Question for those of you who have had ACL surgery
Posted May 21, 2003 - 09:09 AM
Posted May 21, 2003 - 09:26 AM
I had the Patella tendon replacement. You can't even see where the cuts were on my leg. I went home and was told to start moving right away. I was out of Physical Therapy in 2 months but I think you need to wait 6 months before doing anything hardcore because the bone needs to heal.
From what I understand, they take a section of bone with the tendon attached, drill a new hole, insert the bone and hold it with a set screw. Pretty cool. Anyway, I wore a custom made brace for quite a while and don't wear it anymore. It's been about 8 years since I had the operation.
Who's dog was it? Are the owners helping to pay for the incident?
Posted May 21, 2003 - 09:46 AM
Anyway, I have alot of rage over this that I would love to channel at her, but she's vanished. And I can't ride to blow off the steam.
Thank you for your answers.
Posted May 21, 2003 - 10:17 AM
I looked up my doctor and he has moved to Tulsa OK. He did a lot of surgeries on the Nuggets, Avalanche, etc.
I hope you find a doctor you like soon. The quicker you have it done the sooner you'll be back on the bike. One thing he did with me was to wait until all the swelling was gone from the original accident, then operated. He said this allowed for a quicker recovery.
Posted May 21, 2003 - 10:53 AM
It's a tough choice. My recommendation is to live without if you can. If you go for surgury I would coose the donor method.
Posted May 21, 2003 - 11:15 AM
That sucks. I'd probably still call the police and file a report. It can't hurt and then at least there is a record. It's not your fault she's irresponsible.
I called the cops six days later. They told me it was to late to file a report; they wouldnt do it. And the way he said it was so unsympathetic it pissed me off.
I have an appointment with a doc tomorrow who did my buddies knee and one a week from tomorrow with a doc I allready know from a previous injury. The doc I'm seeing tomorrow rides too!
Thanks guys for your recommendations.
Posted May 21, 2003 - 12:48 PM
Good luck bro. I know what you are going through as far as the kneee...make sure your doc prescribes you a custom SET of knee braces so when you are up and able you will have protection for the other one as well. As far as the rest of your story...Sounds like karma may be biting her in the ass right now!
Good luck and keep readin the posts..we will be here for ya!
"Live well...ride free"
Posted May 21, 2003 - 12:55 PM
Posted May 22, 2003 - 04:07 AM
Could be the 2002 DRZ400E ..hmmmm ..I don't think karma counts on a poor bike choice..lmao
Oooo, that hurt! I like my soft, cushy, underpowered yellow tank! It reminds me of me.
Posted May 22, 2003 - 04:53 AM
Posted May 22, 2003 - 06:47 PM
But the comment made that the cadaver part is much thicker than patella makes me wonder about how permanent using part of one's own patella is, or what is left of the patella tendon after nabbing part of it for the replacement.
I have not been in the brace for over a month. Just get on a really severe phys therapy schedule and you will like the results.
I have slipped and fallen a few times but have been lucky not to have retorn it...still can't seem to get the careful thing down pat.
Posted May 22, 2003 - 09:28 PM
Do a search on my user name and you will find several ACL/knee injury threads. I had patellar graft reconstruction in Nov '99 and rode in Feb '00 - it was too soon. If I had it to do over I'd probably opt for a hamstring graft.
Regarding the dead beat dog owner: Your medical insurance will probably go after her. I'm sure you'll be getting a letter asking for the particulars regarding how the injury occured. I got one and had to laugh to myself - I tore mine playing basketball. Ain't no one for my med insurance to go after...
Posted May 28, 2003 - 06:37 PM
Posted June 02, 2003 - 08:37 AM
Posted June 03, 2003 - 03:29 PM
Posted June 04, 2003 - 04:12 AM
There was NO ACL repair at that time. I downhill ski'ed and water ski'ed, I jogged and continued to race MX. In 1991 I twisted my knee severely several times while racing mx in AMA Dist 6 (really deep mudded ruts).
I went under the knife 2 months later where the surgeon removed 50% of the cartilage. I had pain after the surgery (I am talking MONTHS after the surgery).
In 1996, my knee started aching constantly. I went into the orthopedic surgeon who informed me I had arthritus.
He said live w/ it. I asked for and had the ACL repair. They used my patella tendon donar. That in itself was fairly painful for awhile. I too fell multiple times (on ice) and twisted my knee. I stretched the graph and it was not "hideously bad" as my therapist put it, but it was not good. I made two additional trips to the Orthopedic surgeon to have him check it. He said I was OK, and that the therapist "was not a Dr.". This guy was very conceded and quite the dick.
In January of 1992, I twisted my knee again at work and felt something give. I again went under the knife and had a flap of cartilage removed (like I couldn't afford to lose anymore!) and the arthritus SCRAPED from the bones.
The surgeon informed me later in an astonished tone that I "had the knee of a 70 year old man and it was laced w/ arthritus!" .
I am 42.
My point in all of this is to have the surgery done immediately. They may be able to save your cartilage. Talk to the surgeon about the donar graphs, i.e. patella tendon, hamstring tendon, corpse tendon.
Follow your physical therapist advice TO THE LETTER.
DO NOT DO ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO!!!
Not riding your bike sucks, but rolling around in a wheel chair after your fake knee wears out sucks A LOT worse.
Choose your surgeon carefully. There is one here in Concord, NH who has a bad ACL. I was telling HIM about the new surgery techniques. He was clueless. I couldn't get out of there fast enough!
This guy is a real pro w/ knees. When I have to go again for more work, I WILL be going here. He is on the cutting edge of knee repair.
Kevin Stone @:
Posted June 04, 2003 - 05:55 AM
have your friend also check the crf 450, drz 4oo, and ktm forums; I started this same thread in those places and got a wide variety of responses from all those places.
I've got to bump this up... My riding buddy blew out his knee last weekend at an enduro and is awaiting his MRI results.
Posted June 05, 2003 - 04:20 AM
The 15 years between tearing the ACL and fixing the ACL had quite the toll on my knee.
Posted June 09, 2003 - 07:53 PM
I used my patella, recovery was easy and as perscribed at 8-9 mos. Riding again and all is good