a.q. ACL Reconstruction


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Hello, I'm one month post op with a patellar graft. I injured my right knee on december 10th tearing my acl mcl and meniscus. It happened while i was playing basketball, i was runnign in for a lay up while my foot was slightly turned and i heard a "krrrrr" sound and fell to the ground with pain for about 5 minutes. I started icing it 10 minutes after, i was able to bend it but there were loud pop sounds that continued through my physical therapy sessions(there gone now after surgery) I had to wait 3 weeks to do anything while my mcl healed, then i had 2 weeks of pre surgery physical therapy.

I had my surgery on January 26th, today is exactly one month since the surgery. My recovery process is going very well. Im completely walking without any support now. I depended on my crutches only for the first few days since my leg was completely numb. Once the shot i was given started wearing off i started putting some weight on it but still using the crutches. I got off the crutches after about 4 or 5 days.
First few days after surgery are hard. I couldn't lift my leg at all I needed someone to help me get in and out of bed pretty much do everything. The nerve block shot helped alot cuz i didn't feel anything for about two and a half days. I took my pain medication for two or three days and i was off the hydrocodone before my 3 day post op appointment with the doctor.
I used my brace for about 3 1/2 weeks post op. I started walking around the house without it for about four days but wearing it when i went out and past two days i stopped using it.
I started physical therapy the following week after my surgery. It was very frustrating since my thigh's looked and felt like jello i had lost almost all of the muscle. It's been 3 weeks of PT and finally it's starting to gain back some muscle. Today's measurement of my flexion was 133 of my operated knee and 136 on my other knee. So it took three weeks to get the motion back. I still have large area's that are numb, does anyone else have large numb areas???
I will update everyone on how I am doing every couple weeks. I'll feel free to answer any questions anyone has.

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Sep 02, 2015
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Jan 23, 2012
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2 Years NEW
by: Me

I completely forgot about this post I did nearly 2 years back, I just saw a notification. I'm glad it's been useful for many. Nearly 2 years after the surgery, the biggest issue is both of my knees always feel sore even when I don't exercise for extended periods. It could be I gained weight after my injury and haven't gotten back in to the top shape I used to be. I don't have any limitations as far as sports or exercises, although I still have to be careful when I'm active. I'm usually pretty cautious if the floor seems slippery or if my shoes grip too much so I can prevent any injury while turning/running. A big issue is I just always have to be moving my knees and it bothers me to sit in a still position for not just extended time but even short time. I don't really stretch in mornings that would probably help, but even when I stretch out after feeling sore it doesn't help too much. That's just the biggest complaint 2 years post op.

Jan 14, 2012
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RE: a.q. ACL RECON. numbness NEW
by: Kris

Im 4 weeks post op Acl recon w/patellar tendon graft. I continue to have numbness on and around my patella and was told by PT and MD that was very normal. Sounds like your progress is going great. Mine has been a little slower and I am cautious about reinsuring my knee so I continue to wear my brace unlocked most of the time except when I am sitting. My doc says to keep the brace on and locked while sleeping and unlocked during the day. I go back in 2 1/2 weeks to check my progress and hopefully can get clearance to drive.Everybody heals differently depending on age, activity level/strength and genetics I suppose. Recovery is slower than I expected but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

May 22, 2011
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Update
by: Anonymous

Wow it's been a while since I've checked my page. I'm close to a year and half post op, and doing pretty good. I play basketball, since I'm done with school for the summer I'm playing a bit more. I played two days in a row and was limping the day after. My knee still gets really sore if i don't take a day or two off after a good workout. About the jello knee, I remember i got my leg numb right after surgery and my leg felt like jello. I think your referring to not having much muscle. It takes lots of time to gain muscle back. All you can do is do your exercises as often as you can. Have you started PT yet? Once you start that, I'm sure your road to recovery will hit off.

May 19, 2011
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by: Carol

Yesterday I seriously questioned my decision to have this surgery - so much pain! Today I am determined, and inspired by this site. Thank you all for your contributions and inspiration.

I am day 6 post op, and have not been told about a brace! I am all over that! I feel like jello knee, and very cautious about over doing it. I have ACL and meniscus, on only tylenol and advil for pain. The other prescribed pain killers seem to kill motivation. The exercises seem to work - very slowly, but I am certainly able to put more weight on my injured leg today than 6 days ago! any ideas about the jello knee?

Sep 19, 2010
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Waiting
by: Anonymous

That's a good question. That would be 3 months of recovery time passed up. Personally, I would not do that. Could you? Probably, it all depends on your doctor. I would want to get it done asap to get back to moving around. I had my surgery between 4-6 weeks after the injury to let swelling go down. I had it done in January and still not cleared. I haven't been working out as much as i want, so I'm having a slow recovery.

