My MCL, ACL, PCL , Meniscus story

On December 31st, I had a simple fall when my left ski went out as I was teaching my daughter to ski. I went down and immediately knew that something was wrong. MRI results show a complete tear of MCL, ACL, PCL and medial meniscus damage. I have little to no range of motion in my left knee. Swelling has finally gone down and bruising is dissappearing but that knee won't bend. I start physio tomorrow and healing the MCL is the priority before ACL/PCL surgery. Wondering how long it will take to get this knee bending to a point where the surgeon will operate on the other issues? I have many questions for him next month.

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Jan 24, 2013
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Repair times NEW
by: Steve

In March 2012 I had a skiing accident that left me with complete tear of the MCL, partial tear of the cruciate ligament and knee dislocation. The latter was fixed easy enough by manipulation, however I spent many months unable to walk, let along bend. But because I spent so much time not walking properly it led to severe muscle wastage of the quads.

It was only after months of physio and hydrotherapy that they informed me that my knee would not bend due to the amount of fibrous scar tissue in the Patella pouch as a result of the injury. So I had a op in Oct 2012 to remove this tissue and allow the knee to bend again. It took another three months to get to around 115 degrees, and now that I can bend my knee I'm told that I face reconstruction surgery on the MCL in 2013 :(

So get a good physio working on the knee, but be aware that sometimes there may be other obstructions if the initial injury was bad. Thick fibrous tissues will not disappear with physiotherapy alone.

May 16, 2012
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by: Graham

My daughter tore both MCL and ACL skiing in February this year. Interesting that you have been advised to let the MCL mend. My daughter had to have an artificial teflon MCL repair as there was no prospect of repair. At the same time ACL repaired with hamstring graft. She is 8 weeks into recovery and do most things bar jogging. MCL repair increases the time taken to recover from ACL repair considerably. Surgeon says it will be a further 6 months before she is fully recovered.

May 16, 2012
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by: Graham

My daughter tore both MCL and ACL skiing in February this year. Interesting that you have been advised to let the MCL mend. My daughter had to have an artificial teflon MCL repair as there was no prospect of repair. At the same time ACL repaired with hamstring graft. She is 8 weeks into recovery and do most things bar jogging. MCL repair increases the time taken to recover from ACL repair considerably. Surgeon says it will be a further 6 months before she is fully recovered.

May 16, 2012
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by: Graham

My daughter tore both MCL and ACL skiing in February this year. Interesting that you have been advised to let the MCL mend. My daughter had to have an artificial teflon MCL repair as there was no prospect of repair. At the same time ACL repaired with hamstring graft. She is 8 weeks into recovery and do most things bar jogging. MCL repair increases the time taken to recover from ACL repair considerably. Surgeon says it will be a further 6 months before she is fully recovered.

May 25, 2010
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KNEE RECOVERY
by: Colin

Hi there,
was reading your post and I'm 1 week post op on exactly the same injury, different sport, and was wondering how you are progressing with your rehab.
I dislocated my knee on Feb 21 playing Gaelic football when an opponent ploughed into the outside of my left leg, which was fully extended with my studs (what you call cleets I believe) firmly in the ground. It resulted in Grade 3 tears to my ACL, PCL and MCL plus considerable cartilage damage. I'm just a week post op and the surgeon reconstructed my ACL and MCL but decided not to intervene with the PCL hoping with the correct rehab I'll be able to compensate for it's absence.
All the best.

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