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Acl Surgery Recovery Time
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is typical recovery time for laparascopic ACL surgery? About how long before athlete could be playing soccer again?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Having ACL surgery tomorrow. How long is the recovery? When will I be able to play soccer? What to expect after surgery?
Expect Hard Work: 80% of the outcome is dependent on good post-op therapy. Early active range of motion, weight-bearing as tolerated usually at first. Strengthening with closed chain exercises can start within the second month. By 4 months, it is possible to return to competitive sports if the therapy effort has restored 80% of thigh strength. Surgery takes 2 hrs., and is outpatient usually. ...Read more
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