1st acl surgery ..questions

by Ives
(Vancouver BC Canada)

I did not injury my knee prior to sports i got pushed over which caused me to fall on top of my knee ..& tore my ligament and cartiledge .

I have a few concerns and questions if someone u could help as per this is my first surgey and i am quite scared !!
Why do you have to come 2 hours before the surgery and what do they tell you ??
How long does this surgery take ??
How long will i be on cruthes for ??
Is it true it will be hard for me to sleep at night ??
Is there nething i can do to prep me before ??Ive tried to go for walks but i can only walk for a short period of a time as per my knee starts to hurt !!!
Are you complenty asleep when it happens ?? or can u feel it ?? this is my first surgery soo i am kinda paranoid and scared !!
Have i made the right choice to do this ??
Are there any negative and postives i should know about ??
My surgery is on August 6th less the 2 weeks aways please help me out !!
Thanks

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Nov 06, 2012
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Knee pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I was just wondering if anyone has felt a shooting pain through there knee so bad they can't walk. I was at volleyball and after hitting the ball I fell straight on the ground and landed exactly on my knee. I went to the doctor right after and they put a half cast on me because the pain is too much to walk as of right now I'm going to an orthopedic because the other day my knee was so swollen they couldn't tell through the x-rays. Does this sound like anything anyone's had if so please reply! Thanks!

Mar 10, 2012
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Knee surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I maybe having knee surgery,my big problem is I live alone,& have to climb 2 flights of stairs,has anyone had this happen to them.

Nov 19, 2010
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acl and mensicus surgery
by: Anonymous

I had just gotten surgery on my acl and meniscus a week ago and today I was able to lift my leg on my own! I stopped taking the painkillers but during the night my leg is very uncomfortable I get like a twitching motion in my quad is this normal?

Dec 23, 2009
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wound opening
by: Ives

So its been 5months i am now doing really well as per my surgery and attending pysio and the gym on a daily basis !!

I now have a bump on my scar which has now just opened up and its bleeding i called my surgeon but hes closed for the hoildays ..!! My Docter is also on vacation and appointment cant be made until after xmas !! I went to walk in and the guy couldnt tell me anything but to go to my surgeon !I am kinda scared now !!

Sep 23, 2009
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6 weeks !!
by: Ives

I am now going onto my 6week ..my physiotherpist has told me to ...start beginning to go for walks now ,i also used the excerise bike ..although it was hard for me at first peddling !! So she had put me on another bike which worked out well !! I am now gonna go start to go to the gym !!Does anyone know of any other excercises i can do well attending .. the gym they found helpful ?? my physiotherapist said ...the tread mill,excercise bike,do arm excercises !!My knee measurement have got back from 102 -111 so that is a approvement !! I tend to do the excercise once a day with the reps of 20 because my knee tends to hurt !!

I just wanna thank everyone who replied back to my comments !!

Sep 21, 2009
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acl reco
by: newknee

i am 18 days post-op. had a patellar tendon reconstruction and was in immense pain for at least 12 days post-surgery. i followed all the instructions for meds. made sure that before the pills wore off, i was taking the next set. pre-surgery i was on a strict pre-hab regime. at least 2 hours everyday working on my legs and core. i did tons of research on the internet as well as talking to friends who have had acl-recon themselves. so i did everything possible to make the surgery and post-surgery go smoothly. well, it didn't. i haven't had any complications but when i say things didn't go smoothly what i mean is that things didn't happen like i thought it was going to. i didn't think that pain was going to last so long since i had read many people's blogs who were off their crutches and off pain meds after 3 days. i now know that each person is different. each surgery is different. each recovery is different. read about other people's surgery to understand the whole process but don't use anyone else's timeline for your own recovery. listen to your body.

best of luck to everyone for a successful recovery and return to normal life!

Sep 14, 2009
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re: to above comment !!
by: Ives

Thanks very much for your info and help !

Well one of my wounds opended up when they were removing the staples in my knee so i was on antibiodics ..for 10days now it has healed as per my surgeon i have appointment to see him again in the next 4 weeks just so it doesnt flair back up !!

Yes..its kinda tough..with the knee being stiff all the time !! I am keeping my knee elevated on how you discussed !! Yes it looks alot more swollen ..ppl have said !!I do..not walk ..around for long periods of time because i feel that my knee will hurt more !!I use to take walks around the block but i am just waiting until i get into pysio to see what they recommend too me !! Which i am now waiting for a appointment on wed !!

