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I know this is the wrong place but it fits better here than in the off topic board. I was just diagnosed with a complete 100% tear of the ACL in my left knee. Has anyone here been through this surgery? How did things work out? I have to go through about 4 weeks of physical therapy and then we will make a decision on whether or not to do the surgery based on my life style and other factors.
 

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Tore mine a few years ago.....repair of mine worked great for a few years......I ski.....ice skate.......motorcycle........ride horses........snowmobile......dirt bike........and my job is a landscaper/gardener............Then in April 2005 I completely tore it beyond repair......I had it replaced with a cadaver part in July 05 ........ Brace for 6 mos.....all the time......except sleeping and showering..........along with some PT......after 1 year got a clean bill and am back to doing whatever I want........seems to be working......and I'm not a spring chicken.......
 

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I have not had the surgery but the love of my life is a Physical Therapist. She is very good at what she does and she is highly respected on the Central Coast. I can tell you this. Find a Physical Therapist who is a Manual Therapist. Someone who is hands on. The other type is a Mechanical Therapist and they pretty much just put you on a machine and leave you there. You want someone who will manipulate the muscles and give you specific excercises to streghthen(sp) the muscles around the tear.

The most important thing after that is to follow the Therapists instructions and do the excercises no matter how dumb they seem. You will be the biggest factor in your recovery....Good Luck.
 

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Tore mine completely in the left while snow skiing and did something to the right sometime before I screwed up the left. Orthopedic Doc said I could spend the money having it repaired by also said that those who did ended up with arthritis in that knee in later years. Also heard on the tube that some of the cadavers (sp) they used were from russia and had HIV, not all, some.

Doc said there are many who have torn theirs and don't realize it. I just worked the muscle in the knees to mantain stability. I can leg press over 600lbs with no major feeling of pain. I can't squat and put pressure on the knees like I could before, and it sure feels good to bend the knee when I have been on it for a while, just can't squat.

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Tore mine too, several years ago. Opted not to have the surgery ( typical nurse you know) and did the exercises the ortho recommended. Also walked 2 + miles a day at that time. He told me as long as I kept walking and it didn't hurt then there was no need to think about fixing it ( not that I was going to let him anyway, but he didn't need to know that) . Haven't had a problem since, unless I have to go a few days without the walks and then it gets kinda sore and stiff. See alot of patients where I work in the recovery room and they seem to do ok with the surgery, but still am not letting them cut on me ( must be cause I work in the profession I guess) . So far, so good - and it's been 8 years now. :D BTW - bowflex and am presently at 200 lbs . No problem
 

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Tore mine really bad about 12 years ago.......ski trip....literally!

Doc said surgery would be 50-50 on whether it would be better........

I skipped the surgery and did a little PT. It works well........enough.......But I did it when I was 35 or so. I am not sure what the future holds.......but I don't have any pain. But I don't ski anymore.
 

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tore mine skiing, sold the skis. wore a articulated knee/leg brace for months, no therapy, just stayed off it and quitting jogging etc. year later it was pretty much gone unless i strained it, 8 years later i dont even know its there. still dont ski.
 

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get a good sports doctor... be prepared to have some painful rehab... my daughter best friend tore hers in soccer came out at 100%... but boy do I remember the tears.
 
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I've only tore the minicus in both knees, but my wife and 2 of 3 sons tore their ACL's. The boys both tore theirs playing basketball the same week, one in college the other in high school, one the right knee, the other the left. We all have had them surgically repaired and don't regret it. I went for years without until the knee just hurt too much even walking. Make sure to do physical therapy afterwards, that is what really helps get back to normal.
 
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Ruptured a blood vessel some years ago, mine just whithered up and DIED.
The stump got caught under the knee, 2 years ago....
got DE-stupmed, and havent looked back... no ACL in either knee
 

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Those who have had an MD tell them that fixing it is not 100%, should find a good sports medicine orthopedic specialist.
The rule of thirds applies to ACLs. 1/3 of people can return to NORMAL activities without surgery; 1/3 can return to MODIFIED activities without surgery; 1/3 will NEED the surgery to have a normal lifestyle.
The surgery is done to PREVENT early onset of arthritis. It is when the surgery is NOT DONE, that the knee "wears out" prematurely (in around 20 years). That is why the surgery is almost always recommended in the young person and a "wait and see how you are doing" attitude is taken in the 40+ year olds. When a 45 year old tears an ACL and can expect arthritis in 20 years if not repaired, onset of arthritis is at 65 years old and most have some arthritis by then anyway. It may not be worth the surgery if the person can still participate in normal activites.

Bottom line: if young, get it fixed. If older, you can wait. The surgery is the same whether you do it now or 12 years from now.

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I tore my right one back when I was about 19 in the 70s. They really couldn't fix it back them. Tore the left one in the 90s.

The right knee I fell on in 93 and a doctor told me I needed knee replacement but he could get me 10 years out of the joint if I do acl replacment. I did it and it was painful with hard rehab. 3 years later he said the joint had worn out much quicker than he had expected and wanted me to have total knee replacement. I left and never went back.

I had the left knee replaced in 2003 or 04 I forget. That doctor told me acl should not be done if you are up in age that it simply tears up the joint faster. A knee replacemnt don't give a rat's behind about the acl or pcl they both get cut out anyway.

I'm still waiting on having the right knee replaced. They refer to it as grossly deformed now.

Just my 2cents worth. look at your age and what you want to do with you life. If a brace and pt work go that route.

For the record ACL hurts but nothing compared to total replacement and the rehab required for it.
 
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I've had the MRI done on both of my knees and am meeting with the doctor to go over options.

My knees will just scream like a banshee without any seeming provocation, a cane is looking mighty appealing to me, and I've got a death grip on stair handrails.

Hearing about people's recovery really gives me some hope in what has been a very difficult past year or two.

Thanks.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I have done a lot of reading on the subject in the last 24 hours and it, along with your guys comments helped relieve the stress of the matter. I found http://www.aclsolutions.com/ to be very informative. I hope the PT works but I don't see how. My knee bends backwards when I put weight on it and my legs are already much stronger than average because of the work I do. Maybe I will be surprised in the upcoming weeks but I really expect to have to do the surgery. Thanks again and good luck to all of you!
 

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MotorcycleBoy said:
I know this is the wrong place but it fits better here than in the off topic board. I was just diagnosed with a complete 100% tear of the ACL in my left knee. Has anyone here been through this surgery? How did things work out? I have to go through about 4 weeks of physical therapy and then we will make a decision on whether or not to do the surgery based on my life style and other factors.
I had a similar injury after falling off a ladder. My doctor recommended not repairing the ACL due to my age. I was 50 at the time. (the repair is done with a transplant from a cadaver). I had orthroscopic surgery to repair my miniscus. Had physical therapy, wore a knee brace. I'm good as new. The only thing is, I have to avoid doing anything that will cause the knee to twist. Such as hiking etc. Good luck.
 

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Motorcycleboy,
Your knee bends backwards (I am assuming it hyperextends) because of the brain's inability to know exactly where the knee is and what it is doing (these nerve endings also get damaged in the injury). There are exercises that can help restore this (it's called proprioception).
Believe it or not, an elastic knee sleeve can also be useful because the brain can get additional information from the pressure of the sleeve against the skin, allowing it (the brain) to sense the position of the knee.

Good luck!

Andy
 
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