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Doctor insights on: Can I Go To Six Flags And Ride The Roller Coasters 5 Weeks After A Complete Acl Reconstruction Surgery

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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 I go to six flags and ride roller coasters 1 month after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

Can I go to six flags and ride roller coasters 1 month after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

Yes: The acl reconstruction should not keep you from riding roller coasters. 1 month after surgery you may still have some trouble walking normally, so remember to pace yourself and try not to limp around the park. ...Read more

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Can I ride roller coasters 6 weeks after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

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Yes: The acl reconstruction should not keep you from riding roller coasters. 6 weeks after surgery you may still have some trouble walking normally, so remember to pace yourself and try not to limp around the park. The resonstruction itself should hold up to rides, however. ...Read more

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Can I ride roller coasters 3 months after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

Can I ride roller coasters 3 months after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

If U have returned 2: Ur normal activities & have full range of motion & strength, possibly. U need 2 get the answer from Ur surgeon. 3 months is not a long time out from Ur reconstruction. ...Read more

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How long does ACL reconstruction surgery take?

How long does ACL reconstruction surgery take?

Average 1-2 hours: Average operative time for acl recon. Without additional procedures will be 1-2 hours currently. Just 15-20 years ago, this same surgery averaged 3-4 hours. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post ACL reconstruction surgery?

Takes a while: Takes a bit of dedication and persistence to get the most out of an acl reconstruction. Every surgeon has his/her own protocol and in part depends on how it was done and if there were any other injuries repaired or not. An example of one is given here:
http://www. Orthoassociates. Com/_pdfs/acl_recon. Pdf

discuss with your surgeon. The reconstruction is only half of the equation. ...Read more

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I had an ACL reconstruction surgery 3 months ago and accidentally took levoflaxacin. Is that bad?

No: Even though there is a risk of tendon rupture associated with levofloxacin, it's mechanism is a loss of blood supply. The acl graft matures by drawing from the surrounding fluid within the joint, and should not have a higher risk. There is currently no evidence to suggest acl tear association with Levofloxacin use. It is most commonly associated with achilles ruptures. ...Read more

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I had an ACL reconstruction surgery 3 months ago, and accidentally took a levoflaxacin, is that bad?

No: Tendon problems associated with that class of antibiotic are rare but occur. Generally this is not a significant issue to worry about.
I hope it cleared the infection it was prescribed for which is the important issue. ...Read more

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I had an ACL reconstruction surgery 3 months ago and accidentally took a levoflaxacin. Should I be worried?

No.: It is true that quinolone antibiotics such as levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, and Avelox are sometimes associated with tendon problems and sometimes rupture. I know your concerns about your recent surgery to your knee. This side effect is rare. Your single dose of Levaquin probably will not do damage to your knee. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do you need to wear a catheter during ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Routine acl reconstruction should take less than 90 minutes for an experienced surgeon. You should not need a catheter during surgery. Make sure you void before you go into the or. Many surgeons and hospitals use urinary catheters during surgery routinely. If it is a big concern for you talk about it with your doctor prior to surgery. ...Read more

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I had ACL reconstruction surgery last august. After 6 months of healing I'm still suffering from pain in it. What are my options?

Get a 2nd opinion: That should not be the case. At the 6 month post op period, pain should be minimum if any at all. Activity level should be fairly normal. There may be other issues at hand such as some arthritis, complication from an absorbable screw, persistent meniscus tear, sterile effusion and indolent infection. If you are getting nowhere with your surgeon, go see another md for a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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How to get screw removed after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Unnecessary: Screws used in acl reconstruction are either absorbable (which means the body will incorporate it), or non absorbable. A nonabsorbable screw is typically buried in bone and doesn't cause damage to surrounding tissues. If it really needs removal, we must ensure the acl reconstruction has matured completely. Waiting a year after reconstruction before removal is preferred. ...Read more

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What is the strength of an allograft tendon after ACL reconstruction surgery?

What is the strength of an allograft tendon after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Depends.: Allograft tendons can be as strong or stronger then autograft tendons, depending on what you are comparing. Patella tendon autografts are "gold standard" but hamstring tendons are quickly being recognized as being just as good. One downfall to allografts is that it takes longer for your body to "ligamentize" the graft, however there are benefits to allografts as well. ...Read more

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What is the strength like after an allograft tendon for ACL reconstruction surgery?

