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Offline liverpool89

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« on: October 24, 2004, 07:58:41 PM »
im 15 and 3 wks ago i injured my knee playing football.  (soccer) My studs got caught in the ground and pulled my knee. For half an hour i was in complete agonoy it swelled up straight away. i managed to get to hospital and they sent me home sayin i had pulled my medial ligiament. I went back ten days later because my knee was still swollen and i could not straighten it. they did an x ray and the doctors thought it reavealed a Avulsion fracture. i had an MRI scan. The surgant thought that i had partially tore my ACL and there may be fragments of bone out. I had surgary yesterday they had a look inside cleaned my knee of blood and they saw a completly ruptured ACL. They talked to me yesterday and told me im too young to have reconstructive surgary because they would have to drill through my growth plate this could stop my leg from growing. they are going to do surgary in the next 6 months. What i would like to know is how long before i can play football again after surgary and rehabilitasion (i played at a high level)

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2004, 11:50:50 PM »
If you have AOL IM, you can IM me at xxsskittlezxx ...

However, I tore my ACL when I was 16, right before I turned 17 and I had a lot of the same questions that you have.  What your doctor says has a lot to do with it.  My doctor told me, because I play lacrosse, soccer, and basketball, that I most likely could not go back to such contact sports until about 7-9 months.  This is to get my knee fully strengthened again and avoid any other injuries.  

If you have any other questions about the surgery and procedures and what not, I know there are many sites that you can visit to get information on all of it.  That's what I did.  Google and Yahoo have good information if you type in "ACL Reconstruction" or something like that.  Those sites might also have information on recoup time and how soon you'll be able to get back to sports.

Good Luck.
1/15/04 = ACL Rupture (fully torn)
11/17/04 = ACL Recon. Surgery

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2004, 01:19:52 AM »
Hi there, Sorry to hear of your injury.It  is sickening for anyone, let alone someone of your age who is well into sports.It may be a blessing in disguise that you can,t have surgery yet as this will give you plenty of time to find a good knee specialist to do the op, don,t let any old general orthapaedic surgeon anywhere near your knee, i did that and found out to my cost that some of them just aren,t up to the job.As for how long it will take before you can play again, the most important thing you can do is be patient and work long and hard at physio before you even attempt playing again, IT WILL PAY OFF.  
         Best of Luck,

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2004, 05:30:38 AM »
Saying  that you are too young is a poor excuse for delaying surgery.  I would suggest that you find an orthopedic surgeon with either a lot of experiance with ACL tears or a pediactric OS.  There are tons of studies out there which show that by using the proper graft, ACLR can be completely successful with no damage to the growth plates.  

Have they done x-rays to determine the exact status of your growth plates?  
1999 LR, 2002 ACL/PLC recon, reversal of LR, 2004 ACL revision, 2006 Car accident torn PCL and small fractures resulting in bone chips in my knee.  Torn MCL 3 times.  Wicked screws under IT band and Pes Anserine.  June 2008-Hip Arthroscopy.