Post # 16
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
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
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.