5 Year wait before surgery, in recovery

by chris gioia
(NY)

Maybe this can help someone. I tore my ACL almost 5 years ago, and only a month ago had the surgery. Initially it was misdiagnosed as partially torn, and my doctor and parents decided itd be best for me not to get the surgery, so I would be able to continue playing football months later. Unbeknowst to me, my knee was nothing like it used to be and constantly gave out. I finally decided, against all my trepidations, to sacrifice the months to get the surgery. I was wrong, I HAVE NOT SACRIFICED anything. This past month has been one of the most rewarding of my life, a time that any athlete should cherish. It is my second chance, and with it I've put in loads of hard work for recovery. As an athlete, having something to work hard for is one of the most fruitful things in my life, something I have been unable to do because of the injury. I have faith that all will turn out just fine, and I would suggest to anyone with time and patience to trust your orthopaedist and go through with the surgery, it is only a matter of time before your life is whole again. Good look to all!!!

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May 24, 2011
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help!
by: melanie

EEEK !!! sorry to hear that Greg, I'm not a Dr. but it could be you LCL OR MCL. I had my LCL my knee was doing the same side to side. I wasn't playing sports when I hurt my knee it was a simple fall my shoe got hung in a crack in the floor and down I went twisted my knee all the way around.I have had 3 surgeries so far. My problem is finding a Dr. that is not afraid of doing my next surgery.When I feel I tore rotator-cuff in my r/shoulder,the medial meniscus,LCL, and a complete tear of the PCl. Its not a common tear and no one around here will do it, I have the 2 MRI's that say the same thing. My Dr. keeps telling me that the MRI's are wrong,How I keep saying why do we get them if the Dr.'s don't want to take the word of their own test???
They tell me that most people live without their PCL. Well I guess I am not like most people. My knee is not stable I am always falling causing new injuries. Its been 2 and a half years since my fall, and I just want to get back to living.
Sorry for being so long winded just looking for some wisdom.

Thanks Melanie

May 20, 2011
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5 yrs aswell
by: greg wayne

i waited 5 yrs an i had an acl and meniscus repair... but 3 weeks in my knee is loose left to right... dgreg87@yahoo.com... i have a video on youtube showing it.. please help me out

Apr 27, 2011
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post surgery
by: Anonymous

GArcia1228. U will be fine. I was so nervous the day before, when i went there i was so relaxed, i woke up, and there was no pain. U wont feel pain till the day after. Remember to take ur pain Meds. The pain isnt as bad as they say (at least for me) and ull get over it. Ull know u mad teh right decision, and im telling u ive never been happier!

Apr 27, 2011
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ACL MCL LATERAL MENISCUS TEAR
by: Garcia1228

I have surgery scheduled tomorrow to repair all 3 damaged tendons. I am extremely nervous, the fear I mostly have is to wake up in pain. Can anyone comment on there personal experience after waking up from surgery? I have my Vicodin ready just in case. : )

Mar 02, 2011
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Good Read
by: KS1980

Good Read. I am going in for ACL surgery Tues and glad I came across all these stories. I tore my ACL in football back in Aug and just now getting the surgery. I am not sure what to expect, but reading this story and the others have really helped. Thanks for posting!!

Feb 28, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hey Chris,

Great post. I too had ACL surgery twice and I can say that you can expect to return to football with full capacity. I returned to soccer the same athlete I was prior to the surgery and am thankful I worked hard in rehab. Remember that Tom Brady recovered from ACL surgery to have a fantastic year so you should expect the same. Good luck.

Chad

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