Kate's ACL Surgery Nightmare
(Mackay QLD AUSTRALIA)
My name is Kate I am a Fitness Instructor and I tore my ACL Sept 2010 in a soccer gf.
I had my ACL Recon in December of that same year,everything went well as far as the Doctor said. I had a standard hamstring graft. 1 week after the op, the doc removed the brace/crutches and i booked in for physio the following week.
Here is a timeline of what happened next:
Physio could not bend my knee(flexion)only 60deg and extension was about -20deg. He commented I had Arthrofibrosis as my knee was solid.
I continued to go to physio every week hereafter + being in the fitness industry worked at my knee 24/7 at home and in the gym.
(even in the shower).
Knee flexion at 80deg / extension -5.
Went to "another" (as i felt my original OS was spinning me total rubbish) OS who performed a MUA.
Extension then went to -10 / flexion went to 90-100 deg.
Knee still stiff as a board not bending or extending, went back to OS who performed MUA, he removed the original graft. YeeeHA. NO MORE LIMPING!!I can walk normally 7mths later.
Full ACL Recon(second OS)taking the hamstring graft from the other leg. Off crutches 2 wks/cycling at 2 wks.
Wk 5 of second ACL Recon the knee feels great flex:110/ext:-5(working hard on that). Walking with slightest of limp.
I have so much atrophy on my leg it looks almost malformed. Big job ahead... So the verdict from the OS who performed my 2nd ACL Recon was "mal-positioning of the original graft". Lovely.
"never have small town OS perform any type of surgery".
I will be paying the original OS a friendly visit in the near future.
Well that's my nightmare... i haven't played soccer for over a year and will now be having another year away...or am I too scared to go back, because if i ever tore another ACL/MCL/PCL/ or whatever..i think i would die :>