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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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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 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?

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

Many Options: There are many different 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 torn my acl, meniscus, and sprained my mcl. Will i be able to do gymnastics again without reconstructive surgery?

I do not think so: Without the reconstructive surgery i doubt very much you could compete in gymnastic. ...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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What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

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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Recovery time for acl, meniscus and MCL release?

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 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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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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