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is it painful to have surgery for an acl tear or mensicus tear?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Variable: Pain after an acl reconstruction is quite variable, and can depend on the technique, time in surgery, and graft choices. The actual acl reconstruction done with an all-inside technique in 30 minutes or less has very low pain levels, and many patients are able to walk within days of surgery. Techniques vary as do pain levels. Donating your own graft is much more painful than the acl reconstruction.
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
It can be: The good news is that you can be asleep for surgery or have a block that makes your leg numb so you do not feel the pain. After surgery most patients are very comfortable after then have taken a few doses of their pain medications.

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Last updated Dec 24, 2013

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