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How long will it take me to recover from arthroscopic ACL reconstruction?

How long will it take me to recover from arthroscopic ACL reconstruction?

Usually 6 months: Acl rehab is usually criteria-based. Early rehab allows for healing of the graft and focuses on range of motion, with later rehab focusing on strength and functional activities. Once you meet one benchmark you typically advance to the next. ...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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I had my Acl reconstruction left knee(arthoscopic) done on 7th july.23 july night: i was having severe pain in my left knee.is it normal and how long?

I had my Acl reconstruction left knee(arthoscopic) done on 7th july.23 july night: i was having severe pain in my left knee.is it normal and how long?

If of sudden onset: Get 2 C Ur surgeon right away. This is about time U could have a serious infection. U should C him/her now, especially if it is has not been getting better since surgery, or is steadily getting worse. ...Read more

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Are there 2 types of ACL reconstruction surgeries? Open surgery or arthroscopy?

Are there 2 types of ACL reconstruction surgeries? Open surgery or arthroscopy?

Multiple: There are multiple variations in ACL reconstruction which revolve around the choice of graft used and the surgical technique. Make sure you have an understanding of the basic porosity and cons of different approaches and don't hesitate to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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I had an ACL reconstruction surgery through arthroscopy technique in 2009 on right knee. I twisted the knee a bit n it swelled up for 2 days?

I had an ACL reconstruction surgery through arthroscopy technique in 2009 on right knee. I twisted the knee a bit n it swelled up for 2 days?

Swelling: swelling usually is a sign of trauma and it is one of the ways your body heals. If the swelling persists you should seek medical attention. If the swelling decreases that is a good sign the problem has resolved itself. To be sure see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the typical time for knee swelling to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL reconstruction surgery?

What is the typical time for knee swelling  to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL  reconstruction surgery?

1-4 weeks: It sometimes depends on the type of reconstruction as well as bleeding within the joint. Because of this, it is difficult to predict the amount and duration. Most of these resolve as the body seals and starts to heal. The body also starts to absorb everything over the first month. ...Read more

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On average, how long will ACL reconstruction and grade 3 MCL tear surgery take to recover?

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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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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How long does it take to heal from ACL reconstruction?

How long does it take to heal from ACL reconstruction?

5-12 months, varies: This is highly variable depending on other injuries in the knee, the activity level you are returning to, and the type of surgery/graft choice used to replace your acl. In general, daily activities and sedentary work can be resumed in 2-6 weeks. Full healing of the graft varies from 6 months to 2 years. Most sports can be resumed at 6-9 months, but normal strength and function may take longer. ...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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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more