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Doctor insights on: Acl Mcl Meniscus Surgery Recovery Time

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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?

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

Dr. Vic Kalman
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Mcl (Definition)

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more


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How come I can't bear weight on my leg even with crutches 5 days after an acl/mcl/meniscus surgery?

How come I can't bear weight on my leg even with crutches 5 days after an acl/mcl/meniscus surgery?

Lots of surgery: Usually weight bearing is allowed after ACl surgery, but depending on swelling and pain, you may not be able to bear weight. If the meniscus was repaired, weight bearing may not be allowed to reduce the stress on the meniscus repair. Again, an MCL reconstruction causes pain and swelling that may cause difficulty with weight bearing. ...Read more

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How long is an acl, mcl, and meniscus surgery?

How long is an acl, mcl, and meniscus surgery?

Depends: This depends on several factors such as type of graft used and whether the meniscus is repaired versus debrided. On average the surgery is 1.5 to 2 hours. ...Read more

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Could you provide some information on dealing with MCL ACL and meniscus surgery?

Many Options: There are many options for stem cell therapies in the us. I would suggest you evaluate all of them thoroughly before choosing. So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy is regenexx. They have over 6500 patient registry with pretty good results. Regenexx. Com. ...Read more

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I tore my mcl, ACL and meniscus in jan and now im starting therapy to bend my knee will i be able to fully bend it again before surgery?

I tore my mcl, ACL and meniscus in jan and now im starting therapy to bend my knee will i be able to fully bend it again before surgery?

Maybe: Depends primarily on the size, type and location of the meniscal tear. The torn cartilage may block your motion or simply cause too much pain when trying to bend the knee. ...Read more

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Recovery time for acl, meniscus and MCL release?

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

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I sprained my acl, meniscus, and mcl all at once. How long of a recovery time is that?

I sprained my acl, meniscus, and mcl all at once.  How long of a recovery time is that?

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

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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 more

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Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

ACL deficiency : Without acl reconstruction you can expect instability particularly with decending stairs or turning quickly from side to side. Long term acl deficiency ultimately will end up with severe osteoarthritis in 15-20 years. In the interim, meniscus tears (cartilage"shock absorbers" in the knee) are more likely. ...Read more

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I blew out my knee (acl, mcl, acl, lcl, partial meniscus), how many years will it take for me to get back to my former health?

I blew out my knee (acl, mcl, acl, lcl, partial meniscus), how many years will it take for me to get back to my former health?

You won't: Your can focus on proper nutrition and exercise to work toward a goal of general overall fitness, but your knee will never be the same. If it is stable, you have normal (or near normal) range of motion, and it doesn't hurt (or at least pain isn't interfering with activity), then you are doing great. ...Read more

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I tore my ACL (complete tear, patella tendon), MCL (minor tear, bioscrews and stitches), and meniscus (had to trim 1/3). How long before I can run?

I tore my ACL (complete tear, patella tendon), MCL (minor tear, bioscrews and stitches), and meniscus (had to trim 1/3).  How long before I can run?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon surgical preference, you certainly would want to clear it with your surgeon. All that being said, 12 weeks would be a general time frame in which one could often return to light jogging with those injuries/surgery. ...Read more

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When can I walk? Having ACL reconstruction, MCL and lateral meniscus repair. When can I go to work? Special needs teacher constantly standing. Thanks

When can I walk? Having ACL reconstruction, MCL and lateral meniscus repair. When can I go to work? Special needs teacher constantly standing. Thanks

3 weeks: Usually after a meniscus repair you need to be non weight bearing for at least 3 weeks. With just an acl reconstruction, most of the tim e you will be walking by 2 weeks. Of course, it can be 6 weeks until you are walking relatively pain free. ...Read more

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I have a torn acl, mcl, damaged meniscus, will i ever be able to play soccer/football again?

I have a torn acl, mcl, damaged meniscus, will i ever be able to play soccer/football again?

Most likely: You should be able to consider this activity between 6 months to 1 year after surgery. The graft should be adequately incorporated by 6 months, but you must work with therapy to regain leg strength. Strength is the most protective mechanism against re-injury. If you do not feel adequately strong, then continue working in the gym before returning to your sport. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time for MCL and meniscus surgery?

Depends: Arthroscopic meniscal repair or resection is a common procedure. Most adults are 'recovered ' by 6 wks. Unususal to have a mcl repair w/ meniscus surgery by itself. Alot of times the mcl can heal on its own or in a brace. If it is completely torn and quite unstable(w/acl intact) it may take another 4-6 wks or longer for complete healing. Again, unusual combination here. Good luck! ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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What to do if I have possibly torn my acl, miniscus, or mcl. How long would my full recovery be?

See ORS: Your question about the possibility of injury to these knee ligaments and cartilage is too vague. U need to be examined and see exactly what has been injured specifically because the treatment will vary. Meniscus tears alone may require arthroscopic surgery. Acl, and mcl injuries treatment differs esp. @ age 49 w/ severity of instability, activity level, etc. See a board certified ors. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

What can I do to speed up recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

Simple steps: Don't over-do it. Follow your doctor's directions. Use pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication (example: advil), keep leg elevated, use ice as needed for swelling. Be patient! ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up the recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

What can I do to speed up the recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

Recovery: Unfortunately there is no way to speed up recovery. Tissue heals at a fairly set pace that varies a little from person to person. Follow your doctors rehab protocol to reduce your risk of failure for your surgery. Too much too soon can be bad. ...Read more

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How long does ACL and meniscus surgery take? How long is recovery?

How long does ACL and meniscus surgery take? How long is recovery?

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 more

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Can you please describe meniscus repair and ACL surgery recovery timeline?

Can you please describe meniscus repair and ACL surgery 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

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5 wks into recovery of acl/meniscus tear surgery, I am still taking pain medicine. Is this normal?

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

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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?

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

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Acl and meniscus reconstruction surgery done. What is the rehabilitation period for recovery?

Acl and meniscus reconstruction surgery done. What is the rehabilitation period for recovery?

6-12 mos: 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

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My daughter is having MCL surgery. I cannot find much about it or the recovery online. Is recovery similar to an ACL reconstruction?

MCL repairs R not-: -common these days. If a bone fragment came off with the ligament, it's a faster recovery as it is fixed solidly by wires or screws. If this a reconstruction, about the same as an ACL as far as recovery, which again depends on what is used as the graft. Expect a brace with limited motion, especially in extension. In extension the MCL is very tight so usually it's @ about -30 of extension.&rehab. ...Read more