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Is rehab needed before ACL surgery?

Is rehab needed before ACL surgery?

See below: Yes.! this is helpful to reduce edema swelling, improve range of motion, some strength and educate on future anticipated rehabilitation after reconstruction. It is always important for the patient to do prescribed home exercises in between their outpatient supervised therapy sessions to achieve the best surgical outcome. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Rehab (Definition)

Rehab is an abbreviation for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is the process of restoring one back to good physical or mental health ...Read more


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I had ACL surgery. I am in my rehab stage. What do I do?

I had ACL surgery. I am in my rehab stage. What do I do?

Protocol: Follow the protocol given to you or your therapist by the surgeon. Even if you feel really good it is always best to be cautious rehabbing ACL surgery ...Read more

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What is rehab like after ACL surgery?

Necessary: After a severe injury to the knee like an ACL injury & subsequent surgery, the knee is weakened, swollen, painful, and in need of major healing. Without thearpy, one may not gain all of the potential that is left in that injured knee. It may be painful to go through the rehab, but it is necessary. With the right therapy, supervision & medications, you should do well. Work hard. It's worth it! ...Read more

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How long is the rehab ACL knee surgery?

How long is the rehab ACL knee surgery?

3-6 months: Sometimes longer many varibles preop fitness post op goals type of repair fixation device used other injuires your surgeon can tell you best. ...Read more

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Acl and meniscus reconstruction surgery done. What is the rehabilitation period for recovery?

Acl and meniscus reconstruction surgery done. What is the rehabilitation period for recovery?

6-12 mos: Acl: generally speaking. 12 wks for straight line jogging, 6 mos for pivoting activity. 12 mos for full recovery. Maybe a bit longer if allograft used.

Meniscus: most meniscal surgeries are a meniscectomy rather than a repair. Meniscectomy recovery is about 1-2 months depending upon other factors.
Meniscal healing after a repair is not a guarantee. It takes 6-12 months for full healing. ...Read more

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Hi Dr, I had ACL surgery in April 2015. I have done all the rehab. However my knee continues to have effusion. What do I do?

Hi Dr, I had ACL surgery in April 2015. I have done all the rehab. However my knee continues to have effusion. What do I do?

See orthopedist: If you are still having swelling/effusion a year after surgery, I would follow up with your orthopedic surgeon. It is possible that there is something new going on, because the swelling from the surgery should have resolved months ago. ...Read more

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I tore my ACL and am delaying surgery. After a month of rehab, is it safe to go to a concert festival, without my ACL repaired?

Yes: Just be careful, if your acl is torn, your knee is unstable. Any twisting motions can cause the knee to buckle or give out. Wear a brace if you have one. ...Read more

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Docs Please tell, does partial thickness Acl tear with preserved ligaments attachment, heal completely with rest, rehab & medication without surgery?

Docs Please tell, does partial thickness Acl tear with preserved ligaments attachment, heal completely with rest, rehab & medication without surgery?

It depends: On the severity of the tear, and whether there is any functional impairment. It may not require surgery, but talk to your orthopedic surgeon about treatment/prognosis in your case. ...Read more

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How long are you on crutches for after ACL revision surgery using a patella tendon graft? And what is rehab like after revision surgery?

See below: Although it varies, most patients progress to weight bearing as tolerated in a brace over an approximate 2 week period and rehab with the goal of returning to full activity over approximately 12 weeks. Each case is different, I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had ACL surgery last year. After rehab returned to soccer.2 months back, tore my meniscus had more surgery. Keep getting bakers cysts. How do I get back?

Had ACL surgery last year. After rehab returned to soccer.2 months back, tore my meniscus had more surgery. Keep getting bakers cysts. How do I get back?

Keep going....: You've had a tough past 2 years. I'm assuming your acl reconstruction is still intact. If that's true then keep grinding away you will get back. The meniscus tear is a setback but if you've had it taken care of hopefully your baker's cyst will slowly go away. Occassionally the cyst can be aspirated if the fluid is not too thick and this will hasten its disappearance. See your ors. Gl! ...Read more

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Had ACL surgery 3 weeks ago, as I was doing my rehab exercises, guess I hurt myself. I have shooting pain when knee fully extended, from glute to my foot. It's not been healed in a week. Should I worry?

Had ACL surgery 3 weeks ago, as I was doing my rehab exercises, guess I hurt myself. I have shooting pain when knee fully extended, from glute to my foot. It's not been healed in a week. Should I worry?

Yes & no: My recommendation is to stop your rehab exercises for the time being, ice the affected knee, avoid weight baring, start using your crutches again and contact your Orthopefic surgeon ASAP for further instructions. Hopefully no real damage has been done except staying in a Rehab longer. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I tore my acl, what to expect after surgery?

