Ondi's turn

by Ondi
(Florida)

Ok.. I tore my ACL on April 13 ,09 at a place called Rebounderz.. which is like 12,000 feet of nothing but trampoline. I landed heard a loud double pop and fell to my knees. I tried to act like I was ok except everytime I would put weight on it, it would give out. The next day after is became swollen and still unstable I went to my doctor who immediately sent me to an orthopedic and MRI. Because I am a BIG chicken, we tried the physical therapy route to at least strengthen my hamstrings, etc to try to give me a little stability, but now it is getting worse. Not only is my right knee giving out, but it is also "pivot shifting" which my ortho related is my tibia slipping out from the femur.. and let me tell u.. THAT brings me to tears everytime and it is excrutiating pain.


Needless to say I am trying to come to terms with having surgery. My surgeon is the head physician for a professional basketball team so I feel I would be in good hands..and being they are in the playoffs right now I can't meet with him until the 3rd of june. I live in an upstairs apartment and am curious as to how long it'll be til I can do stairs.. autograft vs. allograft. how long with brace, crutches, etc. I have been reading this site.. but any and all replies are very appreciated!

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Nov 02, 2015
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Jun 09, 2009
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hamstring autograph
by: Anonymous

Hello there. I am 1 month post surgery. I had a hamstring graph and I think it was a great choice. I think a lot of it depends on your age. My doctor explained that if I got a allograph that it would most likely be that of a 50 year old or older and therefore age my knee. since I am only 26 I decided to go with the hamstring graph. I am sure that recovery will be longer than with an allograph. And also the incisions are larger. I have 2 small holes and 1 2" long incision from the graph. I think I am recovering quickly though. I was off crutches at 2 weeks and doing stairs (2 legged) at 2 weeks as well. That was really hard because my hamstring was recovering from the graph, but i was determined to rebuild my hamstring as fast as possible. I am going to pt once a week and was back at work less than a week later. however, i recommend taking more time than that to return to work. it was rough.

I was put out completely with a nerve block (wich i highly recommend) but no spinal tap. I think it was general anesthesia but it may have been light. I didnt have much pain waking up and the surgery was overall an easy process. I went home that night and slept easily.

Right now I am just trying to build back up my muscles and do my exercises. I have numbness in my leg which i am told is normal and will return in time. I'd say overall, its not so bad ;) Good luck to you!

Sarah

PS: i also did mine on a trampoline coaching cheerleading on April 20th 2009. Same pop with no swelling and minor pain.

Jun 08, 2009
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Dont worry
by: Claire

I was out of work for 9 weeks after hamstring graft acl reconstruction and some meniscus repairs but I think my doctor was being overly cautious due to the nature of my job which involved daily visits and inspections outside the office. I was off crutches about 2 1/2 - 3 weeks post surgery and stairs were one legged for about a month. Its more the muscle wastage on your inner thigh that restricts that pulling yourself upstairs feeling but I was advised to continue the one legged climb for about a month post op. Make sure you follow the physiotherapy excercises and your recovery will be quick. I am now 5 1/2 months post op and have been signed back to gymnastics after all that time out (took a good year to wait for my surgery date)
Wish you luck and stick with the physio.

Jun 02, 2009
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Schedule it!!
by: Rebecca

Ondi - It is great that your surgeon left the choice to you. You should be well underway with your strengthening by now and depending on which graft you go for will depend on how much more expansive your strengthening will be. My Dr. chose the allograft since it requires less healing on your own bodies part. At the same time, he let me know that there was a very small chance (like 1 in 1 mil) that I could get Hep B or HIV.

From what I know there is more scarring w/ the autograft and you may have different rules as to when you can begin walking on it.

I didn't do much research on the autograft since the allograft choice was made for me.

Let us know when you do schedule it & keep me posted on how you do afterwards.

You can always email me at Rebakemp72@yahoo.com

Rebecca

Jun 02, 2009
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still chicken..
by: Ondi

ok, so I met with my surgeon. He doesn't have a preference between the autograft or the allograft and said it is completely my choice. He said that I would be put to sleep, not twilight, but it is not a deep sleep it is light general. The allograft takes 50 minutes and the autograft takes 75 minnutes. Basically I have to make my decision between the two and call and schedule my surgery. So.. as soon as I decide which to go for.. I guess I will call!

