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Doctor insights on: Do I Need Pt With My Knee After Having A Patellar Graft Acl Reconstruction

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Do I need pt with my knee after having a patellar graft ACL reconstruction?

Do I need pt with my knee after having a patellar graft ACL reconstruction?

Yes-optimizes result: One recent study reported similar outcomes in patients who followed a self-guided rehab program to those who did formal therapy-key point is that both groups were doing therapy; patellar tendon grafts in particular benefit from pt early on to avoid postop stiffness. Talk to your surgeon-he/she should have a protocol for your therapist. I recommend sportsmetrics(tm) before return to agility sports. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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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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What's having a patellar graft ACL reconstruction?

What's having a patellar graft ACL reconstruction?

Graft choice: Acls are reconstructed in several ways. One way is to take the central third of your patella tendon with bone attached at either end and reconstruct your acl using this tissue. ...Read more

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For a non-competitive athlete, is a patellar graft or a hamstring graft most effective for an ACL reconstruction?

Acl tear: I would recommed a hamstring graft although the patella graft would work well too. The hamstring graft can be removed through a cosmetically nicer incision and there is probably less postop pain than a patella graft. I assume your question was in regards to autografts and not allografts? ...Read more

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For athlete, is a patellar graft or a hamstring graft better for an ACL reconstruction?

For athlete, is a patellar graft or a hamstring graft better for an ACL reconstruction?

Hamstring: Quicker recovery. Expected full regaining of hamstring strength at 1 year postop. No risk of fractures. Patellar tendon grafts result in only 80% regaining of quad strength longterm, and anterior knee pain complaints are high long term. Patella fracture risk postop due to graft defect. ...Read more

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Nervous for ACL surgery with patellar graft, what to do?

Nervous for ACL surgery with patellar graft, what to do?

Many graft choices: The latest multicenter level I clinical trials confirm that both allograft (donated cadaveric frozen tissue) and autograft (your own tisse; e.g., patellar BTB or hamstring, etc.) do very well for providing excellent outcomes for the unstable ACL deficient knee. Allografts have no harvest site morbidity. Discuss both options with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have pain on patella (front of knee) 4.5 months post ACL reconstruction?

Very common: Pain in the front of the knee is a common problem after acl reconstruction. More so after a patellar tendon autograft. Kee doing your rehab. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain on patella (front of knee) 4.5 months post ACL reconstruction?

What to do if I have pain on patella (front of knee) 4.5 months post ACL reconstruction?

Common if patellar-: -tendon was used. Autograft.otherwise look 4 another cause. Ask Ur surgeon. ...Read more

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Patella pop when bending my knee after ACL reconstruction. Worried?

Patella pop when bending my knee after ACL reconstruction. Worried?

Generally not.: The "pop" may be related to you breaking up some scar tissue, or it could be altered tracking of the kneecap, which should improve with physical therapy. ...Read more

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I had ACL reconstruction both knees- 2005 Left and 2009 right. Both are torn again 100%. Doctor suggests new surgeries by taking tendons from patella.

I had ACL reconstruction both knees- 2005 Left and 2009 right. Both are torn again 100%. Doctor suggests new surgeries by taking tendons from patella.

ACL tears: Its unfortunate that both are once again torn. You need the ACL for joint stability otherwise you will have to wear a knee stabilizer. I think repeat surgery is a reasonable option. You will have to be extremely careful once this is done. ...Read more

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Graft (Definition)

Tissues from one location are transferred to another . Also refers to ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more