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What are some cardio ideas for ACL surgery recovery?

What are some cardio ideas for ACL surgery recovery?

Isometric exercises: During recovery from surgery, start with isometric exercises to accommodate rest/recovery. Follow your surgeons instructions regarding therapy for your knee. At most gyms there are rowing and cycle type machines that work your arms only. Check in with your surgery team and make a follow up appointment. ...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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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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What is the average recovery time for ACL surgery?

6-9 months: There are 2 considerations for recovery after acl reconstruction. First is the immediate surgery recovery, which can vary depending on surgeon and whether your own tendon is used. Generally you can be walking normally somewhere between 1 and 6 weeks. More importantly, the graft does not reincorporate until 6-8 months for your own and 8-9 months for donor graft. You cannot be pivoting before then. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an ACL surgery? I just had an ACL surgery 7 weeks ago, going through pt right now. How much longer do I need to be in pt and how long would the entire recovery process be?

How long does it take to recover from an ACL surgery? I just had an ACL surgery 7 weeks ago, going through pt right now. How much longer do I need to be in pt and how long would the entire recovery process be?

AT : At 6-8 weeks you shoul be ambulating, (on my protocol), with a brace fully opened if your notion is good, otherwise locked at around your motion limits, when up and about. 8-10 wean from brace bike and walk or slow jog on even ground 12-16 progress to gentle cutting. All this time you should be on an aggressive closed chain pre for hams and quads..Gradually increase as you knee lets you, listen to it, it will let you know if you are progressing too fast. Full activity goal for my patients is 10-12 months. ...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?

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

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What is the recovery time for an ACL surgery and when can I start to play football again?

What is the recovery time for an ACL surgery and when can I start to play football again?

8-9 months: Although the time before your surgeon let's you return to sports varies, any pivoting sports place great forces through the reconstruction. An autograft acl (your own tendon) typically takes 6-7 months to mature while an allograft acl (donor tendon) typically takes 8-9 months to mature. The higher your performance level, the more important it is to wait for the acl to heal and mature. 8-9 months! ...Read more

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What is typical recovery time for laparascopic ACL surgery? About how long before athlete could be playing soccer again?

9-12 months: Optimal recovery from an acl reconstruction can be as little as 6 months. However, typical recovery and full return to sports is in the 9-12 month range. Post-operative rehab is extremely important. ...Read more

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What's the recovery period from ACL reconstruction surgery? What are the tradeoffs in getting that surgery vs living with torn acl?

Varies: It varies a little based upon the the patient and also the surgical technique used. Most people are doing fairly well by about two weeks with an approximate 8-12 weeks to return to unrestricted activities. The decision to do an acl is based in large part on the activity level of the person (low demand vs high demand) and also how much instability clinically the patient has. Thank you. ...Read more

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Having ACL surgery tomorrow. How long is the recovery? When will I be able to play soccer? What to expect after surgery?

Having ACL surgery tomorrow. How long is the recovery? When will I be able to play soccer? What to expect after surgery?

Varies: It varies somewhat, based in part on the specifics of the graft and also surgeons preference. Most can resume rehn early with goal of returning to sports by 12 weeks. ...Read more

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When ACL surgery failed?

When ACL surgery failed?

Acl failure: Acl graft can fail for many reasons. Usually it's a repeat injury. Other reasons can be discussed with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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