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On average, how long will ACL reconstruction and grade 3 MCL tear surgery take to recover?

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Dr. Rowlin Lichter
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In brief: ACL recovery.

Most recent records that a large number return to sports BUT almost never to a previously demanding level.
So, you first answer is NEVER. But return to lesser demands hold be three months since ligaments mature (get stronger) more slowly. For contact sports, non-professional and professional I would prefer 6 months off. Full muscle restoration is a prerequisite (sine qua non.)

In brief: ACL recovery.

Most recent records that a large number return to sports BUT almost never to a previously demanding level.
So, you first answer is NEVER. But return to lesser demands hold be three months since ligaments mature (get stronger) more slowly. For contact sports, non-professional and professional I would prefer 6 months off. Full muscle restoration is a prerequisite (sine qua non.)
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