Jun 01, 2009
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Being Put Out
by: Rebecca

Ondi - they rarely use general anethesia these days. They do administer some type of amnesia meds so you won't remember any thing afterwards and since the anesthesiologist (sp?) is there the whole time, if you become restless during the surgery, they give you more sedation. As for the blood clots, they stress that you do the ankle rotations and calf pumps almost immediately out of surgery - and this goes for both legs. That is another reason they have you up & at PT the next day. If you can get up every couple of hours to move around and even have the "ants in the pants dance" while you are on the couch after surgery, you should have no problem.

Jun 01, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Rebecca.. I am not worried about the pain.. nor am I worried about the PT afterwards. The two concerns are being put under and the chance of blood clots after. I know the chance is low, but someone close to me hadknee surgery for torn cartilidge and ended up with a blood clot that traveled to his lungs. He is ok, but I guess when you know someone who has had what you worry about.. it makes it feel like it is not so rare, you know?

Jun 01, 2009
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Rebecca
by: Anonymous

My surgeon is the head physician for the Orlando Magic, so being they just made it into the playoffs, I had to jump my appointment for today (instead of Wednesday)which is probably good since I am getting scared now and wantign to back out.. lol. You did the allograft? was it ever a concern for you? IF he puts me in twilight I will be ok with it. I have heard the same that the autograph takes a lot longer.

May 31, 2009
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Surgery/Recovery
by: Rebecca

Ondi - I was out for the surgery - they don't use general any more, but they make it so you are sooo far into la la land, you won't remember a thing. My femoral block was great, I didn't have any of that "mind numbing" pain others talk about. I can look back now, being 6 weeks post op & can honestly say that I had more pain when I broke my ankle. I still have some uncomfortable times, but then I am one to push the limits of what they do & don't want me doing.

I read in your post that you are going for the auto graft - I have been told by 3 friends who had it done that recovery takes longer since your body has to heal more than just the ACL area & that some times its harder for rehab.

Best of luck - I have no prob answering any questions you may have on the surgery!

rebecca

May 29, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Thanks Rebecca... so being u had a block.. you were awake then for the surgery?

May 22, 2009
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Chicken
by: Rebecca

Ondi - You will do fine when you decide to have the surgery. Mine was 5 weeks ago & I attend PT 2 x per week and work on my own at strengthening & keeping the ability to straighten. Follow the others advice & Elevate & Ice as much as you can post op. Wear the brace even though it SUCKS! Today is my first day I am not wearing it - even though I am supposed to until my follow up next Wednesday.

I had the allograft & only have 5 small incisions w/ no outside stitches. I stopped the pain pills after a couple of weeks. Crutches were ditched after about 2.5 weeks. I used them sparingly in the house & for security when out shopping or to PT.

For the surgery they gave me an epidural & a femoral block - thats the way to go, you don't feel much pain at all, after they juice ya up before the epi.

I think I am the biggest chicken out there, i even whined when they went to put the IV in my hand... YOU must be braver than that!!

Best of luck to you & let us all know how you make out w/ your surgery & recovery.

Rebecca

May 22, 2009
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JB
by: ONdi J

so.. did you happen to have an allograft or autograft? Maybe because I am girl and just can't stomach the allograft.. I am going for the autograft. That and being I am giving this surgery one shot and one shot only.. I don't want something that would be easier to tear again. Ur opinion.. do u think if I had like my brother help me up the stairs into my apartment that it would be ok to stay there for the two weeks out of work? After that of course I would have to go down the stairs at least once a day and up once a day.. what do u think?

May 22, 2009
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My recovery....
by: Anonymous

Welcome to the club!

I tore my ACL last summer in July (2008), but waited until December to get 'er fixed. I was able to walk and climb stairs ok after about a month or so. I was even going to the gym and whatnot.

After the surgery, I was out longer than I thought I'd be - was out of work for two weeks. After that, I believe I was on crutches for about a week, then went to a cane with the big robo-brace. After a month I was cruising without a brace or a cane.

I'm still not 100%, but I can do a lot of things. I've been playing some basketball, but my surgeon recommended I not do that for a while.

Good luck to you - life will suck for a while, but it gets better pretty fast. I definitely recommend trying to get your knee as strong as possible before surgery (get a leg weight and do the leg raises). I did that, and it seemed to help move things along post-surgery a little bit better. Also, after you have the surgery, get it moving as soon as you can - the meds should help with mind numbing pain. Just kidding. Sort of.

Best,
JB

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