Need advice on ACL surgery..

Hi everyone,

Ok, this is gonna be one confusing situation, do bear with me..

A year ago, I had a partial tear to my ACL due to a blow to the side of my knee. I didn't have treatment nor PT for it at that time, thinking it was perfectly fine.

Since that incident, I've already flown to Aussie to start tertiary education (I'm a 1st year veterinary student) had I my knee "give out" about 7 times in the past year. I resorted to starting PT here, and my physiotherapist reckoned that my ACL is now pretty much torn, and there may be some lateral meniscus damage as well. She encouraged surgery.

Now the problem is, as vet student, I have practicals that involve running around in fields and catching and restraining horses, cattle, sheep, etc. With some rescheduling, I'm able to get about 3 weeks post-op to avoid these pracs, but after that, I have to be back out there with the animals. Is this possible? I've read so many cases about people having horrible pain in their knee for months (I'm a self-confessed chicken when it comes to pain..), and I'm worried if I'll be fit enough in 3 weeks to say..catch & restraint a sheep?

Also, I'm curious about my mobility after surgery - can I walk about, cook, bathe, go to uni for classes, after the surgery? I'm an international student, and hence I don't really have anyone here who can help me with all these matters...

I did consider holding off the surgery, as I have for the past 1 year, but now I'm back on one crutch again thanks to the most recent slip, and my knee's starting to throb along with weather changes...I'm used to a very active lifestyle, and so I really don't know what should I do...

Any ideas? Should I, or should I not go for surgery? How bad does the surgery hurt? I have an amazingly packed university schedule (8-pm every day), I probably won't have access to ice, etc. Can I take care of myself during the 1st couple of weeks..can I go to classes, and can I return to animal practicals within 3 weeks?

Really sorry for this tirade of questions..>< Any advice would be really really appreciated..

Brisbane, Australia

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May 05, 2010
At about 2 months you can
by: Anonymous

I am ten weeks post op and I have neve felt any pain ever, I was walking about three weeks . He first two days were bad but after that It was fine. I am now started to jogg my doctor says I'm about a month ahead of schedule and my knee feels really solid . Get acl with hamstringggg. You will not regrett it

Dec 22, 2009
3 weeks post op
by: Anonymous

three week out of surgery there is no way you can be out in a field chasing sheep. They do not let you do any side to side stuff, cutting or running until about 5 months and if you do you have a very high risk of tearing it again. If I were you I would do therapy to strengthen it and wear a brace to protect from further injury until you can take the time to recover from the surgery correctly.

Nov 24, 2009
get a reco!
by: shiv

Shu, reconstruction and some sort of injury prevention (like a brace when you're chasing animals) is your best option right now.

Doc says that every time my un-reconstructed knee "gives way" I can potentially shear off cartilage and make my condition more serious - towards being permanent!

I did my ACL 2 months ago and my surgery is in exactly a month. I reckon I could chase a sheep right now coz I've been strengthening my secondary stabilisers (quads and hammies) as instructed by my physio and worn a good brace to prevent injury as instructed by my specialist.

Can't advice on rehab atm coz I haven't done surgery yet. But any strength/prevention work done now will improve your rehab time. Goodluck, Hope this helps!

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