Question - ACL Surgery and Numbness

by MF

I had a complete tear to my ACL and Meniscus. I had surgery on July 3, 2008 and had a hamstring harvest for the repair. I had severe pain for the first 3 weeks. I am able to walk now and I am doing well. The problem is that I have complete numbness from under my knee to my ankle. It is on the left side of my leg.

I feel like I am getting shocks and needles all day long. I can not feel anything except for pressure and the pain feels like it is in my bone. It is especially painful at night. When I went to my post-op appointment at 4 weeks my doctor said it was normal, blew off my concerns and gave me nerve meds. Now I can sleep but the complete numbness is still there.

When I asked the DR how long this would last he said I have a thick leg and it may take some time. I feel like his answers are not good enough. Do you think I should visit a neurologist? It had been over 6 weeks and nothing has changed?

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Jul 31, 2014
bakers cyst arthroscopy nerve damage NEW
by: Anonymous

had a meniscus tear repair along with aspiration of bakers cyst.
Awoke to numbness in my ankle on th einsidewhich is all the way up to my knee. Sebere tingling and stabbing pains which have diminished but are still verypainful 7 months on.

told only cure is time and it might get better but might not

depressed and not able to sleep most nights

can anyone offer hope?

Aug 20, 2013
ACL Surgery NEW
by: Nahid

I tore my acl back in 2004 and had patella graft .i tore the graft last December 19th 2011 and DR recommends cadaver graft . I just want to understand why professionals don’t use cadaver grafts. It’s making me not get mine repaired. Also why is it that DR don’t want to use my hamstring ? Maybe because they already used patella tendon on same knee? It’s been a year since I re tore my acl and I want to get back to sports but don’t know what to do. Please let me know. Thanks

Aug 15, 2013
Numbness NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery and had my ACL completed replaced and tore my menescus, that has been almost 4 years ago. I go to the gym and excercise so I know that has helped with the recovery process, but my leg goes numb all the time now and it still swells a bit sometime. Unfortunately, I think it will be that way the rest of my life, outside of just being aggrevating, my knee really doesn't hurt at all anymore, but I can definitely tell when it's going to rain now.

May 17, 2013
numbness, pins and needles NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had acl reconstruction 2 days ago using hamstring tendons and I had a nerve block. The nurses said that the tingling feeling would go writhin 24 hours, it been nearly 48 hours now and I still have numbness, tingling and pins& needles all the way from my knee to my toes, I can hardly feel my foot and toes. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas of how long it will take to dissapear or get better, thanks

Apr 24, 2013
Re: Tightness NEW
by: Anonymous

Since your surgery was on Jan-15th and it has been 3 months since, a little tightness is normal.

Once the surgery is done, rehab is where one will regain normal strength, flexibility and range of motion.

If you have been doing exercises regularly, the tightness will go away.

I tore mine while skiing on Jan-2nd 2010 and I am back to my original strength. I was 38 when it happened, so it took a little longer for me.

If you do therapy well, and also do lower body strength exercises, you will regain all of what was lost.

Apr 24, 2013
Complete ACL repair/recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my surgery on Jan 15 2013. Two tendons from my thigh were used to reconstuct the ligament. It's been 14 weeks now and I still have some tightness below and above the knee. Same numb patch (2" x 2") on shin below the knee as mentioned by others. Doing excercises and physio everyday. Putting the leg up for 20 minutes every couple hours helps. Also light riding on a bike around the block. What can I expect as far as the tightness goes since this is the one lingering part that seems to be taking so long.

Nov 18, 2012
TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!!!! NEW
by: Two time ACL tear

TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!! I've torn my ACL twice and both times I tore it i tore my meniscus. After the second surgery I had the same exact problems, numbness going down the left side of my leg starting at the left corner of my knee and down to my heal. I told my doctor about this (I go to one of the most famous orthopedic hospitals in the country) and after doing some research he said it is most likely cause by a stitch repairing my meniscus. This stitch repairing my meniscus on the inside most likely caught a nerve and that is what is causing all these symptoms. The doctor said I have two options: slow down my recovery, wait this out and see what happens, or go back into the knee and remove the stitch because after 6 weeks the meniscus is repaired and the stitch is no-longer need. The doctor said risks with waiting it out is having permanent nerve damage there meaning you will be dealing with these problems for the rest of your life. I suggest going back in and removing the stitch, the recovery is not bad at all. You take medicine for a few days, no crutches, and some doctors require a week or two of wearing a brace. I feel that is completely worth it which is why I am meeting with a doctor in a few days to discuss getting this surgery done. Take what I have said into consideration because this is serious and can effect you for the rest of your life. I know what it feels like to tear an ACL and it can be heartbreaking especially if you are taken away from sports, or hobbies you love. I understand it's a lot to take and I'm hear for you! In the end it is your decision and if you have anymore questions feel free to ask!

Nov 18, 2012
TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!!!! NEW
by: Two time ACL tear

TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!! I've torn my ACL twice and both times I tore it i tore my meniscus. After the second surgery I had the same exact problems, numbness going down the left side of my leg starting at the left corner of my knee and down to my heal. I told my doctor about this (I go to one of the most famous orthopedic hospitals in the country) and after doing some research he said it is most likely cause by a stitch repairing my meniscus. This stitch repairing my meniscus on the inside most likely caught a nerve and that is what is causing all these symptoms. The doctor said I have two options: slow down my recovery, wait this out and see what happens, or go back into the knee and remove the stitch because after 6 weeks the meniscus is repaired and the stitch is no-longer need. The doctor said risks with waiting it out is having permanent nerve damage there meaning you will be dealing with these problems for the rest of your life. I suggest going back in and removing the stitch, the recovery is not bad at all. You take medicine for a few days, no crutches, and some doctors require a week or two of wearing a brace. I feel that is completely worth it which is why I am meeting with a doctor in a few days to discuss getting this surgery done. Take what I have said into consideration because this is serious and can effect you for the rest of your life. I know what it feels like to tear an ACL and it can be heartbreaking especially if you are taken away from sports, or hobbies you love. I understand it's a lot to take and I'm hear for you! In the end it is your decision and if you have anymore questions feel free to ask!

Oct 16, 2012
4 months post op NEW
by: samind

hi all
I had my surgery done almost 4 months back with patella tendon graft,at present I can do cycling and swimming , am yet to start jogging.
but after swimming or cycling (say for 30 km)I kind of get a little pain in my hamstring.
Sometime in the morning I get a little pain above the shin bone, after doing some hamstring exercise the pain goes off.
Can anybody guide me when can I start running again

Oct 16, 2012
Blah NEW
by: Anonymous

No,I'd say its fine. I had my left acl done,well it'll be two years in december and I still dont have feeling in my leg,some parts i feel some are still numb. I had my right one done a week ago tomorrow,and im already putting weight on it with the help of my crutches.

Oct 16, 2012
Blah NEW
by: Anonymous

No,I'd say its fine. I had my left acl done,well it'll be two years in december and I still dont have feeling in my leg,some parts i feel some are still numb. I had my right one done a week ago tomorrow,and im already putting weight on it with the help of my crutches.

Oct 16, 2012
Blah NEW
by: Anonymous

No,I'd say its fine. I had my left acl done,well it'll be two years in december and I still dont have feeling in my leg,some parts i feel some are still numb. I had my right one done a week ago tomorrow,and im already putting weight on it with the help of my crutches.

Oct 11, 2012
burning tingle NEW
by: gary

i have what feels like a burning sensation in my knee i am less than 24 hours post op

Sep 24, 2012
Foot knumbness NEW
by: Anonymous

Had surgery 6 months ago on my left knee. I have had a knumb foot ever since. First thing in the morning it is at its worst.

Aug 28, 2012
5 Weeks post op NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 5 weeks post op, at 2 weeks post op I had 110% bend and full extension. The numbness in my knee and shin is still there but I am used to it now and it doesnt bother me as much as it did the first two weeks. BUT remember, to watch that side of the leg, because you may not feel any nicks or cuts you get. I still get nerve pain in my shin and outer knee and swelling is still present but things are moving in the right direction i believe. I have one more week until i go back to the surgeon to see if i can ditch the sticks (crutches).
For those who are reading these comments, I had a full knee recon with a hamstring graft and a joint cleaning. My knee has had 2 previous ops though not recons.
My advice would be; be prepared, talk to your surgeon about EVERYTHING so that you arent too worried or shocked after the operation and during recovery. Expect numbness,and you may have nerve pain afterwards while the nerves are trying to reconnect and know that this is a major operation that might require that you miss some work/school etc. and things will be tough for a while. Depending on your op and how you heal you might have to put up with losing some independence with the usage of crutches and you WILL get tired, VERY tired! Rest, rest, rest and do the exercises that you were given, they really help. Thats all haha. I wish those who are considering having knee reconstruction or who have had this op, good luck and good healing!

Aug 03, 2012
Don' tworry NEW
by: Mar

I had an acl patellar reconstruction 12 years ago and the doc told me I would feel numbness and a needle-sticking feeling for some time, due to the fact that any nerve terminations were modified in the surgery. I have recently realized the numbness has ALMOST completely gone away.. it only took me 12 years haha.. don't worry :)

Aug 01, 2012
Tibial plateau fracture/acl and Plc detachment NEW
by: Anonymous

I was injured in a staff/student basketball game at school. This was 3 months ago. My ACL and PCL pulled the bone pieces off the tibial plateau. In addition, I fractured my scaffoid in my left hand. I had surgery and the bone piece were threaded together and sutured. The ligaments were then reattached.
- hospital 4 days
- long leg cast 8 weeks and arm cast 10 weeks
- brace for wrist now and a leg splint that can adjust the rom

I am doing physio 4 days a week. I am experiencing circulation problems whenever I stand. My leg below the knee and including the knee goes purple and splotchy almost immediately after standing. Emense pain through the foot with tingling. I am told the nerves that cause sensation are damaged. I also have numbness through the knee and left shin.

I am defeated. I am worried about the circulation and the LACK of ROM. I was not to move it or weight bear for 11 weeks. Now after 2 weeks of PT I can only bend to a maximum of 50 degrees! With my web token hand I have been moving using a wheelchair. My thigh muscle is so atrophied I cannot lift my foot.

The stiffness in my knee is like someone taking a board and slamming it into my knee. After 3 months it is till soooooo SWOLLEN. my leg just flops below as I move. Imam worried about the length of recovery. I have 3 small kids at home and am a teacher. I have not been able to return to work and I am reliant on Wheeltrans to take me to appointments as I can't even get out of my house independently.

Please help

Aug 01, 2012
Tibial plateau fracture/acl and Plc detachment NEW
by: Anonymous

I was injured in a staff/student basketball game at school. This was 3 months ago. My ACL and PCL pulled the bone pieces off the tibial plateau. In addition, I fractured my scaffoid in my left hand. I had surgery and the bone piece were threaded together and sutured. The ligaments were then reattached.
- hospital 4 days
- long leg cast 8 weeks and arm cast 10 weeks
- brace for wrist now and a leg splint that can adjust the rom

I am doing physio 4 days a week. I am experiencing circulation problems whenever I stand. My leg below the knee and including the knee goes purple and splotchy almost immediately after standing. Emense pain through the foot with tingling. I am told the nerves that cause sensation are damaged. I also have numbness through the knee and left shin.

I am defeated. I am worried about the circulation and the LACK of ROM. I was not to move it or weight bear for 11 weeks. Now after 2 weeks of PT I can only bend to a maximum of 50 degrees! With my web token hand I have been moving using a wheelchair. My thigh muscle is so atrophied I cannot lift my foot.

The stiffness in my knee is like someone taking a board and slamming it into my knee. After 3 months it is till soooooo SWOLLEN. my leg just flops below as I move. Imam worried about the length of recovery. I have 3 small kids at home and am a teacher. I have not been able to return to work and I am reliant on Wheeltrans to take me to appointments as I can't even get out of my house independently.

Please help

Jul 30, 2012
Numbess NEW
by: Anonymous

YAY! I was getting worried about the strange numbness and tingling in my lower leg from my knee joint, down the outer part of my shin, to just above the ankle, but now that I have read all of these posts it has put my panic monster away. Thank you. I am 5 days post op, I had a full knee reconstruction, joint clean up and etc. on my left knee, I say etc. cause I cant remember everything I had done (people shouldnt tell me things post op state). I have also had two arthroscopies on this knee prior to the recon, to repair my knee, they trimmed my lcl, mcl, cartlidge etc. Anyways, with this operation, I will be on crutches for at least 6 weeks with only partial weight bearing...sounds fun hey, but at least I will be able to walk in the end (without landing on my butt or face whenever my knee felt like taking a dive), hopefully pain free. I was concerned about the numbness, because I had never experienced it with the other operations (i know they were minor compared to recons) and my post op appointment isnt for a week and I was laying here wondering what could be wrong. Now that I have read that it is somewhat normal, i can rest a little easier, I will still discuss this with my doctor though, just to make sure. Thanks to all for posting! Good luck with your recovery and I wish you all the best!

Jul 26, 2012
last 10 degrees... NEW
by: samind

hi
I am 1 month post surgery, I have full extension and I can bend my leg till 130 degrees.
My PT says that this last 5 to 10 degrees take sometime, did anyone else also had this experience.

Jul 20, 2012
fever NEW
by: samind

hi ..
I had my acl surgery done almost 3 and a half weeks ago, I did had a little fever 100 on the second after the surgery when I started the PT , the doctor said it was due to the pain. However after that I never had any fever.

Jul 20, 2012
fever NEW
by: samind

hi ..
I had my acl surgery done almost 3 and a half weeks ago, I did had a little fever 100 on the second after the surgery when I started the PT , the doctor said it was due to the pain. However after that I never had any fever.

Jul 20, 2012
fever NEW
by: Anonymous

hi ..
I had my acl surgery done almost 3 and a half weeks ago, I did had a little fever 100 on the second after the surgery when I started the PT , the doctor said it was due to the pain. However after that I never had any fever.

Jul 19, 2012
Fever NEW
by: Skidaddl

I can't say I've had personal experience with this, and am certainly not a doctor, however one of the other patients in physio had had his ACL work done about a week after mine. He told me he concidentally picked up some sort of virus which had him throwing up and with a fever for about the first 5 days post-op (wasn't even able to keep down any pain killers). No relation to the surgery at all - just bad luck!

Jul 19, 2012
7 days post op 100 degree fever NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been having an off and on fever of 100 degrees for the past 3 nights. My doctor told me he couldn't see and signs of infection and the wounds looked great. What's going on? Anyone experience the same this? Have any insight for me? Let me know please. Thanks!

Jul 19, 2012
7 days post op 100 degree fever NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been having an off and on fever of 100 degrees for the past 3 nights. My doctor told me he couldn't see and signs of infection and the wounds looked great. What's going on? Anyone experience the same this? Have any insight for me? Let me know please. Thanks!

Jul 19, 2012
7 days post op 100 degree fever NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been having an off and on fever of 100 degrees for the past 3 nights. My doctor told me he couldn't see and signs of infection and the wounds looked great. What's going on? Anyone experience the same this? Have any insight for me? Let me know please. Thanks!

Jul 19, 2012
7 days post op 100 degree fever NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been having an off and on fever of 100 degrees for the past 3 nights. My doctor told me he couldn't see and signs of infection and the wounds looked great. What's going on? Anyone experience the same this? Have any insight for me? Let me know please. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2012
ACL Reconstruction (continued) NEW
by: skidaddl

Continued from previous post...

Now 6 weeks have gone by. I do have some numbness in the knee cap area of the knee and the skin is definitely much tighter in that area than the other knee. My PT told me the skin tightness is normal and to continue to massage that area firmly to break down the scar tissue adhering the skin underneath. Each morning the knee in general feels a bit better than the day prior. There is still some swelling in the knee which I expect to dissipate over the weeks ahead, and it does feel sore after my excercise and biking sessions (so I ice regularly). It also feels tight to bend (though getting less so each day), therefore I continue to do assisted knee bends regularly so that soon this goes away - the goal is heel to butt. Not sure if the numbness will ever totally go away, but I'm willing to accept that in lieu of having a knee that I can count on.

Based on what I'm reading on this site, for anyone reading here that is contemplating an ACL surgery I would probably recommend the patella route rather than hamstring as I feel my "side effects" are less than many others listed here. However, and I acknowledge that everyone heals differently, I do believe your knee/leg won't get better on its own without work. I am by no means a young man, but I left physio ahead of schedule because I have a goal to be back on snow by Christmas with my daughter, so I committed to doing the work.

Also, last bit of advice - if you are thinking about having the surgery done, work your butt off to get the legs as strong as possible BEFORE surgery. It will help with recovery. Your bike should be your best friend!

Good luck!

Jul 15, 2012
ACL Reconstruction (continued) NEW
by: Anonymous

Continued from previous post...

Now 6 weeks have gone by. I do have some numbness in the knee cap area of the knee and the skin is definitely much tighter in that area than the other knee. My PT told me the skin tightness is normal and to continue to massage that area firmly to break down the scar tissue adhering the skin underneath. Each morning the knee in general feels a bit better than the day prior. There is still some swelling in the knee which I expect to dissipate over the weeks ahead, and it does feel sore after my excercise and biking sessions (so I ice regularly). It also feels tight to bend (though getting less so each day), therefore I continue to do assisted knee bends regularly so that soon this goes away - the goal is heel to butt. Not sure if the numbness will ever totally go away, but I'm willing to accept that in lieu of having a knee that I can count on.