Sep 19, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Thanks for your advise,,, do you think that the surgery can wait till the end of Dec.?

Sep 19, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I would not take a semester off. It will be tough getting to and from class, as it was for me. Taking the semester off would be too extreme and having to walk a lot to get to class would also be very tough. I would try and get help with transportation, I needed a ride to and from my college after surgery. Besides transportation, I think everything else will work well. You will be tired and not want to do anything besides sit down, hence you will have a lot of time for school work.

Sep 18, 2010
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ACL + meniscus
by: Anonymous

I have a complete torn in my ACL and meniscus. This happened 1 week ago. I'm at college right now. Can I wait till Dec. to do my surgery? Do you recommend that I take the semester off?

Jun 08, 2010
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Try the pool
by: Melinda

Someone had a question on bending?

I'm 7 weeks post-op from ACL reconstruction with a patellar tendon graft. I suffered a complication on my graft leg (fractured my knee cap post-op) so I've had to slow down my PT.
I was going a litle bonkers at home so we went to Tucson for a week where I just floated in the pool and walked the lazy river at the hotel. It REALLY helped my bending. Check with your PT or doctor to see if you can add in pool walking. My PT also has me doing most of my strengthening exercises in the pool. It has made a big difference in just a week. Plus it helped mentally just to have something else to do.
Good luck!

Jun 06, 2010
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by: Me

Thats funny you mention your quad feeling like jello. It was very frustrating for me as well and though i gained some muscle back its still pretty weak. Around the time your at now I was doing single leg raises, quad push downs and kick extensions. Those definitely helped me getting to the next stage. I would do these and continue any exercises you've been told to do as many times a day you can. As for the numbness it sucks as well, im approximately 5 months out and i still have large numb spots. Good luck

Jun 06, 2010
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frustrated
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I am soo happy to find this site, I am very active and after having this ACL/meniscus surgery on my right knee, it is just frustrating that my quadfeels like jello after 3wks, still in the brace, still slightly swollen around the knee, and at 112deg bend, but so hard to extend fully. I had a patella graft done, and still have alot of numbness, I want to walk normal again so bad. Any suggestions of what else I can do at home.

May 21, 2010
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feeling a bit better today
by: Anonymous

hi, thanks for your encouragement. today i seem to be feeling a bit better, maybe i am over the hump. i actually slept pretty good last night. I had a cadaver graft and I also had a high grade injury to my MCL- the surgeon didn't do anything with that though. He was surprised by the chondromalacia I guess he wasn't expecting it, and it was grade IV. I am seeing a PT and went today and he told me that i had improved quite a bit in two days. I am relieved, because I was starting to worry about it. today, i realized I was really sick of sitting around in bed with this CPM machine, so I took that to be a good sign that things are looking up and I may be ready to get out and about more. I appreciate your encouragement. It is always good to hear about others who have experienced the same thing, thanks!

May 21, 2010
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by: Me

I think that is pretty good for 8 days. Did you get a ice machine or are you icing often? i iced my knee for most of the day for a few weeks. I think your good for 8 days post op. Are you seeing a physical therapist? For now, I think you are doing enough. Can't do much besides rest for some time. For the first few weeks all i did was heel slides, push downs on a towel(flexing quads), and single leg raises, putting something under my knee and straightening it. The exercises for the first month are very simple, I wouldn't push it. Also what type of acl reconstruction did you get? I'll check for comments often, if you have any more specific questions!! I wish you a quick recovery

May 20, 2010
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advice?
by: Anonymous

hi, i am 8 days post ACL/meniscus/chondromalacia surgery and am still in a lot of pain and a bit worried because I still cannot seem to get past about65 degrees bend in it. i keep swelling up every time I try to bend it. I am doing some striaght leg raises and a few other exercises but mostly just resting and using a cpm machine. any advice?

May 12, 2010
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Update
by: Me

My doctor finally cleared me to run on April 30th, but it is very painful to do so. I haven't talked to my doctor about it yet, i am planning to call him tomorrow.
My quadriceps is still pretty weak, though my hamstrings are pretty strong. I still have pain doing some exercises such as lunges(when i go low), leg extension(just before straightening my leg). I'm still working on the strength, i work out now, doing leg press, leg curl, leg extension, and calf raises. I know the leg has gotten stronger, but the quad still very weak. I do the elliptical machines with high resistance for around 20 minutes and have no pain. I also tried the stair master, also no pain.
I'll post another update in a few days! I'm happy to answer any questions!

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