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Offline Dramarama21

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Tore ACL Twice?
« on: June 02, 2005, 04:12:25 PM »
I had a question for all of you who have had to go through ACL reconstruction, only to tear your ACL again. How did you guys tear your ACL a second time? Was it when you went back to sports or was it pushing too hard during rehabilitation? I just ask because I am having my ACL surgery this summer : ) Also, if you had to have a second reconstruction, can the ACL ever be as strong?

Thanks, Christina :)
Partial ACL tear Oct. 2003 (Playing soccer)
ACL Reconstruction Aug 18th, 2005

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Re: Tore ACL Twice?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005, 05:40:33 PM »
Hey Christina-

I'm a professional soccer player and I have torn my ACL twice among other things.  I have a very, very aggressive surgeon so for the second time around my rehab was greatly accelerated and I was able to return to play in 3.5 months.  When I tore mine the secomd time, it was a purely contact injury which not only tore my ACL but shattered the tibial shell of my Townsend Premier brace. 

I would look very closely at the mechanism of your second tear, if it was contact normally your ACL would have torn regardless.  If it was non-contact it's time to look closer at other factors such as hamstring strength and knee alignment.
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.

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Re: Tore ACL Twice?
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2005, 05:44:52 AM »
Hi,

I just had my second ACL reconstruction on 5/11/05.  My first was in June 2001.  I started skiing on it about 6 months later in January 2002 but took it real easy.  I didn't ski on anything that would cause me to fall.  Since I'm an expert skier, I could ski on easy expert runs but mostly intermediate runs. 

In my second year after ACL surgery, I only skied about 12 days and didn't seem to have any problems but noticed some looseness in my knee but only while skiing.

In my third year after ACL reconstruction, I fell hard into a mogul and broke a rib in two places.  Thinking that I only bruised my ribs, I continued skiing but fell again and my broken rib punctured my right lung.  Then the lung collapsed and I got a Flight for Life helicopter ride from Winter Park to St Anthony's Hospital in Denver.  I don't recall any problems with my knee.

I noticed some looseness this past year.  It got looser and looser.  Then I felt a pop while skiing.  I experienced a couple more pops then really wrenched my knee while playing tennis.  I had really torn my meniscus and my OS told me that my ACL wasn't working well enough for skiing.  I then asked him to fix this and he did.

I think I was a little too aggressive in my rehab after the first surgery and this was the cause my subsequent knee problems.  Going skiing 6 months after ACL reconstruction was a little too soon especially considering that I was 51.  Now, I'm 55 and intend be very careful with my rehab.

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Re: Tore ACL Twice?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005, 04:28:28 PM »
schuss,

 Could you share with us what type of acl recon you had the first go round?  I am also a 51 yr old recon pt. trying to return to a sport and had an autopatellar recon.  At close to seven months post-op, I have returned to the racquetball court, but am playing cautiously for now.  I was hoping to kick up my game in just another two months, but your post now has me concerned.  Thanks for info you can supply on your acl recon method.
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Re: Tore ACL Twice?
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005, 11:50:17 PM »
Hi,

My first ACL surgery (June 2001) was a patellar tendon graft from the left knee for my left knee.  My rehab seemed to going well.

I started skiing aftea little more than six months in January 2002.  The physician had me get a custom brace since I insisted on skiing that season.  I didn't ski hard stuff and never fell down.  I knew that I challenged the knee on some of the easy expert runs, though.  I think that I should have been more disciplined in lifting weights to strengthen the muscles around the knee.  I also should have paced my rehab to ski later.  After that first year, I didn't wear my custom brace.

My second ACL surgery (May 11, 2005) on my left knee was a patellar tendon graft from the right knee.  The first thing that I've noticed is how quickly I was able to get back on my feet since the graft was from the other knee.  Clearly, my leg muscles didn't atrophy near as much.  I intend to ski easy runs in January or February, 8-9 months after surgery.  Ii doubt that I'll be skiing any double black diamonds marked ET (extreme terrain) any more.  From now on,  I will only ski with my custom brace and I've already had it refitted.  It wouldn't surprise me that it should be refitted in 6 months.

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Re: Tore ACL Twice?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2005, 12:54:11 AM »
schuss

Thanks for the history of your acl recons.  I'm afraid I can't wear a functional brace on operative knee, because I am already wearing one on an old never repaired acl and lcl torn knee and two braces are a disaster.  That's why I had to have this acl repaired.  I guess I will just continue to proceed with caution on the racquetball court.  Good thing is it is generally a noncontact sport.  I really appreciate your sharing your experience; it will help me to remember to keep playing more with my brain and less reliance on movement in racquetball until I feel total confidence in the graft. 
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