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Can stem cells repair a torn acl?

Can stem cells repair a torn acl?

No: No. They haven't been shown to repair ACL tears. The tear involves complete disruption of the collagen fibers of the ligament. The ACL goes from a rope-like structure to a disorganized bunch of mop-like endings. They are in complete disarray. Even if the stem cells could reform the acl, you would need some sort of scaffold to direct the new ligament to bridge from the femur to the tibia. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more


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I had surgery 4 days ago to repair a torn ACL and for the past 2 days I have been feeling wheezy and out of breath is that normal?

I had surgery 4 days ago to repair a torn ACL and for the past 2 days I have been feeling wheezy and out of breath is that normal?

No: You need to consult your doctor or go to the closest urgent care facility, especially if short of breath. Do not delay. Post operative respiratory issues can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Hi i recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th. Still have swelling and tightness. Should i be worried?

Hi i recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th.  Still have swelling and tightness.  Should i be worried?

NO: You are still i the early stages of recovery from the surgery you described. With time and physical therapy the symptoms should resolve .It cqan take a good 3-6 months to recover fully. ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus last Thursday. The swelling in her foot has Progressively gotten worse with pain. What to do

My daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus last Thursday. The swelling in her foot has Progressively gotten worse with pain. What to do

She needs to be seen: The symptoms you have described suggest a possible infection that may be developing- increased swelling and increasing pain suggests that you should call her doctor and have her seen as soon as possible. Using Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen) will only mask the symptoms and delay diagnosis. ...Read more

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Causes/severity of post-op swelling of the knee after removal of the stitches and some standing/walking? Torn ACL&meniscus & a fracture were repaired.

Causes/severity of post-op swelling of the knee after removal of the stitches and some standing/walking? Torn ACL&meniscus & a fracture were repaired.

If the wound is-: -well healed, and this is new swelling, not left over from the surgery, it could B sign of infection, especially if U have pain @rest &have a fever, even if low grade. This needs immediate eval by Ur surgeon. ...Read more

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Injured knee dec 2013 X-rays and MRI of April 2014. PT until September, different doctor said torn acl and meniscus, did surgery to repair after months of Pt still in pain. Did steroid shot in May 2015. Now there is a grinding feeling in knee ?

Injured knee dec 2013 X-rays and MRI of April 2014. PT until September, different doctor said torn acl and meniscus, did surgery to repair after months of Pt still in pain. Did steroid shot in May 2015. Now there is a grinding feeling in knee ?

See knee doctor: you might need to see a knee doctor for evaluation and possible repeat MRI,to see what is causing these sounds. Meanwhile improved your thigh muscles by exercise that will take the pressure off the bone or the ligament ...Read more

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How long can you go with a torn acl?

How long can you go with a torn acl?

Varies: Depending on your activity level, your ability to rehab the knee, and also whether you play cutting sports (like tennis, basketball), it's actually possible to live with a torn acl. Here's a recent study on this subject: http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa0907797?Siteid=nejm;keytype=ref;ijkey=g71wpxzkhwyf2;. ...Read more

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How do I get exercise when I have a torn acl?

How do I get exercise when I have a torn acl?

Brace it: Many people elect not to reconstruct a torn acl but want to continue to exercise. So to help your knee stability there are acl braces that are specifically designed to reduce the shifting forward of your shin bone under your thigh bone. This is what the acl normally functions to do. You need an orthotist to properly fit you and teach you how to properly adjust it to your knee. Ask your ortho doc. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are common symptoms of a torn acl?

Please tell me what are common symptoms of a torn acl?

Common symptoms : Include instability with lateral of twisting movement. Often people will say their knee just feels weak or loose or mushy. Catching and locking can be symptoms as well as significant swelling initially. Usually is a result of a non contact twisting injury to the knee. Often people will say they heard or felt a pop. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Acl Tear (Definition)

A ligament connects bone to bone. so if you have a torn ACL, there result is instability between the two bones that ...Read more