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Offline ivischwartz

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2007, 12:32:43 AM »
9 months and good progress to report. I have played 27 holes of golf over the last few weeks, and NO knee pain. I am working out like crazy (for me anyway) and still building leg strength. Limp is fading, fading, fad....   Still occasional pain in the knee when I move a certain way, but overall, happy with the progress. My mindset is now to build overall leg strength for the next two months. I have ortho apppointment in about 4 weeks.

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2007, 02:49:43 AM »
That is great news!!  So encouraging for us who are still struggling thru the early months;  keep up the hard work and keep working on those quad muscles!!

Peg Leg
10/06  Miicrofracture Rt knee on mfc
defect was 1.3x2, small defect under patella
04/07 Arthroscopy/Cell harvest for Carticel
06/28/07 Carticel surgery ,Rt. Knee
12/27/07  Scope to debride Patella lesion,Rt. Knee
4/17/08  Fulkerson AMZ, Rt. Knee
6/25/09 ConforMis BiCompartmental Knee Replacement

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2007, 02:34:23 AM »
About 11 months out. Occasional limp, occassional pain when I move in a certain way. Both limp and pain are being less frequent. I cannot perceive of any changes day-to-day, but I can perceive of progress every few weeks when I reflect. I have started light jogging on a treadmill for 5 minutes at a time. The rest of my relatively frequent workouts are non-impact. Leg strength is good at this point and becoming more complete throughout the leg.

I see ortho this week. My biggest questions are (1) how much should/can I be pushing, and (2) what is the risk at this point, i.e. would graft delaminate if I do something stupid and set me back to square one?

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2008, 01:52:39 AM »
How are you feeling since you've passed the big one year mark?  What is your activity level and are you experiencing any pain at all?  I would love to hear how you are!

Peg Leg
10/06  Miicrofracture Rt knee on mfc
defect was 1.3x2, small defect under patella
04/07 Arthroscopy/Cell harvest for Carticel
06/28/07 Carticel surgery ,Rt. Knee
12/27/07  Scope to debride Patella lesion,Rt. Knee
4/17/08  Fulkerson AMZ, Rt. Knee
6/25/09 ConforMis BiCompartmental Knee Replacement

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2008, 02:56:14 AM »
Just reporting in...

15 months out. Very little pain, but an occasional twinge if I move in the wrong way. Slight limp....STILL. My self diagnosis is that I am about as good as I ever expect to get. I can work out a lot with weights, circuit training, eliptical, bike. I have given up any expectation of getting back to karate, tennis or downhill skiing. I am going to try mountain biking and next winter,perhaps cross country skiiing.

I am 42 years old, in pretty good shape, better than most, not as good as some. My mantra now is working out smart rather than working out hard. I no longer push it too hard, and if something hurts or feels funny, I just stop and move on to something else.

Am I glad I had the ACI surgery - 100% yes. Am I bummed I hurt my knee in the first place and cannot return to the same activity level - yes. Will I find other things to fulfill me - yes. Do I know what they are at this time - no, but I am ever searching.

My impressions on this site (since I am unlikely to return often) - this is an excellent one-of-a-kind resource. Many of the contributors have very serious multiple problem issues for which ACI treats a part of the problem. Some of these contributors will scare away people unnecessarily. Some people are overly optimistc type A who do not seem ready for what this surgery entails.

This was a life changing experience which is not for the impatient or undisciplined. The road to recovery is long, and you need to be psychologically strong and diligent. You have to find a good PT who is specifically familiar with this surgery and the rehab protocols which extend over 12+ months. You can get back to good, but I sincerely doubt anyone who goes through this really gets back to 100%.

Everyone's body is different and given the extreme nature of this procedure, will react differently. Cells grow as fast as cells grow - pushing your rehab is stupid, futile and will not make the cells grow and shape any faster. If you do everything right, there is still a chance something will go wrong in the recovery process. If you do not do things right, I cannot see how you will succeed.

That is what I know. I hope this thread will help at least one person who is similarly situated to me some day. Peace!

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2008, 03:40:19 PM »
22 months post surgery, and I am feeling better and better. Even my limp is getting better (finally!) Based on the carticel pamphlet, I had 18-24 months of rehab in mind, so this is about right. I have been working out a lot and doing a fair amount of mountain biking - activities which do not involve twisting the knee and shearing forces.

Most of the posts are from people thinking about surgery or having just gone through it. My question involves trying to connect with people in the same stage as myself. Specifically, I am thinking about taking up tennis again, but am very nervous about the twisting action. Thus, I am thinking about getting a knee brace to avoid any twisting if possible. Does anyone have any experience??

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2008, 10:59:13 AM »
Hello hello :)   Just a quick message. Im about 13 months post op from a fem condyle MACI, and just started hitting the ball over a net with my partner again (she is a tennis coach). I have to be honest and say that things are slow. I dont accelerate hard or cut hard, but just get some feeding to slowly build things up. Its quite good to work on that ever required technique. I do use a brace, but its a Don Joy ACL brace as i had this when I initially tore my ACL. No swelling or soreness apart from the muscles when the person the other side makes me work for it :)

Good luck.

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2010, 01:02:28 AM »
3 1/3 years post-surgery. I used to live on these board, but now rarely think about it. Well, I thought about it tonight and thought I would swing through!

My conclusion remains my surgery was a success. I never got back to karate, categorizing it as too high risk. No skiiing either. But, I am mountain biking, working out a lot and even playing tennis. I get an occassionaly twang in my knee, but my other non-surgery knee hurts sometimes as well.

I am very very thankful this procedure exists, very thankful my insurance paid for it, and very thankful I apparently found the right surgeon. In the right cases, this definitely works!

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2010, 09:07:25 PM »
Great news to hear positive feedback about the procedure.  I am one week post op and looking forward to the 12-24 month rehab is scary, but I'm glad to hear you have returned to some heavy activies and see the sucess of the procedure.  I injured mine playing basketball and think I'm going to hang up my hoop shoes for good, but still want to keep an active life style.  (biking, light running)

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11/09 Menicus Repair/ACI Biopsy

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2017, 03:58:56 AM »
10 years out. 51st bday yesterday. All still well! Just saying.

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2017, 04:26:42 AM »
That's great, thanks for your update.

Do you know what was the original grade of the chondral lesion ?  Like grade 2, 3 or 4??

Can you comment on current maximal activity levels and/or types?
2007 - partial medial meniscectomy
2010 - full thickness chondral defect & adjacent subchondral edema MFC.   Direct result of stupid partial mensicectomy from 2007.
2014 - Subchondroplasty, chondroplasty, unauthorized 2nd partial medial meniscectomy.
2015 - partial failure of subchondroplasty.

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Re: ACI Surgery Jan 3 07
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2017, 11:51:15 PM »
Not sure about grade. Was approx 1x 2 cm oval lesion.  Activity level: work out 2 -3 times per week at gym with trainer. Frequent walker: 1-4 miles per day.  Can golf but stay away from skiing, martial arts, and generally any sport really. Will occasionally limp if leg muscles tired, but goes away once rejuvenated.















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