My ACL injury and possible surgery-looking for suggestions

by Ryan
(Houston, TX, USA)

My name is Ryan and I'm a 22 year old college student. Over a year ago I tore my ACL hiking with my friends. I didn't do anything that would be considered typical of an ACL injury. The path was really rocky, so we were jumping from rock to rock to save time and on one jump I guess I kept my back foot planted but rotated the rest of my body and POP!


I didn't think anything of it at first. I was on the ground for a few minutes in blinding pain, but then got back up and kept hiking. It continued to slip in and out causing a lot of pain, but I seriously just thought it was a sprain. I always hear of this dibilitating pain in ACL injuries, and I was really quite fine and able to walk around pretty normally. Because of that, I waited about 7 months to go see someone about it and I only did it then because the occasional pain was just getting annoying. They did an MRI and my doctor said I most likely completly tore my ACL hiking but since I waited so long to see someone that it has started to regenerate some weak tissue.

My doctor said that if I want to continue to be active that I should have reconstructive surgery. I am little hesitant because I am, for the most part, completly fine. When I play sports I can feel a lot of weakness, but it's not too bad. So given my story and experience with ACL surgery, what is everyone's opinion on what I should do?

My doctor also said he would do a hamstring graft and I would be on crutches for 6 weeks. Has oneone else had that long of a crutch time? Maybe I misheard him because everything I read says 2 weeks at the longest. Finally, how long should I expect to refrain from activity. My job requires a lot of hands-on activity and I really don't want to lay out long.

THANKS!!!

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Nov 24, 2009
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going without an acl
by: Anonymous

I like you tore my acl in my early 20s. My knee is very tight so I did not get sugery. I'm one of the rare cases that could ski, play tennis, soccer etc without an acl (30% maybe). But my knee never slipped or locked at all. Last month I popped my knee out playing hockey and tore the meniscus so I need to get it fixed now at 40. The rehab and surgery have improved so I'm happy I waited, but i'm also sort of glad I'm getting it fixed now. if you have locking or slipping you may eventually have more complications. Best of luck.

Nov 18, 2009
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crutches
by: Erin

I had the patella autograft surgery because even though it's the most painful, i've heard it tends to be the strongest in the end. I'm now 23 days post op and still on crutches... i'm hoping to go down to 1 crutch in a week... from what i've heard from other people, everyone recovers differently. Athletic people tend to recover quicker, but even so, everyone is different. I've heard that people tend to be on crutches anywhere from 1 week to 6 weeks. It also depends on the type of ACL reconstruction you opt for.

Oct 06, 2009
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I got mine done.
by: Anonymous

6 months after my acl injury, I decided to have the surgery. Just like you, I just got so annoyed with the sudden instabilites in my knee, and I would get all paranoid when anybody or anything got close to it. I recieved the surgery on sep. 29, 2009. It have been a week now, I am still on cruches, but hope to downgrade to a cain in another week after they remove the staples, so that I can start to return to my normal life. Having people to talk to who understands is important. Most people just don't get it.

-Shawn

Oct 01, 2009
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Understanding knee pain
by: Anonymous

A meniscus injury can also cause knee pain. The meniscus is a ?C? shaped piece of cartilage which helps the bones glide past each other. Miniscal tears can occur in a golfer when a flexed knee puts excessive torch on the meniscus causing a tear.
Chris

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