Third tear of the left ACL and only 22!

by Mark Callaway
(Savoy, IL, US)

I recently just tore my left ACL for the third time, twice this year (first happened in April and this one happened last week). I've also had cartilage removed in the past, part of my lateral meniscus removed, and I think my PCL might have torn this time as well.

I was 5 months Post op and stepped onto a bball court for the first time just to shoot around w/ my brother, and I was rebounding for him, and a couple of balls went through the hoop at the same time and one kicked out and hit me in the knee before i could react. stupid of me to even be near a basketball hoop, but i can't change that now.

My question is how successful are ACL recons for a third time? I do not even want to play sports if I get the surgery again, i just want to walk comfortably and do daily living tasks. Will having a PCL tear complicate things further? My first ACL was done with a cadaver graft and the second with my patellar tendon. I think a cadaver is the only option now. Please help me as I am desperate for answers and my doctor is not available right now.


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