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Offline BornToRun

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Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« on: May 07, 2018, 06:20:34 PM »
Hi, I am brand new to the forum, so please do bear with me! Iíve been looking at posts here for a few months now in the run up to my ACL surgery, and found it hugely informative and reassuring.
I am now 3 1/2 weeks post op with a hamstring autograft, and I am in a constant state of anxiety about my graft. I think I must be driving my husband crazy. Yesterday I was resting on the bed with my legs relaxed and extended. He sat at the edge of the bed and accidentally leaned back a little and put a bit of weight on my shin. I felt a little pain on the outside of the shin (where I hadnít felt pain before) and wouldnít let him hear the end of it! I havenít stopped worrying about it since. Iím guessing (hoping) something like this wouldnít be enough to tear a graft? There was no extra swelling etc. after. And how do I stop driving myself and everyone mad with worry about these incidents? Iím not even in the 6-12 week danger zone yet... And Iíll be back on that London Underground (outside rush hour) in about 10 days. No idea how Iíll cope then! Thank you in advance for any thoughts or a advice!
6 Mar 2018 - skiing fall, ACL rupture, MCL and LCL sprain, lateral meniscus tear and bone bruising
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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 06:28:45 PM »
Have you got a knee / ACL expert private sports physio lined up? If not, when did the surgeon say to start physio? I expect that starting to work with an expert will provide reassurance.

Most people who retear seem to do so as they go back to sport too soon and too much too soon (think marathon not sprint, many months not weeks) or there was some issue with the placement of the graft or quality of the tissue.

Plenty of stuff in the learning portfolio on the site if you have a look through applicable posts on ACL and rehab. I think that so soon after surgery, you need to exert a similar force to that which caused the tear in th first place

When you start commuting, take the physio advice, but an ACL brace over your clothes and crutches might keep people at bay, and get you a seat :)

Good luck :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 08:19:02 PM »
Thank you so much for the reassurance and the kind words Vickster, much appreciated!  :) I do indeed have a physio and have been seeing her twice a week for the last two weeks.
 That said, I switched last week to another physio who is an ACL specialist and who was recommended by my surgeon. I start with him properly once a week from tomorrow. There was nothing wrong with my previous physio, Iím sure she was very good, but her advice kept contradicting the surgeonís. It was getting very confusing! Iím sure youíre right, and as my muscles strengthen and I leave the house a bit more and donít spend all my time thinking knees Iíll calm down a bit. I hope seeing more progress will help too. At the moment improvement feels very slow. But Iím sure you know exactly what I mean!  :)

I donít have a knee brace, but the crutches did me proud  after the injury in getting seats. So hereís hoping! Thank you again, really appreciated. This site is great, and Iíve been reading through lots of the material. But hearing from people who have been through the knee operation rollercoaster themselves is priceless!
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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 09:09:00 PM »
Good stuff  :)

Whereabouts in London are you?
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 10:15:46 PM »
Iím based in SW London,  but work in the West End. Itís a long commute!
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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2018, 10:21:06 PM »
Ah my neck of the woods. If travelling on the tube from Wimbledon at least you'll get a seat. I'm guessing trains and buses aren't a better option than the tube?
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2018, 07:45:22 AM »
Yes, the joys of the District Line! If I leave early enough I should be OK for a seat. Iíll probably spend the whole time watching everyone like a hawk in case they bump into me. Anyone walking towards me is a potential hazard at the moment  ;D ;D
6 Mar 2018 - skiing fall, ACL rupture, MCL and LCL sprain, lateral meniscus tear and bone bruising
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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2018, 01:20:52 PM »
BornToRun, one more week has passed and I'm super intrigued in how you're feeling right now. how do you deal with it? generally, i would appreciate how is your anxiety going as time passes? and how you feel? please update whenever you can!

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Re: Anxious about new ACL graft (3 1/2 weeks post op)
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2018, 07:07:40 PM »
Hi Sait, thank you for asking! Itís a bit of a rollercoaster still. There are days when Iím calmer and a lot more positive (the day the physio put me on the static bike and I was able to pedal for instance). Other days I go back to being a paranoid wreck. Today seems one of those days. I was walking up the stairs with one crutch and holding the banister earlier. I had stepped up with my operated leg and the crutch, when my ďgoodĒ leg slipped back a bit. The sudden movement gave a slight jolt of pain through my operated leg hamstring as I shifted my weight. My husband, who was behind me, assures me the operated leg didnít move or twist at all, it was only the good leg behind. It must have been just the sudden shift in weight on the operated leg jerking my hamstring. But Iíve been absolutely terrified and googling symptoms and reading posts about te-tears ever since! Iím beating myself up about getting too confident and walking up too quickly.
How are you doing? Did you also have your ACL done, and howís it going for you? Hopefully youíre having a smooth recovery?
6 Mar 2018 - skiing fall, ACL rupture, MCL and LCL sprain, lateral meniscus tear and bone bruising
13 Apr 2018 - ACL reconstruction with hamstring autograft, small meniscus repair















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