College ACL surgery

i had my right ACL reconstruction surgery three months ago with a patella cadaver after tearing my ACL playing soccer for my college. A couple of things i would recomend..ALWAYS ask your physical therapist what you can be doing to push yourself, because it might hurt or be tiring but i am almost done with rehab at only three months and can hopefully start playing soccer again soon. Also, i am not sure if this will end up hurting me or not but i pushed myself to do more than my physical therapist or my surgeon said i could do. I started jogging around 1 and a half months and constantly lifted weights before and shortly after surgery. It is so important to go into surgery strong so, even with a torn acl, you can lift weights and strengthen your muscles in your leg before surgery and this will help you sooo much after surgery. Another thing, not to scare any one who is about to get surgery but has anyone here thought the nerve blocks they give you before you are put to sleep are the worst pain of all?! I passed out after the first nerve block was put in because of how painful it was, thank goodness i wasnt awake for the nerve block put into my groin! Good luck to everyone and i honestly believe that though this recovery is hard it is not anywhere near as hard as some people make it out to be, as long as you keep healthy and strong it is just a learning experience.

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Jun 12, 2015
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Nov 12, 2010
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groin nerve block
by: cathmarholes

i passed out as well after the nerve block
then after two days i could still not feel my leg
i hope you get better im also a soccer player so i now how awful it is not to play
i hope you make 1st string varsity
:D

Oct 11, 2010
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nerve block
by: Anonymous

i was awake for the nerve block in my groin and it didnt hurt at all. but the medicine made me freak out. i was the meanest person and i started hypervenatltion, it was crazy.

May 16, 2010
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Same Here!
by: Anonymous

Wow your so lucky your going to be playing soon! I had surgery in November and Im still not allowed to play. Your right about the whole pushing yourself in PT thing, I was so scared to do anything so I'm paying the price now, being weak and having to wait longer to play. And I got the Nerve block in my groin and I didnt thing it hurt at all I was awake from the surgery and they then gave it to me. Maybe it didn't hurt because they put some freeze stuff on there before they stuck it in there and because I was at the Childrens Hospital. Do you have any good recomendations for Hamstring strengthening exercises? Thats the only thing holding me back. I'm suppose to play in 1 month. Do you have any good recomendations for getting back into shape? I play varsity soccer and will be a junior needing to excell, I want to D1 eventually, So I need to be healthy and in shape. Thanks so much and good luck with your recovery.

May 11, 2010
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Way to Go!
by: Anonymous

It is great that you are recovering so well there is no better feeling then not being able to ddo anything and then finally beginning to get back into everything. I tore my ACL and it was miserable not being able to particiapte. I wouldn't suggest overdoing it though. I tore mine while cheering, i fell out of a stunt and i did the same thing you did. I was pushing myself and doing great, before i knew it 5 months came around and i was feeling great :) then i went on with therapy and retore it again... not a great feeling. I had the nerve block as well and it was in my groin, it didn't hurt to bad at all..good luck with everything :)

Mar 02, 2010
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pushing in rehab
by: Bart - SII

Sounds like you are doing great! Good luck with your continued recovery. It is good to push yourself in your rehab - working hard and making sure you are continually progressing helps keeps things moving. For everyone out there, I wouldn't recommend going to far and starting activities before your physician gives clearance. It sounds like you had a good result, but the chances you take for disrupting the repair by jogging early, or doing other activities that your graft is not ready to handle could cause problems, and the extra month or two you might gain isn't worth the risk. Push hard, but don't push too hard :-)

Thanks for sharing your motivating story!

Bart

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