomfortable. They have me on Oxycontin which is some strong narcotics. I swear this stuff is making me hallucinate on occasion.

It sounds like you had the same thing as me. To rebuild it, they cut a portion of my Patellar Tendon and grafted it with two pins to the bones. I also had two tears repaired in the miniscus which is the shock absorber inbetween the bones. The funny thing is that I went into surgery thinking I just had to have the torn miniscus repaired. The surgery was sceduled for about thirty minutes and ended up going two hours twenty minutes.

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So what you are saying is you want me to bring splinter cell over tonight right! LOL

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So what you are saying is you want me to bring splinter cell over tonight right! LOL
That is an important part of my rehab

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I have had acl/mcl/ and pcl surgery all at the same time.... it sucked..

cast from my ass to my ankle for 10 weeks..

but i can walk now..
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I have had acl/mcl/ and pcl surgery all at the same time.... it sucked..

cast from my ass to my ankle for 10 weeks..

but i can walk now..
Damn Dohsar, that sounds severe, but good to hear you made it through. Can you run or was that just asking too much considering the damage?

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Well.. they took 1/2 the knee cap tendon from my left knee as a acl..

part of my hamstring as a mcl.. and I still have no pcl. I can run, but I can feel my knee give sometimes.. I have this custom made $1500 knee brace that I NEVER wear.. that I am supposed to wear when I run or play sprts.. but I dont..

I had 4 surgerys.. all when I was 20 and 21. I am 27 now, and fine. Dr offere dead mans ligaments.. but i refused...
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I had 4 surgerys.. all when I was 20 and 21. I am 27 now, and fine. Dr offere dead mans ligaments.. but i refused...
I was currious about that. I hear that the recovery is easier if you use a donors ligament. In my case it wouldn't make much sense, but yours sounds like it would have helped out alot.

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well.. my doc was the doc for the bulls.. (in championship years)

BUT, he told me very non chalantly.. that the risks were the normal risks.. hepatitis, aids, hemosomething...

I said.. doc.. make me walk.. and I will be happy..
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