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When ACL surgery failed?

When ACL surgery failed?

Acl failure: Acl graft can fail for many reasons. Usually it's a repeat injury. Other reasons can be discussed with an orthopedic surgeon. ...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 ACL surgery failure?

When ACL surgery failure?

Technical reasons: Less then optimal position of the graft in the femur and tibia can result in loss of motion, laxity and failure
then again you tore the one you were born with and you can tear a graft.
Seek guidance from an experienced knee surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I expect post ACL surgery?

What can I expect post ACL surgery?

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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What happens after I get ACL surgery?

What happens after I get ACL surgery?

ACL surgery: You will likely be on crutches for 1-3 weeks. You will likely be enrolled in a rehab or physical therapy program. You will likely use a brace to protect the knee for the first several months. ...Read more

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Is it ok to shower after ACL surgery?

Is it ok to shower after ACL surgery?

Yes: In general, it is okay to shower. Each surgeon has his/her own preferences, so I would go by your surgeon's instructions. I generally let my patients shower the day after surgery. The small portal incisions usually heal enough after the first day so that the risks of infection or wound breakdown are quite rare. ...Read more

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What can I expect when having ACL surgery?

What can I expect when having ACL surgery?

Knee will improve: There is a fair amount of pain for a few days and then it gets better. Your surgeon will discuss the type of graft he would like to use for you. The rehab takes up to 4 - 6 months to return to sport. Many patients are waiking without a limp in a few weeks.
Many patients recover fully and can go back to sports. Often the outcome is determined by meniscal tears and arthritis which may be present. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to recover from an ACL surgery?

Patience: Unfortunately, the acl graft takes around 6-8 months at the earliest to completely incorporate and return to full strength. It means that any time before 8 months, there is a risk of retearing or partially retearing the acl. Recovering from the actual surgery itself is much quicker, and early range of motion and quad strengthening can return you to an excellent baseline function. ...Read more

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Is their any alternative of ACL reconstruction surgery?

Is their any alternative of ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Strengthen the hamstrings and exercise only on the treadmill. That's about all the high impact activities you could do after an acl tear. ...Read more

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I am having my ACL surgery in a months time any advice would be great, should I be concerned?

I am having my ACL surgery in a months time any advice would be great, should I be concerned?

Expect Hard Work: 80% of the outcome is dependent on good post-op therapy. Early active range of motion, weight-bearing as tolerated usually at first. Strengthening with closed chain exercises can start within the second month. By 4 months, it is possible to return to competitive sports if the therapy effort has restored 80% of thigh strength. Surgery takes 2 hrs., and is outpatient usually. ...Read more

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What is rehab like after ACL surgery?

What is rehab like after ACL surgery?

Necessary: After a severe injury to the knee like an ACL injury & subsequent surgery, the knee is weakened, swollen, painful, and in need of major healing. Without thearpy, one may not gain all of the potential that is left in that injured knee. It may be painful to go through the rehab, but it is necessary. With the right therapy, supervision & medications, you should do well. Work hard. It's worth it! ...Read more

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Pain and stiffness after ACL surgery?

Pain and stiffness after ACL surgery?

Some is expected...: How long has it been since your procedure? Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you had recent surgery I would suggest you continue rice, post-op exercises, and pt as directed. However, if this pain seems to be indicative of infection or DVT (due to time frame of surgery or any other symptoms) then contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Will I need a catheter for ACL surgery?

Will I need a catheter for ACL surgery?

Not usually: If you mean a catheter for your bladder the answer is not usually. Some surgeons have the anesthesia doctors (with the patient's permission) perform a nerve block on the operative lower extremity to help with postop pain control. Sometimes a small catheter is placed into the skin at the site of the nerve block to allow the numbing medicine to go in over a few days. ...Read more

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What can I expect for post ACL surgery therapy?

What can I expect for post ACL surgery therapy?

Physical Therapy: You should begin a dedicated physical therapy protocol that has been time tested to help maximize range of motion of your knee while not placing your reconstructed acl in jeopardy. You should discuss this with your ortho surgeon and schedule your first pt appointment before surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about treatment post ACL surgery!?

Can you tell me about treatment post ACL surgery!?

Typical protocol for: Me is bracing in hinged brace. Dressing off at 4-7 days and then you can shower. Stitches out at 14 days. All the while therapy in the brace and wean out of brace 4-6 weeks once quad strength has returned. Crutch use typically is done by 2-3 weeks. Then pt 2-3 times a week until about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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Will I ever be able to run again after ACL surgery?

