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What are the considerations in choosing an orthopedic surgeon for a revision ACL reconstruction?

What are the considerations in choosing an orthopedic surgeon for a revision ACL reconstruction?

Acl revision: Look for a doctor that is fellowship trained in sports medicine. The easiest way is on the websites of aossm.Org or aana.Org. ...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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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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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 do you tell if there is ACL reconstruction failure?

How do you tell if there is ACL reconstruction failure?

Knee feels unstable: There are many ways to define failure after acl recon. The graft can fail traumatically or because of a technical error either way you will feel the knee is unstable and slides in and out of place with buckling and giving away. At this point an MRI scan can be used to evaluate the status of the acl graft. ...Read more

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