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What is the normal timetable for recovery from ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair using pateller tendon?

What is the normal timetable for recovery from ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair using pateller tendon?

Variable: Protocols vary a great deal, but typically the meniscus needs about 12 weeks to heal before aggressive range of motion and strengthening can begin. Typically 6-8 months before return to cutting sports is required. ...Read more

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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...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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How long does ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair take?

How long does ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair take?

Average 1-2 hours: Average operative time for acl recon. Without additional procedures will be 1-2 hours currently. Just 15-20 years ago, this same surgery averaged 3-4 hours. Add 30 minutes for each meniscus repaired. ...Read more

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When am I able to drive post ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair on my right leg?

When am I able to drive post ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair on my right leg?

ACL repair: When your orthopedic surgeon and your physical therapist tell you its safe for you to try. ...Read more

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25 days after ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair, I hear my knee pop and crack when I bend my knee. Is this normal?

25 days after ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair, I hear my knee pop and crack when I bend my knee. Is this normal?

Knee discomfort: I would expect this to be present after reconstruction but I would certainly pass it by my Ortho ...Read more

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I had acl reconstruction and meniscus repair. Pain and swelling in knee was typical. No swelling at all in foot until ten days later. Is this normal?

I had acl reconstruction and meniscus repair. Pain and swelling in knee was typical. No swelling at all in foot until ten days later. Is this normal?

Yes and no: It is not terribly uncommon for patients who have knee surgery to have swelling that then begins to track down into the ankle and foot. That being said, there are also people who have knee surgery that develop a blood clot, which can potentially be life threatening. So I would let your surgeon know immediately and follow his recommendations about whether your postoperative course is appropriate. ...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've had an orthroscopic ACL reconstruction using a hamstring graft and a meniscus repair sugery 20 days ago, and now my knee is loose is that normal?

I've had an orthroscopic ACL reconstruction using a hamstring graft and a meniscus repair sugery 20 days ago, and now my knee is loose is that normal?

Well: After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. Obviously following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you a re concerned talk to your doctor. ...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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How long do I have to wait after an ACL repair and meniscus repair to begin rehab?

How long do I have to wait after an ACL repair and meniscus repair to begin rehab?

Right away: We usually begin physical therapy a few days after surgery. Full return to contact sports can take up to nine months. ...Read more

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6 months after an ACL surgery and meniscus repair and knee is still unstable? What could be the reason? Thanks

6 months after an ACL surgery and meniscus repair and knee is still unstable? What could be the reason? Thanks

Knee instability: Depending on how long you were immobilized after surgery, you may have weakness in the affected limb/knee and should be going to or have gone for Physical Therapy. If it is still unstable, have a repeat MRI to make sure the surgery was performed properly and that the ligament has healed properly. ...Read more

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I had ACL surgery and a large meniscus repair done. I am 3 and a half weeks out I was doing heel slides and felt a sharp pain it hurts. What happened?

Location: Depends on the location of your pain, sometimes it is just scar tissue breaking up, other times it may be related to your graft harvest, if it is accompanied by increased swelling I wiuld see my surgeon ...Read more

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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.

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

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I'm due to have an ACL scope post 7months of my ACL reconstruction what are the signs that I've got a re inured ACL and meniscus there is pain atm?

I'm due to have an ACL scope post 7months of my ACL reconstruction what are the signs that I've got a re inured ACL and meniscus there is pain atm?

Swelling/instability: Apparrently u had arthroscopic acl reconstruction/meniscus repair/ resection 7 months ago. If u r having inc. Pain or a feeling of 'looseness' or instability or inc. Swelling esp. After an injury to you're knee then you may have retorn your meniscus (or it never healed) or (hopefully not) torn you're acl graft. Most times patients know the feeling of 'looseness' and the ors will confirm w/ examgl! ...Read more

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Had ACL reconstruction & meniscus shaving 2 days ago & now feel a lot of swelling and stiffness, is this normal? My felt good and now so stiff

Had ACL reconstruction & meniscus shaving 2 days ago & now feel a lot of swelling and stiffness, is this normal? My felt good and now so stiff

Yes: Acl surgery can cause swelling in the knee, especially in the early recovery. It is most important to work on regaining full extension over the next several days to weeks. The swelling should progressively improve as well. If you have calf swelling or pain, there is a small chance that you have developed a blood clot. Talk to your surgeon if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What is the typical time for knee swelling to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL reconstruction surgery?

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What is the typical time for knee swelling to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL reconstruction surgery?

1-4 weeks: It sometimes depends on the type of reconstruction as well as bleeding within the joint. Because of this, it is difficult to predict the amount and duration. Most of these resolve as the body seals and starts to heal. The body also starts to absorb everything over the first month. ...Read more

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I had ACL surgery 2 yrs ago and I have bad pain on the inside of my knee. Meniscus wasn't repaired.?

I had ACL surgery 2 yrs ago and I have bad pain on the inside of my knee. Meniscus wasn't repaired.?

Meniscus=NotRepaired: By surgery. Only tears/pieces removed which may get trapped in narrow joint spaces & further compound cartilage damage. A likely better approach: combine Nutrasense glucosamine+chondroitin (molecular building blocks of cartilage, US produced) twice daily plus guidance from a physical therapist experienced in Robin McKenzie methods of teaching people how to recover function better than surgery. ...Read more

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Per mri 2 seperate tears in meniscus, acl repair 20 years ago. Scar tissue in knee, will it be more difficult to treat/fix knee? I'm worried

Per mri 2 seperate tears in meniscus, acl repair 20 years ago. Scar tissue in knee, will it be more difficult to treat/fix knee? I'm worried

HealthTap Prime.: This question requires a conversation with a doctor who knows you well. This forum does not permit a full discussion of risks & benef- use HealthTap Prime or talk to the doctor who ordered the MRI to discuss the implications fully. Usually, scar tissue in the knee can lead to accelerated (sooner than expected) arthritis. Depending on ur health & overall condition, Orthopedics may treat it or oper8 ...Read more

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How much pain after acl/meniscus repair?

How much pain after acl/meniscus repair?

Variable: There are a number of methods used for acl reconstructions, each with varying amounts of associated pain. Using your own patella tendon or hamstring as a graft will also increase the pain level. I have been performing all-inside acl reconstructions where patients often have pain not unlike a regular knee scope. In those cases I have to admonish my patients not to do too much after surgery! ...Read more

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How much pain is there after acl/meniscus repair surgery?

Variable: 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 long would it take before I can walk again, ACL and meniscus repair. Separate operations?

How long would it take before I can walk again, ACL and meniscus repair. Separate operations?

Ask surgeon: This question depends on several things: 1) surgical technique, 2) meniscal status, 3) quad control. 4) pain, 5) swelling. Your therapist and surgeon will be able to help you figure out what is best for you. Note that any meniscal repair may slow your ability to put weight on your leg to protect the repair, but is worth it in the long run (prevent arthritis). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a ACL and meniscus repair this morning. When could I start using my cpm and working on my motion range?

Depends: Per your surgeon's instructions. All of us use slightly different protocols for rehab. ...Read more

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I had ACL Recon/bucket handle meniscus repair 8 weeks ago. I've been having constant muscle spasm for the past three days. Is this normal? Emergency?

I had ACL Recon/bucket handle meniscus repair 8 weeks ago. I've been having constant muscle spasm for the past three days. Is this normal? Emergency?

Possibly: New onset pain in lower extremity 8 weeks after orthopedic surgery should be evaluated in part to rule out potentially life threatening conditions such as s blood clot. ...Read more