What to do if I tore my acl, what to expect after surgery?

Rehab: This can be rough on you, but the better you stay with the physical therapy the better you will be in the long term. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I am progressing rapidly after my ACL re-constructive surgery?

Is it bad that I am progressing rapidly after my ACL re-constructive surgery?

I do not think so: People vary quite bed about how they respond to the treatment, for several reasons.
Thank god for that, you responding to the treatment very well, you must have good surgeon. ...Read more

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When ACL surgery failed?

When ACL surgery failed?

Acl failure: Acl graft can fail for many reasons. Usually it's a repeat injury. Other reasons can be discussed with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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When ACL surgery failure?

When ACL surgery failure?

Technical reasons: Less then optimal position of the graft in the femur and tibia can result in loss of motion, laxity and failure
then again you tore the one you were born with and you can tear a graft.
Seek guidance from an experienced knee surgeon. ...Read more

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What is ACL revision surgery?

What is ACL revision surgery?

For failed ACL.: ACL revision surgery is performed when your previous ACL reconstruction has failed. ...Read more

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What can I expect post ACL surgery?

What can I expect post ACL surgery?

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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What kinds of ACL surgery are there?

What kinds of ACL surgery are there?

Different graft type: The ACL is typically reconstructed (replaced) rather than repaired. We typically reconstruct the ligament with a graft. The graft choice is often individualized to the patient. The three most common graft choices are a portion of the patellar tendon (bone patellar tendon bone), a piece of the hamstring tendon, or a graft from a cadaver (allograft). They all work well in the appropriate patient ...Read more

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What are alternatives to ACL surgery?

Rehab & bracing: Not all ACL injuries require surgical intervention, but most do. Most activities of daily living can be performed without a functioning acl. Cutting, pivoting and changing direction are difficult or outright impossible for most patients without an acl. One can alter their activities avoiding those that cause knee instability, try bracing and definitely try rehabilitation in effort to avoid surgery. ...Read more

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What happens after I get ACL surgery?

What happens after I get ACL surgery?

ACL surgery: You will likely be on crutches for 1-3 weeks. You will likely be enrolled in a rehab or physical therapy program. You will likely use a brace to protect the knee for the first several months. ...Read more

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Is it ok to shower after ACL surgery?

Yes: In general, it is okay to shower. Each surgeon has his/her own preferences, so I would go by your surgeon's instructions. I generally let my patients shower the day after surgery. The small portal incisions usually heal enough after the first day so that the risks of infection or wound breakdown are quite rare. ...Read more

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How can I best recover post ACL surgery?

Overview: Initially, most of your activity is done in physical therapy. Swimming and exercise cycle are two activities you can do early, followed by the Stairmaster and treadmill. Don't do strenuous activity outside of physical therapy for ~12 weeks. (No mowing lawns, etc., no snow blowing or shoveling.)

It will take ~6 months of PT for you to return to strenuous physical activity such as skiing, soccer. ...Read more

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What can I expect when having ACL surgery?

What can I expect when having ACL surgery?

Knee will improve: There is a fair amount of pain for a few days and then it gets better. Your surgeon will discuss the type of graft he would like to use for you. The rehab takes up to 4 - 6 months to return to sport. Many patients are waiking without a limp in a few weeks.
Many patients recover fully and can go back to sports. Often the outcome is determined by meniscal tears and arthritis which may be present. ...Read more

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Will I need a surgery for a partial ACL tear?

Will I need a surgery for a partial ACL tear?

No: Typically no unless it's near complete tear and U are unstable and this limits your normal activities ...Read more

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What to expect when going in for ACL surgery?

What to expect when going in for ACL surgery?

Hard Work: 80% of the outcome is dependent on good post-op therapy. Early active range of motion, weight-bearing as tolerated usually at first. Strengthening with closed chain exercises can start within the second month. By 4 months, it is possible to return to competitive sports if the therapy effort has restored 80% of thigh strength. Surgery takes 2 hrs., and is outpatient usually. ...Read more

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Does full thickness acl tear require surgery?

Only if U want-: -a good knee. Some relatively inactive people may opt not 2 have it reconstructed. But in someone as young as U needs good functioning knee. It will deter degenerative disease later in life. ...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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Are there any risk factors during ACL surgery?

Absolutely: Just as they are with any surgery risks are inevitable. These may include but not be limited to bleeding, pain, scars, loss of motion, injury to surrounding structures, failure to provide the intended benefits which is to reconstruct your anterior cruciate ligament. There are also risks of anesthesia including heart attack stroke pneumonia and death. ...Read more