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Offline Z u l u

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ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« on: June 15, 2010, 11:56:50 PM »
Hello, im 19 years old and today i went to the hospital to have a consultation with a doctor about the results from my MRI scan i had one week previously, he said that i had torn my ACL and damaged some of the cartillage, What i wanted to know is does anyone know about how long i will be waiting for this operation?

I live in Birmingham And attend Selly oak hospital if that helps at all.

Thanks in advance

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010, 12:34:17 AM »
I think the NHS have an 18 week promise, so from the day you first got reffered to the hospital to when you have your op is 18 weeks in total.

I called around 3 surgeons when looking for someone to do my op and 2 of them quoted roughly 3 weeks and one of them quoted 30+ weeks!

Down my way we have one of those privately run NHS branded hospitals which promsies everyone to be in and out by 12 weeks.

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010, 12:55:39 AM »
I've never heard about an 18 week promise but if it turns out to be that way then i could be having my op within about 8 - 10 weeks, thanks for your helpful post.

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2010, 03:53:07 AM »
sorry about your injury but welcome to this great board where you will get some brillient help, advice and encouragment.
My acl rupture was diagnosed in Jan and I am having my surgery in July which is a lot longer than the 12 week promise,
My problem was that because of my age 48 and the fact I'm not into a lot of sport my o.s wanted to try physio first to see if I could do without the surgery, this seems to be a common thing to happen in the U.K whereas in the U.S.A and Canada it is more or less automatic to be put on the list for surgery once diagnosed, so just to be sure did your o.s say he was putting you on a list for surgery or did he offer you physio first to see how things go.
The fact that your only 19 I would assume that your surgery will be a sure thing but just thought I would check just in case, as sometimes you have to push a bit for this op in the U.K .
Good luck with everything and I hope you get things sorted asap
Take care Tez

P.S I have also heard that depending on where you live there can be only a 9 week promise after your consult with an O.S 
L K injured 25th June 2008
scope Jan 5th 10
diagnosis ACL rupture
fiberous band excised from acl
ACLr July 19th 2010  scope on 24th Sept 2011
ACL has failed incorrect tunnel placement
23rd July 2012 1st stage of a 2 stage ACL revision
10th May 2013 2nd stage ACL revision

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2010, 12:47:08 PM »
He has put me through too see a physio therapist for 8 weeks i think, but after having a brief discussion with the physio therapist yesterday she said that if i wanted to join the armed forces, which i do, then i would have to have a reconstruction.

I will push for surgery because otherwise i won't be able to play any sport which is a big part of what i do on a daily basis.

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010, 05:02:36 PM »
The 18 week promise is not from point of injury - it's to the start of treatment (which may not be the ACLr itself) from the point the OS receives the referral from your GP.

Quoted from the NHS website ....
"since December 2008, the longest should wait after being referred by your GP until you start your treatment is 18 weeks - that is, unless you choose to delay treatment or there is a clinical reason why you should wait longer. Wherever possible, you will wait less than this, with the average wait being around eight weeks. Any hospital appointments, tests, scans or other procedures that you may need before being treated will all happen within this maximum time limit."



The deadline was due to be reduced from 18 weeks but with the arrival of the coalition government it may be that they need to review the promises made by the previous government... the NHS "18weeks" website is currently stating....

"The contents of this website are under review, following the formation of a new HM Government. Current information may be found at www.dh.gov.uk"


Different areas and specialists have different waiting times. It may be better to wait a longer time for a more suitable specialist than to have a shorter wait for a less appropriate OS.

Good luck!
Oct 04 - torn meniscus
Dec 05 meniscal trim and debridement
Sep 09 torn ACL, kissing contusions, knee locked 30-60o
Jan 10 ACL stump debrided, lateral parrot beak meniscal tear trimmed
May 10 ACLr (Hamstring)
Aug 11 mfx (focal lesion lateral femoral condyle)
Jun 14 100k walk London-Brighton 28hrs

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2010, 12:16:09 AM »
I had a call today from the hospital booking department apoligising because my surgery date was 2 days over the 12 week agreed waiting time, they classed the appointment with the surgeon who decided to go ahead with the aclr as day 1 and counted from there, even though I had a scope in January where the rupture was diagnosed  and had been seen twice since then by other doctors, it seems to be only when your o.s states that you are definatly getting surgery that the 12 week countdown begins. 
L K injured 25th June 2008
scope Jan 5th 10
diagnosis ACL rupture
fiberous band excised from acl
ACLr July 19th 2010  scope on 24th Sept 2011
ACL has failed incorrect tunnel placement
23rd July 2012 1st stage of a 2 stage ACL revision
10th May 2013 2nd stage ACL revision

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Re: ACL Reconstruction Wait Time?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2010, 08:48:37 AM »
Hello there. sorry to hear about the injury.  I just had my ACL reconstructed 2 wks ago and it took 2 1/2 years for me to get in to have it done.  I live in BC and even though they say we have a great medical system the wait lists are crazy.  I injured my knee 5 years ago and really tried to get away without surgery but my husband and I ride motorcycle and it was getting more uncomfortable all the time to do this.  So far I dont regret having this done.  Good luck to you.  Janice 
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