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How long before I can recommence training following ACL knee surgery?

How long before I can recommence training following ACL knee surgery?

It depends: It depends on how quickly you recover and what your surgeon says. What I say does not matter. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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Docs, what's best medicine for pain after knee surgery?

Docs, what's best medicine for pain after knee surgery?

Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or Vicodin.: These are the two that we use. They are very effective, however, they are addictive. We usually prescribe it one time only, with no refills, for almost all of the knee surgery we do. ...Read more

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How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

It depends.: This depends how long after the surgery this is being done, and how well you've healed. Usually after knee surgery the knee is flexed and extended to get back range of motion. Then if ambulation is attempted, it is first done with crutches, so weight is gradually introduced. So it would be best to put little weight on it to start, then more until no crutches are needed, then try slowly to walk. ...Read more

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What's the best way to strengthen my quads after knee surgery?

What's the best way to strengthen my quads after knee surgery?

See Physical Therapy: Seeing a physical therapist would be the best thing to do to get specific recommendations for the type of injury you had. See your primary care doc for a referral. One thing that's worked for me personally is one-legged squats. Start off standing on one foot with the other bent behind you for balance, squat down keeping the knee above the toe then extend back up. Go down as far as you can tolerate ...Read more

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I need help losing weight after a knee surgery. Any suggestions?

I need help losing weight after a knee surgery. Any suggestions?

Water aerobics: Losing weight is dependent on an active lifestyle and proper diet. After knee surgery, water aerobics and swimming are very good low impact exercises. Check with your surgeon first to make sure it is ok for you to start an exercise program. ...Read more

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Would losing weight be a good alternative to having knee surgery?

Would losing weight be a good alternative to having knee surgery?

Absolutely: Depending on how severe your arthritis is, weight loss should make a big difference, from experience with my own patients. But even if you still need surgery, weight loss will lower your surgical complication risks, and make post op therapy a lot more successful and tolerable. I hope the best for you. ...Read more

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Best ways to stay in shape after knee surgery?

Best ways to stay in shape after knee surgery?

Depends: If you mean from a cardio standpoint it depends what kind of knee surgery you had. You should be asking your orthoedic surgeon this question as he/she may want to be restricting your activity. They may not want you running if you have some wear and tear issues in your knee. ...Read more

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What pants are best to wear after knee surgery?

What pants are best to wear after knee surgery?

Loose fitting: After knee surgery it is very common to have swelling in the operative leg for some time. It varies greatly from patient to patient. Ear loose fitting pants as long as there is swelling noted to prevent excessive pressure on the operative limb. ...Read more

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Typically how long are you non weight bearing after aci knee surgery?

Typically how long are you non weight bearing after aci knee surgery?

Good question: For your orthopedic surgeon, since cases will vary. ...Read more

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Will I lose a lot weight after knee surgery since I won't be moving around much?

Will I lose a lot weight after knee surgery since I won't be moving around much?

Weight after surgery: I believe you mean will you gain weight from not moving around? If that's the case, it's best that you start moving around as soon as you are medically cleared to do so. One concern is that if you don't move the knee asap you may lose range of motion at the knee, and not only negate the goals of the operation in the first place but your knees may get worse. You won't get thinner sitting around. ...Read more

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What's the best way to strengthen my leg after knee surgery? After not using my leg its weak and I have a lot of atrophy..

What's the best way to strengthen my leg after knee surgery? After not using my leg its weak and I have a lot of atrophy..

Physical Therapy: A professional therapist can target the areas that need improvement without increasing the danger of further injury. ...Read more

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I have ACL torn ligament and I want to go to orthoscopic knee surgery. My question is which graft is best for me. And I am not a sportperson.

I have ACL torn ligament and I want to go to orthoscopic knee surgery. My question is which graft is best for me. And I am not a sportperson.

ACL: Since you are not a "sportsperson" the 1st question is do you even need surgery. Acl reconstructions are typically reserved for those involved in activities requiring pivoting or jumping as well as those who have instability outside those activities. As for the graft choices there are pluses and minuses with most data showing a preference for auto grafts (your tissue) in young patients (<40). ...Read more

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I started walking 3 weeks after microfracture knee surgery. I was suppose to wait 5 weeks before weight bearing but I didn't. Is that bad?

I started walking 3 weeks after microfracture knee surgery. I was suppose to wait 5 weeks before weight bearing but I didn't. Is that bad?

