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Having problems with knee pain from a collateral ligament repair. What to do?

Having problems with knee pain from a collateral ligament repair. What to do?

Tell Surgeon: When having post-operative difficulties - it is important to advise the orthopod who did the surgery so that the issue can be fully assessed. You can also ask your orthopedic surgeon about using acupuncture to speed healing and assist with pain control.

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What makes someone eligible for shoulder ligament repair surgery, or instability of the shoulder?

What makes someone eligible for shoulder ligament repair surgery, or instability of the shoulder?

Exam & Hx & imaging: History of dislocations, hands on xam by an orthopedic shoulder specialist may give u the answer though further imaging may b needed.

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What should I expect with a ligament repair surgery?

What should I expect with a ligament repair surgery?

Ask Surgeon.: Sorry, but only your surgeon who knows details of your injury, personality characteristics, planned operation etc. Will be able to provide you with meaningful advice/information. Best wishes.

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How soon after ATFL ligament repair can I use elliptical machine to work out?

How soon after ATFL ligament repair can I use elliptical machine to work out?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon surgical technique used and surgeons preference, but usually in the 8-12 week range.

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Had ligament repair but now have over flexible ligaments. Is there anything I can do? Ankle gives way at least 4 times per week

Had ligament repair but now have over flexible ligaments. Is there anything I can do? Ankle gives way at least 4 times per week

Therapy /alignment: Typically ligament repair is performed to increase stability and tighten structures. Physical therapy can assist to increase muscle strength and proprioception at the ankle which could be very helpful. I would also recommend a bio mechanical exam to evaluate alignment and function of extremity. Bracing can be beneficial during increased activity to prevent injury. See doc if persists.

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Can it be possible for your to cruciate knee ligament repair itself?

Can it be possible for your to cruciate knee ligament repair itself?

Generally not.: Almost always, the cruciate ligaments in the knee do not heal themselves. There are rare exceptions to this. You should see a sports medicine orthopedic knee specialist, who could me more specific after examining you.

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"can a torn outside ligament repair it self? I am told the" -- because it falls within my area of xpertise. I just need a few m "can a torn outside ligament repair it self? I am told the" -- because it falls within my area of expertise. I just need a few

"can a torn outside ligament repair it self? I am told the" -- because it falls within my area of xpertise. I just need a few m "can a torn outside ligament repair it self? I am told the" -- because it falls within my area of expertise. I just need a few

I: I don't understand your entire question...But simply put, yes a torn outside ligament (known as a lateral collateral ligament or lcl) does have the potential capacity to repair itself, especially if it is an isolated injury. If associated with other ligament injuries, more instability is present leading to more unpredictable results. Regardless, adequate time and bracing as well as rehabilitation are needed for optimal healing.

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On average, how long does one have to stay out of work after a ligament repair in the ankle?

On average, how long does one have to stay out of work after a ligament repair in the ankle?

Depends: It depends on what ligament, what location and how it was repaired. It would be best to talk to you doctor about it.

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Ankle ligament repair needed what happens during the surgery?

Ankle ligament repair needed what happens during the surgery?

Different options: Most ankle ligament surgery involves either tightening up existing ligaments if they are in satisfactory condition (modified brostrum) or using a portion of a tendon to replace the deficient ligaments (anatomic free tendon reconstruction). "non anatomic reconstructions" have fallen out of favor.

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Is it possible that knee ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair itself?

Anything is possible: But the torn acl doesn't repair itself strongly, that it can function normally. It usually is stretched out tissue, which is no good to the its normal job. There might be some scar tissue hitching the 2 ends of the acl together, but in no way, is that acl functional. I hope I have answered your question. Good luck and happy holidays.

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Is there any reason why a sciatic nerve block wouldn't be appropriate (vs GA) for lateral ligament repair with internal brace?

Is there any reason why a sciatic nerve block wouldn't be appropriate (vs GA) for lateral ligament repair with internal brace?

Ask the anaesthetist: Spinal might be appropriate but sciatic nerve block only can be technically difficult/unavailable depending on the facility and skill of the staff plus ga can be quicker recovery You should get a chance to meet an anaesthetist before the operation and could discuss this option as part of your rights re making an informed decision. Usually they will talk on the day of op.

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My toes feel like they're cold, but they aren't cold to the touch, and I can't seem to warm them up. I'm in short leg cast after ligament repair surgery?

My toes feel like they're cold, but they aren't cold to the touch, and I can't seem to warm them up. I'm in short leg cast after ligament repair surgery?

Contact surgeon: Call the office to describe the situation. They will need to tell you how to deal it it and might want to see you to evaluate the healing. No one else is nearly as good to provide answers. This is part of post-op care. Feel better soon!

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Anterior ankle ligament repair, 12 days post op. Pain ++ in last 3 days, over entire foot and shin. Turns blue when down, No fever or chills - normal?

Anterior ankle ligament repair, 12 days post op. Pain ++ in last 3 days, over entire foot and shin. Turns blue when down, No fever or chills - normal?

No: No, I would not say that is normal at all. I would definitely let your surgeon know and be checked immediately to make sure you have not had some type of complication.

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What treatments are there medial collateral ligament?

What treatments are there medial collateral ligament?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the injury. Mild to moderate injury is almost always physical therapy. Severe injury or complete disruption is usually addressed with operative repair. The decision is complex. Based on the age and health of the patient as well as the other parts of the knee that were injured at the time.

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Is it safe for me to be biking with a partially torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)?

Is it safe for me to be biking with a partially torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)?

Yes if comfortable: Biking does not stress the mcl so you should be fine if you do not have pain. If you do, a brace may be useful.

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I tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

I tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks.

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What causes lateral collateral ligament strain?

What causes lateral collateral ligament strain?

Large forces: Lateral collateral ligament strains are relatively uncommon. Lateral collateral injuries can occur with direct forceful blows to the inside of the knee, high energy trauma such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and falls from height. It can also be associated with other ligament injuries such as PCL and less commonly acl tears.

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How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. Often, it requires a surgery to reconstruct it and the surrounding "posterolateral corner.".