Based on what I'm reading on this site, for anyone reading here that is contemplating an ACL surgery I would probably recommend the patella route rather than hamstring as I feel my "side effects" are less than many others listed here. However, and I acknowledge that everyone heals differently, I do believe your knee/leg won't get better on its own without work. I am by no means a young man, but I left physio ahead of schedule because I have a goal to be back on snow by Christmas with my daughter, so I committed to doing the work.

Also, last bit of advice - if you are thinking about having the surgery done, work your butt off to get the legs as strong as possible BEFORE surgery. It will help with recovery. Your bike should be your best friend!

Good luck!

Jul 15, 2012
ACL Reconstruction Comments NEW
by: skidaddl

I am 6 weeks (tomorrow) after having repairs done on my right knee. The surgery involved having a large "bucket handle" tear of the medial meniscus removed as well as ACL reconstruction (patellar graft), so essentially 3 surgeries in one session. I am a 46 year old male, and as you might have guessed from my nickname, I did my injury alpine skiing (ex high-level racer, and now father of a racer). While it is a bit early to fully report on what to expect from rehab, I can share my experience thus far:

My first physiotherapy session was 4 days post-op, a Friday. My leg was a swollen, purple, shapeless stump that made me sick to the stomach to look at. The first thing my PT (a knee surgery rehab SPECIALIST - and I can't recommend this strongly enough) told me was that anything he did to me in there was not going to injure me; that "pain does not equal damage", and that "without pain there would be no recovery". As I now know, this was very important advice! He put me through the initial paces and sent me home with an assignment of excercises to perform a MINIMUM of 4 times a day, every day. I whined & complained to my wife all weekend that I wasn't sure that I was ready for this rather aggressive routine having only been out of surgery for less than a week. But by my follow up session on the Monday, I was already able to fully straighten the knee, and the range of motion in bending, and reduction in pain was improving dramatically. 5 weeks later, I was discharged from physio with since my ROM had almost fully recovered. I celebrated by going on my first (low speed, flat pavement) bike ride since before surgery. I have been given a number of excercises to do on my own until my strength is sufficient to fully resume the activities I love (walking on tread, leg press, hamstring curl, crab-walk, backwards lunge, balance excercises, etc.) I do these at the gym Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and bike (now up to 20km) every other day, and rest one day a week.

Here is my major observation from physio: as there were at least 10 or 12 other knee patients at a time rehabbing knee surgeries at my PT's clinic, it is easy to tell who's doing thir homework and who is not, and te people who are not doing themselves any favors. Don't be one of the ones who is not - you are the only person responsible for your recovery!


Jul 15, 2012
RE; To samind NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 3 months post op and still have swelling right above the kneecap. I guess it depends on your activity level, therapy and how well you heal. I am tolerating it but sometimes gets annoying because if it wasn't for the swelling and soreness at that spot I would be good. It does take 6 to 9 months to get back to "normal" so be patient and listen to your PT.
Also, don't be alarmed if you have some numbness in some spots, this too will go away as I was told.

Jul 15, 2012
swelling NEW
by: samind

thanks.....I am three weeks post op....but still now there are some swelling around the knee, can anyone tell me how long does it take for the swelling to completely disappear...

Jul 14, 2012
RE; To samind NEW
by: Anonymous

It is common for this to happen.. My doctor told me to continue to lotion the stitch area and rub in the direction of the cut softly. This will losten the "scar tissue" under the incision area and will slowly go away.

Jul 14, 2012
stitch area hard... NEW
by: samind

I had a ACL surgery this year on 25th June, patellar tendon graft.
The operation was all fine lasted for only 1.5 hrs.
Started doing physio right on the second day, I am almost three weeks post , can bend the leg upto 110 degrees, have achieved full extension.
But the problem I am facing is that after the stitches were removed there are some hard tissue formation beneath the newly formed skin,which I can feel if I touch the area, is this common after the acl surgery.

Jul 09, 2012
help needed NEW
by: Anonymous

I Also have had this surgery. I am three weeks post op have went back to work but now have no feeling in my big toe and the pain is awful. I am afraid that the doctor will think I just want pain mere but I cant take this much longer. Had the same surgery different leg last year and none of this happened to me.

Jul 09, 2012
help needed NEW
by: Anonymous

I Also have had this surgery. I am three weeks post op have went back to work but now have no feeling in my big toe and the pain is awful. I am afraid that the doctor will think I just want pain mere but I cant take this much longer. Had the same surgery different leg last year and none of this happened to me.

Jun 14, 2012
Post Op surgery 36 hours NEW
by: Anonymous

My daughter was told if she had numbing today to call the office, (They did not want her to start ice until she could feel her knee for fear of frost bite) so when she told me her toes were still "asleep", and she couldn't feel her knee I called the doctor, we were directed to the ER so they could check her circulation which is all fine. We were told if she is still this way in the morning we are to go into her doctors. Her doctor is hoping the numbing is from when her knee was in traction. I started her on the ice machine and then My daughter told me the cold was only on her upper leg, when I felt where the cold was it was directly on her knee.

Her surgery did not go without problems it was over 4 hours long, I was told the bone peice was longer than the ligament and there were adjustments made to include a screw and a staple. (patella ligament) I am worried for her, before I was hoping she would be able to play softball her senior year now all I can hope for is she will be healthy.

Has anyone had a foot that feels asleep go away?

Jun 13, 2012
Numbness and stiffness after ACL surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Me too, I had a complete tear to my right ACL while I was playing soccer. I had surgery on Feb 23, 2011 and had a hamstring harvest for the repair.
Today (June 13, 2012) I still have numbness on my shin area. I would say the whole thin area. As well, I do have a stiffness on my right ankle. I rather has a fast recovery: After the 8 weeks, i was able to run and swim. And this year, I have started to coach a soccer team, and use my legs frequently to train the kids. The problem of stiffness started when I started to play soccer. Before for several months until late may, I run and swim 3 times a week and i only had numbness on my shin. Now I am troubled with stiffness on my Achilles and ankle... I do massage on my shin area (Tibialis Anterior muscles) but it does not go away...

Jun 08, 2012
7 MONTHS- WHAT TO EXPECT. READ! NEW
by: Mackenzie Wenrick

So like most of you have read, the numbness comes form the cutting of the nerve endings, which is common in ACL surgeries. Because of this, there will be a fairly large numb patch some of you may feel as a couple of weeks go by. At the point where im at right now, there is a 2"x2" numb patch. I have gotten used to the shaving routine. However, watch carefully for what activities you do. A couple months after my surgery, i climbed a tree and fell on the numb patch. Not only does it give immense tingling pain, the cut that i had gotten scars easily. In fact, that cut i had gotten looks worse than my incisions look. I have full mobility and range of motion in my leg, and am only limited part of the time when doing martial arts. I hope this has helped, and good luck to you all!!

May 30, 2012
Re: Need your help...NEW NEW
by: Anonymous

I am almost 8 weeks post op from my ACL replacement of my left knee. I think in the last two weeks I may get 5 hours of sleep a night (up every hour to two hours). I am experiencing alot of leg restlessness and it seems to be more in my thigh and calf then the knee. I do not sleep in the brace anymore and the pillow between the legs only helps for maybe an hour or so.
I am not one for taking medicine but have been taking perks,tylenol 3 and using biofreeze just to try and help with the sleep deprevation. My doctor has said that this will subside once the muscle starts to recover from loss but my lord, how much longer???
I feel too it is getting worse and am going 3 days a week to therapy and doing excercises on my own. Losing patience!!!! Any help on how to get some sleep would be great!

May 22, 2012
The Numbness Should Go Away NEW
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction using a cadaver tendon about 6 months ago; I also had a meniscal tear. I still have some numbness around my knee, but much less than immediately after surgery. My surgeon told me this is normal, and I would have a 1x1 inch section on the front of my knee that will be permanently numb. Week by week, the numbness seems to decrease. It sounds trivial, but I've found that massaging the numb area helps.

May 22, 2012
The Numbness Should Go Away NEW
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction using a cadaver tendon about 6 months ago; I also had a meniscal tear. I still have some numbness around my knee, but much less than immediately after surgery. My surgeon told me this is normal, and I would have a 1x1 inch section on the front of my knee that will be permanently numb. Week by week, the numbness seems to decrease. It sounds trivial, but I've found that massaging the numb area helps.

May 22, 2012
pain meds NEW
by: MF

To the persom who took 6 pain pills in a night....they won't work. The pain you have is nerve pain and only a nerve medication will help with the pain. I was put on neuroton and it helped.

May 22, 2012
pain meds NEW
by: MF

To the persom who took 6 pain pills in a night....they won't work. The pain you have is nerve pain and only a nerve medication will help with the pain. I was put on neuroton and it helped.

May 21, 2012
Numbness NEW
by: Anonymous

I also had the same procedure done I tore my acl
And minuscus. My surgery date was January 23rd 2012. All the skin on my knee is numb to the touch unless it gets pinched or if I kneel down onto the knee the pain is ridiculous. And also if I itch the left side of the knee I feel it on the opposite side.

Apr 10, 2012
ACL NEW
by: Nick

I had the same procedure done as everyone is talking about on this page. I had ACL reconstruction with use of the hamstring as well as the lateral and medial miniscus shaved. I am 4 years out of surgery now and still cant feel the outside portion of my leg

Apr 10, 2012
ACL NEW
by: Nick

I had the same procedure done as everyone is talking about on this page. I had ACL reconstruction with use of the hamstring as well as the lateral and medial miniscus shaved. I am 4 years out of surgery now and still cant feel the outside portion of my leg

Apr 10, 2012
ACL NEW
by: Nick

I had the same procedure done as everyone is talking about on this page. I had ACL reconstruction with use of the hamstring as well as the lateral and medial miniscus shaved. I am 4 years out of surgery now and still cant feel the outside portion of my leg

Apr 10, 2012
ACL NEW
by: Nick

I had the same procedure done as everyone is talking about on this page. I had ACL reconstruction with use of the hamstring as well as the lateral and medial miniscus shaved. I am 4 years out of surgery now and still cant feel the outside portion of my leg

Mar 19, 2012
numb leg and lips NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm also about 6-7 weeks post OP - ACL and meniscus. I'm experiencing numbness in my leg, which seems to be quite common, but also in my lips. Anyone else experienced this?

Mar 16, 2012
Need your help... NEW
by: Anonymous

I’m in desperate need of advice from others who have had similar surgery. I’m now 7-8 weeks in after ACL surgery that unfortunately revealed a micro fracture and meniscus frail that caused me to be unbearing weight for 6 weeks…so the leg lost strength and stability fast. that said, rehab has been going great and pain in my knee is actually Not the problem. I have nerve pain/numbing that in the past week has gotten so bad that I've gotten maybe a total of 10 hrs sleep all week. the pain is Far worse than the knee pains even in the first few weeks, with moments of 8-9 on a scale of 10. I have taken as many as 6 percocet pills in a single night that pretty much just shut my eyes for an hour or so, only to awaken shortly after in severe pain. the numbness/tingling is mostly in the foot, and worst towards the top of the toes. deep rubbing of my lower leg helps, but brings sharp pains in the process. so far my Doc has not been able to figure this out. Im worried because it keeps getting worse and I keep missing valuable sleep. I havent had more than a few hours sleep in the past week so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Dec 12, 2011
Itching of the Thigh Muscle NEW
by: Nickie

Hi,
I'm going on my third week after an acl reconstruction and some meniscus removal. The graphs were taken from the tendons of the patella. I had scaring on my femur as well. Recovery is going well so far except for when it's cold. My thigh muscles started itching. Is that normal? My doctor said yes. I tried to apply heat to the thigh and massage to get the blood flowing. My doc has increase my exercises to squats and step ups. Still taking pain killers and anti-inflammatory tablets. Still using my crutches while walking most of the time.

Sep 20, 2011
acl reconstruction with hamstring plus menisectomy
by: Anonymous

I am 4 weeks post op. For 3 weeks I was in hell with horrible pain after surgery. I noticed numbeness as soon as i could move my toes. However 4 weeks later I am still numb from front of my knee and going down to ankle. Dr. said it is common and might still be due to swelling. In addition to numbness and have a shooting nerve from knee to inside to ankle when I flex my knee and flex ankle during exarcises. I am walking without assistive devices, but limping a little due to weakness in quad muscles. I can ascend 12 steps with railing now. Progress is extremely slow. I thought it would be faster recovery.

Sep 15, 2011
Numbness in toe still
by: Chelsea

I had my second ACL Reconstruction over 2 years ago. When I got my first ACL surgery the tip of my big toe has been numb ever since, which has been over 4 years ago now. Just recently my whole toe is numb on top of it as if it had spread.

Jul 25, 2011
numbness and hamstring pain
by: Anonymous

i'm 10 day's post op; hamstring graft left acl. i feel like i'm progressing as planned, but the pain i'm suffering from is mostly in the hamstring and hip. it's a dull, droning ache that makes sleeping at night almost impossible. is stretching the hamstring--where the graft was taken from--the right way to work on this?
also, my shin is numb in spots, too. it def. feels weird, but i'm happy to see that it is a normal thing....

Jul 24, 2011
followup to my earlier post
by: Anonymous

My boyfriend massaged around my ankle on 3rd day post op. The numbness faded a bit but not completely. I've been reaching down to massage every now and again. I'm now day 4 post-op. Just around my inside ankle bone is still slightly numb, but better than it was before. I may not have gotten to it quick enough. But I'm still very happy that all the numbness went away in my shin. Hope this helps others.
-e

Jul 23, 2011
Possible early fix to numbness?
by: Anonymous

Hey all, I wanted to share this with you. I may have found a way to help this if you catch it early enough. Yesterday, I was 2 days post-op (allograph). I was also seeing the same numbness all down my shin and onto the ankle bone. I talked to my surgeon, and he as well said it would go away with time. After reading all these posts I was beginning to feel a bit depressed. I noticed though that if I touched around the numb area, it actually felt pretty good. So yesterday I unstrapped the bottom of the brace and asked my boyfriend to lightly massage around the numb areas. It felt weird on the numb spots, but on the sides and under the calf it felt great. Right down the shin where it was most numb, was very tender, so he lightly ran his finger down the tender spots. He massaged for about 5 minutes or so and I could already feel the blood circulating better in my lower leg after being strapped up in that brace and the cryo-cuff ice machine. I left the straps undone afterward and it felt great. Not too long after the massage I started feeling a tingling in my shin. By the end of the day, the numbness started going away. It is the next day and I have complete feeling in my shin again. But my ankle bone is still numb. I don't think he massaged that much down there. I just had him massage down at the ankle bone today, so I'm hoping that 3 days post-op on that is early enough.
Again, this was 2 days after the operation after i had just started noticing the numbness and getting concerned. I am so much happier today and hope that my numb ankle also wears away soon.
Keep the blood circulating! Massage is one of the best ways to do this. Hope it works! If not, it's still worth a shot.

Jul 18, 2011
veteran of the surgery
by: Matt F.

To start this is my second acl reconstruction surgery. Your orthopedic surgery should have warned you about this to being with. There is a nerve that they have to cut in order to reach the acl and the hamgstring. It is very typical that you will have numbness and pain from the knee joint to your ankle. The size of the numb area will decrease as time goes on. My first knee surgery which was the left knee was two and a half years ago and i still have a numb spot about the size of my palm. I just had acl reconstruction and removal of the meniscus three weeks ago and i am back to square one with it. Dont worry it will go away it will just take time because that nerve will either grow back together or it will partially. Keep your head up it will all befine diffenert people heal differently then other people. hope this helps.

Jun 29, 2011
cast of a tibial fracture
by: Anonymous

Hi All<
Does anyone know if it is absoloutely nesessary for a tibial fracture post surgically repaired with metal plates and screws to be casted . A cast was not applied following the surgery because the staples for the incision have to be removed. but afterward is a cast necessary? Also how long does initial recovery take, the doctor says no weight bearing for 8 weeks.

Jun 22, 2011
6 years post op
by: BH

I still have numbness down my leg from my knee to foot 6 years after ACL reconstruction... which "happens" apparently. The only problems I have noticed is that it is very slow to heal in that area if it gets bruised or cut. But I can do everything else like normal!

May 27, 2011
6 week update
by: Anonymous

Writing as update to above post - I'm now 6 weeks post op and everything going to plan. Doing full range of recommended exercises inlcuding knee dips off a stair on my operated leg touching my other heel down. On the road to almost full mobility and extension of the knee joint. Physio is absolutely vital in these early stages obviously without overdoing it. I have had a couple of slack periods throughout the 6 weeks such as on holiday for 4 days and my knee joint and muscles stiffened up quite badly - as soon as I resumed quality exercises it improved markedly within a few days. Hope to be playing competitive football again by next Jan and will start running 12-14 weeks post op.

Re MF post. Thanks for the words of warning but you need to re-read my post as I was referring to the numbness in the shin specifically with my previous comments not long term recovery and mobility.

May 27, 2011
Info re: numbness
by: Anonymous

I had my ACL hamstring graft done a week ago and the surgeon is a good friend of my mom, who is an Occupational Therapist. This relationship may have allowed me to gain knowledge that your surgeon might not have told you. ACL reconstruction is surgery and is traumatic to your body. Nerve damage (resulting in pain and numbness) is caused by compression and/or trauma. As long as you have swelling in your knee or calf muscle it is possible that you will have numbness in your leg. It is also important to know that your knee went through TRAUMA twice, once when you injured your ACL and once when you had it reconstructed. It also takes the body between 18 and 36 months to recover from a major operation (I also had my spine fused because of a traumatic injury) so you need to give it time and have faith that it will get better. If it doesn't, thing about all the wonderful things you can do. . . having numbness on your leg isn't really that big of a deal. You can walk, run, jump, talk, hug the people you love, and live your life.

