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How Long Should I Wait After Acl Reconstruction Surgery Before I Play Again
Avoid cutting 4-6 mo: Most surgeons recommend against a return to full cutting and contact sports until 4-6 months after surgery. Only then has adequate time passed to allow for adequate quadriceps strength and knee motion to return along with adequate maturation of the graft that was used to reconstruct the torn acl. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Variable: Every surgeon has his/her own preference for returning to walking and weight bearing, so ask your surgeon! for my reconstructions, i typically allow full weight and walking on the day of surgery. It is aided by crutches until the quad muscles can adequately function to allow walking. Normal working without a quad inhibition can take anywhere from a few days to a few months after surgery. ...Read more
6 weeks to 6 months: This varies on the type of surgery and severity of associated knee injuries. Initially, physical therapy is critical to help regain full range of motion (2-6 weeks). Later, therapy is imperative for regaining strength, flexibility and agility. This period depends on the type of activity you desire to return to and can vary from 6 weeks to 6 months. In general, therapy should last several months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had an ACL reconstruction 6 months ago. After finishing PT my Dr said the graft is too long and my knee is unstable. Should I do another surgery ?
If it is 2 long-: -it's probably non functioning. Only way to get stability is to have it redone. Whether you should have a re do,it's up 2 you. If you can get by with a brace fine, but @ your age having it redone can save your knee from further damage from the instability. If it were me I would go for it. ...Read more
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