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How long does it take to recover after an ACL surgery?

How long does it take to recover after an ACL surgery?

11 months: Full recovery from surgery to return to play in nfl football players is 11 months. In general it is a 6 month to 12 month process to return to play. Surgery itself only takes 2 hours or less but it takes months for the ligament to heal in place and then months for the leg to regain strength and another few months to return to activity. ...Read more

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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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On average, how long does it take to recover from ACL surgery?

On average, how long does it take to recover from ACL surgery?

6-12 months: It depends on what you consider "recovered"... You can walk without a brace in a couple of months, but you won't be able to return to full pre-injury activity for close to a year. You will do extensive phyical therapy early and often, and a lot of it depends on your pre-injury strength and conditioning, plus your dedication to good phyical therapy. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an ACL surgery? I just had an ACL surgery 7 weeks ago, going through pt right now. How much longer do I need to be in pt and how long would the entire recovery process be?

How long does it take to recover from an ACL surgery? I just had an ACL surgery 7 weeks ago, going through pt right now. How much longer do I need to be in pt and how long would the entire recovery process be?

AT : At 6-8 weeks you shoul be ambulating, (on my protocol), with a brace fully opened if your notion is good, otherwise locked at around your motion limits, when up and about. 8-10 wean from brace bike and walk or slow jog on even ground 12-16 progress to gentle cutting. All this time you should be on an aggressive closed chain pre for hams and quads..Gradually increase as you knee lets you, listen to it, it will let you know if you are progressing too fast. Full activity goal for my patients is 10-12 months. ...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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How long would it take for me to recover so i can go back to softball after ACL surgery?

How long would it take for me to recover so i can go back to softball after ACL surgery?

Acl: Many factors go in to return to sport. How the athlete has recovered from surgery, type of graft used, surgeon preference. This question best answered by the surgeon u choose to do yr acl. ...Read more

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Do you get a foley for acl surgery? Can u leave underwear on? How long does surgery take? Typical anethstisa?

Do you get a foley for acl surgery? Can u leave underwear on? How long does surgery take? Typical anethstisa?

Ask your surgeon: most if not all my Acl patients do not get a Foley catheter and I allow them to keep their underware if they want. Surgery is typically about a hour or so. It is done under general anesthesia, nerve block, or spinal anesthesia. Not local anesthesia. You have to drill holes in the bones and local cannot get there. ...Read more

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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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After an ACL surgery, how long should it take for my incisions to close and scar up?

After an ACL surgery, how long should it take for my incisions to close and scar up?

Probably soon.: It depends on your health. Diabetes, among other things, impairs wound healing, as does some antiseptics we used to use like H2O2. Within 24 hours, a sutured incision will have one layer of epidermal cells already. It will probably take up to 2-3 weeks at the most. When are the stitches due to come out, or was another method of closure used. ...Read more

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What are the cause(s), possible outcomes (both good and bad), and best cure for a granuloma at the lower surgery incision point of an allograft ACL reconstruction? How long should it take to recover from the granulomatous? The granuloma began oozing c

What are the cause(s), possible outcomes (both good and bad), and best cure for a granuloma at the lower surgery incision point of an allograft ACL reconstruction?  How long should it take to recover from the granulomatous?

The granuloma began oozing c

Tough question: This is not an easily answered question. Most diagnosis of granulomas distal to an acl reconstruction have a high potential for being an infection. Some of these are continuous with the graft, fixation, and even the joint. Because of this, a careful examination along with imaging is often needed to assess whether an extensive debridement versus graft removal is necessary. ...Read more

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