May 27, 2011
Info re: numbness
by: Anonymous

I had my ACL hamstring graft done a week ago and the surgeon is a good friend of my mom, who is an Occupational Therapist. This relationship may have allowed me to gain knowledge that your surgeon might not have told you. ACL reconstruction is surgery and is traumatic to your body. Nerve damage (resulting in pain and numbness) is caused by compression and/or trauma. As long as you have swelling in your knee or calf muscle it is possible that you will have numbness in your leg. It is also important to know that your knee went through TRAUMA twice, once when you injured your ACL and once when you had it reconstructed. It also takes the body between 18 and 36 months to recover from a major operation (I also had my spine fused because of a traumatic injury) so you need to give it time and have faith that it will get better. If it doesn't, thing about all the wonderful things you can do. . . having numbness on your leg isn't really that big of a deal. You can walk, run, jump, talk, hug the people you love, and live your life.

May 21, 2011
itch
by: Anonymous

Had a succesfull acl surgery numbness is minor but have a terrible itch now any remedies

May 03, 2011
Help
by: Ryan

Hi i had acl reconstruction 6 days ago not and the inside of my calf is numb, also my ankle is swollen not all of the ankle just near the heal.
i have had acl before and didnt get any of this and im just abit worried that the hospital doesn't seem to be 2 worried at all.
1 more thing the physio had me waking about on crutches the day after my op!! just abit concerned that they got me on crutches already.

Apr 21, 2011
good luck
by: mf

Hi Ant,
I am glad you have a positive outlook on this. I will be 4 years post op in July and after a ton of physical therapy, exercise, dieting and pain management I live my life to the fullest but suffer from severe pain daily. I suffer from severe lower back pain because I over compensate for my leg pain and this has lead to many other ailments. Just one word of advice....don't cout your chickens before they are hatched. I have been dealing with this nightmare for almost 4 years and each day the pain is worsening. I am a 35 year old teacher and mother of 2 small children who is determined to succeed and not let this pain hold me back. Some days my vision seems almost impossible but I keep on going and keep my head high! I hope you never experience this misery.

Apr 21, 2011
ACL recon
by: Ant

Hi All

Just posting following my left knee acl recon op 5 days ago. Although I didn't notice the first few days, I happened to touch my shin just below my knee a day or two ago and I am experiencing the same numbness/ pins and needles sensation that has been described so many times above - to halfway down my shinbone directly on the front of leg. I was initially concerned but having done some googling (this site in particular) it has set my mind at ease. Otherwise my swelling is subsiding very gradually and I am pleased with the outcome.

It may be telling the fact that I didn't notice this the first few days but in all likelihood it was there. Now I've noticed it I am all of a sudden far more conscious of it being there, which suggests to me that the annoyance factor is more psychological than physical. I can imagine how people could overreact and work themselves into an unnecessary frenzy over time over a minor side effect of an otherwise successful operation. It is best to concentrate your energies into doing the necessary exercise and getting the blood pumping through your knee which will ultimately heal the area much quicker, which is what I intend to do. Also in my immediate recuperation period I am goin to eat a diet rich in protein, calcium and fruit and veg to aid my recovery. These are the key things that will speed our recovery.

Thanks
Ant

Mar 01, 2011
Screw too long - update
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much to the nurse and patient who gave such a long response ! I think my infection is starting to clear up now 14 days post op based on my pain level improving drastically. It still looks purple, hard, and hot to the touch, though. Lots more antibiotics to go.
I did get an appointment for a second opinion for tomorrow. I was careful to get a doctor ouside my town and away from the hospital where the procedure was performed. I'm glad I didn't wait to make that appointment. What you said about possible systemic infections really scared me.
You were right about needing to educate ourselves before the surgery. I read some things online that indicated cadaver grafts were good. But I definately did NOT do enough research to prepare myself for everything. The doc is older and went to an american school. He's been doing ortho and knees a long time. I don't know if the "too long" screw is dissolvable. I will definately add that to my list of questions I want to ask after the second opinion.

So far I haven't heard anyone (here or in my personal life) say that they have heard of a situation where a doc installs a screw that is too long. I am dreading the idea of another surgery to fix it but I am more anxious about the possible damage it could be doing in there right now.

:(

Mar 01, 2011
Numbness
by: Mohammed Amri

I have done my ACL Surgery 3 months ago but still i have numbness below my knee to the ankle but the doctor said this will fine within 3 months but still i have no improvement and the doctor is not worried at all. Can anyone help me to regain full feelings on my shin to ankle.

Feb 27, 2011
alc/mcl numbness
by: Anonymous

i had an acl recon an mcl tightened in april, and dec 2010, it was all good, numb round knee as expected, but i have now found, that a year later, my outer calf on left leg is starting to go numb, not completely, but definately on the surface, has anyone had this? numbness occuring after surgery? it was fine when i was doing rehab etc. also, i had a patella graft, an can still not kneel on my knee a year after surgery??

Feb 25, 2011
Numbness and Dry Skin
by: System Online

I had an ACL reconstruction on my right knee four weeks ago and I too have numbness down the right side of my shin from knee to ankle.
I have been told by my physiotherapist this is due to the nerve blocker they used and it will wear off eventually but it depends on the individual. It seems reading the other comments this is a fairly generic answer.
I am seeing my consultant in two days so I will post an update on what he says.

Feb 25, 2011
Numbness and Dry Skin
by: System Online

I had an ACL reconstruction on my right knee four weeks ago and I too have numbness down the right side of my shin from knee to ankle.
I have been told by my physiotherapist this is due to the nerve blocker they used and it will wear off eventually but it depends on the individual. It seems reading the other comments this is a fairly generic answer.
I am seeing my consultant in two days so I will post an update on what he says.

Feb 25, 2011
Numbness and Dry Skin
by: System Online

I had an ACL reconstruction on my right knee four weeks ago and I too have numbness down the right side of my shin from knee to ankle.
I have been told by my physiotherapist this is due to the nerve blocker they used and it will wear off eventually but it depends on the individual. It seems reading the other comments this is a fairly generic answer.
I am seeing my consultant in two days so I will post an update on what he says.

Feb 24, 2011
to respond to 'anonymous' and the screw
by: anonymous

Well! I must tell you as a nurse and as a patient who had this ACL reonstruction surgery....... I am VERY surprised,first of all an infection so soon post-op COULD be expected . where did you have this surgery done, Who did this surgery,how many of these types of surgeries have they done, and WHY did they do a cadaver graft? I am wondering the answers to all these questions because before I had this done, I was told by more than two surgeons and read also that a cadaver graft is not what they would normally do. A patellar tendon autograft from your own body or a hamstring tendon graft from your own body is the common practice. Also the screws are supposed to be made of some type of soluble plastic, in other words, they 'melt' so to speak and are absorbed into the body as healing of the graft is occurring. Also I would not be bearing weight on that leg, light pressure as when placing your foot on the floor to stand with the support of your crutches is all you should be doing. Before anyone ever has this surgery done they need to do their homework, it is very important that the surgeon be board certified by the board or council of orthopoedic surgeons in sports medicine (hopefully) in their state and/or the national academy of orthopoedic surgeons or whatever their licensing regulator is. I say that because not all orthopoedic surgeons have trained or practice in the U.S. and may have been educated elsewhere, this is perfectly OK as long as they are specialty board certified. Now as for your infection and the possible 'mismeasurement' of the screws, well, IF you should happen to develop a serious systemic infection, which leads to further disability and if you have to have the screws removed because of it, then I would recommend speaking to an attorney. First though, get all your medical records pertaining to your surgery, the next time you go to the surgeon for follow up ask alot of questions, bring a notepad, write down his answers and w ith the dates and times. what he
says. moderate pain is common for a few weeks following this surgery. Any time a person has a surgery there is always a risk of infection, hospitals and operating rooms are breeding grounds for germs that cause infections even in a sterile environment of an operating room. If you need to be treated with antibiotics, take them as
directed, if the infection doesn't go away, get to another doctor and get another opinion, do not delay in this. I would like to stress that the nature of ACL repair because it involves bones,muscles and tendons there is a greater risk of bone or systemic infection. So I would do all the above things mentioned and get another opinion if you have not spoken to more than one surgeon prior to getting this done. I wish you well and hope everything turns out OK for you.

Feb 24, 2011
to respond to 'anonymous' and the screw
by: anonymous

Well! I must tell you as a nurse and as a patient who had this ACL reonstruction surgery....... I am VERY surprised,first of all an infection so soon post-op COULD be expected . where did you have this surgery done, Who did this surgery,how many of these types of surgeries have they done, and WHY did they do a cadaver graft? I am wondering the answers to all these questions because before I had this done, I was told by more than two surgeons and read also that a cadaver graft is not what they would normally do. A patellar tendon autograft from your own body or a hamstring tendon graft from your own body is the common practice. Also the screws are supposed to be made of some type of soluble plastic, in other words, they 'melt' so to speak and are absorbed into the body as healing of the graft is occurring. Also I would not be bearing weight on that leg, light pressure as when placing your foot on the floor to stand with the support of your crutches is all you should be doing. Before anyone ever has this surgery done they need to do their homework, it is very important that the surgeon be board certified by the board or council of orthopoedic surgeons in sports medicine (hopefully) in their state and/or the national academy of orthopoedic surgeons or whatever their licensing regulator is. I say that because not all orthopoedic surgeons have trained or practice in the U.S. and may have been educated elsewhere, this is perfectly OK as long as they are specialty board certified. Now as for your infection and the possible 'mismeasurement' of the screws, well, IF you should happen to develop a serious systemic infection, which leads to further disability and if you have to have the screws removed because of it, then I would recommend speaking to an attorney. First though, get all your medical records pertaining to your surgery, the next time you go to the surgeon for follow up ask alot of questions, bring a notepad, write down his answers and w ith the dates and times. what he
says. moderate pain is common for a few weeks following this surgery. Any time a person has a surgery there is always a risk of infection, hospitals and operating rooms are breeding grounds for germs that cause infections even in a sterile environment of an operating room. If you need to be treated with antibiotics, take them as
directed, if the infection doesn't go away, get to another doctor and get another opinion, do not delay in this. I would like to stress that the nature of ACL repair because it involves bones,muscles and tendons there is a greater risk of bone or systemic infection. So I would do all the above things mentioned and get another opinion if you have not spoken to more than one surgeon prior to getting this done. I wish you well and hope everything turns out OK for you.

Feb 24, 2011
to respond to 'anonymous' and the screw
by: anonymous

Well! I must tell you as a nurse and as a patient who had this ACL reonstruction surgery....... I am VERY surprised,first of all an infection so soon post-op COULD be expected . where did you have this surgery done, Who did this surgery,how many of these types of surgeries have they done, and WHY did they do a cadaver graft? I am wondering the answers to all these questions because before I had this done, I was told by more than two surgeons and read also that a cadaver graft is not what they would normally do. A patellar tendon autograft from your own body or a hamstring tendon graft from your own body is the common practice. Also the screws are supposed to be made of some type of soluble plastic, in other words, they 'melt' so to speak and are absorbed into the body as healing of the graft is occurring. Also I would not be bearing weight on that leg, light pressure as when placing your foot on the floor to stand with the support of your crutches is all you should be doing. Before anyone ever has this surgery done they need to do their homework, it is very important that the surgeon be board certified by the board or council of orthopoedic surgeons in sports medicine (hopefully) in their state and/or the national academy of orthopoedic surgeons or whatever their licensing regulator is. I say that because not all orthopoedic surgeons have trained or practice in the U.S. and may have been educated elsewhere, this is perfectly OK as long as they are specialty board certified. Now as for your infection and the possible 'mismeasurement' of the screws, well, IF you should happen to develop a serious systemic infection, which leads to further disability and if you have to have the screws removed because of it, then I would recommend speaking to an attorney. First though, get all your medical records pertaining to your surgery, the next time you go to the surgeon for follow up ask alot of questions, bring a notepad, write down his answers and w ith the dates and times. what he
says. moderate pain is common for a few weeks following this surgery. Any time a person has a surgery there is always a risk of infection, hospitals and operating rooms are breeding grounds for germs that cause infections even in a sterile environment of an operating room. If you need to be treated with antibiotics, take them as
directed, if the infection doesn't go away, get to another doctor and get another opinion, do not delay in this. I would like to stress that the nature of ACL repair because it involves bones,muscles and tendons there is a greater risk of bone or systemic infection. So I would do all the above things mentioned and get another opinion if you have not spoken to more than one surgeon prior to getting this done. I wish you well and hope everything turns out OK for you.

Feb 24, 2011
to respond to 'anonymous' and the screw
by: anonymous

Well! I must tell you as a nurse and as a patient who had this ACL reonstruction surgery....... I am VERY surprised,first of all an infection so soon post-op COULD be expected . where did you have this surgery done, Who did this surgery,how many of these types of surgeries have they done, and WHY did they do a cadaver graft? I am wondering the answers to all these questions because before I had this done, I was told by more than two surgeons and read also that a cadaver graft is not what they would normally do. A patellar tendon autograft from your own body or a hamstring tendon graft from your own body is the common practice. Also the screws are supposed to be made of some type of soluble plastic, in other words, they 'melt' so to speak and are absorbed into the body as healing of the graft is occurring. Also I would not be bearing weight on that leg, light pressure as when placing your foot on the floor to stand with the support of your crutches is all you should be doing. Before anyone ever has this surgery done they need to do their homework, it is very important that the surgeon be board certified by the board or council of orthopoedic surgeons in sports medicine (hopefully) in their state and/or the national academy of orthopoedic surgeons or whatever their licensing regulator is. I say that because not all orthopoedic surgeons have trained or practice in the U.S. and may have been educated elsewhere, this is perfectly OK as long as they are specialty board certified. Now as for your infection and the possible 'mismeasurement' of the screws, well, IF you should happen to develop a serious systemic infection, which leads to further disability and if you have to have the screws removed because of it, then I would recommend speaking to an attorney. First though, get all your medical records pertaining to your surgery, the next time you go to the surgeon for follow up ask alot of questions, bring a notepad, write down his answers and w ith the dates and times. what he
says. moderate pain is common for a few weeks following this surgery. Any time a person has a surgery there is always a risk of infection, hospitals and operating rooms are breeding grounds for germs that cause infections even in a sterile environment of an operating room. If you need to be treated with antibiotics, take them as
directed, if the infection doesn't go away, get to another doctor and get another opinion, do not delay in this. I would like to stress that the nature of ACL repair because it involves bones,muscles and tendons there is a greater risk of bone or systemic infection. So I would do all the above things mentioned and get another opinion if you have not spoken to more than one surgeon prior to getting this done. I wish you well and hope everything turns out OK for you.

Feb 23, 2011
question about a screw problem
by: Anonymous

I am 6 days into recovery from acl surgery with a cadaver graft. I had the knee drained on day 2 and I have an infection now. Today at the doctor I got x-rays taken and the second photo showed a screw. I asked the doc "why is that screw so long" because it was sticking out way past the bone it was in. He said "well, I mis-measured a bit. We may have to remove it if it is giving you problems."
I have been thinking about this all day and can't sleep. I still haven't been able to put any wieght on this knee without horrific pain. I'm sure the brewing infection was partly to blame but what about this screw ???
Any advice ?

Feb 23, 2011
question about a screw problem
by: Anonymous

I am 6 days into recovery from acl surgery with a cadaver graft. I had the knee drained on day 2 and I have an infection now. Today at the doctor I got x-rays taken and the second photo showed a screw. I asked the doc "why is that screw so long" because it was sticking out way past the bone it was in. He said "well, I mis-measured a bit. We may have to remove it if it is giving you problems."
I have been thinking about this all day and can't sleep. I still haven't been able to put any wieght on this knee without horrific pain. I'm sure the brewing infection was partly to blame but what about this screw ???
Any advice ?

Feb 22, 2011
So far so good
by: Anonymous

My son is now almost 9 months out post surgery. I don't hear complaints about numbness anymore, but it was never something so pronounced or bad that would keep complaining about it. The hamstring strength is > 90%. He just completed his sport season (after returning to sport) and had a very successful season. A few twinges here and there in the knee that I understand is probably scar tissue over bone, but he just takes it easy that day and it's gone the next.

We're completely happy with the end results and am glad he had the surgery. I believe a qualified, experienced surgeon along with a strict rehab program tailored to the needs of the patient and the surgical procedure to guide healing is the ultimate answer. Do your homework people. Also, the hydrotherapy the last month of rehab was very beneficial both physically and mentally.

Good luck everyone!

Signing off~

Feb 21, 2011
Interesting Stat
by: Anonymous

I had surgery a little over a year ago and at my last check up I asked the doctor how many surgeries he did a year. He said between 250-350/year! He also said that 80% of surgeries are done by DR's that do less than 20/year. Like most things you want someone experienced. Ask your DR how many they do and ask around for referrals.

