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Offline chelsea86

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How much different should a reconstructed knee feel:
« on: December 09, 2009, 11:06:06 PM »
How much different should a reconstructed knee feel:

Hi I have had a reconstruction of my knee with acl, lateral collateral ligament and poster lateral corner of my right knee reconstructed, in june 2008 and am having real trouble with the knee.

The reason I say this is I have visited many specialists and have voiced many concerns about the looseness of my knee, they keep on saying it is normal for the knee to be looser and the knee will feel different after.

When I lift my operated leg in the air and wiggle my foot from left to right the knee feels so loose, it feels like the bones in my leg are moving independently of each other, sliding over each other, and it is actually painful to do even 18 months after surgery. Similarly when I swing my leg to simulate a football kick, the leg does not feel attached, I have little control over where my foot will land and where it will end up.  When I try and sidefoot a football, all of these factors come into effect and when the foot is opened up to strike the ball the knee feels very loose, and the knee  feels like it shifts inside when I strike the ball with only a small force it certainly feels different alright.

Does anyone else have this different feeling after surgery of the knee feeling looser than it was before, if so how different does everyone’s feel, in what ways is it different. How much different should the knee feel before the knee is just wrong.

As I said the specialists definition of different worries me a lot, in my opinion different should not mean worse, now my knee feels the worst stability wise than it ever has in my life. I don’t understand how they could possibly think something is not wrong, when my knee feels less stable than straight after I originally injured my knee when I ruptured three ligaments in my knee.

Offline jess8181

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Re: How much different should a reconstructed knee feel:
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2009, 01:12:46 AM »
I have the opposit problem in that my knee is way to tight after reconstrcution, it sounds to me like the ligaments may have stretched or you don't have enought muscle buildup yet.

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Re: How much different should a reconstructed knee feel:
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009, 09:53:21 PM »
This is a tricky one.  I had ACL reconstruction in July this year and have experienced a 'looseness' feeling.  I also raised this with the surgeons who said similar things - that it would feel a bit loose and would never feel the same again.  I do a lot of weights at the gym and am runnning 4 times a week and I've noticed that it's feeling tighter and more solid with each month that passes.  I've not tried to play football and probably won't.

Maybe you could try and speak to another doctor but it doesn't sound great that it still not feeling stable 18 months down the line.















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