Hello all, just joined these forums having followed some of the threads for some time.
Having returned from the hospital this evening I was distraught to find that my second op failed (which I had back in July) and I am looking for people who may have had some similar experiences.
I first injured my ACL back in September 07 playing football and had my first operation using the hamstring tendon in Dec that year using the same surgeon my brother did a few years earlier. My post op exierances were extremely painful like many, with numerous complications and sciatic nerve problems I had no sensation in my entire shin down to my foot as well as excessive swelling.
With intensive rehab with the physios got me back to playing sport in May 2009 and I felt, or so I though, 100%. However, despite the go ahead from the physios, it took my first cricket net session to re injure my ACL, running in off five yards it gave way again and I immediately knew it had happened again. The same surgeon who operated on my back in Dec 07 diagnosed that the graft was loose and told me I needed further surgery and was this time to use a "prosthetic" ligament, using two washed polyester screws. He stated this would make the ACL far stronger and would be using the toughest screws available due to my build being 6ft 2. The prosthetic ligament, I believe is frowned upon by man surgeons but he reassured me the positives heavily outweighed the negatives and I procedded.
Although the rehab was less intense, and far less painful following the op, it never felt right, swelling up more often than it should and preventing me from participating in full physio sessions with. I was fast becoming Iron Man..getting swarmed by five foreign policemen as I was getting beeped every time I walked though airport security!
What was furthermore frustrating that my surgeon said I would have been back playing sport within 6 weeks, which I was never going to dream of doing, but it reassured me the procedure was
I attended a knee class one a week, and my physios insisted I kept my exercises to a minimum, and I was soon to have a follow up with my surgeon in Dec 09, he sent me for an xray and stated my lateral meniscus was not sturdy, but said it was nothing to worry about and that I could expect some swelling, but he was adamant it was something that would settle down in time.
My concerns continued at the beginnings of this year with the knee giving way a couple of times, and I decided it was time for a second opinion. I got to see a second orthopedic surgeon on 1st April and he could immediately tell something was not right- and MRI the following week reinforced that the second op had not been a success with the results coming through today
Following a lengthy discussion we came to a conclusion to leave me with no effective ACL for the time being with a high risk of arthritis and other implications with a 3rd op- he stated the negatives may outweigh the positives and being a 3rd try, absolute no guarantee of success.
He advised me to make my muscles as strong as possible with lots of cycling and swimming but not much else, and being 22, this made me so depressed and angry having played a wide range of sports through the years at a competitive school and university level.
Unfortunately going to change my life forever. Lets hope they bring out some form of new technology within 5 years where maybe they can grow ligament or something through genetics or something absurd like that!
Would love to hears some responses of people who have been under the knife more than once and had to endure complications just so I no I am not the only one out there!