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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?

How much time off work do I take after an ACL reconstruction?

Variable: That depends on a number of items: the type of work you do, the method of acl reconstruction, and the graft choices. In some situations, it may take 4-6 months before returning to work. On the other hand, I have patients that are able to return to office work a couple days after an all-inside allograft acl reconstruction. Definitely ask your surgeon! ...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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Can your own tissue grow into a Lars Ligament ACL reconstruction?? how does a lars ligament work?

Can your own tissue grow into a Lars Ligament ACL reconstruction?? how does a lars ligament work?

Great question. Mayb: Maybe. In theory the LARS ligament acts like a structural scaffold for remanants of your ACL tear that are vascularized. Early studies are promising but much more is needed to understand success rates. Maybe the graft and Lars could be seeded with stem cells and PRP to promote intergrowth and improve stability.

See this interesting case: http://www. Hindawi. Com/journals/crior/2015/160381/ ...Read more

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Had acl reconstruction on 18th april, region between kneecap and shin feels weird while walking. Knee buckled 2-3 times, should I be worried?

Had acl reconstruction on 18th april, region between kneecap and shin feels weird while walking. Knee buckled 2-3 times, should I be worried?

No need to worry: 3 months after an ACL Reconstruction it is normal to still have quad muscle weakness which can give you the sensation of you knee buckling. Depending on what type of graft you had, it is not uncommon to have areas of numbness from the incision that can cause weird sensations between the knee cap and shin.
If you had a re-injury, you should see your medical provider first. ...Read more

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11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. Is that normal?

11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. Is that normal?

ACL/MCL: Yes, early fatigue is normal because of lack of strength. It takes time for you to re-build stamina. It is always good to check in with your surgeon as well. ...Read more

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When can I walk? Having ACL reconstruction, MCL and lateral meniscus repair. When can I go to work? Special needs teacher constantly standing. Thanks

When can I walk? Having ACL reconstruction, MCL and lateral meniscus repair. When can I go to work? Special needs teacher constantly standing. Thanks

3 weeks: Usually after a meniscus repair you need to be non weight bearing for at least 3 weeks. With just an acl reconstruction, most of the tim e you will be walking by 2 weeks. Of course, it can be 6 weeks until you are walking relatively pain free. ...Read more

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

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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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Had acl reconstruction on 1/8/2016 using a patellar tendon graft. My question is- Is it normal to lift your leg with tendon when muscles don't work?

Had acl reconstruction on 1/8/2016 using a patellar tendon graft. My question is- Is it normal to lift your leg with tendon when muscles don't work?

No: The answer is "No" because tendons don't contract... meaning they don't move on their own. The muscles contract. To move against gravity, such as lifting a leg, at least one muscle has to move. Otherwise, nothing happens. To move with gravity, such as letting a leg drop down, whatever muscles that were holding the leg up just have to relax or stop contracting... and the leg will drop. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

Difficult to say: You describe a fairly significant knee operation and set of injuries. It's hard to say without examining you and reviewing your studies. Your orthopedic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question. It's safe to say that your recovery will last for several months with a lot of physical therapy. ...Read more

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What types of exercise should be avoided after an ACL reconstruction?

Varies: Initially after acl reconstruction you are placed in a brace with the knee locked in extension. Pt starts soon afterwards. Most doctors agree to avoid leg extension (open chain) exercises since this may put unwanted stress on the knee. Once you have restore function to the knee you twisting and cutting exercises maybe started around 3 months and return to sports 6-9 months depending on things. ...Read more

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What to do if I have screws out after an ACL reconstruction?

Nothing: Depends when they were taken out and the kind of graph used, usually nothing needs to be done and you can return to all activies ...Read more

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How important is it to attend physical therapy after an ACL reconstruction?

How important is it to attend physical therapy after an ACL reconstruction?

Very: After acl tear and reconstruction, it is very common to see loss of muscle bulk (atrophy) of the quadriceps group of muscles which is the main knee muscle above the joint. These muscles need to be strengthened after acl repair. You will never find an athlete who undergoes acl repair/reconstruction who does not go through and extensive pt program. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever woken up sore in entire body after an ACL reconstruction?

Has anyone ever woken up sore in entire body after an ACL reconstruction?

No, not really: Soreness of the whole body after acl surgery is unusal unless you either are having a systemic problem developing concomitanly or you have an allergic intolerance to medication. ...Read more

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At what point would a surgeon discharge you from care after an acl reconstruction e.g when your running again etc?

At what point would a surgeon discharge you from care after an acl reconstruction e.g when your running again etc?

9-12 months: Usually it is at least 6 months before you go back to pivoting type activities. Some will recommend longer depending on different factors including the type of graft and fixation you have as well as any other injuries that may have occurred initially. I usually follow my patients for 1 year to make sure they are back to all their activities comfortably. ...Read more

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How much does an ACL reconstruction usually cost? I don't have an insurance

How much does an ACL reconstruction usually cost? I don't have an insurance

Call surgeons: Call several surgical groups or individual surgeons and tell them your situation. You may come across someone who can provide the services you need and give you a financial break. Same thing w/hospital. I'm sorry that it has to be done this way but you can make it happen. Your local doc can help also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How much does allograft ACL reconstruction cost?

How much does allograft ACL reconstruction cost?

Thousands: According to cole dw, et al from wake forest university in arthroscopy 2005, the average hospital charge for allograft acl reconstruction was $4622. Nagda, et al in corr 2010 reported a mean cost of $5465. These costs do not include preoperative office visits, MRI to confirm diagnosis of acl tear, postoperative physical therapy. Costs may vary by practice, hospital, asc, insurance, etc. ...Read more

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How much allograft ACL reconstruction cost?

How much allograft ACL reconstruction cost?

Depends on the graft: There are many variables when it comes to acl grafts. Often has to do with a availability and demand of the particular type. (econ 101). Soft tissue grafts are often less than grafts with bone on the ends. There are many different sterilzation techniques that are important to consider which have different costs but also different affects on the quality of the graft. Can cost btw $1200 and $5000! ...Read more

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Is it okay to postone my ACL reconstruction to next year as I am busy this year? Or is there any urgency? I don't feel much pain as of now. Thanks

Is it okay to postone my ACL reconstruction to next year as I am busy this year? Or is there any urgency? I don't feel much pain as of now. Thanks

Maybe: Studies of people with torn acls show that the longer they wait the greater the chance of damaging other structures in the knee such as meniscus and articular cartilage; when this additional damage is present the outcomes of surgery are not as good; if you already have meniscus or cartilage damage you may not want to delay that long; talk to your local md, consider a second opinion. Good luck! ...Read more

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How successful is an ACL reconstruction?

Fairly: Successful in replacing the ACL. However that said, the new ACL has no nerve supply going to it so you may not know if you re-injure it in the future. Secondly the way the ACL is replaced in our current surgical options, its not the same place as before and therefore the stress on the knee can increase causing degeneration in the joint as well. Consider Regenexx Stem Cell therapy options. ...Read more