Jan 08, 2011
numbness
by: Kelynda

It has been a year and a half since I had my ACL repair done ith patellar tendon graft. I read these comments from time to time and have posted some too. I still have numbness in my lower leg near my ankle and sometimes on the outside of my knee and shin. The nemness has decreased significantly and no it just feels like my leg is asleep sometimes like hen you have been keepiing your foot in one position too long or hen your foot feels like asleep. If I move around the numbness goes away and besides I stop thinking about it. I can't use shoes or sandals that press anyhere on my foot because it gets swollen. Also
I broke a bone in that same foot a long time ago
and didn't know it ( a stress fracture at aerobics) and I had terrible pain in my foot so finally I had a bone scan done and it is the only way I even found out. So that foot never healed right and the ACL repair surgery has probably altered the circulation and fluid transport system in that leg and foot. So I have an additional problem besides just having the ACL repair done. All I can say is: wear well fittting shoes that are comfortable, when you are traveling dont' sit in one position too long and get up and move around, exercise as tolerated,etc. The numbness will decrease but may never completely go away.After I initially had the surgery done I as surprised and a little afraid that my leg ould alays feel numb and painful, but a year and a half later it is much better and moving my leg makes the numbness dissipate.

Jan 08, 2011
numbness
by: Kelynda

It has been a year and a half since I had my ACL repair done ith patellar tendon graft. I read these comments from time to time and have posted some too. I still have numbness in my lower leg near my ankle and sometimes on the outside of my knee and shin. The nemness has decreased significantly and no it just feels like my leg is asleep sometimes like hen you have been keepiing your foot in one position too long or hen your foot feels like asleep. If I move around the numbness goes away and besides I stop thinking about it. I can't use shoes or sandals that press anyhere on my foot because it gets swollen. Also
I broke a bone in that same foot a long time ago
and didn't know it ( a stress fracture at aerobics) and I had terrible pain in my foot so finally I had a bone scan done and it is the only way I even found out. So that foot never healed right and the ACL repair surgery has probably altered the circulation and fluid transport system in that leg and foot. So I have an additional problem besides just having the ACL repair done. All I can say is: wear well fittting shoes that are comfortable, when you are traveling dont' sit in one position too long and get up and move around, exercise as tolerated,etc. The numbness will decrease but may never completely go away.After I initially had the surgery done I as surprised and a little afraid that my leg ould alays feel numb and painful, but a year and a half later it is much better and moving my leg makes the numbness dissipate.

Jan 07, 2011
ACL reconstruction 4 days ago
by: Anonymous

I lost feeling to my knee and shin the first day. All feeling returned second day. I have zero pain and am already bending to 90 degrees at 4 days post op. I had total reconstruction using hamstring graft. I COULD walk without the brace or crutches but the surgeon has told me to stay with them for 2 weeks until my first assessment. All in all, it was very good and I expect a full recovery. I think the surgeon has a lot to do with the success of this surgery. Do your research. Get the best. I am a 55 year old female horseback rider and feeling in my shins is pretty important. Good luck to everyone out there getting ready for the same surgery.

Dec 23, 2010
how was rehab?
by: BriAnne Ackerson

It looks like I had the same thing done to my knee as you did yours. I had surgery 1.5 weeks ago and I have numbness on the outside of my shin. My leg has been in a knee immobilizer for almost a month and half, will my knee bend any time soon?

Dec 23, 2010
how was rehab?
by: BriAnne Ackerson

It looks like I had the same thing done to my knee as you did yours. I had surgery 1.5 weeks ago and I have numbness on the outside of my shin. My leg has been in a knee immobilizer for almost a month and half, will my knee bend any time soon?

Dec 23, 2010
how was rehab?
by: BriAnne Ackerson

It looks like I had the same thing done to my knee as you did yours. I had surgery 1.5 weeks ago and I have numbness on the outside of my shin. My leg has been in a knee immobilizer for almost a month and half, will my knee bend any time soon?

Dec 09, 2010
Nerve entrapment
by: Anonymous

I had intense burning on the inside of my knee that sometimes felt like an electric current sensation radiating from the center of my left hamstring around to the top of my Tibia for about a week. I believe it was n entrapped nerve. I suddenly had almost complete relief when I rode a stationary bike for the first time. The pain was pretty bad for the first 5 minutes of riding, then I suddenly had some relief. I was told by my surgeon that the nerve in that area is extremely difficult to operate around and that even a bump to the nerve sheath with an instrument could cause damage. It may also be caused by swelling or scar tissue around the nerve.

Dec 09, 2010
ACL Meniscus(Burning needles tearing)
by: Joe H

Wow I need to send this site to my doc who said the burning and numbness I am feeling is strange. My PT says it could be a damaged nerve causing the numbness and a sore tendon causing the burning. The numbness I was aware of cause I had ack surgery on my other knee but this burning/needles/tearing feeling I get near my calf and shin is crazy painfull. It only hurts when I bend my leg. If it's straight no pain. I'ld like to get an expert opinion on what to do for this pain but my doc says it could be time sensitive. COULD BE? Thanks!

Dec 07, 2010
To numbness and pain
by: Mere

I hear you on not wanting to cut yourself shaving due to the numbness. I had ACL recon and chondroplasty 8 months ago and I still have the numbness. From what I hear, not all cases are the same. Some patients get complete feeling back over time and some don't ever. One of my doctors explained that it is the T4 nerve and often times it just takes time to heal. I have now gotten used to the numbness, though I do occasionally get weird sensations in that part of my leg (as if it is trying to wake up---which often hurts). I can tell you to maintain your exercise regime if you have one. If I do not exercise my leg one week it begins to feel unstable. I guess that's one of the downfalls to losing muscle mass in the operated leg. Good luck with recovery and just be patient. :)

Dec 07, 2010
numbness and pain
by: Anonymous

i had acl surgery in aug of this year and i still dont have feeling in my shin. im also not able to run yet every time i try it hurts and i stop. also i have popping in my knee and im a little worried about that it never pops in the same spot and does not hurt when it does pop but it still gets my attention. should i be worried about this and from what ive read in the other comments is that i should just be patient about the numbness. how long should i wait im tired of almost cutting myself shaving.

Dec 02, 2010
ACL and menisci repair
by: VB

Like many of you I have had ACL reconstruction using hamstring harvest. As well, both menisci were repaired. I am getting around well, with some hobbling for effect! The pain was unbelievable for the first 2 weeks. I have had 2 children with absolutely no pain meds, or epidurals and 2 shoulder surgeries. I was quite astounded that this pain surpassed all of those. However, reading all of the posts, I actually feel a bit better. I know that many of my symptoms are pretty standard. I too have numbness, tingling and hot flashes from the knee to nearly the ankle. I cannot stand touching this area. I saw my surgeon today and (3 weeks post op) and he said all was well, good motion etc. However, he did say the numbness etc was rather unusual. He prescribed a lotion, capsaicin (juice from hot peppers!!) to desensitize the area. I still have to fill the prescription, but to let you know...MY doctor says it is NOT usual!!
Take care all,
ACL commiserator!

Nov 23, 2010
acl repair
by: Anonymous

I have also had my acl repaired with my ham string and my mcl repaired in my left knee a little over a year ago and I continued to complain about a numbness from my knee to almost my ankle to a few drs and they all said the same thing that it would take up to a year to go away and its normal I'm still dealing with the numbness a little over a year later and its quite an irritation and its also still dry skin...but not as dry as before. My knee is still not strong its probably weaker now then befor it just doesn't buckle on me now...I regret having this surgery.

Nov 13, 2010
ACL reconstruction W/ patellar tendon.
by: OWTLAW

Surgery on 10/12/2010. The numbness was my biggest concern also. I mentioned it to my doctor, and he was like "yeah, I forgot to tell you about that". I was pissed off! anyway, i dont see it getting any better but, my barber had the exact same surgery and he said it goes away with time. He just ran the Los Angeles Marathon, so that's a very good sign that things will get better. Hope everyone has a easy recovery!!!

Nov 13, 2010
ACL reconstruction W/ patellar tendon.
by: OWTLAW

Surgery on 10/12/2010. The numbness was my biggest concern also. I mentioned it to my doctor, and he was like "yeah, I forgot to tell you about that". I was pissed off! anyway, i dont see it getting any better but, my barber had the exact same surgery and he said it goes away with time. He just ran the Los Angeles Marathon, so that's a very good sign that things will get better. Hope everyone has a easy recovery!!!

Nov 13, 2010
ACL reconstruction W/ patellar tendon.
by: OWTLAW

Surgery on 10/12/2010. The numbness was my biggest concern also. I mentioned it to my doctor, and he was like "yeah, I forgot to tell you about that". I was pissed off! anyway, i dont see it getting any better but, my barber had the exact same surgery and he said it goes away with time. He just ran the Los Angeles Marathon, so that's a very good sign that things will get better. Hope everyone has a easy recovery!!!

Nov 13, 2010
Numbness but getting better
by: Joe

I had surgery 4 days ago (ACL allograph and meniscus repair) and a few hours after surgery I noticed the numbness and pins and needles. The doctor on call couldn't explain it. I called my surgeon and he told me to loosen the brace and bandages (which I had already done). Use of the CPM machine has actually improved the numbness. Also getting up and moving around, although painful and difficult helped. I'll update as my condition changes.

Nov 01, 2010
ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus-ectomy using Hamstring Tendon
by: Nia

I had my surgery last Tuesday. I had no idea that numbness was a side effect and although I wish I'd known beforehand, like others, if I get a stable knee out of this experience it will be worth it.

Since surgery I've been using a CPM machine for 6 hours a day. I started with 60% on the day I came home from surgery. I had my post-op appt 4 days later and the doctor took the stitches out. I have numbness right under my knee and on the outside of my shin. I also have some tingling.

I was taking Oxycodone, but it wasn't really doing much so I stopped. I take my aspirin once a day, some cephalexin every few hours and naproxen twice a day.

I go to my first PT appointment on Wednesday. I'm still using my crutches but I HATE them. It's so inconvenient not being able to move around. I'm trying to be patient but there's only so much tv I can watch and web-surfing I can do.

I'm taking this one day at a time but it has been very helpful to read these comments. I wish I'd seen it beforehand.

Oct 04, 2010
2 months left in rehab and counting
by: Anonymous

Hi!

Wow, sorry to hear about your experience...that initial surgeon owes you an explanation! At least...

My son just finished 4 months of rehab post ACL/hamstring (we posted eariler). He's clear to do all except cutting movements. Still some numbness, but no pain with it so I don't hear him complain about it. He does get a grating sound when he goes to fully bend his knees and then it's almost as if it gives way and it's a clean movement again. He wonders if his knee joint is aligned right! I wonder if some scar tissue has formed. Not sure. Anyone experience this?

He has a bit more strength work on the knee bend/hamstring area, but it's building quickly now that he is able to run, etc. His frustration in not doing sport specific training until the end of 6 months (Dec 1) is immense, but the doc is allowing hydrotherapy that will allow cutting moves associated with wrestling. So we'll see. No pain or other issues.

Hope everyone recovers well!


Oct 04, 2010
2 months left in rehab and counting
by: Anonymous

Hi!

Wow, sorry to hear about your experience...that initial surgeon owes you an explanation! At least...

My son just finished 4 months of rehab post ACL/hamstring (we posted eariler). He's clear to do all except cutting movements. Still some numbness, but no pain with it so I don't hear him complain about it. He does get a grating sound when he goes to fully bend his knees and then it's almost as if it gives way and it's a clean movement again. He wonders if his knee joint is aligned right! I wonder if some scar tissue has formed. Not sure. Anyone experience this?

He has a bit more strength work on the knee bend/hamstring area, but it's building quickly now that he is able to run, etc. His frustration in not doing sport specific training until the end of 6 months (Dec 1) is immense, but the doc is allowing hydrotherapy that will allow cutting moves associated with wrestling. So we'll see. No pain or other issues.

Hope everyone recovers well!


Oct 04, 2010
MY WORST NIGHTMARE EVER!!!!!
by: Maria

I also had surgery on my knees. my right knee surgery went well, i was walking without crutches by week 3, 2 months later they worked on my left knee, my experience was totally different, got an infection on my knee the day after surgery along with high fevers. I notified my doctor he didn't seem too concern "take the bandage off and you feel better" those were his words. he then prescribe antibiotics, within a week at the office i told him how my knee was numb,no feeling from knee to foot, sharp stabbing sensation along with pins and needles poking you with a burning sensation, well he did an x-ray although he never showed it me he then says "everything looks o.k, surgery went well" "as for what you feel i don't know why? you have to go back to your family doctor" he completely blew me off!and sent me on my way to physical therapy. he ordered Electroid stimulation along with massage, during evaluation @ therapy they said we need to get you walking and going up and down stairs. I was in so much pain i cried. My family doctor put a stop to therapy, my knee was still so swollen along with a big bruise that lasted me 1month. I have questions and no doctor seems to have any answers for me all they do is prescribe more pain medications, I've been on Vicodin 750mg for 5 months. i called 6 orthopedic doctors for 2nd opinion-was turned away by all 6. I'm still in crutches experiencing pain in my right knee all over again. i was sent for a Doppler test-will get results on Wednesday. I go for my knee brace today, my doctor still says don't walk without your crutches! even if i wanted to i can't! my knee gives out. I feel everyones pain out there, your'e not alone. I'm more relieved to hear that its just not me that feels this way.

Oct 04, 2010
Numb and burning where stitches were
by: Ka'ila

After reading everyone's comments, I feel like I am part of a new group - we should call ourselves "Numb but Stable." My surgery was September 17th - ACL, two meniscus tears, and a good ole sanding down of my knee cap to smooth it out. I won't be weight bearing for about another three weeks, but I am able to bend almost at a 90 degree angle.

I noticed some of you mentioned sensations of burning (btw, I have numbness down the inside of the shin - from knee to just above the ankle). I got my stitches out about 4 days ago. And now, I am experiencing burning primarily at where the big ole cut is (below the knee) - and yet, that is the part of my leg that is numb. I guess I am looking for some comfort that someone else is experiencing this as well?

Oh yes, and I forgot to mention, my dry skin just started yesterday. I see from your notes, that I will need to stay on top of this. Nothing like having a scaly leg, with gruesome cuts - but hey, I am on my way to being stable!

I wish you all the very best on your recovery. (and again, if anyone has experienced this kind of burning I was talking about around their sutures, I'd appreciate you letting me know).

Aloha! Ka'ila

Sep 25, 2010
To Erinn
by: JD

My swelling was much better a week or two after the surgery. Lots of icing and elevation, along with the standard exercises. I am still not allowed to put weight on my right leg yet, but I am doing about 8-10 different exercises daily to keep my muscles from going to mush and to help increase my range of motion - My personal best so far is 125 degrees. I go to PT two times per week. One word of caution, avoid sitting in one position for a long time. I made a huge mistake and went on a car trip (4 hours each way) and I am paying the price still a week after the trip. I lost nearly 15 degrees due to swelling and stiffness and actually had to take a vicodin yesterday due to the pain (haven't taken them since a week after surgery).

Good luck with your regimen. It sounds like you are progressing well.

Sep 25, 2010
knee swelling and exercise
by: Erinn

It's been a little over two weeks since my ACL surgery (hamstring 8/09/10) and I, too, am feeling that my knee is numb to the ankle.
I'm only seeing the physiotherapist once a week, which she seems to think is fine. I'm also regularly following through with the post-op exercises. I have two questions though. Does anyone have problems with their knee swelling (I am taking the amount of anti-inflammatory that I'm allowed, along with icing the knee)? Secondly, when did you start other exercises? I'd like to move on from the ones given to me after leaving the hospital. Thanks, by the way, for the reassurance about the knee being numb as this is now just starting to bother me.

Sep 13, 2010
to JD
by: Mere

JD,

You are very welcome!!!! The location does sound awful. Mine was in the front on the medial side of my knee which prolonged my full extension, but I now have it! :) I know those exercises are boring, but it WILL get better! They should also have you use a resistance band and medicine ball. I used that in conjunction with the CPM machine and it only helped my flexion. My PT gave me a great exercise outline for when I started walking again. If you have been given something similar that would be really beneficial. If you haven't, let me know and I can somehow get it to you. It helped me tremendously! Take care, rest, and you will be walking sooner than you know!!!

Sep 13, 2010
Meniscus Transplant
by: Frustrated

Hi All,

Has anyone had a meniscus transplant, and if so what are your thoughts about it?

Your comments are appreciated!

Thanks so much!

Sep 13, 2010
Thanks Mere
by: JD

I appreciate your comments and the info Mere. I went to see my doc today to get the staples out - woo hoo!! He said all is progressing well. I guess the reason for my extensive incision is due to the location of the cartilage defect and the damage to the underside of my knee cap.

Therapy right now consists of bending and straightening my leg, kind of boring. Once I can put weight on my leg (10/11) I will get to do some more fun stuff.

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the words of encouragement.

Sep 12, 2010
to JD
by: Mere

I too had the mosaicplasty in conjunction with my ACL recon. I however did not have the extensive incision, so I feel for you there. The numbness is normal and will last for awhile. It sounds as though everything is progressing normal. I am now 5 months post op, and my knee has occasional pain but nothing compared to before. The majority of my pain was due to the mosaicplasty and that only lasted until I could bare weight. Keep up the great work in recovery!!! It only gets better!!!!

