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Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« on: September 03, 2007, 01:31:15 PM »
Im so confused at the moment! please read this and give me some advise! here goes!

Two years ago i (what felt like) dislocated my left knee playing football, but being a mug never went to the docs strait away. anyway i tried to play again about a couple of months later and the same thing happened again, and again. ill explain the pain. it only happens when i turn or change direction, or all my weight is on my left leg. something jolts and i give way.

I saw three independant sport physios who all told me they couldnt find anything wrong with it and all i had to do was build up my quads! but it happend again while i was at work.

Had an operation about 6 weeks ago (key hole) and they found that i had torn my cruciate and they trimmed some of my cartlidge aswell! i saw the doctor this week and he advised me if i want to play again then he wouldn't reccomend a second op where they take a piece of tendon and strenghten the cruciate, but just to build my quads again! but this didnt work before so why shold it now!

In conclusion i would like to know if anyone has had a similar injury and how they got over it, mentally as well as physically please! any advise welcomed with open arms

Thanks
Nick
torn acl left knee august 05
ripped meniscus august 05
Key hole february 06
aclr february 08

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Re: Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007, 01:44:09 PM »
Hi Nick ~ If your cruciate is torn, it's not going to repair itself. Surgery would be necessary to reconstruct it. If you were not interested in participating in sports you could get along w/o the ACL (which is the ligament I presume you've torn), but chances of seriously playing a sport w/o a cruciate are slim. You'll read if you go to the cruciate board of athletes who do play w/o it but I think if I were you I'd be heading to another OS for an MRI and second opinion. Reconstruction might be the better way to go if your knee is buckling. Wishing you well...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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Re: Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2007, 01:58:14 PM »
Thanks for that! im so confused as to what has gone on though! firstly it was ripped and needed reconstructing. but the latest convo i had the the surgeon he stated that it was "lax" does that sound correct! i have to wait 6 weeks to see him again and he said to try and do some sport but im not sure! im worried it will give way again. infact im certain! but until that happens it seems nobody is taking my word for it!
torn acl left knee august 05
ripped meniscus august 05
Key hole february 06
aclr february 08

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Re: Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2007, 07:41:58 PM »
the latest convo i had the the surgeon he stated that it was "lax" does that sound correct! i have to wait 6 weeks to see him again and he said to try and do some sport but im not sure! im worried it will give way again. infact im certain! but until that happens it seems nobody is taking my word for it!

I honestly don't know about the laxity of the ACL. I do know that a torn or sprained MCL & LCL will indeed heal if given time. Although there are people who say even those healed ligaments are never as good as they were originally. The fact that nobody is taking your word for what you feel pretty certain will happen if you play a sport would send me to another OS whose specialty is knees for a second opinion..Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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Re: Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007, 10:03:01 AM »
Thank you for taking time to write back to me. i think i will take that second opinion! are private sessions very expensive though?
torn acl left knee august 05
ripped meniscus august 05
Key hole february 06
aclr february 08

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Re: Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2007, 01:06:18 PM »
I don't know where you live but I'm in the US (CT) & my insurance, fortunately, is excellent. I'm fortunate to be able to seek second opinions w/o breaking the bank.

l believe at some point, however, a person needs to seek a second opinion even if it is cost prohibitive. If you're in the position where you'll have to pay for it, by all means choose your doctor carefully so you have access to the best you can find. Wishing you well...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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Re: Any help gratfully appriciated! please!
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2007, 03:43:44 PM »
Im sorry im so naive, i think everyone is from the uk! im from England, i think the nearest knee specialist to me is Cambridgshire! so not to far. im gonna have a run out tonight and see how it goes just for good measure! but any twinge and ill be off in a shot. thanks again. take care. nick
torn acl left knee august 05
ripped meniscus august 05
Key hole february 06
aclr february 08

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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2007, 08:53:32 PM »
Hardly naive, Nick. W/o telling one another where we're from we can only make a guess. Sometimes I find the manner in which a person structures a response can be a giveaway. <g> But I do hope you can find some answers & do keep us posted...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.