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Offline Bruce23

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Tunnel Enlargement after ACLr
« on: April 07, 2008, 08:23:14 PM »
Hey guys,

I have seen some research on "tunnel enlargement" after acl reconstruction surgery.  However, I can not find any info on patient education sites. 

What is this?  I suppose it is the tunnel that is drilled in the bones for the graft.  I thought the bone would fill up during healing and would bind the graft to the bone (in hamstring).  Is that not right?

Thanks in advanced
Martial arts accident 11/16/07
ACLr + Meniscus trim 4/24/08

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Re: Tunnel Enlargement after ACLr
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 03:04:56 PM »
Hey there,
 I actually just had my 1 year post-op appt with my knee dr after having acl repair, med and lat menisci tears, and a patellafamoral (sp?) tear. I had an XRay that showed I had tunnel enlargement.
 Tunnel enlargement is when the tunnel they drilled either for a screw or pin with button, widens out, sometimes to more than twice as much as the original size. I'm not sure how much mine is yet, the mri will show that, but yeah, the bone doesnt usually heal itself I dont beleive.