Sep 12, 2010
Numbness After Surgery
by: JD

I had two surgeries in over a two-week span. The first was a traditional knee scope which uncovered a large defect in my articular cartilage covering the end of my femur at the knee joint. The 2nd surgery (8/27/10) was to perform a mosaicplasty cartilage transplant from a non-weight bearing section of my knee and to straighten out the tracking of my knee cap. They did a full incision (25 staples) running the length of my entire knee joint. Staples come out tomorrow (yeah) but I am experiencing similar numbness described in many of the posts on this page. my numbness is located to the right of my incision. My PT said that this is normal and it will get better over a LONG period of time. Right now, pain is still there, but tolerable without drugs. I am mainly working on getting the mobility back into my knee since I cannot bear weight on my right leg for four more weeks.

Sep 01, 2010
quality of life
by: Kelynda

To everyone who has had this knee surgery. It seems to me thate evryone is doing the best they can here. After a year since my ACL repair and reading everyone's commnets, the question has ocurred to me, How is this impacting your quality of life? Well naturally, it would seem that immdeiately following this type of thing, quality of life would be significantly altered. After some time of healing has passed, things change, most people feel better and are able to resume their previous activities. Quetions to ask yourself are: Am I satisfied with the outcome of the surgery? Am I regaining strength in my knee? Can i play the sports I used to?if you play sports) Is the pain decreased, can I manage it? Has the numbness changed oever time, (I am not sure all of it ever goes away) but it will change/decrease as the nerves heal. Finally I think the most important question is Do I have a stable,working knee joint? For me that is all that mattered.
Many people have talked about the type of graft from a cadaver or from your own tissue (a cadaver is a dead body) some surgeons prefer a cadaver but some prefer tissue from your own body they think the body adapts more naturally to this. I am not sure that ultimately it makes much difference, it is whatever the surgeon has had the most success with and what their working experience has shown them is best and also they evaluate the patient's individual situation.
Many people have talked about degreees of tension,flexion,exercising, etc. I did very little exercising for the immediate post op period, I did NOT go to physical therapy because the doctor didn't think it was necessary, I did NOT use a brace because the doctor doesn't beleive they help. Whatever your doctor thinks is best though just follow what they say.
A surgery of this nature does change your life significantly. The thing to keep in mind is it won't always be this way but you will be DIFFERENT now, at least your knee will. Again good luck to everyone and it will get better.

Sep 01, 2010
5 months post op
by: Mere

Hey everyone! Just wanted to give an update. I am now 5 months post op for ACL recon and Chondroplasty. My knee is somewhat back to normal. I still have the numbness in my lower leg, spiraling down from the lateral side of my knee to the medial side of my ankle. I was told it could take up to a year to get feeling back and there is a possibility it wiil never come back. I am going to the gym 5 days a week where I do 20 minutes on the bike, 10 on the treadmill, 5 on the stairmaster, and 5 on the elliptical. It still hurts my calve muscle a bit to be on the elliptical, but I am taking it one day at time. I also hired a trainer to help me build my quads on the reparied knee, and I work my arms as well. I am also able to swim now without any pain. I still get the tight feeling in my knee and when it is overworked, I have to ice it, but all in all the progress has been great! Good luck to everyone!!!!

Sep 01, 2010
losing your mind
by: Kelynda

To the last comment I read; No you are not losing your mind. It has been over a year since my acl repair. I still have numbness in my ankle and the outside of my knee. I am glad thought that it has greatly decreased. The small bit of numbness I have I expect may not go away and the thing I noticed nw is wrinkled skin at the spot on my ankle. I just put cream on it and mostly I ignore it. I can do everything I did before though but I have not tried skiing again yet. i guess I will maybe next year or something. it really is not that important to me though. The main thing is my knee is back to 'normal' I have no pain and just the little bit of numbness and I noticed on a recent bus trip I took i was sitting for a long time and had some swelling in my foot but I thin that is related to anold injury when I fractured a bone in there several years ago and din't know it so it never healed right. The doctor has told me just take glucosamine so I do. Things do get better with time. The surgery is a major one and it changes your knee forever. But it works there is stability and that is all that counts. good luck to everyone and keep up the effort you are all making and do what the doctor says. Now that alot of time has gone by the stuff I used to be focused on and worry about has faded away. and it will for you too. Just hang in there. Eventually you will see that some things from the surgery may just always be there and the rst of the stuff won't seem so important as you recover. Onward everyone!

Aug 31, 2010
So Glad I'm Not Losing My Mind
by: BLE

I just had an ACL recon from Hamstring along with repair to lateral meniscus 6 days ago. Aside from the basic pain that accompanies the first week of recovery I was bothered by the complete numbness from my knee to my ankle. My Doc also assures me it's temporary so to see how this has also happened to everyone else is extremely reassuring! Here's wishing everyone a speedy recovery!

Aug 30, 2010
its just temporary
by: Tre

I'm only 2 weeks post op, having my acl and miniscus worked on, but after meeting with the doc he assures me the numbness is actually from a freezing they use during surgery - and that it should go away in 2-3 months. i haven't read this on here so far so hopefully it wont take years to go away. oh and i live in Canada - not sure if you Yankees use a different technique

Aug 20, 2010
Burning
by: Anonymous

I had and Achilles Tendon Allograft ACL surgery with a repair to my Medial Meniscus (3 weeks post op). I have intense burning with an electric current sensation radiating from the center of my left hamstring around to the top of my Tibia. It occurs when I press in certain spots or put any stress on my knee while bending it (I can only bend up to 90 with no weight bearing). The PT pushed on it today and made it worst. When he did, it first felt like hornets were stinging me, then he hit a spot that a blow torch wouldn't have felt any worse. I wish it was numb right now. Anyone else experience this?

Aug 11, 2010
still numb...
by: Anonymous

I had reconstructive knee surgery in October of 2008 for a torn ACL, MCL, and miniscus due to a football injury... To this day, I still have numbness in my shin from my knee to my ankle. I guess there are some things time can't heal...

Aug 04, 2010
2 months out
by: Momofanathlete

Hi

Well, my son is now 2 months out. He's doing well. Therapy still 3x/week. Follow up went great. The doctor said the numbness may subside over time but he may also have that as a residual to surgery. Lateral part of the leg down to the ankle. Sensation is there, just delayed and a little dampened. Motor function is fine, so we're not really worried. We walked alot on vacation last week through all the Disney parks, so his muscles got tired and we had to slow down a bit, but overall I think it increased his endurance. Now has the brace he'll use from here on out including back to sports use.
All in all, happy it was done. Now only to see how it will fare once back to full sport.
Hope everyone else is healing well~

Jul 28, 2010
3 weeks out
by: KBA

Had ACL Reconstruction (Hamstring Graft) on July 9th along with 50% lateral meniscus removal and 2 sutures in medial meniscus.

Have just progressed to a bike and have full extension and about 115 degress ROM.

Numbness is on the outside of my knee and shin, no real pins and needles, just kind of feels like the volume is turned down.

Pain is still pretty intense at times. I wonder, of the people who have pain 1 + years post-up, how dilligent were you with PT?

Jul 23, 2010
Final MRI
by: mere

Hello all! Well, I am now back in the states for a bit and due to my inability to fully extend my knee, my overseas doctor recommended I see an Orthopedic at home. So I went and he informed me that I was 6 degrees away from full extension and to just keep up with my PT. I also asked him about the numbness in my leg, he informed me that I may never get it back, only time will tell. He said unfortunately when given an epidural, the nerves are often disturbed. so the feeling may come back and it may not. I am not too worried about it, only I cut my leg last week and had no idea until it was pointed out to me. Thankfully nothing major! Anyway, I informed my overseas surgeon of the doctor's report and he was not happy with the 6 degree issue and demanded I get an MRI. So, I did and thankfully all is well and no scar tissue is present. So it's back to PT until I feel normal again. I just remember to keep my head up and be thankful that I am 3 months post op....everyday gets better!!!

Jul 23, 2010
Numbness after meninus tear surgery
by: BGP1123

Was glad I read these comments. I am 4 months post op from meninus tear surgery on the right knee and was very concerned about the numbness in my knee and feeling in my calf. It almost feels like I had a bad cramp in my calf. From reading all these comments, I guess it will be several more months if the feeling ever comes back in my knee. Kinda wish I would have tolerated the pain and never had the surgery. My doctor has given me 3 cortizon shots since the surgery, seems pointless to me, but atleast no pain. Just wish the numbness would go away. I can't do the walking like I use to do. Very frustrating.

Jul 04, 2010
to respond to frustrated
by: Kelynda

Well what I wanted to say is if the doctor hasn't suggested it already, take glucosamine, this helps with joint flexibility,stability and arthritis. My doctor has me taking glucosamine powder, mix a tablespoon in a glass of water or juice. I buy orange flavored, it also comes in pills. As for grinding, well both of my knees went crunch, crunch ,crunch for a long time way before I ever injured my knee. The orthopoedist said it is condylmalacia, in other words, wearing away of the cartilage over time and given the type of work I do, standing,banding,walking on my feet all day, I am not surprised, and I am not young anymore either. Also, if at al possible try to get as much exercise as you can. As for getting another opinion, I would, I am not sure the surgery can be 'undone' exactly but there is probably something else they can do. Talk to another orthopoedic specialist and see what they have to say. I have heard of people who have this type of surgery done and then re- injure themselves the same type of injury and have to have it done again, usually these are professional athletes whose jobs depend on the health of their knees. I think it is definitely worth a try. You are very young. A total knee replacement is a possibility.That sounds daunting, I know. I have taken care of many people who have had them some quite elderly, they do quite well with it, and have positive outcomes, and strong,healthy knees.
As for numbness and pain well, like everyone seems to say, the numbness is less or more for some people depending on their situations, and it does lessen over time, it should anyway.
I do understand the numbness and pain, I still have numbness but I don't think about it much anymore, my knee hurts when the weather is damp sometimes. I just take advil or something, put some muscle rub on and rest my leg, usually it is just 'tired'. I hope everyone is doing as well as possible.

Jul 04, 2010
Movin on
by: MF

Your story sounds all too familiar. This is my life as well. I am the same age as you and I had my surgery exactly 2 years ago. I am numb from my knee to my ankle. I have had many opinions and nothing can be done for me. I have moved on with my life accepting that this is the way I will be forever and I can let it take over my life in a negative way or I can stand strong and move forward...I have chosen to move forward.

Jul 03, 2010
3 years post op
by: Frustrated

Hi all. I read through your comments and your stories sound too familiar. I'm almost 3 years post op (patella recon) and I still have numbness across the knee and on the outside of the knee. My doctor warned that I'd have numbness, but his description was it would only be a tiny spot, like the size of my finger tip. I'm so frustrated, I haven't played sports since I had the surgery, the pain I experience when I get on my knees is so severe that I just don't get on my knees. Heck just walking and going up and down steps is difficult. My knee grinds now, which it didn't do before, I believe that I have arthritis now. The whole point in getting this surgery done was so that when I played sports, danced or whatever my knee wouldn't give out, and I could be as aggressive as I wanted. Sadly I am unable to play any sports that I use to. I feel like my doctor did something wrong. I'm going to get a second opinion and if anything maybe the recon can be undone, although I don't know if that would allow me to play sports anymore. This has effected my life in so many ways, it's very depressing. I've gained a lot of weight, because of the lack of activity. Going from being active to not being able to do much has taken its toll on me. I'm only 34, and I miss being able to run around the yard with my kids. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

Jun 30, 2010
response to Keylynda and Ellie
by: Anonymous

Keylynda, thank you so much for your advice. I actually had the hamstring graft because that is what my doctor prefers. I am now back in the states. The flight home was a 14 hour irritation, but luckily a friend that works for Lufthansa put me in an exit row, so I had plenty of room to get up and move around. My leg however, was swollen and I looked like I had a softball for an ankle. The pain is getting better! I have an appointment with an orthopedic here in the states to check my extension.

Ellie, I completely understand the pain you are having! I had the same amount of pain for 8 weeks post op. All I can say is it does get better with time. I know that is annoying to hear bc I hated it when people said that to me, but it DOES get better. I did not have the patella graft, but I did have chondroplasty which hurts a lot more than either of the grafts. Keep moving and I promise, every day will get better!!! If your doctor won't listen, find a new one!!!!

Jun 28, 2010
needles and burning after reconstruction
by: Ellie

I had ACL surgery six weeks ago using my patella tendon. The numbness so many of you describe might be an improvement over the pins, needles, ice sprinkler, burning feeling I have on the inside of my leg from about 8 inches above my knee down to my ankle. As many of you mentioned, the doctor didn't even listen to me describe it. Since my knee can bend, he says the surgery was perfect. My physical therapist, who is on the young side, has never run across a case like mine.

Jun 28, 2010
One month post ACL repair with hamstring graft
by: Momofanathlete

Hi all~

Appreciate everyone's comments. My son is a month out post ACL repair. He's off CPM and crutches, participates in PT 3x/week and is moving around no problem and without pain in his knee. I do notice that when he does a bit much, his hamstring muscle area gets sore but that's to be expected as he rebuilds endurance. He's been good about complying in rehab and continues to build his upper body...so he's staying as active as possible.

The numbness continues on the outer part of this lower leg from the knee incision area down to a few inches above the ankle. He's able to press on the knee area and create strange nerve sensations down the leg, so I guess it's hopeful there's still sensation there somewhere! Movement is not affected and there's no nerve pain thank goodness. The doctor said it's normal and probably came from manipulation of the hamstring graft. He recalls the nerves in the area and stated he was able to avoid them when harvesting the graft. So time will tell, but overall the surgery has been a success and we're hopeful he will return to play in December fully functional.

Jun 27, 2010
ACL surgical repair or not
by: Kelynda

Hello all. I am continuing to post here because I thought I would share a few more thoughts. I am one year post op from this surgery. I continue to have numbness in my outer calf and sometimes specific sharp pain and numbness in my ankle. My surgical leg gets 'tired' I don't think I would describe it as weakness necessarily but it seems that leg has less endurance than the other one. The good thing as I said is that my knee joint is stable and strong and I am not afraid of losing my balance or falling like I was before. I am glad I had the surgery done and wonder what damage would have happened if I had Not had the surgery. I suppose more wearing away of the joint, arthritis and of course joint instability. I think of it like this like a door hanging on the hinges. Hinges are for holding the door securely to the door frame and if the door is held on by just half of a broken hinge then the door can't open or close properly. The wood starts to chip and wear away, maybe the door squeaks. The ligaments are like the hinges holding the bones in place if they are broken or torn, then the bones can't move properly,etc. Your legs are the only ones you've got. They have to last your whole life. this type of injury and surgery to repair it changes your life in ways I bet alot of us never thought it would. I know it has changed mine. Although I was never super athletic, I always ran,skied,skated,danced, as a Mom and a nurse naturally I did alot of standing,walking ,lifting, running,etc. The hardest part for me as one commentor wrote, is the psychological part, that I wouldn't be able to do everything the same as before. I still have some fear climbing in and out of s boat or a bus or walking downhill on a steep surface. Before the surgery I felt like I was on roller skates all the time and the anxiety of that feeling stays with you I think. I still haven't gone back to skiing that is how I injured my knee. Now I just go on long walks, some running, I am just glad I am not a professional athlete. Well I wish everyone good luck with their recoveries. It does get better
and the numbness will lessen over time, it will improve.

Jun 27, 2010
Read many of the comments - almost 1 month post-op ACL surgery
by: Shan

I had ACL reconstructive surgery and medial meniscal repair done on May 27, 2010. Nearly 3 years after my initial accident which occurred through basketball, I've had a lot of physical and mental battles as I'm sure most people here also had, athletic or not. Mostly, I had to get past my stubbornness which was most of the mental battle and later the mental degradation and self realization that "you're not really going to be able to play like you used to anymore" phase. Anyway, I recognize and sympathize with everyone who has felt numbness on the surgical leg and I also have numbness around the top of the shin but only for a couple of inches. (Going off topic..) Sometimes I wonder why I received such an injury while having a mom who was an Olympian and national athlete, that was part of my mental battle but I have realized that this kind of incident can happen to anyone and that includes the best athletes on the field. I appreciate those who return here to tell accounts of their progress like Kelyndra and look forward to more as we all continue on our road to full-wellness of our ACL leg.

Jun 26, 2010
Read many of the comments - almost 1 month post-op ACL surgery
by: Shan

I had ACL reconstructive surgery and medial meniscal repair done on May 27, 2010. Nearly 3 years after my initial accident which occurred through basketball, I've had a lot of physical and mental battles as I'm sure most people here also had, athletic or not. Mostly, I had to get past my stubbornness which was most of the mental battle and later the mental degradation and self realization that "you're not really going to be able to play like you used to anymore" phase. Anyway, I recognize and sympathize with everyone who has felt numbness on the surgical leg and I also have numbness around the top of the shin but only for a couple of inches. I appreciate those who return here to tell accounts of their progress like Kelyndra and look forward to more as we all continue on our road to full-wellness of our ACL leg.

Jun 23, 2010
respond to Mere
by: Keylynda

I just wanted to say that if you had the patellar tendon graft for your ACL repais as I did, I DID have tightness and stiffness for a while, it has resolved I talke d about this with my doctor who decided the best outcome for long term was the patellat tendon graft as opposed to the hamstring tendon graft. Good luck on your flight getting up,etc. I had the same issue, I had to get up every so often while flying about six eeks after my surgery. I was lucky though, somehow my ticket got upgraded to first class so I had more leg room and did not ave to bother other passengers. I would suggest though that if you have a long distance to cover in airports between flights, to ask for wheelchair service. I did and and I never would have made it trough the airport therwise because I really did not have all the strength back and had to walk very slowly. Good luck!