Quite strong: The strength of fixation for an allograft acl reconstruction varies on the type of fixation and individual surgeon technique, but in general the initial strength is similar or greater than the original native acl. Over time as the body replaces the allograft tissue, the graft becomes first weaker, then about the same strength as the original. This process takes about 8-9 months. ...Read more

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Can a ACL reconstruction surgery come undone after 2 years or can the screw come undone?

Yes it can: An acl reconstruction can fail. It is not any stronger then your acl ligament was prior to the initial injury. So if you plant and cut on a planted foot or other traumatic incident it can re-rupture. If an allograft is used there is a slightly higher re injury rate. Further sometimes but rarely the screw that is used to fix the graft an come loose. You should see your surgeon for follow-up. ...Read more

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Are there 2 types of ACL reconstruction surgeries? Open surgery or arthroscopy?

Are there 2 types of ACL reconstruction surgeries? Open surgery or arthroscopy?

Multiple: There are multiple variations in ACL reconstruction which revolve around the choice of graft used and the surgical technique. Make sure you have an understanding of the basic porosity and cons of different approaches and don't hesitate to seek a second opinion. ...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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Can I miss my period after having an ACL reconstruction? I had surgery on a wed, period was due the following sun but never arrived. Now 5 days late.

Can I miss my period after having an ACL reconstruction? I had surgery on a wed, period was due the following sun but never arrived. Now 5 days late.

Sure can!: Any major stress, like surgery, or a new drug (like anesthesia) can affect the menstrual cycle. However, be sure to check for pregnancy, as that it the most common cause of a missed period in a sexually active, fertile female. If you miss another period or you are pregnant see your doc. ...Read more

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Hw long one not feel pain after ACL reconstruction. Surgery?

It take about 6 week: This operation is painful, because we do a lot, shaving the old ligament, taking the graft installing the graft. So it take a while before pain is gone. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential cold before ACL reconstruction surgery?

What should I do about potential cold before ACL reconstruction surgery?

Let MD know.: Let your surgeon know. They may also ask you to let the anaesthesia team know. They may be the ones to determine if you're ok for surgery. ...Read more

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Are urethral catheters used during ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Acl reconstructions typically take between 20 and 60 minutes to perform. Catheters are only necessary for surgeries that take longer than 2 hours. ...Read more

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How strong is an allograft tendon for ACL reconstruction surgery?

Very strong: One criteria for an allograft and the way it is fixed is that's its strength need to be as strong as the original acl. At the time of surgery, if done properly, the pullout strength is higher than the native acl. As the body grows into the graft, there is some weakening, followed by strengthening when the graft matures. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after ACL reconstruction surgery before I play again?

How long should I wait after ACL reconstruction surgery before I play again?

Avoid cutting 4-6 mo: Most surgeons recommend against a return to full cutting and contact sports until 4-6 months after surgery. Only then has adequate time passed to allow for adequate quadriceps strength and knee motion to return along with adequate maturation of the graft that was used to reconstruct the torn acl. ...Read more

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On average, how long will ACL reconstruction and grade 3 MCL tear surgery take to recover?

On average, how long will ACL reconstruction and grade 3 MCL tear surgery take to recover?

ACL recovery.: Most recent records that a large number return to sports BUT almost never to a previously demanding level. So, you first answer is NEVER. But return to lesser demands hold be three months since ligaments mature (get stronger) more slowly. For contact sports, non-professional and professional I would prefer 6 months off. Full muscle restoration is a prerequisite (sine qua non.) ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel resistance at the patella when bending after 3 weeks of an ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Tightness over the patella with bending most often represents fluid within the joint (effusion). Typically the knee no longer swells after 3 weeks, so this may be from associated damage to the knee such as cartilage defects or meniscus tears. The range of causes is too wide, so it would be best to ask your surgeon! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned I still have inflammation post-op ACL reconstruction surgery? I still cannot bend it all the way too...

Should I be concerned I still have inflammation post-op ACL reconstruction surgery? I still cannot bend it all the way too...

ACL Stiffness: ACL surgery involves cutting skin, soft tissue and drilling bone. Stiffness early on is common and rehab exercises are encouraged and may take 4 - 6 weeks to get back to near full motion. If redness, increasing swelling or drainage develops consider getting back with your surgeon. Postoperative pain and inflammation is a normal expected part of recovery and generally resolves with time. ...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?

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