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Tore my ACL - January 16, 2008, 03:57 PM

So yeah, playing indoor soccer at the indoor complex in manassas was a GREAT idea.

I get confirmation MRI on monday and surgery consult on tuesday. Doc is 99.9% sure.

Wee

ok so there are three options. My doc recommends the Cadaveor, however my boss who's daugher tore her ACL at the same place I did recommend the most painfull option of the Patellar Tendon. Supposedly 3 days of post surgery excrutiating pain.

Ive read these and other google links but want to hear from you folks who have had it done.

Fuck turning 30 has been the worst for me.

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/aclrepain/a/acl_3.htm

3 surgery choices:

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/aclr.../aclgrafts.htm



My dad used his hamstring, my mom did the cadavor..


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Ouch!

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January 16, 2008, 04:04 PM

If it were me I'd talk to the doctor and go with the one that will allow you to heal as close to 100% as possible.

Sorry to hear that man...hope you bounce back quickly!


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January 16, 2008, 04:04 PM

I did the patellar tendon thing, and it was gravy. Any surgery there will be swelling, and THAT'S what causes most of the pain. Or at least, that was my experience, and I had a much more complicated surgery than just ACL. But it's held up great for the last few years.

Even if you trust your surgeon implicitly, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS get a 2nd opinion!!

Ask for the little icing machine -- it was HEAVEN! It looks like a little Igloo cooler with a weird butterfly attachment that you ace bandage to your knee. It circulates cold water continuously over your knee, keeps swelling down and without ice dripping down your shorts (never a fun surprise).

Alex, I have a ton of survival strategies if you need help. And I think you're down my way, so let me know if you need anything. Hang in there -- this time next year you're in the clear.

PS with the cadavers -- the AIDS scare isn't as bad as it was, but HIV and other viruses are enough to scare me away from cadaver parts.


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January 16, 2008, 04:12 PM

gotcha.

Well i say post up what you got here, somewhere someone will be happy to hear your advice.

INCLUDING me!!


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I didn't have my knee done but I did have the Achilles done. First was in 2003 when I tore it and on Nov 9th, this year, I had a second procedure because of scare tissue and water that bound up. Pain is pain but you have to do your rehab or you'll really be in pain. They give you meds for pain also. Use them!!! Good Luck and when you can't play..........COACH!!!


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WHATEVER YOU DO, LISTEN TO YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST. IT'S THEIR JOB TO GET YOU BACK TO NORMAL!

If you don't have experience walking on crutches, get them early and practice!

Take a pair of easy to put on but NOT easy to slip off shoes for after surgery. You can easily flip off flip-flops accidentally. I bought a pair of Teva "flip flops" designed for swimmers walking to and from the pool and into the tiled shower, but they don't slip off easily (had some neoprene to them). Non slip soles. Were awesome for traction on wet days. You will lose some flexibility, so avoid having to tie sneakers, at least for the first few weeks.

Don't get frustrated. The best "i had surgery" stories are the funny ones about how difficult things are.

Percocet is a beautiful thing.

An office chair with a back makes a GREAT way to transport food to and from kitchen to couch when you're home alone.

YOU WILL BE VERY TIRED. The simplest things will knock you out. Taking a shower did me in for 6 hours.

Video games are your friends. Boredom was the WORST part of post-surgery, even all the pain.

Buy a step stool for the bathroom. Maybe this is just for my short legs, but in the brace it was EXCRUTIATING to let it hang there. So I used a step stool to prop it up when on the toilet.

Survey your house before you go in for surgery. Are you stuck on the first floor with no bed? Make sure your wife can hear you holler in the middle of the night if she's upstairs/downstairs. No shower on the first floor? The sink makes a great place to wash your hair.

Have friends in, but remind them you're on pain killers and will fall asleep often. I think I had friends over every night to watch movies with me and I never made it past the first five minutes of any of them.

Step stools and dog leashes can help you get in and out of trucks so you can be mobile by yourself.

Get your temporary handicap placard!

These are just a few. If you have specific scenarios, let me know. I went to college to be an AT/PT so this stuff is second nature to me.


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Ping Todd about this as well.


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January 16, 2008, 04:35 PM

Is there a chance they can sew an extension in it?


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January 16, 2008, 04:46 PM

My brother had the patella tendon version and my buddy just had cadaver. Cadaver is less invasive but again it is someone elses tissue.

Get the icing as mentionned earlier and don't expect to be 100% for about a year or so.
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January 16, 2008, 04:49 PM

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Is there a chance they can sew an extension in it?
No you didn't...LOL
Bummer Spud, heal quick!
We'll compare scars when you get done.


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January 16, 2008, 05:34 PM

OUCH, I broke my ankle in 2 places down at the South Park Run indoor field, playing soccer too. yeah , I know an ACL is different to an ankle.

ADVICE - post op make sure you listen to your physical therapist. Do whatever they tell you and the way they tell you to do it, otherwise you heal like a gimp!

Advice#2 - Play soccer outdoors. I play under lights, outside, even during the Winter.

Good luck - at least this happened in the Winter so you are not going to miss much riding time.
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January 16, 2008, 06:19 PM

Like you, I tore my ACL & MCL while playing soccer and I had the surgery using my own tissue. I've also known people that have used parts from a cadaver and healed nicely. It's definitely a preferential thing and the thought of having stranger's tissue in my body was freaking weird. I still have some numbness in my frontal patella region, but didn't lose any strength or speed to the leg. My surgery was 8 years ago. Since then, I tore my MCL in the other knee, but no surgery.

My advice however, as someone had mentioned above, DO NOT rush getting back on your feet. Listen to your physical therapist because they know what's good for you. I made a mistake of rushing myself in the beginning and was running 3-5 miles just after 2 mos post-op and I HURT everyday!!! Good luck with the surgery and speedy recovery.




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Sucks Alex.

Hope which ever method you chose works well.


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