Sep 12, 2009
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stiffness
by: Anonymous

sounds like you are making progress. i think the stiffness is normal. you should focus on strengthening your small quad muscles near your knee. you can do that by sitting with your injured leg straight out. then tense up the quad muscles so that your heal comes off the ground. it is important to strengthen those muscles to help you eliminate stiffness around your knee. also, ask about using a stationary bike. your knee is also probably still somewhat swollen, maybe not noticeably to others, so keep an ice pack handy when your sitting around.

Aug 23, 2009
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by: Ives

Karen - i didnt say i was auctualley running i meant to say that ive now been running on my 3rd week of having to wear my bandage and dressing since my surgeon is away until the 28th !!I dont think right now i would have the capacity to run as this moment !!

*I dont really use cruthes ...i can walk but its hard to get inside of the car without bending my knee !!My knee also tend to stiff up alot and i go to sleep alot !! Ive been also getting mirgraine is this common does anyone know ?? wow 6 weeks ill be on my 4 week when i get them removed !!!

Aug 21, 2009
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running
by: Anonymous

I also felt great at about 3-4 weeks. it is important to listen to your docotor and physical therapist. What graft did you have? I had the hamstring graft and was released to run at 12 weeks with a brace and most of my friends said they couldn't till 10-16 weeks. You really need to be careful, and consider not running until your dr. says to. they say you are at the highest risk of reinjury from about 4 weeks-12 weeks. i started bike riding and swimming around 6-8 weeks but that was after my dr. said to. do you have a functional ACL brace? you do feel better faster than when you actually are. It will be 19 weeks for me on monday, and i feel ready to go play sports, but i haven't because they say it takes about 24-26 weeks to be ready to play with a brace. What kind of bandage are you talking about? I wore a big brace for 4 weeks, and a functional ACL brace for another 8 weeks, and now i just use a brace for running, jumping, and when i go back to sports and dance/baton twirling. i had stitches, so i don't know what to tell you about the staples. sounds like you are doing good and good luck with yout recovery!

Aug 21, 2009
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running...
by: Karen

that it great that you have the confidence to run so soon after but doing it may be causing you further damage! i also felt good enough to start doing things properly after 3/4 weeks but my surgeon warned me not to do too much too fast because you may think everything is ok yet the graft is still very weak and not fully secure to the bones yet! even slight damage to the new graft in the first few months may cause trouble in the future!! i felt better after 3 weeks then i do after 6.. i did things too soon and have alot of pain now even to walk sometimes!
regarding your bandage, i am almost 6weeks out and still wear the bandage for support because it feels safer to me if i do but everyone is different! And i cannot say about the staples as i didnt have them!

glad you are doing well!

Aug 20, 2009
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by: Ives

Thanks soo much in reguard to not having a pillow under your knee !! Arent you suppose to elvate the knee ?? well does anyone know how removal of staples work i am kinda more then scared now compared to my surgery !!Has anyone noticed is it easier with the bandage or more diffcult without it !! I am now running on my 3rd week with the bandage on ..since my surgeon isnt back until the 28th wow great right !!

Aug 20, 2009
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7 days post ACL recons
by: 36 yr old female

Anxiety is normal prior to surgery! I was so nervous..am I making the right decision..how bad is the pain gonna be..how hard will rehab be? Tons of questions. The CRNA came into give me me medicaine in an IV that the RN started - after that I just remember waking up in the recovery room. Key to pain relief - ask for a nerve block to be given to you while in the recovery area. I still took my percocet as well every 6 hours. Pain was completely managable. My leg was wrapped in an ace from thigh to toes - that was hard in the 90 degree heat and humidity even tho I was in the A/C - I still wanted to rip it off. I also have a Breg brace in place. Post op day 4 i started PT and post op 5 the ace was removed - to reveal steri strips with sutures intact and a lot of old bloody drainage.I also started to bend my leg it is sore, stiff but feels good to move a little. This is the only time I can unlock my brace - to exercise (bend). I will be on crutches for two weeks and brace for four weeks. I do get a little depressed mostly because I wanna be moving more,but I do realize in time I will be back to my old self - Everything takes time and PATIENCE. Hang in there and good luck.

Aug 19, 2009
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In reply to Ives, be careful
by: Anonymous

I have done the ACL surgery. I just saw what you wrote and thats wrong! Post-ACL surgery you are NEVER TO HAVE A PILLOW UNDER YOUR KNEE.

A lot of doctors and physicians have instructed me that having a pillow -under- the knee is a big mistake. You are not supposed to do that.

Having a pillow under your foot is maybe O.K. Check with the professionals that have experience in the knee ACL surgery and body-rehab.

