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Dr. Allen Lu
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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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Leg is significantly swelling and some purple on foot after ACL surgery. How long until the swelling goes down?

Leg is significantly swelling and some purple on foot after ACL surgery. How long until the swelling goes down?

Some is expected...: How long has it been since your procedure? Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you had recent surgery I would suggest you continue rice, post-op exercises, and pt as directed. However, if this pain seems to be indicative of infection or DVT (due to time frame of surgery or any other symptoms) then contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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When will swelling go down after an ACL surgery?

When will swelling go down after an ACL surgery?

2-6 weeks: Typically, the swelling will subside in 2-6 weeks, but may take longer if a patient does not progress with physical therapy. ...Read more

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Had an ACL surgery 6weeks back. There is still considerable supra patellar swelling. Extension lag is 30 deg. When I can get full extension?

Had an ACL surgery 6weeks back. There is still considerable supra patellar swelling. Extension lag is 30 deg. When I can get full extension?

ACL surgery: Following ACL surgery and bone patellar tendon bone (BPTB) autograft it is not unusual to have post operative swelling from the graft site. I am concerned that you have a 30 degree extension lag and I would consult with your surgeon to ensure that there has been no injury to the patella, patella tendon and that your brace (if you are using one) is not locked in a flexion setting. ...Read more

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11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. Is that normal?

11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. Is that normal?

ACL/MCL: Yes, early fatigue is normal because of lack of strength. It takes time for you to re-build stamina. It is always good to check in with your surgeon as well. ...Read more

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I had an ACL surgery (type autograft) 23 days ago! Swelling decreased a lot after 17 days, but past 5 days and so, swelling has increased!?

I had an ACL surgery (type autograft) 23 days ago! Swelling decreased a lot after 17 days, but past 5 days and so, swelling has increased!?

Tell your surgeon!: 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. Sometimes as you increase your rehab you will have a few days of swelling. ...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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Hi, I had a ACL surgery Patellar tendon (Autograft) on Mar26 which is closely 4months by now. Now I am noticing some swelling on the right knee.

Hi, I had a ACL surgery Patellar tendon (Autograft) on Mar26 which is closely 4months by now. Now I am noticing some swelling on the right knee.

Reevaluation: Swelling can occur especially after a physically taxing day. If it does not improve, recommend notifying your orthopedic surgeon for followup visit. NSAIDs may be taken to help with reducing swelling ...Read more

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I had ACL surgery back in march and was playing football and landed wrong and felt I pop in my knee it is swelling and it hurts. Did I retear it?

I had ACL surgery back in march and was playing football and landed wrong and felt I pop in my knee it is swelling and it hurts. Did I retear it?

Possibly: Possibly and I would certainly let your surgeon know. Some times it can be simply the breaking up of some scar tissue adhesions from your surgery, but in the worst case scenario you can retear an acl ligament or a meniscus. A simple exam can go a long way in determining the likely cause. Thank you. ...Read more

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Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said its ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said its ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Pain& swelling notok: If it is painful and swollen then something is not rigth and to cont to play on it is less than a good idea
you should re discuss with your surgeon or seek another opinion. ...Read more

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Can flat foot be made normal curve foot, am very prone to ankle injuries and in last year august had a ACL reconstruction surgery am overweight also?

Can flat foot be made normal curve foot, am very prone to ankle injuries and in last year august had a ACL reconstruction surgery am overweight also?

Flat foot: The best solution is to see a podiatrist and get orthotics made. There may be a need for an ankle brace, but that will be part of your evaluation when you see him/her. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Bruising around ankle after ACL surgery, is this a blood clot?

Bruising around ankle after ACL surgery, is this a blood clot?

Probably not: It's probably associated with the knee surgery. Gravity simply allows the blood flow down to the ground and causes the bruising around your ankle. However, if you are having swelling in your calf or thigh with intense pain, you should have a doppler ultrasound to check it. ...Read more

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Acl reconstruction, 6 days out (hamstring). Muscle weakness, swelling, wobble when weight put on leg. Normal? Dr said I should be walking 1 week out.

Acl reconstruction, 6 days out (hamstring). Muscle weakness, swelling, wobble when weight put on leg. Normal? Dr said I should be walking 1 week out.

NOT AS PREDICTED: Your recovery is slow at best, but not necessarily an area of worry, unless there is a problem with your femoral nerve. Strongly urge followup visit in next few days with your surgeon, and find out if this is just a slow recovery or a post-operative complication which needs to be addressed. ...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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Are standing leg extensions okay to get after ACL surgery?

Depends...: Check your surgeons post-op protocol and/or check with your physical therapist. Together they will be able to answer specific questions about your exercises and recovery. ...Read more

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Foot pain after ACL surgery. What should I do?

Foot pain after ACL surgery. What should I do?

Have it evaluated: You may be compensating and have abnormal presure distributuion that your body is not use to. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My foot is still really swollen after ACL surgery what can I do?

My foot is still really swollen after ACL surgery what can I do?

Elevation: Swelling is normal after knee surgery. Gravity causes the swelling to migrate down to the foot. Ice the knee and elevate the leg. If the swelling persists, see your surgeon. ...Read more

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If they take a graft for ACL surgery where do they take it from and is it just a separate incision in same leg?

If they take a graft for ACL surgery where do they take it from and is it just a separate incision in same leg?

Varies: Autografts include bone/patella tendon/bone, hamstring, quad. Tendon usually from the same knee and in most cases the surgeon can use the same incision as the tunnel though sometimes a couple incisions.
Allograft comes from deceased individuals who have donated their organs, usually either knee or ankle tendon. ...Read more

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Age22. 2months over with my ACL surgery hamstring autograft. I have my exams for continous 15days. Is it okay if I skip my leg exercises till dat time?

Age22. 2months over with my ACL surgery hamstring autograft. I have my exams for continous 15days. Is it okay if I skip my leg exercises till dat time?

You should not: You should not discontinue your exercises. After acl reconstruction surgery they are specials protocols that need to be follow in order to get maximun beneficts fron the surgery, . ...Read more

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How long after ACL surgery would I need to keep my leg elevated for?

How long after ACL surgery would I need to keep my leg elevated for?

Variable: The more you elevate the leg the better immediatly after surgery. This lasts for at least the first 3-4 days. After the acute period, you shuld elevate it whenever you feel like it is swelling. After the first month, the mojority of the surgical swelling shoul have resolved. Pain or swelling in the calf is another story, you should notify your surgeon immediately with any new calf swelling. ...Read more

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My roomate had ACL surgery 2 weeks ago and has developed a bad rash on her leg for the past 4 days. It is getting worse and very itchy.

Let her surgeon know: From your description, it is impossible to know for sure; however, a rash near the operative site may be a sign of infection and this needs to be evaluated and possibly treated. Do not delay in having this evaluated. ...Read more

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I had ACL surgery 6 months ago and does my muscle on my leg have to be 100% better so I can resume playing soccer?

I had ACL surgery 6 months ago and does my muscle on my leg have to be 100% better so I can resume playing soccer?

ACL Soccer Time: Your orthopaedic surgeon and you will have to decide when the right time to return is, but typically you do not need to be 100%. ...Read more

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In january it will be 8months until I have done my ACL surgery. Does my muscle need to be exactly like my other leg so I can resume playing soccer?

Not Exactly: There is only one doc to answer that question and that is the orthopedic surgeon. He knows exactly what he did and how long you should delay playing soccer. In general the muscles do not need to be the exact strength in both legs to play. Usually one starts playing gently if possible and gradually get more active over time. Just check with your surgeon please! Recovering slowly to normal. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more