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Offline tiggy99

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Missing ACL???
« on: April 17, 2005, 03:25:45 PM »
I injured my knee wrestling 7 weeks ago.  I was doing a straigtening motion while my knee was being twisted.  I recently went to the dr and had an MRI one week ago.  The doctor told me that I was missing my ACL, but he said this had to have happened before this injury as it was old.  The ACL must have completely torn and then dissolved.  Has anyone else had this happen?  I am doubting my doctor because I have not had any problems with my knee before and I would think I would have had pain if I had torn my ACL.  What I would really like to know is how long it takes the ACL to disolve?

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Re: Missing ACL???
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2005, 04:27:13 PM »
Im not sure about the ACL dissloving thing, I've actually nevre heard that before, but it may very well be true. If you are not sure with the diagnosis your doctor has made, get a second opinion.
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Re: Missing ACL???
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2005, 04:30:15 PM »

I do not know about the question you are asking, but if you are doubting your doctor then you should go to a knee specialist that works with alot of ACL reconstructions & have them look at your knee. Not every surgeon does this type of procedure & you owe it to yourself to be sure.

Second and third opinions are sometimes needed. Get a copy of your MRI disk and then you can show that to other doctors for their opinion. Did your OS give you an exercise regime to follow?

Hope that you can find some answers.


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Re: Missing ACL???
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2005, 02:13:52 AM »
Apparently the ACL retracts when it snaps, or so I'm told. This might be what they are refering to when they say disolved??

Get a second opinion if in doubt.

Torn ACL December 04
ACL Reco May 05
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Re: Missing ACL???
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2005, 02:05:52 AM »
Surely without anACL you would have had problems with stability? And from the sounds of it you didn't have any problems. It could just be a duff MRI which hasn't shown the ACL. Or it could be a duff OS who has read the MRI wrong. Or possibly you may not have an ACL. But personally I would doubt that if you have had no problems since before the wrestling incident.

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Re: Missing ACL???
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2005, 08:38:50 AM »
Many people manage to live a normal life without an ACL.  A friend of mine does all kinds of sports and had a complete tear of his ACL about 4 years ago.  He manages with very few problems and wouldnt even consider a reconstruction, on the other hand  I absolutley couldnt cope without mine, my leg flopped about like a rag doll!!.
I believe 6 of the NZ All-Blacks have ACL deficient knees and still manage to play Rugby without a problem!! :o

Good luck and I hope you get some answers to your knee problem soon,

Heather ;)
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94 Meniscus Repair
95 ACL/LCLrec,notchplasty,bone graft
01 90% Menisectomy
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03 ACLrec,LAD
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