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When Can I Start Driving After Acl Reconstruction
R slower than L knee: Generically it may take longer to be able to drive safely after right knee surgery since this is your driving foot. Once you are off daytime narcotics, can efficiently get into and out of car seat, and have painfree and normal reaction time moving from gas to brake pedal, you are probably safe to drve. Many state have something like our state's "impaired driver law". Check with your dmv. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Laws vary by state: Always discuss postoperative activity allowances with your surgeon. Many states have basic impaired driver laws to help guide this decision. Several basic parameters can help. You should be off daytime narcotics, able to safely and efficiently enter/exit the vehicle, and your reaction times to move your foot from gas to brake pedal should be normalized. Right knee surgery will require more time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: probably can begin at about 3 months post op ...Read more
Variable: Every surgeon has his/her own preference for returning to walking and weight bearing, so ask your surgeon! for my reconstructions, i typically allow full weight and walking on the day of surgery. It is aided by crutches until the quad muscles can adequately function to allow walking. Normal working without a quad inhibition can take anywhere from a few days to a few months after surgery. ...Read more
It's Possible: 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. Obviously 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. If surgery not planned consider Regenexx Stem Cell Therapies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had acl reconstruction surgery on my left knee Oct 2014. I recently started experiencing pain in my left arch after running a mile. Help?
ACL recon: 22 year old lady s/p ACL reconstruction. What method did your surgeon use? Patellar tendon, Achilles allograft, hamstring? Rest, ice your foot until pain free then return to your running activity. Compress with an ACE and elevate if swollen. If any significant bruising or continued pain see MD. This is a sports injury probably not related to your ACL recon however you can discuss w/MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after ACL reconstruction (patellar autograft) with medial meniscus repair and lateral meniscectomy can one start taking anti-inflammatories?
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