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How much time off work should I ask for after an ACL reconstruction?

How much time off work should I ask for after an ACL reconstruction?

It depends: This depends entirely on your job. The initial post surgical pain resolves in a few days. If you are a laborer, you may be out for several months. Professional athletes often can not return to work for 6-9 months. If you have a desk job, you could return to work in a few days. ...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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How much time off work do I take after an ACL reconstruction?

Right knee or left: In addition a big consideration is whether you right or left knee is done. If it is you left you will be driving much sooner then if it is your right knee done. ...Read more

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How much time after an Extra-Articular Lateral Tenodesis and acl reconstruction of the knee would someone be able to return to sedentary work (office)?

How much time after an Extra-Articular Lateral Tenodesis and acl reconstruction of the knee would someone be able to return to sedentary work (office)?

Varies: There is no contraindication to return to restricted work as soon as comfortable and getting around safely. For most people that would be in the 5-10 day range. ...Read more

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How much time taken for rehab after ACL reconstruction?

How much time taken for rehab after ACL reconstruction?

ACL Rehab: It depends on the graft used to reconstruct the acl as well as the technique used by the surgeon. Generally people go to therapy for 3-6 months and are able to return to sports in 6-9 months. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for an ACL reconstruction?

Several stages : Recovery from acl reconstruction has many stages. For an isolated acl recon., you will usually start bearing weight as soon as you regain quad control. That may be a few days to a couple weeks. Next work to regain full range of motion for a couple weeks. Next you strengthen the leg in therapy. Depending on you graft choice and your choice of sport you may be back to full release at 6-12 mo. ...Read more

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How variable is recovery time from a ACL reconstruction?

How variable is recovery time from a ACL reconstruction?

Well: After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. It can take up to 9 months to fully heal. Following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you are concerned talk to your doctor. Check Regenexx.Com ...Read more

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How does an ACL reconstruction with allograft work?

ALLOGRAFT: The surgical procedure for the acl reconstruction is similar to an autograft. However since the graft is a donor, extra time is not required to remove the graft and the pain can be less after the surgery. Check out www.Orthoillustrated.Com for some nice animatiions of the surgery. ...Read more

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Can an osteotomy and a ACL reconstruction be done at the same time?

Acl and osteotomy: Yes they can be done at the same time. Recommend a sports medicine specialist for this type of combined procedure. ...Read more

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How much time in physical therapy will I need after ACL reconstruction?

How much time in physical therapy will I need after ACL reconstruction?

3-4 months: Most people are inpt for about 3 months and then progrss to a home program, some patients are more familiar with muscle strengthening and conditioning programs and can be on their own a bit sooner with intermittent supervision by a pt oratc. Others are not as motivated or less familiar with exercising and need a longer period in formal pt. Full rehab from acl reconstruction is usually 9-12 mon. ...Read more

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