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Having ACL reconstructive surgery in a few days. Anyone here ever gone through it or have any advice? Things I should expect? Dr Lane at Alabama Orthopedic here in Mobile is doing the surgery. Anyone ever used him before? TIA
It's no big deal. Drop your crutches quick, do your strengthening and stretching exercises and you'll be good as new in a few weeks.
Get a compression ice machine. It's great at controlling the inflammation. The gameready is a great unit. Often times insurance will cover the rental as well. Remember, your knee will be fine after the surgery, it's that they cut your quads to do the surgery, so it is important to get your muscles back. Rehab, ice, rehab, ice.
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Once you can do the stationary bike the knee starts getting better a lot quicker (in my experience anyway). Also, I remember straining to bend my knee 30* 2 days after the surgery and I thought I was doing good...then I went to the physical terrorist (not a typo) and I was bending my knee 90* against my will haha
Edit: Mine was Miniscus and ACL
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I have. The first 5 days suck bad but after that it's not bad. Rehab is very important though. Getting your range of motion back is important. If you don't get it back quick by proper rehab, you could have a knee that doesn't bend like it use to. Don't miss and go as often as you can. Ice is your biggest friend. Ice it down every day wether you go to rehab or not.
Pain won't be to bad at the hospital but the first two nights at home are bad. You probably will have to sleep in a straight brace at first for a few days and you can only sleep on your back and cant turn over. The worse thing you have to do is bend your knee to 90 degrees before they let you go home, or at least they did for both of mine. It will test your intestinal fortitude. Take the pain pills they give you once you go home.
Other than that, just don't try to get ahead of yourself. Be cautious. Don't try to walk fast or run before they tell you to. Generally six to eight weeks after surgery the graph has healed. After that it's all about getting your muscles back. Atrophy is a bitch. I swear as soon as they slice you open your quad muscle shrinks in half. You should be back to normal after 5 months and be released. You will be back to 100% in about a year. It takes awhile to get from 95% (6 months out) to 100% (1 year out).
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One of my main concerns is driving. It's my right knee. How long after surgery should I expect to be out before I'm able to get back behind the wheel?
Make sure you get your flexibility back. I still can't fully extend mine.
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I'm a physical therapist in mobile. At first, ice to control the swelling and get your range of motion back doing flexion and extension exercises your therapist provides you with. Expect quad atrophy, so electrical stimulation and basic quad strengthening exs will be of emphasis early on in rehab to improve quad recruitment. Your PT will progress your strengthening appropriately and make you aware of precautions so you dont challenge the integrity of the graph. Where do you plan on attending physical therapy?
I'm not sure yet. Any suggestions?
Thought about second opinion from someone like Andrews folks in Gulf Breeze. They worked miracles on me and my son. Very different result from what I was told to expect from dr in Mobile
I had it....now my left leg is 1 in shorter than my right.
I had mine 6 years ago. Complete tear. Doctor did a graft from my patella tendon. I had menicus tears too. Week after my surgery was very rough but after PT started it seemed to get better quick. Good luck.
I had ACL/MCL/Meniscus almost 3 years ago. Dr. Dugas at St. Vincent's did it. Once you make it past the first 7-10 days everything is downhill. Like others have said...do your rehab & be sure to do whatever it takes to get your range of motion back. The therapy of bending and doing heel slides absolutely sucks, but it is the most important part of your recovery.
Oh yea! Watch out for the pain meds...they can really stop you up! (g)
There is still no sign of Duron Carter.
I'm hoping that by the 7th I won't need too many pain meds. I'd hate to be loopy for the game
My son has had ACL surgery twice…yes, to the same knee. The above post is great and then also the compression ice machine is a must. Other things listed below….Believe me, we became pros!!
1- Have everything organized before your surgery. (I mean your bedroom recovery area)
2- Have at least 2 people to help you out of the car when you get home. My son had to be carried up the steps to our 2nd floor. Had two tall cousins lifting him….made a "chair" with their arms/hands. My husband had to walk in front carrying his leg. It was heavy because of the wrapping and it had to be straight out in front.
3- Have someone fill your meds before you go home, you will need them.
4- Someone needs to stay with you for at least the first 24-48 hours.
5- Going to the bathroom was a challenge. (Even to use the portable…) You can't simply "swing" your leg around….I would have to slowly lift his leg, holding around the ankle area, and lift/turn the leg as he was turning the rest of his body. Remember it is HEAVY and hurts to move it, especially certain ways.
6- Have several pillows to prop around your body for support. Laying on your back for the first few days will be miserable. Have pillows of different sizes and thickness to manipulate what will work for your leg.
Eventually, a medium thickness king-sized pillow was perfect.
7- We had to change meds….DO NOT hesitate to call your Dr., have the number written down so it will be easy for someone to make the call.
My son did recover well from both. He did work hard after each surgery. He was serious about his PT. He still wears his brace when he works out or wake boards.
Good luck…do let people help…you will need it.
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Dont know anything about it, but good luck with you surgery hope all goes well for you.
Good luck my son had it in aug. First couple of days were awful you will need help going to bathroom he has finished rehab has all the range of motion in the knee.He is doing good but gets scared anytime something unusual happens. Take the pain meds and use the ice all the time
Twice. Once on each knee.
Hang in there. Just do the therapy and don't take short cuts. The hardest part is getting your balance back to where it was... just do everything they tell you (even the wall slides are important). Atrophy starts to set in on your muscles so work hard. Also, the mental recovery is tougher than the physical. You will be fine, just do the work. The Dr. will have you good as new (or better), you just have to believe in it.
Ice is your friend.
The other poster's ice compression idea is a good one. I had one of those with my first knee surgery (about 14 years ago). It worked wonders.
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