Jun 23, 2010
ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair, and chondroplasty
by: Mere

I am 11 weeks post op on my right knee and am experiencing a lot of the same symptoms of those above. I had a lot wrong with my knee as you can see in my comment title. I was unable to walk for a month and am experiencing the same numbness in my right leg. I had physical therapy 15 days post op and I was at 90 degrees flexion a few days after surgery with the help of the CPM machine. After therapy, I was sent home with a list of exercises that could be completed once I began walking and then 2 months post op. Those exercises are really important. It is also crucial that you gain full extension by 2 months post op. I am now feeling like I am at full extension, but it is difficult to tell bc I am comparing it the my "good" knee and that one feels very loose so it is a poor comparison. My doctor says that if I am not in full extension then I could have a Cyclops lesion which will need to be corrected via surgery. I feel as though it is fully extended but it feels very tight. I also have the same numbness in my leg, but this is NORMAL!!! Nerves were cut, bones were drilled, and this does take time to heal. So those of you irritated with it, I am right there with you but as my doctor says, "The patient needs to be patient!" My biggest challenge is coming up...a long flight back to the states! I am not looking forward to this bc I was informed by my doctor that I will need to get up and walk 5 minutes every hour. With a 10+ hour flight ahead of me, I fear I may annoy other passengers!

Jun 14, 2010
Post ACL surgery numbness
by: rchakra

This is a followup to my earlier post.
It's now been 4 months since my surgery. I finished the last of my physiotherapy last week. I also have a followup visit with my surgeon next Friday.

So far, my recovery has been very good. I just ran 4.6 miles yesterday uphill/downhill, at my pre-accident speed.
The biggest factor in the recovery is the motivation level of the individual.
Back to the topic at hand, ;-).
I still have residual numbness around the area of the incision. From what I've heard from the physiotherapists and surgeon, there will be a small area (about the size of a quarter) that will always be numb. The area of numbness now is less than it was before.
I will post here later with updates.

Jun 07, 2010
Recent Surgery!
by: Antman

Hi!

I googled to see if the numbness I am experiencing is normal or if it is something to be worried about but it appears as so many of you are talking about it that it is a normal side affect.

I am really pleased with my surgery and tho a little painful it is more discomfort and without being a week after treatment (surgery 2/6/10) I am waking about unaided around the house which I am surprised at. Its going to be a long rehab process but looking forward to getting a good degree back in the knee and get back into sports again!

Hope everyone is doing well and things improve for us all!!


Jun 07, 2010
Recent Surgery!
by: Antman

Hi!

I googled to see if the numbness I am experiencing is normal or if it is something to be worried about but it appears as so many of you are talking about it that it is a normal side affect.

I am really pleased with my surgery and tho a little painful it is more discomfort and without being a week after treatment (surgery 2/6/10) I am waking about unaided around the house which I am surprised at. Its going to be a long rehab process but looking forward to getting a good degree back in the knee and get back into sports again!

Hope everyone is doing well and things improve for us all!!


Jun 07, 2010
post acl with hamstring graft
by: momofanathlete

Hi

My son just had ACL repair with hamstring graft last Tuesday 6/1/10. He's a HS sophomore who is almost done growing but we went with a pediatric orthopedic specialist nonetheless. He is recovering well, but complains of numbness from the knee to a few inches above the ankle, from shin bone to a few inches going to the outside of the leg/calf.

He is an extreme athlete and is becoming concerned about the persistent numbness because he's thinking it's a result from the nerve block. I realize it's probably not since it's a patchy portion of a nerve area so I came online and found this site. I've read all the posts with some dismay. We weren't told that this side effect could occur postop either.

For those of you that have this, did you always have pain with the numbness since surgery? Or did it develop over time? Currently, he has a lot of pain on the outer edge of his knee, but there's an incision there so no brainer on that. The numbness area on the shin/side of shin doesn't seem to be painful. I'm hoping that this won't evolve into a pain issue as I"m sure he can train and compete with patchy numbness so long as it doesn't hurt.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
Mom of an athlete

May 31, 2010
Numbness in calf
by: Vonetta

I did surgery on 14/5/2010 and was glad to know that i was not unique for the feeling of numbness in my calf. i have started moving around and walking on the foot. Must state that my syability is impressive but the numbness in my calf is disconcerting and at times frightening when i am walking. I would try to put some updates on nmy progress as i go along

May 22, 2010
acl surgery
by: Anonymous

there is such a thing as tied a knot because that is what was done to me. Also I had 2 torn meniscus that was torn that my doc didn't bother to fix. I have a new doc now just waiting to get another MRI done so she can see the knot and the allograft better. She looked at my x-rays and looked very concerned that there was a knot tied in it.

May 21, 2010
numbness and pain
by: Anonymous

Hello All: I read everyone's comments fromtime to time re:ACL repair. I have said frequently that pian and especially numbnes are to be expected following this type of surgery. I had mine done last June, just about one year ago. I still have numbness in my outer knee and ankle with occasional burning sensation, but the most important thing is my knee is stable. I know it is concerning to find that you no longer have the same feeling in your leg as before the surgery. The reason for the numbness is that the surgeon cuts and moves nerves when they are operating. Nerve tissue does not regenerate the same as skin or muscle or bone. It takes a long time. The numbness may never completely go away. To the person who said the doctor 'tied a knot' in their tendon, well I don't think there is any such thing and it sounds very strange to me. I am not a doctor but I am a nurse, the usual method of securing the newly built tendon is with screws that dissolve. Not knots. To the people who sem like they expected to be nearly %100 pain free or all better after a few days or weeks, well that isn't realistic. Human bodies are NOT machines and ACL repair is a big surgery. Your knee goes through alot, it takes time to heal. Let it heal, after a while you won't focus so much on the numbness because your knee WILL be better and you will be able to enjoy your sports and activities as before you had the surgery. Expecting to be completely better in two weeks or whatever is like expecting the plumber to replace your car radiator with a copper pipe and think it will work fine, just doesn't happen. On the plus side, it does get better with time and if you had a good surgeon it will work out. I have said on this site that it is extremely important to have this done by an orthopoedic knee/sports injury surgical specialist. They should have done hundreds of these before they touched you. I think people don't sometimes investigate thoroughly enough, this type of surgery is a big deal. You should not trust it to just anybody.
On the plus side for me anyway, well it is just about one year since my ACL surgery. I have a stable knee joint, I can climb,run,walk,dance, (haven't tried skiing yet)with nearly the same strength as before, the only thing is that my leg gets tired sometimes, so I just rest it. hang in there, it will be better, follow the doctor's instructions, and pay attention to your own body,
it knows what's up.

May 21, 2010
acl surgery
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery done March 8th 2010 I also have the numbness below my knee and in calf. I'm still in a lot of pain. My doctor tied a knot in the graft instead of using a screw has anyone else had this done. I feel my knee is still unstable and when I try to walk with my leg straight I can't. I have to stand with my knee bent. Is this normal or has anyone had this happen to them?

Apr 27, 2010
numbness after ACL surgery hamstring graft
by: Alisha

I have had minimal pain after the surgery. I am 12 days post-op. My biggest complaint is the weird numbness feeling down my shin. I saw the doctor today and got the stitches out. She said that is is due to inflammation of the peroneal nerve. She said it could take 6-9 months to heal. It is so weird -- I can touch my knee with out pain. I touch my shin and I see stars!!!


Apr 20, 2010
numbness and stinging after acl reconstruct
by: Anonymous

i had acl surgery last week to repair both meniscus and a hamstring graft for the ligament. Parts of the outside of my calf are still numb but i also experience stinging and burning sensation down my shin and its exceptionally painful, i dont associate this pain with the incision sites or the knee itself. Its not infection as its not red or hot? Anyone experience anything similar?

Apr 20, 2010
numbness and stinging after acl reconstruct
by: Anonymous

i had acl surgery last week to repair both meniscus and a hamstring graft for the ligament. Parts of the outside of my calf are still numb but i also experience stinging and burning sensation down my shin and its exceptionally painful, i dont associate this pain with the incision sites or the knee itself. Its not infection as its not red or hot? Anyone experience anything similar?

Apr 20, 2010
numbness and stinging after acl reconstruct
by: Anonymous

i had acl surgery last week to repair both meniscus and a hamstring graft for the ligament. Parts of the outside of my calf are still numb but i also experience stinging and burning sensation down my shin and its exceptionally painful, i dont associate this pain with the incision sites or the knee itself. Its not infection as its not red or hot? Anyone experience anything similar?

Apr 05, 2010
numbness in my shin after a.c.l.
by: wildthang426

I had my a.c.l. done 1-14-10 and my shin is still numb 4-5-10

and also i have what looks like a big bruise going down the front of my shin, but like 2 weeks after my surgery it peeled like a sunburn!!!!

has anyone else had this?

please reply if you have, or have any input that could help me out.....also my surgeon acts like its nothing, but to me it is

Mar 23, 2010
My Experience
by: Anonymous

To all who are wondering if it is worth it...

I tore my ACL playing soccer about 10 years ago. I had arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn ligament so I could continue playing (also had some meniscus issues to clean up). The last ten years I have played soccer, snowboarded, wakeboarded, ran, rode motorcycles, etc. Never had any real issues. After having an X-ray done on my bad knee to compare to my other knee I injured, I was informed that I was developing osteoarthitis due to the lack of tightness in my knee joint. Although my knee joint was still relatively tight despite lacking an ACL for 10 years, it was suggested that I get the replacement surgery to avoid further damage to the knee. I had the surgery and used my hamstring to fix it. I had the surgery a year ago and am realizing how worth it it was. It was a long hard process and I still have some numbness, but the stability in my knee is amazing. I really think in the long run it will be worth it. Patience is key. Just thought I'd share my experience.

Mar 07, 2010
numbness
by: Kelynda

To respond to Brett. Well 11 days post op is extremely early to be attempting to bend your knee past 90 degrees. And YES you will have numbness for quite some time. I had my ACL repair done last June and I STILL have numbness on the outside of my calf and knee and my ankle and a tiny bit of pain. Do the exercises as the doctor told you. Move cautiously. There is no reason to push yourself hard. You MUST let the graft heal. Do not push because if you re injure it you will lose the surgery and it will bbe very difficult at the least for them to repair it again. Unless you are a professional athlete and have to recover speedily, then take it slow. The most important exercises at this stage are ankle pumps,and knee flexion and extension. there is no need to flex past 90 degrees. Do 10 repetitions of each as many times a day as you can. Mostly at this stage it is very important to prevent clots. The ankle pumps will helpevent them. It took me weeks before I could walk without weakness and pain and I had crutches for the first month. When you have the stitches removed ask the doctor about all this then. I am nine months post op and now can climb several flights of stairs walk a few miles a day up and down evry steep hills can run again and dance. I no longer feel like I will fall all the time and am pleased to have a stable knee. For me that is all that counts. Best of luck to you.

Mar 07, 2010
numbness
by: Kelynda

To respond to Brett. Well 11 days post op is extremely early to be attempting to bend your knee past 90 degrees. And YES you will have numbness for quite some time. I had my ACL repair done last June and I STILL have numbness on the outside of my calf and knee and my ankle and a tiny bit of pain. Do the exercises as the doctor told you. Move cautiously. There is no reason to push yourself hard. You MUST let the graft heal. Do not push because if you re injure it you will lose the surgery and it will bbe very difficult at the least for them to repair it again. Unless you are a professional athlete and have to recover speedily, then take it slow. The most important exercises at this stage are ankle pumps,and knee flexion and extension. there is no need to flex past 90 degrees. Do 10 repetitions of each as many times a day as you can. Mostly at this stage it is very important to prevent clots. The ankle pumps will helpevent them. It took me weeks before I could walk without weakness and pain and I had crutches for the first month. When you have the stitches removed ask the doctor about all this then. I am nine months post op and now can climb several flights of stairs walk a few miles a day up and down evry steep hills can run again and dance. I no longer feel like I will fall all the time and am pleased to have a stable knee. For me that is all that counts. Best of luck to you.

Mar 07, 2010
numbness
by: brett

i had acl recon using hamstring eleven days ago and i have a numb spot around 5 inches long just below the knee cap, when i go to bend my leg past 90 degrees it feels like its going to rip and starts to sting, i feel like i could bend my leg more if that numb spot wasnt there, is it only because i am only 11 days post op that i cant bend it or cause of the numbness ?

Feb 13, 2010
Post ACL surgery numbness
by: rchakra

Hi All,
I just got my ACL reconstruction surgery done on Feb.3rd. I had a skiing accident on Jan 2nd. I've been wearing the Knee brace since after the surgery till now. My first rehab appt. is on Monday, the 15th. My surgeon did the Allograft where the Achilles' tendon from a cadaver was put in place of my torn ACL.
Went to the surgeon for the first post op. visit on friday, the 12th. They removed the external stitches and said everything looks ok.

Like many of you on the message board here, I am also feeling numb immediately below my knee and on the outside portion of the knee. I have the sensation to touch, however I do feel like the upper lip feels after Novocaine.
I asked the surgeon's assistant who was in the OR when the surgery took place. She said that it is normal for some nerve endings to get cut/agitated during the surgery and that the feeling should come back with time.
From what I understand, whether we get 100% back to where we were before is subjective. For most of us, we should get a lot of the sensation back with time.
As of now, that's the concern I have. But, seeing a lot of us on the board here have had similar issues is making me feel better.
For any of you in the same boat as me, keep doing the stretches, leg lift, calf flex, quad settings, etc.. Start doing these exercises as soon as you can . Very importantly, please do so only to the extent to which you are comfortable.

Hopefully we will all heal well and to our original strength.

Jan 31, 2010
acl recon
by: james harvey

i had my acl recon on the 22nd jan and have the numb feeling down my shin, i have been speaking to a guy who says his is still there 14 years later although the area is a lot smaller

Dec 30, 2009
different kind of numbness
by: DMB

Hello - I had ACL reconstruction with my hamstring tendon on 8/10/09 and I have been experiencing numbness from my thigh to my knee. Everyone who has posted about their numbess has been from the knee to foot which my doctor warned me might happen and is relatively normal and should go away, except for the spot right next to your incision..that he said is probably permanent. However he cannot explain, nor can the anethesioligist why I have tingling/numbness in my thigh. I can only assume it's related to my surgery and the nerve block I received with anesthesia? It has been almost 5 months and I still have this tingly feeling in my upper leg. Has anyone else experienced this?

Dec 26, 2009
malpractice
by: Kelynda

Hi all: just wanted to respond to the person who says it has been 4 years since their ACL reconstruction and still has numbness. Well has the numbness changed at all? Is it more or less? Where exactly is the numness, is it constant?
These are all questions to ask yourself because if you want to file a malpractice suit (extremely difficult to do) a lawyer will ask you. I am anurse and had the ACL reconstruction with a patellar tendon graft which I beleive was the right choice. I can tell you that doctors pay exhorbitant malpractice premiums especially surgeons, and there would have to be enough consistent proof that the surgery has caused you a permanent disaility, and that the disability is a direct result of the surgery only and that the surgeon involved absolutely did not follow standards of practice and care during the surgery, difficult to prove. The surgeon's malpractice insurance company will make a lawyer subpoena your medical records,etc. it is very expensive. and time consuming. I could tell my story about the misdiagnoses of my breast cancer, surgery,treatment,etc but this is the wrong page for that. Board certified orthopoedic surgeons have a lot of power,alot of people behind them and money. Permanently disabled means unable to walk in their view. That said, good luck with it. Talk to a couple of different lawyers one may not give the same advice as another.It would also have to proven that the surgeon was willfully negligent during the surgery. it's complicated.
Give it a shot though,see what happens. Good luck to all!

Dec 26, 2009
general
by: Kelynda

I have been reading everyones comments re: their experiences with ACL reconstructive surgery. ..I can say with confidence that I beleive a patellar tendon graft is the best type of surgical option, it is initially the most painful and causes the most stiffness but has a better outcome overall for the long term. Before undergoing ANY type of major surgery ask alot of questions then make an informed decision A cadaver is a dead body, Do not be alarmed, the cadaver is preserved for just this type of thing. An autograft is a graft that uses tissue from the same person's body, an allograft is a graft that uses tissue from another person's body. ACL reconstructive surgery is quite common. Don't ask a heart surgeon to fix your knee. In other words, you wouldn't hire a plumber to fix the electrical system in your house. The same applies here. Ask the surgeon if the are oard certified in their specialty. They normally are,
or else they wouldn't be permitted to perform these surgeries nor would they do such a great job. It is not unusual to have numbness through the entire lower leg after surgery, I had complete numbness throughout my calf and ankle and pain in my ankle for about two months after. The pain is gone and there is only slight numbness
on the outer knee and shin. Most of the feeling has come back. I know it is frightening to have this numbness in the beginning. I thought my leg was dead too, but it is not. The best thing is movement.initially leg raises,bending the knee
heel slides,etc. I never used a brace, the doctor did not feel this to be necessary I never applied ice following the surgery either, instead my leg from the top of my foot all the way up to my thigh was wrapped in a soft cast to keep swelling down and to keep the knee immobile. As I said though, I did not have my surgery in the U.S. At the time of surgery an epidural anasthetic block was placed in my back, this was left in place for the first 24 hours following to deliver a continuous dose of anasthesia, also a drain was placed at the surgical site of the graft
to drain the blood accumulating, this is a very common practice following an orthpoedic surgery. Once at home (I stayed overnight in the hospital) I used crutches for one month, I took a from of Tramadol for pain releif called Supradol for about a week, took two antibiotics,one injection and one pill,and although the doctor recommended one of the newer anticoagulant, (blood thinner) it was too expensive so he said just take a aspirin everyday for two months. I did not go up and down the stairs for a month and then it was one foot at a time.
Keep positive, keep exercising, that's the best thing you can do. No your limb is not dead,and probably everything will get better with time. I had my surgery in June this year and that was six months ago and now I am running again and have great stability in my knee and no pain, slight numbness. It is pretty good.
Keep on going, and chin up!

