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Title: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: Nmi1004516 on November 02, 2005, 12:29:47 PM
Hi People

My op is now booked for the 24th November , Was wondering how long on average people take off work following this kind of operation, I appreciate that everyone is different but a few answers would at least let me prepare!

cheers

Russell
Title: Re: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: heather k from wales on November 02, 2005, 01:56:32 PM
It really depends on the type of job you do.  A heavy manual worker would probably require about 3, 4 or 5 months where as a light office worker could possibly manage a week or two off.  I was 'banned' from driving until I was 6 weeks post op and brace free.

You really need to be 100% dedicated to physio.  I was in physio 3 days a week for 5 months then 2 days a week for the 6th month, then released with a 4 day a week gym programme to continue with.

Everyone is different, pain levels vary tremendously and we all recover at different rates but the physio dedication is pretty much the same for everyone.
Maybe you can manage to do the physio in the evenings after work ???

Remember the reason you are having this op.  Id imagine its for you to have a functioning knee ???  If you put the hard work and effort in now and after the op, then hopefully your knee will last you a lifetime.

Good luck,

Heather ;)
Title: Re: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: pegleg78 on November 02, 2005, 04:47:41 PM
I have had ACL surgery 2 times on my right knee, both times I also had other procedures done at the same time. The first time I took 1 week off of work and then went back to work part time for a few weeks. The second time I also had a meniscus transplant and was in a lot mre pain. I took 2 weeks off and then part time for a few weeks. I was also in school full time so I was doing a lot. If I wasn't in school I think I could have gone back to work full time not part time. I did also have a desk job at the time.
Good luck. I think i was driving at about 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: sparkle999 on November 02, 2005, 07:08:27 PM
hi
Iteach high school and so I'm on my feet all day at work. Was told I would need 6-8 weeks off minimum(ACL hamstring autograft recon only...no other damage). Have worked it so that, including the Xmas holiday i will be 10 weeks post op returning to work. My OS and PT are happy with this but they still have concerns over how I will fit the PT in when I'm back at work
Hope this helps
xx
Title: Re: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: shazbrown on November 03, 2005, 10:09:15 AM
Hi there

When I had my ACL done I was teaching computing in a secondary school.  I had the operating in early July and went back to work in October.  I was then fit and capable of doing my job properly, without the family suffering too much when I got home.   I would only say it depends what you do for a living, but do make sure you are properly fit before returning to work!

Sharon
Title: Re: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: clesher on November 03, 2005, 10:45:37 AM
I teach 8th grade physical science. (My students are 13-14 years old.)  I had a tibialis allograft used to replace my acl and no problems with my meniscus.  I was back to teaching in 3 weeks.  The toughest part was going up and down the 3 flights of stairs at my school, but what great therapy!  Walking through the crowded aisles was difficult, too.  Basically, I stand 8 hours, except for lunch.  I was tired by the end of the day, but not in any particular pain. 
Title: Re: Sick Leaving Following an ACL repair
Post by: feggie on November 04, 2005, 09:22:34 PM
Hello,
I was told by my doctor that if you use a donor graft, from a cadaver, the recovery is much faster and easier, than if you have a piece of one of your own ligaments...two surgical sites, vs. one. I am 54 years old, and was told the donor (allograph) is preferable for older people.
Good luck,
Feggie