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Cadaver Use In Acl
Physical Exam: A well trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon can typically tell by doing a couple different exams to your knee. Laxity is the term for looseness of the acl graft in the knee. In addition, some doctors use a kt1000 handheld machine which can document and measure the laxity. My suggestion is see a fellowship trained sports orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Pop in knee post ACL cadaver replacement. I am 4 weeks post and turned to walk in brace, heard a loud pop with pain and some swelling.
Would be wise: To call your surgeon and inform him. ...Read more
I recently had knee surgery. On nov. 4th 2011 I had a cadaver ACL put in my right knee. Will I be able to snow ski again?
Usually Yes...: It usually takes about 6 months and sometimes a bit longer after cadaver acl reconstruction to return to full, demanding recreational activities like skiing. Sometimes and acl brace is protective of the repair if the patient feels better with the brace or if there is any concern about knee stability after the repair. The ultimate decision should be made with your surgeon after an exam. ...Read more
I have a cadaver acl, plastic miniscus & torn mcl. I recently aggravated my knee and have fluid & tight hamstring. Any home txs? No insurance
They all work well.: The three types of grafts all are acceptable in acl reconstruction. It really depends on what graft your surgeon is most comfortable using. As well as, whether you want to use your own tendons or if you care about a cadaver. Long term results are excellent using auto or allografts. ...Read more
I had acl/and cartlidge cutting in my knee(cadiver) I have had 3 months of physotheripy and now my knee does not work. My knee now is throbbing, n?
See your doctor: There could be many reasons for your pain. First and foremost you need to see and talk to your surgeon asap. If you don't get the answers you need a 2nd opinion might be necessary. This is really not the forum to discuss a case such as yours. Good luck. ...Read more
A good exam then MRI: Although most people think a MRI is necessary to diagnose a torn acl, most knee specialists can tell from a couple of simple test that can be done. With a high suspicion, a MRI is often then ordered and used then to confirm the findings of the exam. My suggestion for you is to see a md who is well trained and experianced in acl's and even revision surgery. Get their opinion. ...Read more
Heat shrinks lax ACL: Thermal shrinkage for ACL stretch or partial injuries can provide short term benefit for ACL laxity, but leads to catastrophic failure with longer term follow-up. Thermal shrinkage can no longer be recommended for the treatment of ACL laxity. ...Read more
Extremely rare: Very few cases have ever been identified of patients born without an ACL. It is more common to have an ACL removed after a traumatic incident - some of these patients have continued playing competitive sports with ACL focusing on strengthening the other supporting muscles and ligaments instead to stabilise the knee ...Read more
Get examination : If u think u may have torn your acl see a board certified orthopedic surgeon who will take a history and perform a physical exam. Most acl tears can be diagnosed in this manner; if needed an MRI can be performed to confirm dx.And rule out other injuries( i.e. Cartilage)... Your surgeon can then discuss treatment options. Best of luck! ...Read more
Yes: @ age 23 tearing your acl is a serious knee injury. Please see my previous answers on acl injuries on health tap. Briefly, acl tears can lead to chronic instability of the knee; can lead to meniscus( cartilage) tears as well as articular cartilage wear( early arthritis)if left untreated.See your ors who has experience in treating acl injuries. Best of luck! ...Read more
You cannot: The mcl and acl ligaments are structures that develop on their own. They cannot be strengthened with exercises or training. You can, however, strengthen supporting muscles such as the quads and hamstrings that control motion through the knee. ...Read more
Knee ligament: Acl is a ligament found deep inside the knee that provides stability especially to rotational and front/back directed forces. It's very important for pivoting sports such as soccer, basketball, football etc. ...Read more
It still have time:
The natural history of an acl injury without surgical intervention varies from patient to patient and depends on the patient's activity level degree of injury and instability symptoms.
Complete acl ruptures have a much less favorable outcome. After a complete acl tear some patients are unable to participate in certain sport. Sometime other injury associated with acl tear.
Advise to have arthoscopy. ...Read more
Fairly: successful in replacing the ACL. However that said, the new ACL has no nerve supply going to it so you may not know if you re-injure it in the future. Secondly the way the ACL is replaced in our current surgical options, its not the same place as before and therefore the stress on the knee can increase causing degeneration in the joint as well. Consider Regenexx Stem Cell therapy options. ...Read more
RICE therapy & time: Rest ice compression elevation and time should allow for healing of a strained acl. Avoid significant pivoting, twisting, and strenuous activities until symptoms have resolved. Over the counter antiinflammatories can be helpful as well. If swelling, pain , and/or feelings of instability persist beyond 6-8 weeks see a local orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist for a physical exam. ...Read more
Sportsmed specialist: Conservative estimates are that between 100, 000 and 125, 000 acl surgeries are done in the us each year and most of these complex surgeries are done by surgeons who do less than 10 or 12 per year. The success rate of he surgery even in the best hands is about 90%. Surgeons who are fellowship trained in arthroscopy and sports medicine have additional experience in dealing with these injuries. ...Read more
8-9 months: The initial recovery for acl reconstruction has dramatically improved. Most patients are now quite functional anywhere from 1-6 weeks after surgery, and can perform daily activities (and varies between surgeons and individual patients). However, the acl graft takes 8-9 months to fully mature, so pivoting activities still need to be restricted. Newer evidence is supporting the need to restrict. ...Read more
In line exercises: With an acl tear, you can continue to exercise. However, you should stay away from any twisting, turning, rotational or lateral movements. Stay with in-line exercises such as elliptical, leg press, cycling, spinning, knee extension, hamstring curls, lunges, squats and walking. ...Read more
No: I dont know of a injection tehjnique that is used.Rehab hamstrings where a brace with activities dont need a reconstruction unless you have multple instability events partial tears are ligamemts that are intact but incompetent.Strectched. ...Read more
Nature of the sport.: The nature of soccer requires twisting and pivoting on your legs, which puts your ACL at risk for tearing. Females are tearing their ACL's in soccer at a 3 -5 times rate, compared to males. ...Read more
Stable knee: An acl reconstruction that heals well should provide you with a stable knee. Other variables such as the status of your knee joint cartilage and especially the status of your medial and lateral menisci also weigh heavily in determining your final degree of functional painfree recovery. Immediately postoperatively, you will have mild to moderate pain and swelling relieved by oral pain meds. ...Read more
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