4 Surgeries, 3 ACL Reconstructions Later

I was 17, my Junior year in high school playing soccer when I was hit from the side and my knee buckled and popped. I went to the doctor and was told I tore my ACL. I received the ACL Reconstruction using allograft. I recovered fine, I was walking after a week and rehabbed and got my leg muscles back to normal and had a very stable knee. I returned to soccer after 9 months and played my senior year. I played the year fine.


I went to college and played the season, knee feeling great! I was the leading scorer on my team and everything was looking good until our team started indoor for the off season and I tore the ACL again. This is now about a year after my first surgery. I return to my doctor and get xrays and the MRI. It shows that I tore my ACL completely again and the doctor tells me that my bone grew into a bone spur and it just sliced my ACL in half, clean. He said he never saw anything like it before. His solution was he would go in and sand the spur down and the tunnel to make sure it didn't happen again and do another reconstruction.

I get this surgery and rehab again. I'm walking after a week and make good progress again. I return to soccer in the same amount of time, right around the 9 month mark after surgery. I really felt great and I kept my head up and just worked out regularly and played. Well... I only made it 6 months this time before I tore the ACL for the third time. Back to the doctor I go.

I go in and find out that my doctor retired. Now I don't know what to do. I called around and got recommendations and to the new doctor I went. I tell him my history and he shakes his head and gives xrays and writes a script to get a MRI. He looks at the xrays in his office the day of my first visit and is shocked at bone missing in my tunnel. He says he needs to fill the whole cause the gap is to big. I tell him about my 2nd surgery with the bone spur and the reaming/sanding down of my bone so it didn't happen again and he just looked at me with a shocked face. He tells me to get MRI and come back and we will plan surgery. I return with MRI and he says the best solution would be getting 2 surgeries.

The first surgery we talk about is a bone graft. He said he would go in and take the torn ACL out, drill out my screws, sand and drill the holes then fill everything in with bone. So he does this in October. So now I have NO ACL. I wear a brace, I rehab, and I'm walking fine. This is October of 2008 now. I go back to him every 2 weeks and receive xrays to make sure my bone is healing and the new bone he put in is adhering to my original bone. Its January 2009 and everything looks good he said I am ready for part 2 anytime now.

I schedule surgery for February 17th, 2009. We talk about it and he says the plan is to drill a new tunnel through my existing bone and the bone he put in. He said he would make the tunnel the correct size and he was going to put it in a slightly different spot then the original tunnel cause he believes it will work better. Its February 25th, I received the surgery, I am on crutches still, its been 8 days and I am worried off my ass how I will be after these 4 surgeries.

If anyone has been through this let me know please, does this bone grafting and new tunnel work? Does anyone think I can play soccer again?

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I CAN SYMPATHISE WITH EVERYONE ON HERE ESPECIALLY FROM 2012 GUY. I HAD FIRST SURGERY AT 18 AND 2 MORE AT 30 AND 32. I'M NOW 39 AND HAVE OSTEOARTHRITIS IN KNEES LEFT HIP AND OSEPHYTES IN L-4 AND L-5 PORTION OF BACK. SEVERE PAIN FROMN THESE SURGERIES AND ALL DOCTORS CAN SAY IS ARTHRITITS DOESNT TRAVEL. BELIEVE ME IT DOES. THESE DOCTORS CAN FIX YOUR KNEE BUT KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT ARTHRITIS OR HOW TO KEEP U GOING. NOT A DAM THING. I SPEND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A MONTH ON BLOOD SPINNING AND SYNVISC SHOTS TO GET 3 MONTHS OF RELIEF. DOCTORS NEVER PREPPED ME ON ANY OF THIS. I WOULD ASK THE BIGGER QUESTIONS WHEN GETTING THESE SURGERIES IN WHICH THEY WILL BLOW U OFF ANYWAY

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How are you these days? no more surgery I hope!?

I had a successful reconstruction in Feb and went back to break dancing in July/August. Tore it again in November and got a second reconstruction coming up now, may have to do the bone filling in the hole thing but wont know until he physically opens up the knee!

