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What works best for an ACL repair? Hamstring, patellar tendon or a cadaber

What works best for an ACL repair? Hamstring, patellar tendon or a cadaber

They all work well.: The three types of grafts all are acceptable in acl reconstruction. It really depends on what graft your surgeon is most comfortable using. As well as, whether you want to use your own tendons or if you care about a cadaver. Long term results are excellent using auto or allografts. ...Read more

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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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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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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What to expect for recovery from an ACL repair?

What to expect for recovery from an ACL repair?

Stable knee: An acl reconstruction that heals well should provide you with a stable knee. Other variables such as the status of your knee joint cartilage and especially the status of your medial and lateral menisci also weigh heavily in determining your final degree of functional painfree recovery. Immediately postoperatively, you will have mild to moderate pain and swelling relieved by oral pain meds. ...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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Is there a way to help my boyfriend after his ACL repair surgery?

Is there a way to help my boyfriend after his ACL repair surgery?

Supportive: For the most part you just need to be supportive. He should be largely self-sufficient and should be able to get around pretty well, and start working on his range of motion and strengthening exercises. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 7 weeks post ACL repair with continued swelling. Should I worry?

I'm 7 weeks post ACL repair with continued swelling. Should I worry?

Depends: An acl reconstruction has usually calmed down by 7 weeks. However, there can be many reasons for swelling. Swelling along the inner part of the knee could mean that you are still limping on the knee (and need to continue working on quad exercises). Swelling inside the knee could relate to associated damage such as cartilage and meniscus injuries, even if addresses at surgery. Time for a follow up! ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are ACL repair scar suppose to be so sensitive?

Can you tell me, are ACL repair scar suppose to be so sensitive?

It can be: I'm assuming u had an arthroscopic acl reconstruction using your patellar tendon for the graft. ... The incision beneath your kneecap can remain sensitive for some time after the surgery; esp. When getting on your knees. This will improve w/ time. U may want to try gentle massage w/ vitamin e cream or other topical compound cream (prescription needed).Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it bad to soak in a hot tub after ACL repair?

Is it bad to soak in a hot tub after ACL repair?

Hot tub: Ask your physician, but should be ok if the wounds are completely healed. ...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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What are the functional restrictions after having an ACL repair?

None: After the acl reconstruction has matured, which takes 6-8 months, the body has grown into the new acl graft, and there should be no restrictions. After a new reconstruction, we limit running/jumping/pivoting to allow this graft to mature. Depending on technique and graft, we typically avoid running and jumping for 3-4 months and pivoting for 6-9 months. ...Read more

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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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If I stop my sport for some months can ACL repair it self?

No: The acl does not heal. You may be able to adapt to your acl- deficient knee w/ time but most young adults will have problems. Most common problems include knee instability, meniscus (cartilage) tears, and inability to return to previous activity level. Middle- aged adults may avoid surgery w/ quad strengthening/ bracing and activity modification. Good luck! (see ors). ...Read more

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Can the same doctor that does an ACL repair do a PCL repair?

Yes: An orthopedic surgeon is a specialist in sports medicine who is trained to take care of knee injuries like ligament tears involving the the acl, pcl, mcl, and lcl, or torn cartilage. Treatement may involve surgery, which is common with ACL injuries, or it may be non-surgical, which is more common with PCL injuries. ...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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What to do if I am going into the coast guard and recently had ACL repair surgery from a football injury?

What to do if I am going into the coast guard and recently had ACL repair surgery from a football injury?

Knee rehab: Keep up the knee rehabilitation exercises which were provided to you after your ACL surgery, and maintain your overall strength and fitness as well, and you should be fine ...Read more

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I understand that there is a difference between ACL repair and reconstruction? My x-ray shows screws, does ACL repair involve screws? What did I have?

ACL repairs R a --: -thing of the past, it is not repairable. U had a reconstruction. Allografts or autografts R used. Allo=tissue from a cadaver, fresh frozen from the donor, auto =using Ur own tissue. ...Read more

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How many weeks of physical therapy are needed after ACL repair?

How many weeks of physical therapy are needed after ACL repair?

It depends: It depends on a host of factors. Some important factors are the pre- surgical condition of your quads and hamstrings, your overall general conditioning, whether this was an isolated injury or whether other structures (e.G pcl, medial meniscus, etc.) were also injured, amount of post-op swelling. There are many others. Range often as quick as 10 weeks or as long as 6 months. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a swollen left foot after a ACL repair?

Is it normal to have a swollen left foot after a ACL repair?

Possibly: Assuming that surgery was performed on your left knee, it is not unusual to have dependent swelling in the same limb. Inform your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the normal timetable for recovery from ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair using pateller tendon?

Variable: Protocols vary a great deal, but typically the meniscus needs about 12 weeks to heal before aggressive range of motion and strengthening can begin. Typically 6-8 months before return to cutting sports is required. ...Read more

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How long does ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair take?

How long does ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair 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. Add 30 minutes for each meniscus repaired. ...Read more

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After I get my ACL repair surgery will I be able to leave or do I have to stay in the hospital?

After I get my ACL repair surgery will I be able to leave or do I have to stay in the hospital?

ACL surgery: Most acl surgery is done on an outpatient basis meaning that you will likely not spend the night in the surgical facility. If you have other medical conditions that need monitoring after surgery, your surgeon may decide to keep you overnight. Prolonged admission following acl surgery is not common. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm getting an ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair next month. Is soccer possible afterwards?

Yes: If you did not get surgery you could not play soccer or participate in any activities that require side to side or cutting activity. ...Read more

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I'm having my second ACL repair surgery. They are taking it from my hamstring. How long will I expect to be on crutches?

I'm having my second ACL repair surgery. They are taking it from my hamstring. How long will I expect to be on crutches?

2 weeks or less: Sorry you have to undergo ACL reconstruction again! Hope all goes well. Quadruple/ bundle hamstring autograft for ACL reconstructions are fairly common in revision cases as are allografts. If your quadriceps strength is good now then u should be able to discontinue crutches generally 2-3 weeks after surgery. (quicker w/ allograft). Strengthen your quads now.! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Is it uncommon to get an infection post ACL repair and is it difficult to control such an infection? Surgery done in Bangkok.

Is it uncommon to get an infection post ACL repair and is it difficult to control such an infection? Surgery done in Bangkok.

Under proper: Precautions it is rare to get an infection, unfortunately orthopedic infections can be difficult to treat and any graft may have to be removed ...Read more

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'm three months out of ACL reconstruction surgery and bi menisci repair, I have only 100 degree of flexion and I haven't got the full extension yet?

'm three months out of ACL reconstruction surgery and bi menisci repair, I have only 100 degree of flexion and I haven't got the full extension yet?

Hopefully that: Is better than when you started. Most of the benefits would be there by 3 months, AND, even without having a problem and surgery, people can improve their mobility, strength and flexibility over time with consistent physical activity.
Signs of problems would be deformity, swelling, things getting worse not better over time, or signs of infection. ...Read more

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I had a ACL repair 2 yrs ago. What are the chances the screw in my bone would come back out?

I had a ACL repair 2 yrs ago. What are the chances the screw in my bone would come back out?

It's possible: It is possible that your screw can work its way out, or cause discomfort in situ. If this happens, talk with your surgeon, as he/she may be able to easily remove the screw if your repair has sufficiently healed. This usually requires local anesthesia with sedation, or occassionally a general anesthesia to quickly remove the screw. ...Read more

Dr. Elisha Atkins
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