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Offline patty

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3.5 years after ACL reconstruction
« on: November 16, 2007, 10:36:01 AM »

Here I am again, 3.5 years after my ACL reconstruction with a swollen and painful knee!

Is there a chance that after all this time I might have problems with the pin? What could it be?

I havent done anything... I have been having a very slow life at the moment and I havent twisted or done anything stressing to the knee.

I am just really worried I might have to have another op!

Anyone has had any experience like this?

Thanks

Patty- UK
First ACL Recon 21/04/2004
Re-injury: 23/02/2018
ACL 1st Stage Revision: 28/04/18
Chondroplasty with Microfrature
Patella decompression
Meniscus repair
Bone Graft

Offline jathib

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Re: 3.5 years after ACL reconstruction
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 01:45:54 PM »
Fact is, once you have surgery on your knee it's never the same afterwards. You can expect some kind of pain forever. From your description it could be just about anything that can happen to your knee. It may or may not be related to your ACL reconstruction. You're not likely to have problems with a screw after all this time as they tend to start bothering you soon after surgery. After that they get buried in bone. After my ACL recon I had one screw taken out after a year because it was hurting. The other one is still in my knee 17 years later. None of the problems I've had with my knee are because of my ACL recon. It is still intact and holding strong. The torn meniscus is what caused all my recent problems. You could just be suffering from arthritis, a torn meniscus or just about anything.

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Re: 3.5 years after ACL reconstruction
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 02:13:54 PM »
Sorry but I have to disagree about having pain forever Jathib. It is not an automatic consequence of having had  knee surgery, despite my own experience. I agree the knee is never the same as it was - but then you have also changed over time as well. It is how you come to terms with the changes that is important. Plenty of people come through this kind of surgery and do not suffer pain for the rest of their lives.

Patty - go back to your GP, get a referral to your previous OS or maybe another one who specialises in knees and get them to look at it. Expert opinion is what you need, to find a reason for the pain and swelling. And also to answer your questions. We can sympathise, share experiences but only a hands-on expert opinion can reassure you. If you have private insurance then get in touch with a knee specialist directly - there is a really good list of UK specialists in the info pages of the main web site - click on the banner at the top to go directly to the Home Page.

Good luck and let us know how things develop

Sue  :o in Germany
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
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Re: 3.5 years after ACL reconstruction
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 04:31:00 PM »
I think everyone will experience "some kind of pain" after any surgery. This does not mean to say it's bad pain or constant pain, just pain, whether minor or major, at different times. This is based on my own experience of having surgery on several joints and that of everyone I know that has had knee surgery. After seven knee surgeries I am not in any pain at this moment. I may go several days without even thinking of my knee. One day I might have some minor pain that barely registers, some days worse pain. That's all I'm trying to say.

But, that does not mean that the poster's pain is even caused by previous surgery. It could be caused by arthritis that happened as a result. Could be anything. The fact that your knee will never be normal again often means that at some point degeneration and pain is likely to begin. I know I'm never surprised when an old injury comes back to haunt me. They always have, and they always will.

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Re: 3.5 years after ACL reconstruction
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2007, 04:41:48 AM »
Patty,

 I agree with Kaputt, go to your OS and let them take a look. It could be many different things from arthritis to a cyclops lesion. After my ACL reconstruction, I began having more pain, swelling and stiffness (beyond the normal from the OA) and it ended up being a cyclops lesion that coupled with arthrofibrosis was filling the joint. Cyclops lesions are common after ACL reconstructions and are pretty easily removed. Sometimes the scar tissue alone can cause problems as well.

Your OS can diagnose it and hopefully its not a big problem.


 Good Luck
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