Dec 26, 2009
general
by: Kelynda

I have been reading everyones comments re: their experiences with ACL reconstructive surgery. ..I can say with confidence that I beleive a patellar tendon graft is the best type of surgical option, it is initially the most painful and causes the most stiffness but has a better outcome overall for the long term. Before undergoing ANY type of major surgery ask alot of questions then make an informed decision A cadaver is a dead body, Do not be alarmed, the cadaver is preserved for just this type of thing. An autograft is a graft that uses tissue from the same person's body, an allograft is a graft that uses tissue from another person's body. ACL reconstructive surgery is quite common. Don't ask a heart surgeon to fix your knee. In other words, you wouldn't hire a plumber to fix the electrical system in your house. The same applies here. Ask the surgeon if the are oard certified in their specialty. They normally are,
or else they wouldn't be permitted to perform these surgeries nor would they do such a great job. It is not unusual to have numbness through the entire lower leg after surgery, I had complete numbness throughout my calf and ankle and pain in my ankle for about two months after. The pain is gone and there is only slight numbness
on the outer knee and shin. Most of the feeling has come back. I know it is frightening to have this numbness in the beginning. I thought my leg was dead too, but it is not. The best thing is movement.initially leg raises,bending the knee
heel slides,etc. I never used a brace, the doctor did not feel this to be necessary I never applied ice following the surgery either, instead my leg from the top of my foot all the way up to my thigh was wrapped in a soft cast to keep swelling down and to keep the knee immobile. As I said though, I did not have my surgery in the U.S. At the time of surgery an epidural anasthetic block was placed in my back, this was left in place for the first 24 hours following to deliver a continuous dose of anasthesia, also a drain was placed at the surgical site of the graft
to drain the blood accumulating, this is a very common practice following an orthpoedic surgery. Once at home (I stayed overnight in the hospital) I used crutches for one month, I took a from of Tramadol for pain releif called Supradol for about a week, took two antibiotics,one injection and one pill,and although the doctor recommended one of the newer anticoagulant, (blood thinner) it was too expensive so he said just take a aspirin everyday for two months. I did not go up and down the stairs for a month and then it was one foot at a time.
Keep positive, keep exercising, that's the best thing you can do. No your limb is not dead,and probably everything will get better with time. I had my surgery in June this year and that was six months ago and now I am running again and have great stability in my knee and no pain, slight numbness. It is pretty good.
Keep on going, and chin up!

Dec 25, 2009
recovery from numbness and tingling
by: Kelynda

Hello to all:
I had a patellar tendon graft (the word is graft, not graph as some people call it) for ACL reconstruction in June, 2009. To respond to the question of numbness and tingling, yes the tingling and changes in sensation signify that healing and nerve reparation is going on and feeling WILL come back slowly but surely. Since my surgery, the numbness had greatly decreased and the pain has gone, I have great stability in the knee joint and discovered I am able to run now. The numbness i don't think ever completely goes away, I was talking with a young man half my age who had the same surgery done following an ACL tear due to playing basketball, he says he still has a small patch of skin on the outer left aspect of his knee that is still numb, he had his surgery 10 years ago. So there you have it, to the person who is surprised by numbness after two days post op, well GIVE IT TIME! It is totally unrealistic to think that now the surgery has been done voila! everything is all better, That's not the way it is. I should know, I am a nurse when that type of surgery is done alot of work is dine to the knee, it is a complex procedure and you will regaun stability of the joint and be able to return to your activities or sports as before, but the knee will never be the same, the structure of the kn ee has been damaged, then rebuilt so it is forever changed, it's like a house foundation, a crack gets in it, or the basement gets flooded, repairs are done, but the house is never exactly the same as before. Surgeons who do alot of tese surgeries or are sports medicine speacialists which I hope you went to are extremely good at what they do, but they are not magicians. However people who have not experienced this type of injury or have had this surgery simply do not understand it subjectively. It will get better over time, give
it a year, then see how you are doing. Keep exercising, do not overdo, rest the knee when necessary and follow the doctor's instructions, eat well. I am very glad I had the surgery done, I don't regret it one bit, to have the stability of the knee joint as before makes all the difference, I don't feel like I am on skates anymore and am not afraid to do the things I used to enjoy anymore. What a difference. I am thankful to the surgeon and am very pleased with the result. Good luck to all!

Dec 25, 2009
Numbness After day 2
by: Jacob

Well, Im almost two days post patellar tendon graft surgery, and I still have numbness on my surgical leg. It's gotten much better since day one, but it's still 'numb.' My foot feels the most sensation; I even felt the chill of the tile floor this morning. My ankle is regaining some sensation as I can feel hair being pulled on it, but besides that, it still feels as if it is asleep.

From reading the rest of these reports, it seems as if this isn't uncommon. I really hope the sensations come back soon. I'm trying not to freak myself out, but I'm a worrier.

Any help, information, anecdotes would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Jacob, 23


Dec 09, 2009
A year and a half later....
by: MF

Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to update my status. In July, 2008 I had ACL surgery with a hamstring graph. I continue to have complete numbness from my knee to my ankle. After a lot of tests I followed up with a second opinion on Friday. I was told I suffer from a condition called CRPS complex regional pain syndrom. I was told that this is a condition I will have forever and I will never get the feeling back in my leg. Has anyone ever heard of this? It used to be called reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Dec 09, 2009
jolts/tingles of pain?
by: Anonymous

Its been super helpful reading through everyone's comments as the numbness took me by surprise. Does anyone get jolts/tingles of pain and does that signal a return of sensation or is that the pain that some of you referred to? I also have had an outbreak of cellulitis that seemed to initially be in line with the path of the numbness - curious if anyone else had problems with skin infections post-op? I had surgery 2.5 weeks ago.

Dec 07, 2009
4+ years of numbness
by: Anonymous

I had reconstructive surgery using a hamstring graft. This was in 2005...it has been 4 years and I still have numbness. When I touch my scar, I feel tingling on my shin where the numbness is...weird huh? I was wondering if anyone knew if there is any type of malpractice adn if I should consult a lawyer...i know about the statute of limitations, but I was a minor at the time

Nov 25, 2009
ACL repair (patella)
by: Anonymous

I received surgery on November 13th, and in physio i am already doing staright leg raises with 5 pounds on my ankle..most of the numbness that i had has gone away but there is still some there which my doctor sad was normal. However, once i get up to walk with the crutches, (surgery was done on right knee) my entre right foot begins to turn purple as if there is no blood flow going to it, but once i lay down and elevate, it turns back to a normal colour....has anybody ever experienced this while in recovery??

Oct 06, 2009
ACL and Meniscus repair
by: Zach

I had my Surgery on September 2nd 2009 on my left knee. I did NOT use any graph, rather a cadaver (sp?). I did some research on the internet and spoke to my doctor and all the information I have accumulated has said that many complications have arose from using a graph from yourself. I am a little over a month out now and am walking perfectly fine, not taking ANY pain medication (not even OTC), and my doctor stated he was suprised at how quickly I have recovered. I merely started using my knee the 1st week after surgery, of course not pushing myself by any means. I have gradually regained strength and now can take 2-3 steps up stairs at a time with my left knee. I can not pivot yet, nor run or jump but I believe that is not to far off in the future.

For all of you who have gone through recent surgery and are experiencing a numbing sensation throughout your entire leg, I talked to the Anesthesiologist before the surgery and he said that they put whats called a block, meaning they numb pretty much your entire leg to help with the pain for the 1st 24-48 hrs. he then said the block would slowly fade after that. I'm not sure if that is the case for everyone on here but I thought I would mention it just in case

I DO still have a numb spot though on the front top left side right below my knee that has not fully recovered and my doctor says its normal. To be quite honest I am not to worried about the small patch as long as my stability fully recovers.

Sep 29, 2009
ACL/LCL surgery
by: Dan

I underwent ACL and LCL reconstruction on my right knee a week ago. Whilst i am obviously experiencing pain on my right knee it isn't this leg that is worrying me. I had a hamstring grapht taken from left leg and am as a result experiencing the same numbness from the top of my shin down to my ankle as other people have told. Having found this site i am not sure whether i am glad to have discovered it or not as some people appear to be saying the feeling doesn't generally come back.
There is a massive amount of pressure on my left leg when i stand on my crutches, is this normal?? Whilst it is a kick in the teeth to discover that i may not rediscover feeling, i more thn anything want to get back to playing regula sport without worrying about my knee going from underneath me. My doctor assures me that this will happen in time and after all it is the whole point of undergoing the surgery. My knee went from underneath me on numerous occassions in between originally doing my knee and the operation- the pain is as you all know disgustingly bad. I guess in that case a little numbness that may come back cant be a bad thing considering yu ar able to get back to all the things you use to.
Whilst there is a lot of cause for concern from what people have said on this site i am going to try and take the positives e.g. wrapping warm moist towels around leg to get blood circulating etc. I am worried but trying to be positive, it is early and i would just say to everyne try not to lose sight of why you have all had the operation done.

Sep 29, 2009
numb ness
by: Anonymous

i am also facing this problem i have done acl surgury in feb after that ,i feel my hole leg is numb under the doctor says it will tke time how long not clearyfi please suggest wt io do

Sep 29, 2009
numb ness
by: Anonymous

i am also facing this problem i have done acl surgury in feb after that ,i feel my hole leg is numb under the doctor says it will tke time how long not clearyfi

Sep 28, 2009
Success
by: Anonymous

I had ACL surgery in June and i've given myself a rigorous PT schedule and am about to be released from my therapist early. I can jog and almost run with pain. im already playing basketball again and work out on weight machines everyday. The more i work it the more the numbness seems to go away. if i cud give any advice to anyone it wud be to definitely work your knee as much as u can w/o hurting yourself and u shud see some improvement with the numbness.

Sep 24, 2009
numbness
by: Kelynda

To respond to Kate. About the numbness, well I still have numbness in my outer knee and the outside of my shin, I don't focus on it much anymore, except when I shave my legs or my leg touches something, otherwise I don't think about it. It has decreased though and my surgery was in June ACL repair with patellar tendon graft. The doctor says that I doing really well, I did not have my surgery in the U.S. but it didn't make any difference. I am now taking very long walks like I used to, up mountain,down hillsides and all around town whenever I can. I am thinking about going to the gym and having some instruction just to get my muscles back in shape, my leg gets 'tired' after walking a long way, I mean 4 or 5 miles. I really want to get back to running and dancing so much. I am wondering though if I go to the gym and do some weight training if the numbness will come back. I think though that it is just part of healing, the numbness is from the nerves, damage at first, then I think it changes while the nerves are regenerating and healing. I will try the gym and see what happens, it gets boring after a while just doing the exercises at home. I didn't go to physical therapy here, I just did the exercises myself. Going to the gym is a great idea and i am making sure the trainer understands very well what type of surgery I had and maybe I'll talk to the doctor about it first. My knee is stable though and that's the most important thing. I am wondering though to what extent did the numbness return? Did it last, or dissipate after a few days? Let me know and good luck.

Sep 24, 2009
Shin numbess resurfaces after exercise
by: Kate

I had ACL surgery using my own hamstring for the graft 6 months ago. Initially I had numbness in my shin but it resolved about 2 months later. Yesterday I worked out with a personal trainer for the first time and the shin numbness resurfaced. My muscles don't feel sore like I overdid it so I'm not sure what caused the numbness to come back. I hope it goes away. I am sooo ready to get back in shape.

Sep 09, 2009
numbness
by: Kelynda

Hi all:
Just wanted to respond to the last comment by MF. Yes i agree 14 or 15 months is a very long time to have complete numbness in the lower leg following ACL reconstruction. However it may be useful to consider the nature of the nu bness and if you see an improvement, in other words decreasing numbness over time. I my self have as i said numbness in my outer knee and in my calf and outside of my shin It feels strage like i can feel pressure on it if something presses there but I cannot feel for example a fingernail scraping across or a pin or anything touchig superficially, it is painful to the tuch soetimes too. The knee's stability is great though, I am doing well, I can take long walks and go up and down stairs though one leg at a time still. I just do the exercises and think I'll go to the gym for strength and muscle rebuilding on that leg. Hopefully I can go back to running soon. It is not OK to have bruising itermittently or numbness for such a long time. if yu take any blood thinning medications or even just aspirin or aspirin products though this can cause bruising. See yu doctor as it seems you are going to do. Hang in there!

Sep 09, 2009
Numbness
by: MF

Well I wish I could say that I could live with this numbness because I can't! I am now 14 months post-op and have regained no feeling back from my knee down to my ankle. It is painful and getting worse. I actually have terrible brusing in the back of my lover knee that comes and goes. I made an appointment yesterday to consult with a new team of doctors about this. I think I have been very patient but in my eyes 14-15 months is too long to have a completely dead leg!

Sep 09, 2009
numbness
by: Anonymous

I had acl surgery in oct 2008 and experience numbness at the front of my knee and the outside of my ankle. My ankle does seem to be coming back as its getting tingly and I can feel the nerves twitch. I have been fully discharged from hospital now and the surgeon has told me I need to give it at least another year for the feeling in the front of my knee and shin to come back as the neerves grow back very slowly. I was told to consult my doctor who will refer me to a neurologist if it doesn't come back in another year or gets worse.

As for having the operation I have no regrets at all. My knee is extremely stable now and I have no fear of running on it or playing sports. The thought of it collapsing from underneath me again doesn't bear thinkin about. I can live with the little bit of numbness as it doesn't effect my day to day activities and I've gotten so used to it I don't even notice it much anymore.

Aug 17, 2009
numbness
by: Kelynda

Hi All: i wanted to respind to someone who said they had numbness in face and arms. Well the surgery was done on the knee sp the numbness in face and arms could NOT be from a knee surgeery> The only place the surgeon operates on when doing a knee surgery is on the knee, not any other place. so the nerves in that area are definitely affected and yes there will be numbness in the shin and knee for a very long period of time ,a year or so or may never go away completely. I know i had ACL repair surgery in June of this year I am not sorry i had it done and I have the outer side of my knee completely numb and numbness in my shin and inner calf. I have great stability in my knee joint though The only thing i think is strange is my patella seems to have a bump in it and is n ot quite the same shape as before, but considering I had a patellar tendon graft I am not surprised. I have been reading all the comments re: ACL repair and I wanted to emphasize that this type of surgery is major for the knee and there is quite a bit of surgery done. In other words and I know it's difficult you can expect to have numbness,pain,tingling, etc for a very long time. Do niot overdo, keep in m ind that getting better takes time and exercise is very important, rest as much as you need and follow the instructions of physical therapy and your doctor. It will get better over time but you may never be exactly the same as before. surgery is a trauma to the body and alot of work is done in this type of knee surgery. My doctor told me that for the type of surgery I had done, that I am doing really well, it has been two months. My left quadracept is very small and weak I do the exercises to build up the muscle, that's all. It is painful sometimes but mostly my leg just gets tired. Hang in there! Doctors are not magicians and people are not machines, I am a nurse and have several years experience working with surgeons. Beleive me the majority of them are great, dedicated people and do a good job, they want to do the best for their patients. Surgeons are not the most sociable types, if you get answers from them then you are doing OK. I know I have worked with them. Chin up!

Aug 17, 2009
numbness in legs and arms
by: keychat

I had Acl surgery Jan 28,2009 and 8 weeks after started to get numbness on the top of both my legs. 3 weeks later it progressed to my arms and face. Went to emergency twice and they could find nothing. Have done blood tests, CT scan, xrays..nothing abnormal.Few weeks after the visits to the hospital most symptoms went away. Went to neuroligist did full tests. Nothing abnormal. Neurologist said it could be from a trauma..(Guillian barre). Could this be from the knee surgery?
Now, 2 months after the symtoms were almost completely gone, it seems to be coming back again. I am going for a MRI to see if it is MS.

Has anybody experienced this before and/or could it just be a complication of the surgery?

Aug 13, 2009
TWO YEAR OLD ACL INJURY....
by: Anonymous

I AM ON THE SAME WAVE LENGTH AS YOU ALL! I INJURED MY LEFT KNEE FEBRUARY OF 2008 WHILE SNOWSKIING WITH 90 FIFTH GRADERS. THE SPECIALIST MISDIAGNOSED AND A YEAR LATER I HAD THE COMPLETE ACL SURGERY; I USED MY OWN HAMSTRING TO "FIX" IT. NOW FIVE MONTHS OUT FROM SURGERY I STILL HAVE EXTREME NUMBNESS AND DAILY TINGLY PAINS THAT WILL GET MY ATTENTION QUICKLY. THE ONLY HOPE THAT I HAVE IS TO CONTINUE MY THERAPY AND USE MY BRACE WHEN I TEACH PE. I AM ENCOURAGED BY MY DR TO KNOW THAT I CAN "PLAY" AGAIN IN OCTOBER '09 WITH MY BRACE OF COURSE. I ONLY MISSED 10 SCHOOL DAYS TOTAL SINCE 2-08 BUT THE PAINS HAVE BEEN INTENSE. I ONLY WISHED THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE NUMBNESS....I CAN LIVE WITH PAIN. GREAT LUCK TO ALL OF YOU ACL REPAIR RECOVERERS!

