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Acl And Meniscus Recovery Timeline
In due time...: I have my patients wear a brace until 6-9 weeks postop. While many patients are able to put partial weight on the leg w/ the aid of crutches, it is not unusual for them to feel weakness/ pain @ 4 wks that prevent them from fully walking on their own. You should discuss specifics with your physical therapist/ surgeon as each protocol varies slightly. ...Read more
Just an estimate: While hard to be specific without knowing more of the details, from the list you are asking about, the acl is likely the limiting factor. The healing and therapy after an acl reconstruction is 6-9 months. The meniscus and mcl will heal during this time, but the acl usually takes the longest. ...Read more
Knee ligaments: Severe injuries of the knee involving 2 ligaments & meniscus will require a few months to 6-8 months to recover depending on unpinned the selected treatment . Non surgical care using a brace, NSAIDs and pt typically results in some recovery within 2-3 months. Surgery, to include acl reconstruction , partial menisectomy will require the longer quoted period ...Read more
I'm 45, complete tear in my ACL partial tear in my MCL and meniscus, waiting for surgery, to know what is the recovery time after surgery n do I need?
Varies: The recovery time for a standard ACL is usually 6-12 months, however, that will vary based on physical demand, overall general health, and fitness goals. Speak to your surgeon about this. S/he will have more insight in providing you personalized care. ...Read more
Acl tear vs. A meniscus tear which is worse? Which is worse an ACL tear or a meniscus tear? What is the difference in recovery time after surgery and pain after?
An ACL tear is: Typically, worse than a meniscus tear and often they occur together. Acl surgery requires reconstruction of the cruciate ligament using a harvested graft from your patellar tendon or your hamstring most commonly. Recovery can be upwards of 6-8 months. Meniscus tears require brief outpatient surgery to trim out the torn portion and recovery is 4-6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had 2 acl/meniscus surgeries. Played soccer for first time after 8.5 month recovery. Pain on top of fibula when I planted foot. No pain with squatting?
Hard to say: Many possibilities: lateral collateral ligament, posterolateral corner, lateral hamstrings all in that general area. I would make sure your surgeon is aware. May just be part of a soreness as you return to high level in that lateral hamstring, but wise to be checked to make sure it is not a problem. ...Read more
What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?
Difficult to say: You describe a fairly significant knee operation and set of injuries. It's hard to say without examining you and reviewing your studies. Your orthopedic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question. It's safe to say that your recovery will last for several months with a lot of physical therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6-12 mos: Although many sources suggest a full recovery to sports in 6 mos, it may be 6-12 months before you can return to full physical activities. Timing depends on the amount of knee damage, type of graft, specific sport, competition level, & psychology http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/acl-program/surgical-recovery/acl-rehab-expectations.html http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/dec12/clinical7.asp ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
5 wks into recovery of acl/meniscus tear surgery, I am still taking pain medicine. Is this normal?
Common, but: It's good that you are thinking ahead about how to handle long-term pain control w/out risk of addiction and other medical damage from over-use of opiates, etc. Discuss plans for pain management w/ the surgeon and/or your PCP. Consider your own search if they seem less helpful than you'd hope. Health psychologists can teach hypnosis and other techniques. Other possibilities too. ...Read more
How long is recovery from arthroscopic ACL/meniscus surgery? I do not drive, live alone. If I don't have it done, what are longterm consequences?
Much time: The recovery from an ACL surgery may take up to six months depending on the type of repair and if there is a meniscal repair vs. partial resection. The operation may take up to 1.5 hours depending upon pathology. Post operatively aggressive physical therapy is often needed to get one back to normal. If one opts not to have the surgery and knee is unstable, arthritis will set in. ...Read more
Acl: generally speaking. 12 wks for straight line jogging, 6 mos for pivoting activity. 12 mos for full recovery. Maybe a bit longer if allograft used.
Meniscus: most meniscal surgeries are a meniscectomy rather than a repair. Meniscectomy recovery is about 1-2 months depending upon other factors.
Meniscal healing after a repair is not a guarantee. It takes 6-12 months for full healing. ...Read more
What is the normal timetable for recovery from ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair using pateller tendon?
Varies: Each ortho has their own protocol. By the end of 1 yr. U will not improve much anymore. ...Read more
I am 2 weeks post op from meniscus and ACL repair. Will I need a brace after recovery to get back into ice hockey? I am a goalie. Thanks.
Not necessarily: After a full rehab program you most likely will not need a brace. The acl and meniscal should be good to go within 9 mos to 12 mos, some as early as 6 months post surgery. I have had some athletes prefer to wear one for prevention of further injury but it has not been proven to always be effective. ...Read more
How long is a grade 1 ACL tear and a strained LCL recovery My PT guy thinks it's a grade 1 ACL tear strained LCL and maybe PCL and meniscus strain.
See ORS: Don't know the mechanism of your injury but you need to see a good orthopedist. If you haven't torn your ACL or meniscus you are going to be fine. LCL strains heal on their own when mild. A good examination by a board certified orthopedist will tell u what's up... PT's are great but they are not physicians... See your ORS! Best of Luck! ...Read more
I had surgery on my acl and meniscus, it feels like it has popped out of place and back in multiple time but this time didn't go back in. What is this?
Uhoh: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, this is not a symptom you would expect. I've never had someone be wrong on this. New instability in a really recent surgery is quite an emergency. ...Read more
My ACL ruptured for the 3rd time 5 years ago. Can't get surgery again. I think I tore my meniscus again the other day. How can I treat it at home?
Seek help: Sorry, Bob, but you need an expert to guide you, and to give you all treatment options. I strongly recommend you seek the attention of a board certified orthopedic surgeon, hopefully one with sports medicine experience. You don't want to give up on your knee at 32, so get going. Good luck. ...Read more
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