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i CAN TELL YOU THIS AFTER 3 ACL SURGERIES. mY FIRST ONE WAS WHEN i WAS 18. I SINCE HAD TWO MORE AT 30 AND 32. I'M NOW ALMOST 38 WILL VERY BAD PAIN FROM KNEE TO ANKLES TO HIP AND THE DOCTORS ARE NO HELP. TRUST ME THEY DON'T TELL YOU WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AFTER THAT MANY SURGERIES WITH ARTHRITIS. I KEEP SHOOTING SYNVISC IN MY KNEE BUT IT'S TOO LATE. SHOULD HAVE NEVER LET THE DOCTORS TOUCH IT AGAIN! THEY DON'T PREP YOU ON THE FALLOUT OF MULTIPLE ACL SURGERIES. ALL THEY TELL YOU IS YOU SHOULD START RIDING A BIKE OR SWIM. THEY SHOULD DO MORE ON THE PREVENTATIVE SIDE. ARTHRITITS STARTS AS SOON AS THEY DO THE FIRST ACL AND IT HITS HARD AFTER ABOUT 10-12 YEARS. I'M STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY I HAVE SO MUCH PAIN IN LOWER EXTREMITIES BUT I KEEP GETTING DIFFERENT STORIES.

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On jaanuary 31st I am going in for rmy 4th and hopefully final knee surgery ! I am in AGONY my knee if 100 degrees and swollen beyond belief, I'm so nervous because they are taking the hamstrings from right leg and putting them in my left , I'm hoping I get some relief because I can't live like this , depression no sleep in constant agony !!! It sucks !! Hope ur surgery goes well if that's the route you decide to go !

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when i was in 6th grade i fell on a slip and slide and broke my femour and tore everything. i had surgery but it could not truely be fixed because my growth plate was not closed. My knee continued to pop in and out of place at least three times a week. the doctor did reconstructonal surgery. Different from what you guys arte talking about. He went in took out my acl put in one from a cadaver, replaced a giant hole in my cartlage, deepened the groove my knee cap sits in, and tightened and loosened ligaments on the sides. He also put in a bone graft just to make sure nothing moved. The second surgery was cotober 6th, i was not walking for like 2 months. Now that i am finally pain free and seeming to do well. i have some how managed to tear the bone graft. I was sitting on the couch when i did it! How this is possible blows my mind and the doctors, he has never had this happen to him. Anyway the only options are constant pain or start all over again with pt and have another surgery, in that case i will not be walking for like another 2 months after that. Plus on top of all that i was supposed to have the same surgery done to the other leg this summer. Thier is nothing wrong with me i was just born with bowed legs. and maybe after 4 surgeries, and eventually 2 knee replacements i might be fixed.

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Hey so I am going through something similar now ! I tore my acl and medial meniscus playing basketball back in 2001 had surgery they used my hamstring as the acl graph and shaved my meniscus down i returned to everything fine after months of hard core pt.. I then again tore my acl and lateral meniscus in 2005 playing bball again (while wearing a 1300$ fiberglass brace , mind you) I had a surgery they used a cadaver and shaved down my lateral meniscus .. Since then I've had a baby she's 3 now and I've obviously setlled down from sports , I have gained weight which I know doesn't help the knees any ! But I recentyl twisted my knee bad , I went to the ER where they drained it and reccommended orthopedics I got an appt got the mri and once again tore my acl and both lateral and medial meniscus ... I also have hundreds of bone spurs he said! But I saw my surgeon yesterday and he said that I need to have one surgery to fill the previous tunnles he made years ago , he's going to fill them with bone graph and at the same time shave my medial and lateral meniscus , and once that heals in 3 months I will go in for my acl recontruction ! I was just wondering if anyone knows how severe the first surgery is and what I should expect for a re-coop period ! He said a couple of days but I'm nervous ! Thanks ..

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Constant Clicking
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I also hear that constant clicking sound when I walk and it drives me a little crazy. Click Click Click
Another thing my knee is not 100% straight and looks a bit swollen. Does anybody know what the click is?

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TORN ACL
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I tore my ACL playing soccer about four years ago. I recently injured my knee while working out at the gym on the same day I was leaving for mexico. I really don't know if I re-tore my ACL because the swelling was not as bad as the first time I injured it. I was able to walk with a brace five days after the injury. Its been a month now and I constantly hear clicking sounds when I walk. Sometimes my knee feels like it gives up on me every now and then but I definitely can't run or anything. Do any of you know what the problem could be? My physiotherapist said it could possibly be a meniscus tear or something a long those lines.. I really hope i didn't re injure my ACL! Any tips on what to do in the mean time?
Any advice will help me.

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4 surgeries
by: underreb

Hey, I'm going through the almost the same thing. first reconstruction went well, lasted for 4 years, then tore it again. second surgery last a couple months, then it was suspected i tore it for a third time. I went to a different doctor and needed a bone graft as well. My next surgery is scheduled for may 21, 2009. The doctor says that as long as everything heals and i rehab for at least a year i should be able to play soccer again. I play(ed) soccer at the collegiate level as well.

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