Jay's second acl reconstruction

by Jay
(Winnipeg, MB, Canada)

This was my second acl surgery. Both were hamstring grafts. The first was 10 years ago, I was 18 and I don't remember much.


I don't remember how long it was till I could walk again, how long I used crutches for, how long the pain lasted, or what kind of rehab I did.

I do know that within a year, and every year since, the knee was great and responded well to every sport I played. I was never the same, but close.

I am now into my 14th day after surgery on my other acl, and things don't seem to be going well. It is quite painful all the time, especially when I am standing up. I can't walk yet and are still using crutches. Sleeping is horrible and scarce. I am not on any medication, but since I went off the Tramacet 5 days ago, I don't eat much, I don't sleep much, and the pain is fairly constant. I notice lots of pain in the knee and at the main opening cut.

I will speak to my surgeon in the next day or so if things don't dramatically improve.

Any info of similar experiences would be very welcome.

Again, this may be the norm for some people, and I stress that when my other acl was reconstructed, I did get back to normal functioning.

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Apr 28, 2009
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6 months post op soon
by: Jay

Thank you Bart and Andreia for your encouraging words.
I am a week out from 6 months post op, and things are progressing slowly, but I am leaps and bounds from where I was in my last posting.
I am definitely not doing enough for rehab, but did go to about 15 sessions with a PT, and stopped going at the 4 month mark.
My range of motion is about 98% there, but it is the knee is stiff and sore in the morning. I don't notice it when walking anymore, but sometimes it feels like it locks up momentarily and I can straighten it out with a click.

I continue to ride the stationary every other day, but the muscle building and stretching are lacking.

It feels strong, and doesn't seem to slip at all. Muscle is starting to form again in the quads. I can definitely not complain about where I am now compared to where I came from 5.5 months ago, when it felt like the end of my mobility forever!

Now it is a waiting game till I can at least golf again, no sports is just killing me right now! I went from high level competitive sports, to riding the stationary.
I'm sure that in 6 months I will look back and hopefully be very grateful for where I am, at that point.

Thanks again Bart for this wonderful website, I hope many others can also benefit from the stories of pain and progress.

Jay

Dec 22, 2008
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ACL reco
by: Andreia

Hi Jay,

Hope you have improved. I had keyhole surgery yesterday to clean my knee after an ACL reco 6 months ago. It took me a long time to get better and I still have sore going down and up stairs. So, take it easy and I am sure things are going to improve.

andreia

Nov 27, 2008
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PT
by: Jay

Just an update.

Things are progressing slowly. I have been to PT once now, and I can now walk, but with a limp. The PT was very helpful and informative, and encouraging. There is still a lot of pain, especially when I put a lot of weight on the knee. Almost feels like the bones in the knee are bruised, or rubbing each other. Motion has increased, and I can ride the stationary now too.

I definately am feeling better about the whole thing, but have to to back to work on Monday, nor suer how that is going to work out. I work in a school.

Jay

Nov 19, 2008
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You are very Welcome!
by: Bart - SII

Thanks for the kind words. This is exactly why I created the site - to give people a place to come for support and to read about others who may be in the same boat - it provides a sense of comfort that just makes the process better.

Thanks for sharing - keep us updated on how you progress!

Best,

Bart

Nov 19, 2008
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Somewhat relieved
by: Jay

Thank you Bart for replying so quickly. It is good to hear that nothing I wrote about was alarming, and that my recovery timeline could be somewhat inlune with others.

After leaving my own story, read a bunch more stories. It definately made me feel better about my situation, and it killed me to hear some of the other painful stories out there.
This is a great site, and you are doing a wonderul thing here by connecting all these people with similar stories. Thank you again for your efforts, and know that they are much appreciated.

Jay

Nov 19, 2008
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ACL pain
by: Bart - SII

The first couple weeks are usually the worst - the pain, swelling, restless nights, etc. are, unfortunately, normal in many patients. It will get better, and you should return to normal function just like you did with your last ACL surgery. Time out from surgery will make a huge difference - the first weeks are rough for most people. Hang in there.

Bart

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