Depends: If you prefer a knee replacement, or chronic pain, both things am sure your orthopedist mentioned to you...Then, no problem. Guessing that might not be the case, get back on your crutches and off of it so it can continue to heal. The timelines set for post-op are based on time it takes to heal properly. Don't sabotage yourself by being in a rush. If feeling great, call and ask your ortho dr if ok. ...Read more

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Gonna have knee surgery. I just lost 30lbs and I always eat right & walk. During the healing process, what can I do to keep the weight off while down?

Gonna have knee surgery. I just lost 30lbs and I always eat right & walk. During the healing process, what can I do to keep the weight off while down?

Less calories: First, congratulations on the hard work you put in toward your 30 lbs weight loss! While you are recovering, it is understandable that it will be difficult to keep up your physical activity. You will likely need to cut down on your daily calorie consumption for a short period of time until you are able to walk again. You may want to cut it by no more than 10% for that short period. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor put me in an imoblizer after knee microfracture knee surgery. What is it helping? I'm also toe touch weight bearing.

Why did my doctor put me in an imoblizer after knee microfracture knee surgery. What is it helping? I'm also toe touch weight bearing.

To rest the knee & -: The ttwb is also to protect the knee joint surfaces, since microfracture procedure was done.
Your knee needs to be rested to allow the healing to occur. If you don't do as you are advised you'll end up with a bad outcome.
Keep doing what you were advised by your surgeon, as only he knows what was there and what was done for it. ...Read more

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I'm about to have knee surgery and need to lose weight. Can I take fat burners to aid in weight loss if I take half the recommended dosage?

I'm about to have knee surgery and need to lose weight. Can I take fat burners to aid in weight loss if I take half the recommended dosage?

They do not work: The best approach involves motivation and discipline. Minimize carbohydrates, control portion size and calories, no snacking, etc. ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery, and I'm toe touch weight bearing, can I drive? When can i. I haven't seen my surgeon since surgery. It was a 5, day ago

Had microfracture knee surgery, and I'm toe touch weight bearing, can I drive? When can i. I haven't seen my surgeon since surgery. It was a 5, day ago

Call your surgeon: These are good questions and glad you are overall doing well. Best to call your surgery team, make that post operative appointment, take a friend with you, and ask all these questions. Your surgeon knows your case the best. Be well. ...Read more

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Would a nanny job be hard on me if I've had 2 hip replacement and a knee surgery 2 yrs ago or would it be easier cause of more exercise? I sit too much

Would a nanny job be hard on me if I've had 2 hip replacement and a knee surgery 2 yrs ago or would it be easier cause of more exercise? I sit too much

Exercise: Exercise is generally a good thing. You could continue your NSAID medications and start slowly and gradually increase your work time. If you slowly get stronger with low impact exercise, you should be able to handle the nanny job well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with torn ACL years ago. Avid runner, pulled hamstring behind knee, not healing - I would like to still jog in 20 years, can I go without knee surgery or require to have one if I want to continue jogging to exercise?

I was diagnosed with torn ACL years ago. Avid runner, pulled hamstring behind knee, not healing - I would like to still jog in 20 years, can I go without knee surgery or require to have one if I want to continue jogging to exercise?

Pulled hamstring: Is not a surgical treatment as far as I know, it hurts, you rest it and then it gets better. If someone had an old acl and had been active for years I wouldn't counsel reconstruction unless the issue is significant instability and joint issues, talk to your orthopedic surgeon and make sure you get a good understanding about th ow these injuries are likely independent of each other ...Read more

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My infected knee implant was removed (fifth time) replaced with temporary knee insert 5 years ago. The insert has moved. The insert is painful and wearing me down. I can't put weight on that leg. I have been unable to face full knee surgery again. I g

Very tough situation: Unfortunately, if the spacer has moved, it will continue to move and erode bone. Since you are young, some options may include repeat knee replacement (assuming the infection has been eradicated) or fusion, in which the knee is made stiff. People can usually walk with a fusion, with minimal pain; however, sitting is difficult because the knee doesn't bend. ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery 3 days ago. I'm in a knee immobilizer with toe touch weight bearing. Can I walk with my foot down?

Had microfracture knee surgery 3 days ago. I'm in a knee immobilizer with toe touch weight bearing. Can I walk with my foot down?

Non weight bearing: If you had a micro fracture, typically the patient is non weight bearing for 6weeks. If you load your knee prematurely the region that received the micro fracture could collapse. It's ok to have your foot down while using the crutches. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more