Jo Galloway's ACL Surgery

by Jo Galloway
(Liverpool, England)

I tore my ACL in a step aerobics class. I literally just put my foot forward and felt this huge pop in my knee and my leg buckled. I thought at first I had dislocated my knee and it had popped back in. So.... because I have 3 young children and a very busy life I decided not to get it checked out.


One week later I was eating painkillers for fun, strapping my knee up and had consigned my high heels to the back of the wardrobe as my knee was totally unstable. So I took myself off to my GP who went mad at me for leaving it for so long. The surgeon I was referred to immediately diagnosed cruciate ligament damage and the MRI showed total rupture of my ACL. My surgery was scheduled for 10 days later and I was in shock...

I have to say I didn't realize the amount of pain I would be in. The surgeon and physios at the specialist center where I had my op made it seem like a walk in the park. Maybe it was to them as they do so many, but I wasn't prepared for the huge amount of pain I felt and also how long it would take before I felt normal again.

I am six weeks post op and I still feel in a lot of pain but....it is getting better each day and I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. But I think I am still a good few weeks from being able to drive again and go back to work. I still use one crutch and I can bend my knee a lot better but oh my the pain!!!

I still cant do the leg raises without feeling intense pressure and pain in the area of my scar. I have had one physio tell me not to worry about that type of exercise and another tell me they are the most important ones to do! Either way my quads have withered. I have been doing chair raises to try and improve them but does anyone know of any other exercises that might help.

I am open to anything!!!!

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May 04, 2010
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6 week post op
by: Anonymous

6 weeks gone now since op and i dont have to wear the leg brace in the house 'or to bed'. Knee was doin well but feels painful today for some reason hope i've not done any damage. i was driving after 2 weeks post op and walking preaty far 3 weeks inn. im now worried i may have done to much.

Theres nothing left of my quads and i hope to back to work in 4 weeks and am a sky engineer im up ladders in lofts and on roof's when im not doing that im on my knees...wish me luck.

Feb 17, 2009
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Getting Better!!!
by: Anonymous

I am coming up to 3 months post op now myself and my knee is getting much better slowly but surely. I am not in my heels yet though I saw my surgeon today and he said it wont be long! I don't think I walk that distance at the moment so you are doing really well. My surgeon discharged me as the operation has been successful. I still need to do lots physio to build my quads up. So I am going to knee exercise classes at the hospital and I have just bought an exercise bike off ebay ( hopefully it wont just become a clothes hanger) I still get quite a bit of pain and swelling especially at the end of the day but my surgeon advised me to take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to build up my cartilage in the hope that it will ease this. I am getting there!!!!!

Feb 16, 2009
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ACL rehab
by: Anonymous

I am almost 4 months post surgery (October 28) which was an ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. I have been walking between two and four miles many times a week for the month of February. Pain is gone-- though I am often "aware" of my knee. This ACL rehab is slow going.....but things have been much better once I got through the first six or so weeks. I am supposedly going to be cleared to go running again next month....sure hope so cause I have put on 7 pounds with no running in my daily routine.

GOOD LUCK.

Jan 07, 2009
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Good Luck With Rehab
by: Anonymous

Wow, I'm in London UK and I damaged my ACL back in October. My surgeon wants me to go to physiotherapy to 'get the muscles working again'. Admittedly physiotherapy does help, but as time goes by I feel I'm losing more muscle mass and I'm worried about how long it's been without surgery. I have constant instability in the knee and I'm really hoping for surgery. You're really lucky your surgery was scheduled relatively soon after the injury. Hope you're recovering well!

Jan 07, 2009
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by: AnJo Galloway

Everyone's pain threshold is different but I have to say the first 3 weeks post op were extremely difficult. It was very painful. But I am six weeks post op now and the pain is nothing like it was. I only take pain killers at the end of the day when fluid builds up and I am feeling tired. My scar has healed really well. I have been rubbing Bio Oil into it since I had my staples out and it is really helping. My surgeon has said I should be able to go back to work in another 2 weeks which has pleased me no end! I am excited at the prospect of being able to drive and be normal again! Though I think my high heels may be a few months off.... I think you just have to remain positive and not rush anything. It is a very slow process. The graft needs time to heal and if you do too much you run the risk of shearing it off which would be a disaster.

Jan 06, 2009
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Quad sets
by: Lori

Hi, Jo! I hope things are getting better for you! I am almost 3 weeks out from surgery, and the exercise that has helped me the most is quad sets. You should ask your PT about them. I had a hamstring graft, and they have gone a long way to helping me improve quad control and extension. Good luck!

Jan 06, 2009
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HI
by: Anonymous

hi...i have cruciate lig tear and a torn meniscus...do plan for ligamentoplasty by arthroscopy...is it painful?and postoperatively,how many days should i be laying off?reply plz

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