Post # 1
So I’ve been dealing with a very bad knee injury for 2 years now. I have worked hard and rehabed the knee as much as I can but its come to the point that if I’m ever going to have total mobility back I have to have an ACL replacement. My Dr told me this week that we can choose to do the surgery as soon as 2 weeks from today or we can wait until winter when I will be less active.
Here is my problem. If I have the surgery right away the rehab will take 6-8 months. My wedding is in 4 months so I would be out of the brace but not fully recovered. We have planned a very active honeymoon so this might limit what we can do on our trip. It also would greatly reduce my chances of loosing the last 14 pounds I still need to loose for the wedding. The up side of doing it now is the cost. With my current insurance my out of pocket cost will only be no more then $1500. If I wait until after the wedding I will be able to enjoy the summer, continue to work out and be much more likely to loose the weight. Also our honeymoon plans would not be effected. However the out of pocket wiLl skyrocket because. Our out of pocket cost will be at the very least $4000 and could max at $10000. Depending on rehab cost and if it goes in to next year when deductibles reset. I am so torn. I am so ready to get my full mobility back but afraid I may push Myself to hard trying to get wedding ready and cause delays in my recovery.
What would you do? save the money and get it done right away or wait? We have the money either way but I really wanted to be able to get my Fiance a new car the first of next year. If we were out all those medical cost we would have to wait until next summer or even closer to fall.
Have any bees had ACL repair or have a good knowledge of the length of recovery. I am in very good physical shape. My hamstrings and quads are extremely strong so that definitely helps with the recovery. So my Dr thinks I would be on the shorter end of the recovery time. He just can’t guarantee me I will be able to walk up and down all the ruines we planned to visit on our honeymoon.
Oh and I didn’t mention I own a massage therapy practice so part of my pay comes from working on clients. I would not be able to perform that part of my job for at least 2 weeks after surgery But more likely closer to 4 weeks.
Post # 2
I have had many knee surgeries. The major being ACL,PCL, LCL replaced/ repaired and minicus removed. Another the minicus was replaced. The last, do to a new injury, removed the minicus again and repaired the ALC, PCL and LCL. SO, not exactly just an ACL replacement. But the first major surgery I recovered in 9 months, but I also had a leg broken in two places. The last I recovered in 2 weeks. I vote that in 4 months you will be more than fine. At worst you may wear sensable heels for the ceremony and flats for the reception.
Post # 3
I had two very bad shoulder repairs. I was in a hospital based rehab/pt program. I actually burst into tears one day and told them they could not discharge one more person who came in after me before I was discharged. They told me you can’t compare knees to shoulders. They said most people assume the worst with a knee because you bear weight on it, but that you are re-learning only a single movement with a knee. Most people there did super well and quickly felt so much better than they did before the surgery.
I’d write down some questions, talk to your doc again, and go from there. Is there the possibility the knee will worsen before the wedding? If so, you may want to do it asap. I tried to put off my initial shoulder surgery- trying to out it off to the end of the year due to work- biggest mistake I ever made.
Post # 4
I’ve had the operation. I’d get it done now and resign yourself to a less strenuous honeymoon. And even with the ACL replacement I have to wear a special knee brace while skiing but stairs and walking pose no problems, never did. I was walking easily by a month or so. I threw my crutches away on day 1 lol. Those things are dangerous! And 90% of losing weight is monitoring what you eat. You can certainly do that.
Post # 5
I skated and skied with no problems for years without an ACL. It wasn’t until my 40s that the knee began to swell when I skied. I tore the ACL at 15. It all depends on your mobility now; my sister tore hers and she was a mess just walking. As I said, I’d opt to save the money, but that’s me. Also, a warning: these surgeries can fail. I know someone who had that happen and I suspect mine might have failed as well. Both of us used top surgeons. She had hers redone, I’ve resigned myself to a brace on winter vacation.
Post # 6
Thanks for the imput ladies. I do feel a little better about the recovery time. Right now pre surgery I get around just fine. I can hike for miles and have no problems. I go to the gym, lift heavy and can do the eliptical fine. I just have trouble with any type of lateral movement and I can not run without my knee giving out. I just hate to giving up my summer outside to recover but the longer I let it go the worse it will get. Plus the cost difference is just crazy.
Post # 7
Celebrating a year from ACL replacement this week and I vote to do it ASAP. Fiance and I flew out for 2 weeks of vacation the day I got off crutches at 6 weeks and apart from feeling out of shape from all the time on the couch for the first few days I was able to enjoy all aspects of our trip. Not sure what you had planned but I was able to walk up to and around the Akropolis in Athens, walk up what seemed like a million stairs in Santorini, ride a scooter around the Greek Islands and more. The sooner you fix it the sooner you can go back to your previous level of activity which for me was such a relief.
Post # 8
The cost difference would make me do it now. Also just getting it done and moving on. I went for foot surgery six months before my wedding. I’m still recovering now but I have a couple more months.
Post # 9
msmistis: my brother had an ACL and meniscus surgery. I want to say he was in crutches for 4-6 weeks and did PTfor I want to say 8 weeks? He continued to do his PT at home after that but that really didn’t slow him down. By the time the Dr. Cleared him it was aboutthe 5-6 months. The Dr did tell him not to lift heavy stuff but he was back at running pretty soon.