Bennett's total physeal sparing reconstruction - age 12

I am sharing this experience for my son and anyone like him who might have this injury at an early age. His injury occurred on the lacrosse field in April. He was just running along and stepped on an uneven spot and felt the infamous pop and sharp pain. Took him to the doctor who everyone said was the best for youth in Baltimore. told him to tke it easy, no sports, come back in 3 weeks. Walking at school knee goes out terrible pain. Doctor takes an MRI. Still no damage to menicus so go back to therapy and walk with crutches. Therapy gets him staightened out as he can now bend and straighten his leg completely so doctor says wear a brace play soccer if you want in the spring. If ( more like when) the knee goes out we will have to operate. If it doesn't go out we will operate in 2-3 years. Mean while I have been scouring the internet on the subject. The conservative approach has been to wait till the child's growth has slowed or stopped to reconstruct the ACL as to not interfere with the growth plates. A valid concern as growth arrest could be devastating. But as devastating is the damage to the cartilage and menicus that probably will occur or the loss of childhood games and sports by protecting the knee. The more modern approach is to reconstruct the ACL with techniques that avoid the growth plates altogether. I found a doctor to do this at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who has truly been a godsend. My son's recovery has been very rapid although we are only 3 weeks since surgery. He has very little pain and motion is already returning. I hope at least one parent out there reads this and doesn't settle for the opinion that nothing should be done till their child grows up. There are physicians who can do procedures which others are too vain to admit are beyond their expertise and will never let you know the techniques exist.

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Oct 01, 2013
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Your valuable experience can be helpful for all! NEW
by: Anonymous

Paula, 4 ladies have formed a group to exchange the information and experiences on pediatric ACL reconstruction...whould you be interested in joining? Your knowledge will be valuable to all parents who are facing this challenge in life and since you had this surgery way back and gone thr' the whole process, it's even more valuable.

The Facebook group name is -
Pediatric ACL Surgery Support Group

Thanks!

- Shilpa (mom of 10 yr old with broken ACL)

Oct 01, 2013
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Our 10 year old boy broke his ACL NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Which doctor you go to in IN? and in Philly? We are in the stressful process of finding good doctor who will do this intricate surgery without touching growth plates.

Any live experience is counted.
Please advice...waitign axiously!

Mom





May 09, 2012
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Surgery in 2007 and still holding NEW
by: Paula

My son when he was 12 also had this surgery in Indianapolis by Dr. Kosmas Kayes. He is now 17 and is finally stopped growing, (I hope since he is 6'4") and I'm so happy that he was able to not damage his growth plate and have a surgery that was able to give him his active sports back. This surgery stopped him from sitting in the side lines. I recommend anyone who has a child that is still growing to consider this surgery.

Mar 18, 2011
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Need Information
by: Anonymous

What Doctor performed the surgery on your son? Thanks.

Jan 17, 2011
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PSR age 12
by: Anonymous

Took your advice. My 12 year old had the surgery done at CHOP in Philly. We are two weeks Post Surgery. So far so good.

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