Krystal's ACL Reconstruction Sept 9th!!!! AHHHH!

by Krystal
(Canada)

Hi Everyone, I tore my ACL initially in August of 2004 playing soccer... I was slide tackled while all my weight was on my left leg (shooting) OOOOOOOOOUCH - - - I don't even want to think about it lol!


After that injury, I went back out 6 months later and 1 year later to try and play and each time I tried to shoot, my knee would give out and I would be in pain and swollen for 3 weeks. After 2 years I had an MRI... completely torn ACL. I got the big brace and a year later thought "hey my knee feels good, I am going to try playing again" BAD IDEA... out again for 3 weeks. That last injury was 1 year ago. And now here I am ... 1 week away from the beginning of my new knee!!!

I have been spending lots of time in the last few months looking up ACL info online... and I am soooo glad to have found this site because what I really wanted to know is if I was being crazy by being scared of finally getting the surgery!

I have never had any type of surgery before and never been under general anesthetic... and all i can imagine is what it will be like the day I go in (1 week!) and start the process of being "put under". I hear it's like you fall asleep and wake up in a second and it's done... but I am still freaked. I just hope that after it is all done and I work my butt off to recover that my knee is as good as ever!

Thanks for hearing my story, wish me luck :)

Krystal

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Jun 11, 2009
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Hellooo Krystal !!! 9 months, right??? How is your recovery going
by: Fidan

I just wanted to post and see how is your recovery going. I have my own surgery waiting (for me, :P). I'm sure you don't want to hear about that anymore, and I hope you don't have to hear about that EVER!!!
Can you please tell me are you able to run OK yet, or even better...PLAY??? I hope so!!!
I need to know whether I will ever be able to play like I once did...without Kinesiophobia (that unbearable fear)...
I'd appreciate your reply, even though I understand if you don't feel like having to enter again this site.
Best of luck, Fidan!!!

Nov 11, 2008
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2 months out?
by: Bart - SII

How are you doing - should be about 2 months since surgery? No major problems I hope.

Bart

Sep 22, 2008
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Swelling
by: Bart - SII

The swelling takes awhile to go away - it usually gets a lot better after the first 2 weeks - so you should be improving now.

I can't remember if you had a hamstring or patellar tendon reconstruction - if it was the PT graft, then you can work on stretching your hamstrings and that may help with the tightness. If you had a hamstring reconstruction, don't do any stretching just yet - and the tightness is likely because of the graft harvest.

Keep up with your rehab and let us know how you are doing!

Bart

Sep 15, 2008
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Update - ACL Reconstruction Done!
by: Anonymous

Hi Guys, I am on about day 6 of recovery from my ACL reconstruction - and it also turns out i had torn both menisci - so ya i am in pain. But i stopped pain meds on day 3 as they were making me feel gross - but i am doing ok w/o them!

I have some bruising developping on the back of my knee and at the back of my thigh--- and it feels as though my calf muscles and hamstrings are extremely tight... i have been doing my heel slides and other bending exercises as much as the pain will allow - i am still pretty swollen too - about an inch bigger around than my other knee - when will this get better???

any suggestions would be great!!!

Sep 07, 2008
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Good Luck!
by: Bart - SII

The anesthesia is like going to sleep - you usually don't even know what they are doing - you just kinda fall asleep and then wake up.

Good luck with your recovery - come back and post an update when you feel like getting on the computer again!

Bart

Sep 05, 2008
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Anesthesia
by: Krystal

thanks so much!!! I am really starting to get excited to get it all done with! its on tuesday!!! whoohoo!

Sep 04, 2008
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Anesthetic fun!
by: Shayna

I was really scared of being put under anethetic for the first time. Actually, the first time was me getting my wisdom teeth surgically removed. I was terrified!!! I was brought into the room, and I was layed down on a really comfy bed. After they started the IV (which was definately the worst part of the whole thing as I hate needles!!) I was told i would be very comforatble in a few minutes. They said to not worry if things go fuzzy. The words were barely out of his mouth and it was looking a little fuzzy. It is not scary at all, was really suprised thinking "this is what everyone is scared of?!? this is neat!" as i was looking around at how weird things looked, then i dont remember a thing, NADA!! out cold. I dont even remember closing my eyes, just looking at the roof! I had a really really good sleep and woke up completely relaxed. You know you've been under for a while, but you have no idea how long and it only feels like you closed our eyes for a second, but you get the feeling that you have been laying down for 12 hours, that is how you feel like it was longer. I didnt even think they had started yet when i woke up!! I remember hearing everything going on in the recovery room, but i didnt have enough strength to open my eyes, i was too tired, i just wanted to sleep, but i also just wanted to go home! I could only barely nod my head when asked a question. I could barely talk due to getting all 4 teeth removed and I had gauze in my mouth. After a few minutes you can wiggle your fingers again and get strength back. Once you can open your eyes, it is easier to get oriented again, then everything is easier. You can start to sit up and you can keep your eyes open and look around and talk. It just takes a few minutes for your body to shake everything off.I thought it was fun! it kinda gives you a little high that is really hard to explain. it doesnt make you sick or dizzy and it dosent hurt when they give you the medicine to knock you out. you will be totally relaxed and very comfortable. Have faith and let the people care for you, that is what they are there for. It is Ok to be nervous, it really is. i was TERRIFIED! Just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Good luck with your surgery and keep us posted!
Remember to watch for the fizzies! LOL

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