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Offline TommyG

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20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« on: November 22, 2010, 12:54:27 AM »
hey everyone,
i have been reading everyones stories and have decided to fill you in with mine! having left school at 16 because of a professional football contract i thought football would be my life. unfortunately just before my 18th birthday i had microfracture on my right knee. this worked fine until exactly 1 year later on my 19th birthday when i broke down in a match and had the same surgery. only turning 20 last month i felt the feeling of the knee going once again and went back to bushey to see mr skinner. i have now scheduled in ACI.

being 20 years old is there any chance i'll be playing competitive football again? or even to walk properly again? as i still dont know the severity of the injury.

thanks in advance!

Tom

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Re: 20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 01:33:16 AM »
Tom

The short story is that few professional athletes have returned to sport at the same level owing to the lengthy rehabilitation period and the fact that their goals shift.  However, read the postings by Momhanaway (?) here daughter returned to basketball at a competitive level and she was 19 when she had ACI done.

The likelihood of returning will depend on the size of the defect and it's location as well as how straightforward your recovery is.

Some of the following articles may be of interest for you to read.

'Functional Outcome of Knee Articular Cartilage Repair in Adolescent Athletes' Kai Mithöfer, Tom Minas, Lars Peterson, Howard Yeon and Lyle J. Micheli Am J Sports Med 2005 33: 1147.

'Importance of Sports in Cartilage Regeneration After Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation: A Prospective Study With a 3-Year Follow-up' Peter Cornelius Kreuz, Matthias Steinwachs, Christoph Erggelet, Andreas Lahm, Stefanie Krause, Christian Ossendorf, Dirk Meier, Nadir Ghanem and Markus Uhl, Am. J. Sports Med. 2007; 35; 1261.

'Does Intensive Rehabilitation Permit Early Return to Sport Without Compromising the Clinical Outcome After Arthroscopic Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation in Highly Competitive Athletes?' Stefano Della Villa, Elizaveta Kon, Giuseppe Filardo, Margherita Ricci, Ferruccio Vincentelli, Marco Delcogliano and Maurilio Marcacci, Am J Sports Med 2010, 38: 68.

Best wishes
1/05 Ski accident: 5/05 ACLr LK; 10/06 Scope debridement, trochlear cartilage lesion (Gr4); 12/08 Scope chondroplasty, hematoma; 5 & 6/09 MACI patella & trochlea 'kissing lesions', ROM 0 to 80; 9/09 Scope LOA, IPCS & patella infera; 9/10 Scope AIR & LR.

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Re: 20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 09:14:54 AM »
hi tom did you hav the microfracture twice on the knee .and what did os say about you come back? i am a ex pro played 320 games and i could not get back . after the microfracture i might be having the aci now . you are young you should get back , but you might not train evrey day .

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Re: 20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 12:46:45 PM »
thanks for the info guys. yes i had microfracture twice on the same knee and did manage to return to play some games until it went again. The size of the defect is fairly normal i have been told its not to big but also not small. i was told i could return to playing competively within 14 months if i was to do the full rehab as i'm still so young. I've been putting quite a lot of thought into it and still not sure whether to take the risk to try and play again as it could stop me living a normal life and walking freely when im older.

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Re: 20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 02:20:53 PM »
Tommy:  I know you're not in the U.S. but you may want to look into Denovo NT.  It is very similar to ACI/MACI, but so far seems to have improved outcomes.  Given your age there may not be a huge advanage, but typically the recovery is much shorter and the graft is of better quality.  Recently there have been NFL players electing to have Denovo over microfx.  It may be worth a look if you have the ability to have it done over here.  Best of luck!



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Re: 20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 05:00:49 PM »
You should look into having a newer procedure known as Denovo NT here in the states. It seems to have a shorter recovery than ACI and produces a beter quality cartilage. Plus it is a one step procedure unlike ACI which is a two step.
Your chances of playing competative sports again are probably 50-50 posiibly even a little better. It's kinna a role of the dice as many athletes have returned and many have not.

Mark
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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Re: 20 year old footballer having ACI in January.
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 10:24:32 AM »
hi

i saw the people post here , and some are still athletes . i had my A.C.I + T.T.O 10 weeks ago . i am a former basketball player , and didn't play for about 6 years now . what i did do since i was retired , are " boot camp  " classes , basically everyday . i am to old to look into competing again , and truthfully , i am not even looking to play contact sport . the reason of me having this procedure , is to run , jump , sprint , lunge , squat  , but with no contact ( if it matters ) . i am at a position , i feel the same pain in the joint as before . i still got to think before going up and down the stairs ,because of the sharp pain . and my knee making a lot of noises when walking ( not painful noises though ) . i got basically full range of motion ,and can squat somewhat , as i do it in physical therapy . i asked so many times before , and different specialists , for my goals , and weather i will be able to do them . i even asked about athletes went back to competitive sport . i was explained that going back to compete , is due to ability , and its basically the" icing on the cake  " . in terms of functioning , and training hard , i have been told , there shouldn't be no problems at all .


does it all makes sense to you guys  ?

would love to hear from you ...


aaron