Aug 12, 2009
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my acl surgery results !!
by: Ives

So i had my acl surgery due to a torn ligament and cartleidge in my left knee !!Thanks for everyone that helped me out !! It went alright yes my surgery was checkin at 9 surgery at 10 then i stayed there until 7pm !! I felt really groggy at the time and when i woke up i was like all confused where i was lol ..but as soon as the nurse told me to see if i could get up from the bed all i wanted to do is sleep !! I couldnt wait to get home i was a bit grouchy and got sick from the aesthics !! yes the pills help alot ..although it makes me quite sleepy so i take naps then wake up eat and go back to sleep !! the first night i came home i had a hard time sleeping i would wake up go to the washroom then stay up for a bit and go back to sleep !!I am having a hard time changing my clothes and sponge bathing !!i can walk without cruthes just not out newhere i would need my cruthes i am getting my bandage and staples removed on the 28th !! I also had my foot swell up because i was told i needed to elevate my foot soo i now sleep with a pillow under my knee !!Thanks everyone ..who replyed to my story !!

Jul 31, 2009
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by: Anonymous

You will be fine, i had the surgery 2 months ago and it was worth it. The 2 hours before the surgery they ask you all kinds of questiosn, and you meet with ur surgon again and phyiso. My surgery took 3 hours becuase there was alot of damage, they say a surgery should take an hour and a half, but after the surgery your in the recovery room for about 4 hours then you can go home. Your usally on cruthes for about 3 weeks. But for me it was 6 weeks. A negative part of the surgrey for me is not being able to get my leg straight, thats why i was on cruthes for that long, and i am still not able to get my leg straight with doing tones of exercies at home and phyiso 4 times a week for two hours. I used the hamstring graft and i think it was a good choise,but after the surgery your leg feels like you can't move it, it took me 5 days untill i could move it. Make sure you take ur pain pills and you will be fine. The first couple of nights are the hardest to sleep. But the first night i found the hardest because i had a drain in my knee
I hope i was helpfull. keep us update

Jul 30, 2009
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by: Anonymous

good luck1 You'll do great! Great decision. I had surgery back in april. The best thing to do is have your quads as strong as possible. crutches depends. i was off of them within 2 days, but my friends were about 1-2 weeks, it just depends how fast you get your quad strength, and confidence back. It is normally within a month. i found it hard to sleep the first night at home because my knee brace was locked at 0 degrees, and the first week because i roll a lot. i didn't find pain to bad. Good luck, and i hope your surgery goes great. keep us posted on your progress. Also, even if you don't have to much pain. try to take your pain pills for the first 48 hours! It helps a lot!

Jul 30, 2009
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Dont worry
by: Karen

I was in the exact same situation only 2 weeks ago.. acl reconstruction was my first surgery and I was very anxious!

When you go in they ask some routine questions about your health, if u had ever had surgery before, what leg, how it happened, date of birth, if ur on any other medication, if u are allergic to anything that kinda thing, weighed u and take blood pressure.. one of the orthopedics come in and mark the leg ur having the operation

The surgery took only 1 hour but when you wake up you go to the recovery room were they monitor you for about 2 hours.. you dont really remember much of it though! you are fully asleep during it so u dnt feel anything. your talking to the surgeon one minute and he says count to 5 then the next minute you wake up in the recovery room! it was fine apart from the fact morphine makes your nose itchy for some reason and i was scratching it like mad, even the next day which my parents found quite amusing!! so you get the anesthetic with a needle in the back of your hand to make you go asleep then morphine for the pain when you wake up..you should aim to be off the crutches within 3 weeks..

The first day and night the nurses monitor you and administer painkillers and morphine to keep the pain at a minimum. but when you go home the first few nights will be hard to sleep but you should be ok with the help of painkillers.

Before surgery the most important thing to do is to strenghten your quads as these are the muscles that become the weakest after acl surgery.. they are very important for motion of the hole leg. first 3 or 4 days for me it felt like my lower leg was paralysed because the quads wer so weak, they are what controls the hole leg so do some lunges and squats to strenghten them. Cycling and swimming is also good.

If you are young and experiencing alot of pain (by the sounds of it you are) then you have definately made the right decision but there are some negatives depending on what graft you get. I had the patellar tendon graft which was chosen because it is said to have faster recovery as this muscle is similiar and as strong as that of the acl however it means after there will be numbness on the outer side of the knee.. everybody is different it might only be a tiny but it might never go away..this is nothing to be scared of as its not sore or anything.. also for a long time you might find a slight discomfort when kneeling on it but that cant be helped. The positives are that you will have a more stable knee with minimal or no pain within 9months.. most people i have heard from the operated knee will be just as strong as the other within the year, and sometimes even better then before the injury!!
Being a 20 year how loves to go out the main down side of the surgery is the boredom but my friends are just about keeping me sane!

I hope this has eased some of your nerves.. Im sure youll do great with the surgery and in your recovery after.. let me no how you get on!

Bye for now!

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