Aug 03, 2009
surgery?
by: MOnica

If I had it to do all over again....I would do all I could do to avoid surgery. DO not do it.....I have been paying for it for a year and my life will never be the same. If you do get surgery, don't get a graph. All of the information I have read says that the side effect is numbness. I can't stand having a dead limb and it is not at all normal! BEWARE!

Aug 03, 2009
soooo..
by: Anonymous

DO YOU GUYS RECOMMEND THAT I SHOULD GET ACL SERGORY OR NO?(HAMSTRING GRAFT) is what the doctor n i are goin for. plz hlep me out im debatin wither i shud get it or not...

Aug 03, 2009
soooo..
by: Anonymous

DO YOU GUYS RECOMMEND THAT I SHOULD GET ACL SERGORY OR NO?(HAMSTRING GRAFT) is what the doctor n i are goin for. plz hlep me out im debatin wither i shud get it or not...

Jul 24, 2009
acl surgery
by: Anonymous

hey roger, i had acl surgery on june 18, 2009,( hamstring graft) still not able to totally lock out my knee, i have been at 1 or 2 degrees for the past week, did you have this probelm or is anyone us having the same problem. also had a really bad hamstring pull about 3 weeks after surgery, PT said it was normal for this to happen, just finish my 5th week of PT. can anyone give me some advice? thank you!

Jul 23, 2009
numbness
by: rog

Hey Guys,

I know you are all worried about numbness in the shin area. It's been about 7 months since my ACL surgery (hamstring graft) and I still have numbness in the shin. But I AM slowly getting feeling back. It's going to take awhile for the nerves to come back to life.

Don't worry too much about it. Just focus on your range of motion and strength. Do everything your physical therapist tells you to and you will be just fine! Good luck everyone. You'll be back sooner than you think!

Roger

Jul 23, 2009
me too
by: gp

I had ACL reconstruction on 14 of july 2009. they used my hamstring. mee too i have kind of numbness along the sheen. its not complete numbness, i feel touch, but its like frozen. what should i do? i am still on crouches anyways...

Jul 20, 2009
pain
by: Kelynda

responding to the last comment re' weird pain. Well it sounds like you just had ypour surgery aabout a week ago, that's a very short time. I did not have any meniscus repair but when I put weight on my leg that had the surgery the pain is som etimes sharp or achy and feels like it is just below my kneecap. I don't think it's at all unusual to have different types of pain . If it persists though do see your doctor and give it time and don't overdo.

Jul 20, 2009
ACL reconstruction
by: Anonymous

I had acl reconstruction and mensicus sewn back together. I have numbness also from my bottom of my knee to about my shin. My surgery was July 10, 2009. I still cant walk but I have this werid pain just under my knee when i stand even with no pressure on the surgerically repaired knee. does anyone else have this? please respond.

Jul 13, 2009
ITS ANNOYING!!!
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction like a year or 2 ago and from my knee down to my ankle is numb on the left side. I cant seem to understand why its still like that after this long and i want to know is there anyway that i can get sensation back in my left side??...If anyone knows anything, please respong to my comment...

Jul 11, 2009
ACL reconstruction recovery
by: Kelynda

Hi all who have had ACL reconstruction surgery. I thught I would post what I have fiund to be helpful to releive pain and numbness. It has been 5 weeks since my ACL reconstruction. The numbness seems to be changing r moving. I find it is worse in the late afternoon and evening after I have been up walking all day. The pain is just like stiffness or aching now, and seems to be diminishing. Apply a warm moist towel and wrap it around your lower leg covering th knee, gently massage it so the heat penetrates somewhat. Or just a heating pad for 10 to 15 minutes. Moist heat s the best I've foind. This increases circulation and blood flow to the area which of course helps healing. Exercise as much as possible following the exercises prescribed by your M.D. or physical therapist. DO NOT overdo. I found that taking something for pain like Motrin or Tylenol works fine. It takes time, be good to yourself.

Jul 06, 2009
Cont. of ACL repair and recovery
by: Kelynda

To continue my comment, well I know it is not easy, and is disconcerting (an understatement) to have numbness, or pain that you weren't expecting. I beleive it WILL subside over time, as one person wrote, 6 mo nths to a year, and the numbnes may never completely go away. I am willing to trade some numbness for a stable joint which I need to be able to use for the rest of my life and to be able to return to the activities I enjoy and miss. Also the nature of my work requires that I have strong legs, I stand and walk all day. Good Luck everyone! chin up and take care.

Jul 04, 2009
ACL repair and recovery
by: Kelynda

Hi all who have had ACL reconstruction surgery. I had my left ACL reconstructed 4 weeks ago. I tore it in a ski accident about two years ago. I got tired of feeling like my knee was going to 'give way' and miss skiing,running,dancing,etc. Also I am fairly young and would like to have a stable knee joint. Also I am a nurse and so knew more or less what to expect with this. Also I did not have my surgery done in the U.S.but I can tell you ACL
reconstructive surgery is the same depending on what type of graft is done and of course providing the orthopoedic surgeon you choose is Board Ceritified with the Academy of Orthpoedic Surgeons and has done several of these surgeries and preferably specializes in knees. I beleive it is natural and 'normal' to have quite bit of pain and/or numbness for a long time following surgery. The numbness is because when the surgeon performs this surgery, they have to cut through or move aside nerves around the graft site. Nerves DO regenerate but very slowly, about 2 milimeters a month, nerves grow in much the same way as the tree roots. When we are born the pathways for these roots are laid out, when nerves are injured,cut,etc these pathways are disrupted. nerves grow from axons which are the 'guide' for nerve pathways so to speak, after a trauma like a surgery,illness, etc. these axons have to find a new pathway, sometimes this is not successfully accomplished. Bone fortunately rebuilds itself well, but it takes some time, 4 to 8 weeks I think. When the surgery is donee the surgeon drills holes in the bone to thread the graft through. This causes alot of bleeding in the tissues and this blood has to be reabsorbed by the body which can be painful at times. The most important thing is for the new graft to 'take' and this graft is not made from the same tissue as
a ligament but from a tendon tissue, the surgeon 'builds' a new ligament. I think patellar tendon grafts are the best choice but I have read these cause the most stiffness during healing but have the best outcome overall. That's the type I had. Keep in mind that this is a major surgery in that quite a bit of surgery is done on the knee joint which is delicate and complex.

Jun 13, 2009
Numbness
by: Anonymous

I had an ACL reconstruction with hamstring harvest on Tuesday 9th June, 2009. My surgeon warned me that I may get a 'patch' of numbness through the graft. Well it is day 6 post op and the patch is more like half my leg. Not happy at all but accept this is a side effect. My brother had a nerve cut in his hand and was told to stimulate the skin with a feather, then a cocktail stick finally working his way up to sand paper. It sounds mad but actually works by stimulating the nerve cells. A nerve can regrow at 1mm a month. A severed nerve dies but others will take over the job as it were. I am going to try stimulate the skin daily but at the end of the day I really just want a fully functioning knee back. My priority is to be normal again and a little numbness in my shin will not be the end of the world. Forewarned is forearmed.

Good luck everyone.

Jun 13, 2009
same here
by: duke

I am 8 months post op from acl with hamstring harvest and I have the numbness from the knee down on inside of my right leg. I am able to jog and sprint but my explosion from a stand still is not there. I am playing men's baseball and it hasn't bothered me to the point that I can't play. I get pain when I flex my calf muscle and my calf is constantly stiff. I use a heating pad every night to try and stimulate blood flow and it helps some. I am considering a visit to a neurologist to get some help but from what I have been reading and hearing, there isn't much chance to get full feeling back. I guess we all took the risk of this happening when we signed our lives away before surgery.

Jun 12, 2009
Numbness after ACL
by: anon

I had ACL reconstruction with hamstring in October 2008. I had servere numbness from my knee down the inside of my leg. It is particulary numb across the front of my knee. My consultant told me that the hamstring runs alongside the nerve which runs down the inside of your leg and that it could have been nicked during harvesting. This numbness does appear to be fading I think, either that or I am just becoming use to it. It doesn't hurt unless I apply pressue and then it feels bruised. I am also experiencing numbness on the outside of my heel and along the side of my foot. I was told that this could have been caused by the torniquay which is placed around your thigh to stop blood flow during surgery. This feels more like pins and needles and is more common in young women. I have been told that both can take up to a year to come back if they do at all.

Did anyone else end up with an iodine burn across the front of their shin? I'm told this was normal too!

Jun 12, 2009
ACL
by: MF

I am almost at a year since my ACL/hamsting harvest. My condition is still the same; numbness, achy, and dry. I continue to go about my normal life with hopes that someday I may feel my right leg again. I hope and pray that other people will be better informed than I was. Good luck to everyone and just keep your head high and keep on going because that is about all we can do-remain positive!

Jun 12, 2009
Not happy ACL Repair
by: Kiwigirl

I've waited 8 years to see a specialist, who was shocked at the damage done in my knee which was ignored time and time again by my GP.
I'm 2 weeks post op - Left ACL repair with Hamstring harvest - and I was starting to get concerned about the numbness in my leg. It extends from under my knee to half-way down my shin on the left side. It doesn't hurt, but it's constantly itchy, and because no amount of scratching relieves it, I'm at my wits end. The stitches have come out, the cuts are healing, I'm walking without crutches and fairly stable.
But I, too, was not told about the possibility of losing sensation in my leg. My days of playing representative grade hockey are probably over now that I read the above comments, and suddenly I feel very low. I'm only 32 with what seems now, a permanent disability.

Jun 03, 2009
ACL surgery and patellar tendon graft
by: Anonymous

I am four weeks post-op and I still have numbness on the outer part of my knee.

Another guy I've talked to at physical therapy also has numbness in the same area and he's six weeks post-op and had a patellar tendon graft like I did.

Does it depend on the graft site where you end up experiencing the numbness?

From the comments I've read here, it seems like you get numbness all the way down to your ankle if you do a hamstring graft.

I am wondering if this is going to last a year as well...

Apr 21, 2009
Reply to Brian
by: MF

I understand exactly how you are feeling. I was so pissed at my doctor. I would walk in and he would say, "any changes?" I would just cry and was so upset because I had a newborn child and a 4 year old and I am a teacher and I am on my legs all day long. He would say ok...come back in a month! I said whay didn't you tell me this could happen? He simply replied that it is not a big deal and I can still walk. I said yes I can walk but do you know what it feels like to walk with a dead limb? After 4 months I fould a new doctor...a pane management doctor who controlled the nerve pain because percoset did not help and I refuse to take that. I have contacted many people and was told that they don't believe that the doctor is responsible because this is a common side effect after surgery. I have decided to wait a year and see what happens. Deep down inside I know what the outcome will be and that annoys me but I realized I had to keep going. I have a family to work and provide for. Keep your head high...it does get a bit better.

Apr 21, 2009
Not what I was hoping to find out...
by: Brian Wilkerson

After reading all of the comments....moral is now at an all time low. I had acl surgery on my left knee 3 weeks ago. The top of my foot is numb along with a dead spot on the left side of my knee. Just like everyone else on here...my doctor doesn't seem to think its a big deal, and that pisses me off. I've talked to many people who have had acl surgery and none of them had numbness in their feet. I don't know what to do but it seems like its never going to get better and that is not acceptable. I was never warned before that this could happen and now I know I'm not the only one. Has anyone had a full recovery of the numbness? Is it the doctors fault?

Apr 18, 2009
Hey
by: Anonymous

I am 4 years ACL repair post op this Aug. The numbess goes away but it takes a VERY long time. I have not regained complete feeling but you become used to the numbess. My skin burns when I begin to regain feeling. After a while you look forward to the sudden jolt lol. I still have the dry skin but it has gone down. As to the stability thing... I felt exactly the same way and took two years off from heavy duty training. I only run on either treadmills or rubber tracks so as to decrease impact on the knee. I can run on regular tar and concrete but for much shorter spans of time and distance. But now, I can say that I can make cuts, kicks, and can do some of the of the tricks I used to do (I played soccer). Be careful with stretching. You can over do it if you constantly do ham string curls. You will never be the same. You will always have pain when it rains or when the weather dramatically changes. It is something you have to live with. Advil is better than anything else b/c it brings down the swelling!! Tylanol is not as effective. Take it slow... everyone here now has a screw in their leg.

Apr 09, 2009
reply to mf again
by: duke

Does your knee feel stable with the numbness? I feel like my knee will give out if I try to go all out on agility drills. I have no problems running but the change of direction is what I am struggling with.

Apr 09, 2009
Reply
by: Anonymous

My calf muscle is constantly tight and almost feels like a charlie horse pain. I have fuction with my leg but they are limited. I get in a lot of pain if I am on it too long and the numbness is very irritating. I am finished therapy. I went from July-January and they said they couldn't do any more for me.

Apr 09, 2009
reply to mf about surgery
by: duke

Do you have full muscular function in your leg after rehab? Is your calf muscle constantly tight? Can you run and play sports at a similar level that you once did? I would just like to know more about what you are dealing with because it seems we both have the same issues.

Apr 08, 2009
NUMBNESS AFTER acl GRAPHING
by: MF

I had surgery in July. It has been 9 months and my leg is still numb. I have no feeling from under my knee to above my ankle. I have nerve damage to my saphenous nerve and I don't know if it will ever come back. My leg is also flaky and dry. I just deal with it on a daily basis and have been told that their is nothing that they can do. I have visited specialists, neurologists and pain management doctors. I wish I would have know about this before surgery.

Apr 08, 2009
numbness and dry skin
by: Anonymous

I visited doctor last week and am 6 Months post op. I mentioned to him about the continued numbness and dry skin and he wasn't too concerned. I asked if the dry skin could be related to nerve regeneration and he said possibly. My numbness has not noticeably improved and I am hoping that it will all of a sudden get better. I had my other acl done 3 months ago and it feels so much better and stronger now than my right knee done 6 months ago. I have constant tightness in my right calf muscle and basically fight through the nerve pain while doing PT.

Apr 08, 2009
numbness and dry skin
by: Anonymous

I visited doctor last week and am 6 Months post op. I mentioned to him about the continued numbness and dry skin and he wasn't too concerned. I asked if the dry skin could be related to nerve regeneration and he said possibly. My numbness has not noticeably improved and I am hoping that it will all of a sudden get better. I had my other acl done 3 months ago and it feels so much better and stronger now than my right knee done 6 months ago. I have constant tightness in my right calf muscle and basically fight through the nerve pain while doing PT.

Apr 08, 2009
shin numbness and dry flaky skin
by: Susan

My husband underwent a tibial osteotomy and ACL reconstruction approx 5 weeks ago and is experiencing this same numbness and extreme dry skin in the numb area from below his knee to just below his ankle. He's very concerned and his doctor seems to be treating it rather lightly and telling him to just wait it out and that it's really not a big deal since it does not affect knee or foot function. I'm very curious if you have any updates to your situation and if the flaking skin is something to be worried about/treated.

thanks

Mar 18, 2009
numbness
by: rog

Duke,

I also had ACL surgery on my right knee in Jan and am experiencing the exact same numbness from my knee down to my ankle on the inside part of my leg. I'm hoping it'll go away in time. The Dr. said it an inflammation of the nerve during the surgery. Let us know if you have any updates.

Mar 10, 2009
update on numbness
by: Duke

I had ACL with hamstring graft done in October on right knee, same procedure in January on left knee. I am still experiencing superficial numbness from knee to ankle in left leg. I also have a lot of dry skin in the area of numbness along with some tightness of my calf. Left knee feels great but I am concerned about the numbness in the right leg. I have noticed a little improvement but by no means a lot. My Doctor said up to a year for it to go away. The numbness doesn't affect my strength but it does make me feel as though I am not as stable as I should be. I also get some strange feelings on the outside of my right leg when I do hamstring curls. Just wondering if anyone out there is having similar concerns.

Nov 08, 2008
Numbness since July
by: MF

Welcome to my world! I had surgery July 3rd. and I still have so feeling from my knee to my ankle. I have went to several doctors with my most recent being a neurologist for testing. I keep getting...give it time. I was told to give it up to a year. I don't know about you...but a year is a long time to walk around with a dead limb! I am on 1800 MG. of neurontin to help with the nerve pain. It has helped me to sleep at night. Hang in there and I guess patience may be the answer even though mine are running real thin.

Nov 08, 2008
numbness in shin
by: Duke

I had surgery on my right ACL and am numb from my knee to my ankle on the inside of my shin. I have been told by many people that the numbness should go away eventually. My doctor seems to think it will only be temporary. I am trying to be optimistic but it is strange when you can pluck hairs off your shin and feel absolutely nothing.

Aug 27, 2008
ACL reconstruction
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction 2 weeks ago from my knee to ankle down the shin is still numb I am due to see the surgeon tomorrow and report the feedback.

Aug 18, 2008
Continued follow up...
by: Bart - SII

Numbness and abnormal sensations are sometimes side effects of ACL reconstruction. Unfortunately, these symptoms can take several months to subside. I would recommend keeping both your therapist and your physician aware of your status - even if that means calling your doctors office every week or two to let them know you still have numbness.

If you don't start seeing improvements or if things get worse, it might be a good idea to ask for further diagnostics or a referral, especially if you feel like your surgeon is not taking your concerns seriously.

Bart

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