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How much pain should I feel post op ACL surgery?

How much pain should I feel post op ACL surgery?

Depends: That depends on a number of factors: 1) allograft or autograft - when using your own tendon (either patellar tendon or hamstring tendon), the donor site (where we get the tendon) typically hurts more than the acl reconstruction. 2) type of acl reconstruction - some surgeons are performing "all-inside" acl reconstructions that have significantly less surgical pain, 3) individual pain tolerance. ...Read more

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How do you know if a post op ACL infection has been totally cleared and risk free for the future?

How do you know if a  post op ACL infection has been totally cleared and risk free for the future?

Blood test. : Two inflammatory markers called ESR (sedimentation rate) and CRP (C-reactive protein) can help to indicate if infection is lingering. ...Read more

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What exactly will my doctor do at my post op ACL surgery ?

What exactly will my doctor do at my post op ACL surgery ?

Typical protocol for: Me is bracing in hinged brace. Dressing off at 4-7 days and then you can shower. Stitches out at 14 days. All the while therapy in the brace and wean out of brace 4-6 weeks once quad strength has returned. Crutch use typically is done by 2-3 weeks. Then pt 2-3 times a week until about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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I keep having knee pain behind my knee 18 months post op. Acl reconstruction, what do I do?

I keep having knee pain behind my knee 18 months post op. Acl reconstruction, what do I do?

Several reasons: When you tear your acl you not only injury the ligament but can also damage the joint capsule & joint surface. I would discuss this with your doctor to find out what was found out at surgery. In the interim i would suggest mild anti-inflammatories, ice it at night. Continue to stretch and do low impact exercises. ...Read more

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I am having weird pains that feel like they are pinching in the back of my knee. I am 6 months post op ACL surgery

Ask your surgeon.: There are numerous sources of pain and re-evaluation by your surgeon would be the most expedient course. He co uld determine if it is a serious problem. ...Read more

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Having increased pain in the kneecap, knee is twisting feeling unstable 5 months post op acl/mcl no swelling no poping there has been a snapping?

Having increased pain in the kneecap, knee is twisting  feeling unstable 5 months post op acl/mcl no swelling no poping there has been a snapping?

Muscle weakness: The feeling of instability can be due to muscle weakness, a torn meniscus or looseness in your acl/mcl. You can measure your thigh circumference 6 inches above each kneecap as crude way of determining muscle atrophy. The other two conditions would need to be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned I still have inflammation post-op ACL reconstruction surgery? I still cannot bend it all the way too...

Should I be concerned I still have inflammation post-op ACL reconstruction surgery?  I still cannot bend it all the way too...

ACL Stiffness: ACL surgery involves cutting skin, soft tissue and drilling bone. Stiffness early on is common and rehab exercises are encouraged and may take 4 - 6 weeks to get back to near full motion. If redness, increasing swelling or drainage develops consider getting back with your surgeon. Postoperative pain and inflammation is a normal expected part of recovery and generally resolves with time. ...Read more

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Slight knee laxity after ACL recon. What to do to make the ACL stronger. It's been a year post op. ?

Slight knee laxity after ACL recon. What to do to make the ACL stronger. It's been a year post op. ?

Ur repair is etched-: -in stone. What U have can not B strengthened. A good program of exercise 2 maximize quads & hamstrings may give U some stability, or wear an ACL brace. If not an option, U can only have a repeat repair. ...Read more