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Offline momhanaway

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Re: Looking for a volleyball player success story following ACI
« Reply #165 on: April 12, 2010, 05:01:38 PM »
I was happy to post good news!  :D  I will try to come by every once in a while and give updates.  I'm not with her very much during the school year, but we do talk and she keeps me posted. 

When she was facing this big surgery, I went hunting and hunting for success stories to encourage my daughter that there was hope for her knee.  I hope her story encourages others, especially young athletes, that they can return to their sport. 

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Re: Looking for a volleyball player success story following ACI
« Reply #166 on: April 21, 2010, 06:21:15 AM »
13 months post ACI.  My husband and I met our daughter at her doctor's appointment today.  She is fully released to play volleyball.  He said "I'm letting you loose."  She is beyond excited.  He told her to wear a compression sleeve, but no knee brace. Increase intensity in 10% increments.  She had another spring tournament today.  After almost 2 hours of playing, she had no knee pain.  She is still playing on the right side which has less lateral movement.  She is starting to do shuffles and karoake drills to help with lateral movement. 

Thought I would share the GREAT news!

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Re: Looking for a volleyball player success story following ACI
« Reply #167 on: April 21, 2010, 02:51:11 PM »
wow, I am still amazed by how quickly she's back playing at a high level.  I don't remember seeing it, but where was her defect and what was the size of it?  Is her OS surprised at how quickly she recovered?  I know she's doing well, but I'm still a little surprised her OS is letting her go 110% at only 13months.  Thanks again for posting! ;)

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Re: Looking for a volleyball player success story following ACI
« Reply #168 on: April 21, 2010, 04:59:35 PM »
I had to go back and look this up.
Chondral defect, lateral femoral condyle
Measured at 2cm x 1.5cm

When she had the first MRI during the season her freshman year, the defect was 8mm.  She played the 2nd half of the season in pain because she was told that she wasn't going to make it worse.  After the conference tournament, she was ready to see a specialist to get another opinion and get her knee fixed.  That whole process was not fun.  It took 3 opinions before we were able to move forward on this, she went in for microfracture but the lesion and the surrounding cartilage were not favorable for that procedure so the OS harvested cells and closed her knee back up.

She was in VERY good shape because she had just come off of a season of volleyball in November and her surgery was in March.  I think her age (19 at the time) combined with her fitness level aided in her speedy recovery but it still was very challenging and mentally she has had a very rough year. 

The OS told her yesterday that there are no standards or long term results to go by for athletes returning to high level activities and most of the cases are collegiate athletes because professional athletes are not ready to take the risk and lose the amount of time it takes for rehab.  I think he said there are few European professional athletes that have had ACI surgery.  So basically, we will see how it goes.  She feels great and confident about her knee. 

I also think because she is a student athlete, her job is to be a student and to be an athlete which narrows all her energies into those 2 categories.  She has trainers working with her every day.  At times I think they have pushed too hard, but that is also why she is so far down the road.  The OS said yesterday that my daughter has to be the one that decides what is too much, in other words, she has to listen to her knee.

That was a long answer!  ;)

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Re: Looking for a volleyball player success story following ACI
« Reply #169 on: September 30, 2010, 04:24:01 PM »
Back for an update.  Had a slight set back after 2 a days and scrimmages.  Daughter had knee swelling and pain.  I saw the workouts that she did over the summer and was amazed that anything would stir up her knee.   She had an emergency MRI done.  The graft was intact!  We were so thankful to hear that news  :)  Daughter was prepared for the "talk" no more volleyball.  She had a bone bruise above the graft site.  Doc said no more playing middle blocker at least for this year.  It's been about 3 weeks.  She has been doing great.  No swelling or pain.  She called the Doc and asked if she could re-try playing her position because she feels so good.  He said her knee was the "diagnoser." 

I am posting a video from last night.  She is #8, dark jerseys.  First part, her team is on opposite court.  She is playing on rightside (she gets 2 blocks).  Then on closest court she is playing defense in back row.  You can see how she is moving.  She is working hard to earn back her playing time. 

She probably won't ever play beyond college except for recreation, but for now she is excited to contribute to her team while getting her degree.  She will make an excellent coach one day!

Hope this encourages you! 



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Re: Looking for a volleyball player success story following ACI
« Reply #170 on: September 30, 2010, 09:28:31 PM »
Wow she is back rather quick after having ACI. It must be due to her youth.
April 2008 microfracture left knee trochlea
Jan 2009 ACI harvest from right knee
Mar 2009 ACI right knee trochlea
July 2009 Aci left knee
Nov 2009 left knee scope to check graft















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