Paula's ACL Surgery Story-I am 49

by Paula Spangenthal
(San Diego, California)

Tearing my ACL has been one of my biggest life lessons in trusting my intuition. In December 2007 I decided to step on a very small tree trunk that fell in the backyard rather then using a saw to cut it. I tore my meniscus at that time and was in a lot of pain for a few months.


After having an MRI the doctor said some people live with torn meniscus and others have arthroscopic surgery depending on their level of pain. I waited and the pain lessened so I decided not to have the surgery.

Then on October 19th 2008 upon returning from a vacation and emptying my suitcase that was on the floor. (this is where had I listened to my intuition I would have moved it a bit earlier) I stepped in it to get to my next destination and the suitcase slid across the hardwood floor and so did I! I heard the pop as my knee twisted while I was in the air.

I landed in pain, got an MRI, have a complete tear and decided to go with ACL reconstruction based on the fact that I love to ski, hike, walk and do other activities. I did not want to compromise having fun and having to hold back on any activities in my life. After all, I have at lease 30 good years of being active.

My surgery is coming up on no other than December 31, 2008. Happy New Year! I have a very positive outlook on the whole situation. I am a fast healer and have people in my life who will be cheering me on for a quick recovery so that we can go walking and hiking soon!

I was fearful of many aspects of the surgery but I have come to trust the universe and the lessons to be learned from this experience. I will be taking before and after pictures to share sometime soon.

Thanks for reading and your comments.

Paula

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Oct 28, 2015
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Paula's ACL Surgery Story-I am 49 NEW
by: Anonymous

Injuries are very common in sportsmen due to their games for paper writing service and sometimes they have to suffer from very serious problems like surgeries. This blog is also have same topic in which surgery of a player is discussed which is very important and informative to read specially for sportsmen.

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Paula's ACL Surgery Story-I am 49 NEW
by: Anonymous

Injuries are very common in sportsmen due to their games for paper writing service and sometimes they have to suffer from very serious problems like surgeries. This blog is also have same topic in which surgery of a player is discussed which is very important and informative to read specially for sportsmen.

Mar 14, 2009
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HOPE ALL WENT WELL
by: Anonymous

Hi Paula,
Like you I'm a mid life ACL rupture. Hope all went well for you.I had my reconstruction 10 days ago. i'm really happy with the result, but realize that I have a long way to go......
Regards,
Elaine

Jan 07, 2009
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Hope it went well
by: Jo Galloway

Hi Paula

I hope your surgery went well and the pain is subsiding. I am 6 weeks post op now and I am noticing improvement every day. So hang in there because if you rest properly and do your exercises you will get back to normal! Good luck!

Jan 02, 2009
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My ACL Surgery
by: Michelle

I just had my ACL reconstructed on the 30th of Dec. I was not to scared of the operation itself, just no too sure of the pain I would have after. I had my first PT appointment today. I understand now the whole move bend and stretch procedures. It hurts like a son of a gun, but so so important to keep moving and bending. Good Luck to you in your recovery.

Dec 27, 2008
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Good luck!
by: Lori

Good luck, Paula! I am 10 days in recovery from ACL/meniscus surgery. The first few days were no fun, but every single day has been better than the last. Having people around to pitch in and cheer you on really helps a lot! You'll be back in action before you know it!

Dec 21, 2008
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3 weeks post op
by: Karen

I am 44 and 3 weeks post Op and thought I'd tell you its not so bad. I had a hamstring graft with meniscus repair and this site made me REALLY nervous but I am happy I did it. The first 3 days was the most painful, after that it subsides. Just remember to ice alot and get that knee moving ASAP!! I used frozen peas as they conform to the shape of the knee (also cheaper than conventional ice packs). 1 pkg on top and 1 pkg at the back feels great!! Good luck and remember that next year at this time you will be doing the things you love again!

Dec 21, 2008
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Good Luck
by: Anonymous

Hello Candy,

Thanks for writing. I wish you and your son good luck with his procedure. It has been about 2 months since my injury and I just started to strengthen mine. I would have started sooner had I known. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Paula

Dec 21, 2008
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by: candy

Good luck to you on your surgery. Let me know how it goes. My 14 year old son is facing acl surgery in about 2-3 months since the surgeon wants his muscles to be a little stronger and his leg to straighten out which will not take that long. He is presently in physical therapy. The therapist said the more the muscles are built up before surgery, the easier the recovery process will be. Write back.

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