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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 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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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.
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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

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How long is recovery for ACL reconstruction?

8-9 months: The initial recovery for acl reconstruction has dramatically improved. Most patients are now quite functional anywhere from 1-6 weeks after surgery, and can perform daily activities (and varies between surgeons and individual patients). However, the acl graft takes 8-9 months to fully mature, so pivoting activities still need to be restricted. Newer evidence is supporting the need to restrict. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my ACL reconstruction has worked?

Talk to your surgeon: After an appropriate amount of time, your knee should feel stable to you and to your surgeon. Physical examination and discussion with your surgeon should confirm that your procedure was successful. If questions persist, a repeat MRI imaging study can demonstrate acl graft integrity and when blood supply has returned to the graft and it is ready for high stress activity again. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last post-acl reconstruction?

How long does the pain last post-acl reconstruction?

A few weeks: The acute pain from surgery typically last only a couple of weeks. Following, it is not uncommon to feel less pain as time goes on. However, it is also normal to have soreness and some swelling in the knee for a few months following major reconstructive knee surgery. ...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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What is the procedure like for an ACL reconstruction?

What is the procedure like for an ACL reconstruction?

Acl: It's done as an arthroscopic procedure, outpatient surgery, using a graft to replace te acl. Check out www.Orthoillustrated.Com for some animations or youtube. ...Read more

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