Erics ACL,MCL and Partial PCL accident.. Walking info

by John E Trombly
(New Orleans)

So, Little background.

I'm 22, Very active in construction labor and sports activity (biking, skateboarding and things). Exactly one month ago, I was on a "half pipe" and someone ran into me while skateboarding. Kinda hard to describe how it happened. But essentially there was a collision, and an immediate dislocation of my knee (the classic foot ball clipping).

After an MRI, It was determined that I had tore my ACL, MCL, Partial tare PCL, and hyper extended ham strings.

Its been One month since the accident, walking with almost no limp. I am glad to say I begun walking (with brace) in just two weeks. I am in the process of recovering/healing the MCL, which is possible without surgery. Now I'm in a smaller brace, and looking forward to the ACL replacement. We have determined that I will go into surgery in two weeks.(a month and a half from initial tears)

I have chosen to use an ACL from a Cadaver because of all the other stressed ligaments in my leg. And am hopefull as to a full recovery.

I will update this post once I have undergone surgery, I hope its helpfull to the readers.

I am curious as to when I will be able to walk after surgery. I've heard a few different comments pertaining to but I'm still wondering.

How long after surgery can I expect to be able to walk with a brace on my leg? I've heard immediately, 2 weeks 3 weeks and up to 3 months.. Who knows?

I appreciate y'all reading and look forward to hearing your knowledge of recovery.

Thanks!
JET

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Nov 05, 2015
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The pump is NEW
by: Marco Gonzales

The pump is a cooler filled with ice and water, it then pumps the cold water around my knee.

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Oct 12, 2015
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Mar 16, 2010
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Anywhere from a week to a couple months
by: Anonymous

Everyone is different. If you rehabed your knee before surgery, it will be on the shorter end of the spectrum.

Feb 12, 2010
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in regards to previous post.
by: Eric ( the guy who posted this)

I tore my ACL/MCL at the same time, and it took 2 months for my mcl to heal (pre op). During this "healing" stage, I did as much PT as I could. twice a day. stretching in different poses ect. Trying to reduce swelling and increase range of motion. Post surgery, I worked on reducing swelling and range of motion immidiatly, and it came back within a month.

I had surgery 50 days ago, and have been walking around, laying brick and working with caution. Moving some heavy lumber i knowticed some pain, but it is just fine and in the process of healing fully.

Glad the posts are helpfull,

JET

Feb 11, 2010
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Walking pre-op
by: Anonymous

These questions and answers are so helpful.
Can anyone comment about how much weight bearing is advised pre-op when walking? Should a person always use crutches? I injured my knee and have to weight for more than a month for an MRI to diagnose suspected torn ACL. Not sure what I should or should not be doing in the interim.

Feb 08, 2010
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its hard
by: Anonymous

i was walking on mine about a week after my surgery but i was VERY cautious. I was runnig at 6-7 weeks alls you have to do is do your best in pt and youll get through quick and fast i promise... im done now here in about 3 weeks. when my surgery was november 13th 2009. so itll be about three months that my FULL recovery was.

Jan 14, 2010
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walking
by: Anonymous

Hi Eric, sounds like a nasty injury.
I recently underwent ACL reconstruction and was back walking at two weeks. I didn't use a brace at all. As far as I know, after surgery you can weight bear as tolerated. Then it's a matter of building strength and reducing swelling and pain enough to walk without aids. There's no real set time for this it depends on the individual, injury and how the surgery goes. Good luck.

Dec 21, 2009
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Post surgery
by: John E

Well, I have now undergone surgery and the docs have replaced my ACL. This happened friday, its now monday.

The Experience of surgery was ok. The nurses were nice, I was unconscious shortly after entering the operating room and woke up 2 hours after that. The pain is manageable, not as bad as the original tears. The percoset they have me on is a bit nauseating and causes constipation but with some stool softener I've managed to get past this.

Im in a 4 strap brace now, with an electric pain management system attached to my leg along with a cold water pump. This is some GREAT technology. The pump is a cooler filled with ice and water, it then pumps the cold water around my knee. Its awesome, no changning ice/leaking and all that.

The electric pain managment system is made by empi and it distributes a shock into my leg. Its supposed to cut off the information the nerves are sending to my brain.. Im not sure it does all that. It feels good though, and provides a distraction from the pain.

Looking foward to PT, starts in a few days..How long untill I'm walking again? Any PT favorites?

Let me know if you (readers) have any questions, Im happy to answer.

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