Will I ever be able to run again after ACL surgery?

Running after ACL: Surgery to reconstruct an ACL is not something that eliminates running from your exercise routine. You do you need to adequately rehab your knee and leg prior to running again after surgery. Assuming you did not have other injuries in addition to the ACL, you should be able to run without restrictions after completing your rehabilitation. ...Read more

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After ACL surgery, when will I be able to walk again?

ACL recovery: The answer depends on the specific type of procedure that you had done. The general answer is 2-6 weeks until normal weight bearing. ...Read more

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Will I need to relearn how to walk after an ACL surgery?

Will I need to relearn how to walk after an ACL surgery?

Walk before run: Typical ACL rehab protocols allow walking starting the day of surgery. Depending on your surgeon's practice you will likely be limited by a brace in the beginning that keeps your knee straight - walking on a peg leg. When you regain strength in your quad muscle, the brace can be unlocked. At 6wk follow up, the majority of my patients are walking with relatively normal gait. ...Read more

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How to get screw removed after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Unnecessary: Screws used in acl reconstruction are either absorbable (which means the body will incorporate it), or non absorbable. A nonabsorbable screw is typically buried in bone and doesn't cause damage to surrounding tissues. If it really needs removal, we must ensure the acl reconstruction has matured completely. Waiting a year after reconstruction before removal is preferred. ...Read more

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Are standing leg extensions okay to get after ACL surgery?

Depends...: Check your surgeons post-op protocol and/or check with your physical therapist. Together they will be able to answer specific questions about your exercises and recovery. ...Read more

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What happens if you do not get therapy after an ACL surgery?

Many things: You will have a prolonged rehabilitation process, perhaps more pain and swelling, perhaps loss of function and a poor outcome. You may heal, but you will not heal as well as with the therapy and may not be able to do what you would like down the road. Work with your doctor and therapist to be all that you can be without joining the militatry! ...Read more

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Are urethral catheters used during ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Acl reconstructions typically take between 20 and 60 minutes to perform. Catheters are only necessary for surgeries that take longer than 2 hours. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I sleep on my stomache after ACL surgery?

Please tell me, could I sleep on my stomache after ACL surgery?

Yes.: You should be able to, if your knee can tolerate the position. You won't damage the ACL by sleeping on your stomach. ...Read more

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Still can't bend my leg a year after ACL surgery. Is this normal?

No: Need to have an orthopedic specialist or the surgeon look at it. ...Read more

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How strong is an allograft tendon for ACL reconstruction surgery?

Very strong: One criteria for an allograft and the way it is fixed is that's its strength need to be as strong as the original acl. At the time of surgery, if done properly, the pullout strength is higher than the native acl. As the body grows into the graft, there is some weakening, followed by strengthening when the graft matures. ...Read more

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When will I be able to walk without crutches after an ACL surgery?

When will I be able to walk without crutches after an ACL surgery?

Many surgeons allow-: -it even without a brace. It all depends on the surgeons training and experience. Be sure to have it by a fellowship trained sports med orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long after ACL surgery would I need to keep my leg elevated for?

How long after ACL surgery would I need to keep my leg elevated for?

Variable: The more you elevate the leg the better immediatly after surgery. This lasts for at least the first 3-4 days. After the acute period, you shuld elevate it whenever you feel like it is swelling. After the first month, the mojority of the surgical swelling shoul have resolved. Pain or swelling in the calf is another story, you should notify your surgeon immediately with any new calf swelling. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after ACL reconstruction surgery before I play again?

How long should I wait after ACL reconstruction surgery before I play again?

Avoid cutting 4-6 mo: Most surgeons recommend against a return to full cutting and contact sports until 4-6 months after surgery. Only then has adequate time passed to allow for adequate quadriceps strength and knee motion to return along with adequate maturation of the graft that was used to reconstruct the torn acl. ...Read more

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What is the strength of an allograft tendon after ACL reconstruction surgery?

What is the strength of an allograft tendon after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Depends.: Allograft tendons can be as strong or stronger then autograft tendons, depending on what you are comparing. Patella tendon autografts are "gold standard" but hamstring tendons are quickly being recognized as being just as good. One downfall to allografts is that it takes longer for your body to "ligamentize" the graft, however there are benefits to allografts as well. ...Read more