Dwayne's ACL Story

by Chris

Hey! I completely tore my ACL and i have a slight tear in my meniscus somewhere. This is my story!

I was on local mountains in early March when i decided i needed to grow out of small jumps and do big ones, i ate mad crap off a big jump, heard the pop and had to lay there for about 10 minutes. After nobody came (it was still too early) i had to snowboard down the rest of the mountain by myself! I think that having to do that i tore my knee up worse...

Well April 21st came by i was quite nervous. I didn't read up on any of these stories until after surgery cuz i knew i'd be a little freaked out pre-op. The time came, i was hooked to an IV, though they missed the first time -_- i was injected with some antibiotics. After that my anestesiologist came with some "happy juice" i remember asking him what it was and getting a reply, but i completely forgot what he said hah. Then the nerve blocker came, i remember my leg spasming pretty badly and i have no idea how i got knocked out. i woke up about 1 1/2 hours later all woozy. I saw a nurse walk by and i was talking to him a bit and he assured me i was finished and ready to go home, my mom and brother got to come see me, they gave me apple juice and all and sent me home! (Without any ACL post op packets!) Note i had a fatty cold ice machine and an knee brace.

I remember laying in bed watchign TV, my friend came by with flowers and chocolate and laid in bed with me watching movies all day! i felt NO pain though, thank god the nerve bocker was still in effect. yada yada after eating light foods cuz of the anesthetics i decided to sleep. Waking up in horrible agony that night around 1 when the nerve blocker ceased to work, i popped a percocet and tried to go back to sleep

Day 2
Mmmm. Popping percocet every few hours to keep the pain from killing me i watched more TV, unable to do much, i kept it elevated, iced and what not. My nurse came took out the drain that was lodged inside my leg rewrapped me and talked with me for about an hour, told me i had a PT trainer come the next day! JOY

Day 3
I woke up really early around 4:30 AM in pain and horrible agony, i crutched outside to get some water but got really light headed and decided i needed to collapse on my couch in the living room. My trainer came around 4:00 PM (my first time out of brace and moving) i did really well. I got a 90 degree knee bend, but i couldn't and still to this day move my quads. He lifted my cast and had me try to keep it up, it my thighs fired a little, but not enough to keep it up. Maybe it was just too heavy, or i have too much fluid in my knee, I don't quite understand. Should i be worried?

Day 4
Just another day of uselessness. Caught up on bones family guy etc on my tivo finally! Still hurting in mornings until my percs have hit just another day of bedtime and occasional working out my leg

Anyway thats my story so far. Plz leave comments!!

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Jun 22, 2009
Don't worry!
by: Dwayne

I've been truckin along, i was on crutches for about a week or so, and on the brace for about 6 weeks post-op, 4 weeks on physical therapy.

I started physical therapy 2 weeks after surgery, and am doing quite well.
Only a few minor problems, i'm not working hard enough on my own, so FULLY straightening hurts and FULLY touching my butt with my leg hurts bad...

Don't be too worried, the meds they give you are amazing, and it definitely helps alot. As of right now i'm unable to run but i'm beginning to jog again, and it's been about 2 months now.

Just stick with your therapy, it's the best thing you can do!

it must be a pain having torn PCL and ACL, hopefully your recovery time is the same as mine (or usual). But anyway, best of luck to you!

Jun 21, 2009
by: Anonymous

Im having my surgery in 3 weeks... im so scared!! tore my acl and pcl in december and have put surgery off til now but realised the surgery is defo needed if i want to get back to sport! my knee is so unstable at the moment and when it goes from under it me it is so painful... im im worried that the pain after surgery will be worse then that and constant for awhile!

how long wer u guys on crutches for? feburary is my aim to be back at sports, my surgery is on da 15th of july.. is that too soon to aim for..

any words of wisdom would be appreciated coz im worried!!!

May 21, 2009
Good luck
by: Anonymous

Just told I need an ACL surgery and my meniscus is torn.

My history is in Sandy knee history. In summary, I had an ACL 20 years ago on my left knee, right knee not so good. My left knee is great with some stiffening just recent. I trust it and stay fit with 3 kids. My advice is take care of both knees as best you can. Good luck

I had a great left knee surgery.

May 08, 2009
Its ok
by: Anonymous

i had my surgery 3/27 and i feel great...i walk with almost no pain...i can almost see my quad muscle again and things are good...just keep pushing on and NEVER EVER GIVE UP

May 01, 2009
Hang in there.
by: Tricia

My surgery was April 3, and all I can tell you is hang in there, it does get better. The pain during the day is minimal at this point and at night some advil does the trick. I still lack full active extension, and struggle every day to maintain the range of motion I do have. I have become addicted to Ice, and still use my crutches do to my poor gait pattern. I Think you are off to a good start just hang in there.

Apr 30, 2009
by: Chris

My surgery was on 4/21 haha my doctor asked me how my holidays were! too bad it was clean. Anyway, the pain is somewhat stopping, i can't do vertical leg raises yet, but i can lift my leg up towards the ceiling when laying on my left side, (i got right knee surgery)
My PT did make me do the bike too ha, i walk with a cane as of right now, cause my leg still feels kinda unstable. It's pretty gregory house status haha

Apr 30, 2009
by: rebecca kemp

Hi. I'm sorry you've had so much pain with your surgery. I had the femoral block as well, but mine lasted 2 days & i've not had alot of real "pain". The past 3 days I've had alot of nerve pain (debilitaing at times). Riding the bike at PT & not using crutches. I had my surgery on 4/14 w/ an allograft. Wasn't the "happy juice" just the best!! LOL
When was your surgery?

Best of luck on your recovery.

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