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This Wednesday the 28th I go in for a ACL replacement or reconstruction as they like to call it. I tore my ACL in a trials bike accident. It will be done arthroscopic as an out-patient. Has anyone gone through the sugery? What is the recovery like?
 

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This Wednesday the 28th I go in for a ACL replacement or reconstruction as they like to call it. I tore my ACL in a trials bike accident. It will be done arthroscopic as an out-patient. Has anyone gone through the sugery? What is the recovery like?

expect 9-12 months of rehab and recovery.....
 

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You won't be up to 90% for a year or so (I don't say 100% because you never really get it all back).

If you are getting it performed Arthroscopically, your major recovery will be faster than if they splayed you wide open. Expect a few weeks of good pain meds, a knee mobilizer, and generally being a pain in the ass to everyone around.

Then months and months of knee braces and rehab.

But in the end, you will be glad you got it taken care of.
 

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You won't be up to 90% for a year or so (I don't say 100% because you never really get it all back).

If you are getting it performed Arthroscopically, your major recovery will be faster than if they splayed you wide open. Expect a few weeks of good pain meds, a knee mobilizer, and generally being a pain in the ass to everyone around.

Then months and months of knee braces and rehab.

But in the end, you will be glad you got it taken care of.
I thought most docs didn't use a brace anymore. :idunno:
 

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sounds like you didn't rupture your ACL but only tore it, thus allowing for only arthroscopic surgery.
recovery will depend on the doctor doing the surgery and also the pt afterward. Ask your doctor who he would go to for pt if it were him then just take it easy on the knee. No pain! when people say, "no pain, no gain." they are full of shit. your pt will know how to rehab you. you will use crutches for about 6-8 weeks (maybe) and also a brace for an additional 2 to 4 but again that all depends on the doctor peforming the surgery and also on the shape it is in now.

did you have any pre-hab? cause think about it, the stronger your knee is going into the surgery the stronger it will be coming out of it. I dont think it will quite take a year to recover, it might be a year until you feel fully 100% and are able to jump and all that stuff but i'd say you'll be walking on it without crutches or a brace and with considerable weight in like 4-6 months. Like I said though it all depends on how bad it is, how skilled your orthapedist is and also your pt. Good luck dude and do the homework your pt gives you but don't over do it.

I agree with navydeveldoc in that you never fully get it all back.
 

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I was already told it will be probably 6 months of rehab and 1 year to full recovery. Where everything falls in the middle is still unknown. The doctor did say I will be able to anything I was doing before. He also told me I would be using a brace but, until the surgery he won't tell me if it will be a week or a month.:idunno:
 

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All of the info from everyone else is correct. I had it done in 2003. I severed my ACL and tore several spots on my miniscus(sp?) disc.

Here are the facts in my case.
1. out-patient surgery went well. No pain what-so-ever. Heavy dose of meds.
2. I was on pain heavy pain meds for one week. I stopped because they were creating havoc on my body. I suffered through the next four weeks only taking motrin.
3. rehab started the next day after surgery and continued for the next nine months. Knee brace was a must.
4. The knee is about 75%. It has never been the same but I think that is because I tore my disc. That is my guess. I don't think you can replace the disc. But I don't know.
5. A year to the day after I tore my ACL, I was back on the basketball court playing full court ball. I still must wear a brace when playing sports.

All in all, it went well.
 

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I was already told it will be probably 6 months of rehab and 1 year to full recovery. Where everything falls in the middle is still unknown. The doctor did say I will be able to anything I was doing before. He also told me I would be using a brace but, until the surgery he won't tell me if it will be a week or a month.:idunno:

I totally agree, the brace is something you will definetly have to deal with and it can get stinky but the most thing you'll hate is the crutches. gradually you will be able to use it more and more. like I said it depends on a lot of factors, but you should do fine.

Good luck bud! let me know how it goes.
 

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Back when I had mine done I wore the brace for 6 months! It was mostly over the winter so it was over my jeans. No stinkyness.

Anyway, all these years later and I'm nearly 100%. I've taken up distance running and I do some heavy weight lifting including squats, cleans, dead lifts, single leg squats etc. The only time I "notice" my knee is while squatting heavy as it has a tendancy to turn in. I know this and can force it not to however. It's a simple muscle imbalance that can be fixed, I just haven't.

Do the rehab religiously and you'll be fine.

HD
 

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Thanks all for the support. I didn't have much of a choice about doing it or not. The ACL tear is 90-95% and my knee is giving out on me. So the longer I wait, the more damage I am likely to do. I am not crazy about the 6 months of rehab but, like I said not much of a choice.
 

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I can't possibly image what you're going through. Three years ago I partically tore both my ACL and MCL. Like a dip sh*t it waited about three months before I went to the dr. I had about 40% tear on both and now they had scar tissue and the dr. said he couldn't do anything because I waited too long for treatment.

Now my knee just hurts all the time and if I leave it in one position for any length of time, it's pure agony to do anything. I wish you the best of the luck and speedy recovery..
 

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Today I have to be at the medical center at 12:30 for my procedure that begins my 6 months of rehab. I know it will be worth it in the end, I'm just not looking forward to the recovery process. It's all for the best.
 

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Good luck with that. I didn't have ACL reconstruction but a few years ago (during my freshman year of college) I was biking (as in bicycle) down a steep hill and as I turned at the base of this hill there was an illegally parked car around the corner which prevented me from seeing the toyota pick-up that pull out of the parking lot. Long story short, I halved my knee cap (the patella) and fragmented my upper shin (the tibia) on my left knee. I currently have 4 screws in my knee as I type.

The worst part of all this actually was not the accident itself but the physical therapy afterwards (morphine and adrenaline does wonders). It took me 4-5 months before I could walk w/o crutches. I hope this provides you with a little insight (although it fully seems like you already have a good grasp of what you're getting into). Good luck and hope you ride soon!
 

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It's going to hurt like a SOB, but try to start your rehab as soon as possible after surgery and take it seriously. The Army made me wait a month after arthro on my knee and it took me almost 6 months just to be able to have full range of motion, not to mention the muscle atrophy that took another 6 months after that to look almost normal.
 

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On Wednesday I had my sugery. It was delayed almost 5 hours due the the fact, the clinic only had tools to do 2 ACLs at a time and both doctors had booked ACLs. Anyway on Friday the bandages came off and the doctor told me to start walking on it with the brace. He also told me as soon as I felt comfortable to remove the brace and walk on it. So Friday night I was walking with no crutches or brace. So far I am very impressed. After Friday I stopped taking the pain killers because they were to hard on my stomach, so it is pretty sore but not untolerable. After alot of walking the knee does tighten up, but I guess this is to be expected. I included some pics on my knee Friday night it was huge.
 

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2 on the same knee.

You will never be "right" again.

The rehab is going to hurt like a motherfucker. Plan on the rest of the day being ruined for the first couple of weeks after they start working on "stretching" your knee to get your full range of motion back. I was lucky, I heal quick, don't swell too bad so both times my knee was back to full range well before most people's (like < 6 weeks).

I went to Arthur Ting and his rehab, and they had me back on a motorcycle in 3 months. But I went through 6 months of pain in those three months, it was MUCH more intense than the first time. However, well worth it.

The good news is part of this is definitely the new tools they have. I gave a 30 minute standing talk within 5 days of surgery!
 
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