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Offline rugbyjules

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Ruptured ACL advice
« on: May 24, 2005, 07:54:30 PM »
Hi all,

I'm totally new to this forum and I'm looking for a bit of advice on ACL reconstruction pls:

I injured my right knee about 4 weeks ago while playing rugby.  Didn't think much of it at the time as it was more uncomfortable than really painful but the next day I could bend or straighten my leg or weight-bear.  I went to the hospital where they said it was probably a meniscus tear and i was given crutuches and told to rest / not weight bear for a while.  After a follow-up appt on the NHS I got an MRI scan arranged (through work private heath insurance) from which I found out that i'd totally torn my ACL.

Aftyer seeing a consultant I've pretty much decided now to have the ACL reconstruction but my follow-up appt with the consultant to finalise this is now not until the beginning of july.  I was told I'd need to use the time until then to build up my knee and regain full mobility.  I've done a fair amount of work in the gym since then and almost have full movement again (all be it with a bit of pain at full bend or straighten).  Would I be able to ask about getting the op done earlier than this at all does anyone know, or is there a definite gap between injury and when they will operate? (All this I know presumes that even going private that I'll be able to get an op arranged soon).  I guess I'm just a bit impatient and want to start rehab asap to minimise any time that I'm out of playing rugby!!

I know these worries are fairly small-fry compared to some others I've read about on the board but any advice / experience people have about this (and esp rehab time after op before playing contact sports again) would be v much appreciated



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Re: Ruptured ACL advice
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2005, 08:09:27 PM »
Hi rugger...can't answer question re time before surgery with any expertise (personal experience was my OS was ready to do surgery after one month rehab post-injury..I, however, was still trying to avoid it :) ), but with regard to return to contact sports, you'll find a poll with comments posted on the Cruciate ligaments board.  Hope it helps. 
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Offline clhimes

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Re: Ruptured ACL advice
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2005, 10:02:23 PM »
My doctor, in the States, wanted to wait until the swelling had subsided, my other ligaments had healed, and I had full ROM--about 8 weeks. As it turns out, because of my own schedule I'm waiting about 5 months.  The harm in waiting is 1) like you, I'd just like to move on and 2) I have a fair amount of instability, so walking is still a little awkward.  The good side is that my leg will be stronger than I think it ever has been by then!
48 y/o professor
Feb 13. 2005  skiing injury
Mar 2005 MRI shows ACL rupture, Grade III MCL and Grade II LCL sprains
ACL recon (hamstring) July 28, 2005