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    Monday, June 04, 2007

    ACL Surgery on Friday

    My season is over...  No more Friday night soccer for me. A few weeks I was taken down from behind on a break away and hurt my knee, I thought it was just a sprain but when the swelling didn't go away, I went to the doctor.  The original diagnosis was a turn meniscus and strained ACL / MCL.  But after an MRI, it was determined that I completely tore my ACL and have some meniscus damage.  So this Friday I'm going in for ACL reconstructive surgery and meniscus repair or removal.

    Anyone been through an ACL surgery?  How fast did you recovery?

    8 comments:

    Rich Ruh said...

    Rob,
    Sorry to hear about your knee. I don't have any personal experience with ACLs, but I hope you recover quickly.

    -Rich

    bill in florida said...

    Tore my ACL 9 years ago, then completely blew it, i.e., severed it, in November 2005. Also tore the meniscus on both sides. Oh, and enjoyed a hairline fracture in the tibia. The most physical pain i have ever experienced. All this for the "beautiful game" (soccer).
    Anywho, recovery time could vary, but the biggest thing is to start your rehabilitation as soon as you are able. Since you're going to have you're ACL reconstructed (patella ligament or hamstring?), you should be back on the futbol pitch in no time. Good luck, and start your physical therapy as soon as possible.

    Cheers, 13:11

    Anonymous said...

    ACL recovery depends on the procedure (patellar tendon graft, hamstring tendon graft, cadaver hamstring tendon graft). The doc will probably not want you to get back to full activity until 6-months post-op. Just keep on the rehab and you'll be good to run after 3 months. Soccer may take a while longer.

    Greg51 said...

    Rob,

    I had ACL surgery on July 30th. My soccer season is also over so I know how you feel. My doctor got me into physical therapy quickly and I let the theripist know that I wanted to ultimately get back to playing soccer. The physical therapy hurts but I just concentrate on the fact that every weight I lift and every stretch I do is one step closer to the pitch.

    My physical therapist suggested that after physical therapy is over (about a month and a half) that I get a personal trainer that has experience with knee injuries to continue strengthening my knee.

    Bottom line (from what I have been told) it takes about six to nine months to return to cometetive soccer and about a year until you feel 100%.

    Greg

    Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    I tore my ACL skiing. As for surgery, I would like to recover in PA which is a 4-hour car ride from where I live and where the surgery will take place. Is it possible to sit in a car for 4 hours the day after surgery? Will the surgeon need to look at the knee before a week after surgery? Thanks.

    Posted by Holly said...

    Hi,

    I tore my ACL skiing. As for surgery, I would like to recover in PA which is a 4-hour car ride from where I live and where the surgery will take place. Is it possible to sit in a car for 4 hours the day after surgery? Will the surgeon need to look at the knee before a week after surgery? Thanks.

    alanna said...

    In June i injured my knee but the hospital just said take 6 weeks off football (soccer) but then 3 months later (1st match of the season, so my season was over before it barely begun!!) i turned direction 20 mins in and hurt it even more (september) i completely ruptured my ACL, tore both sides of meniscus, partially tore my medial ligament, partially dislocated my kneecap and bruised the tibia and femur. not nice !!
    i had my recon on 18th Dec 07 using the hamstring graft.
    i am now about 5 months post op and have been able to jog on it for about a month (althogh last time i saw my PT, about 3 weeks ago she told me to cut down on running, something about knee control ?) :S
    my knee isnt too bad now.. i get a small pain at the front of my knee below the kneecap when doing squats and lunges but apart from that its ok. i was told 9-12 months i will be back. 9 months training, 12 months competitively.. although i can do some light stuff already,
    my problem is im wanting to play in some serious football (soccer) trials next month (June 9th) but not sure whether to play. i really want to and would be kicking myself even more if i dont play but dont want to risk injuring it again !!!!
    can anyone help or give advice ??
    footiefan25@hotmail.com
    thanks
    good luck.. dont worry everything will be fine.
    x

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