Knee Surgery… Anybody busted their ACL before?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
13528 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Darling Husband tore his ACL right after the wedding.  Highly recommend that you opt to use part of your hamstring tendon for the repair and NOT a cadaver or patellar tendon.  The hamstring will have a longer recovery process but will be significantly stronger overall. 

Be diligent with your PT.  Make sure you get and move around as soon as you can because blood clots are a real threat here.  The good thing is that ACL repairs are fairly routine now, so you should be good to go in a few months!  Best of lucky for a quick recovery.

Post # 17
187 posts
Blushing bee

I tore my ACL and meniscus after getting hit by a car. I was hit March 2015 and didn’t have surgery until March 2017. A lot kind of semi recovered on its own but I just never had the mobility I used to have, plus the doc recommended I get surgery. I’ve heard some people jumping back into shape and being able to be out and about after 3 weeks but I could barely even walk yet after 3 weeks following the arthroscopy. My biggest issue was water retention and recurring inflammation that would lead to more swelling. My biggest tip is: do physical therapy!! It’s so important… I neglected it a bit which is probably why my recovery took longer as well. I also started taking turmeric pills to combat the inflammation, which helped a lot! I haven’t had any recurring inflammation since. I didn’t really gain any weight, but if you are prone to weight gain then just eat extra healthy, I guess?

Post # 18
2635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My husband tore his ACL playing soccer before we met, but he had the surgury to repair it while we were dating.  It took him a while before he got all of his strength back.  Be sure to listen to your doctors and don’t over-do activity.  You don’t want to go through it all again!!  Darling Husband is good as new now, but he still hasn’t gone back to playing soccer- it’s terrified of tearing it again. 🙁

As far as the recovery though, he did pretty well.  He was only on strong pain pills for a couple days.  The tricky part was that he couldn’t drive because of the brace for a couple weeks, which was a challenge.  He did go back to work after the first week though- he just needed a coworker to pick him up.

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