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Offline LARSpcl

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Partial PCL tear repaired using a LARS
« on: August 22, 2011, 01:59:36 PM »
Hi to all....  I hope you can help me with some advice.

In March 2008 I was involved in a rooad traffic accident where I suffered a partial tear to my PCL.  My surgeon recomended a LARS operation and this was done about a month later.  I had some problems with lateral stability due to the Vastus medialis (I think!) wasting away.  I sorted these out with some fairly serious rehab work.  I tried to get back into road running however, after any significant excersize (> 3miles) my knee swells up (by up to 3 cm vs. good knee).  I am in a lot of pain and find it almost impossible to kneel down without significant problems.  Recently I have tried swicthing to cycling but I am still getting a lot of pain / swelling.  There also seems to be a lot of pain associated with the back of my Knee.   I am worried - I am only early 40's and am seriously disapointed that even seemingly minor excersize is causing this much trouble.  Clearly I need to go back to the Surgeon, but does anyone have any idea of what may be going wrong!!?  I had full confidence in my surgeon, however more and more reports are coming out questioning his success rate...

Sorry to be vague and many thanks in advance for any advice....


Offline LARSpcl

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Re: Partial PCL tear repaired using a LARS
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 02:44:04 PM »
Sorry to ask again but....

I went for a relatively gentle 10 mile bike ride at the weekend and my knee was about 4 cm swollen vs good knee (circumference) within about 30 mins of finishing the ride. 

Anyone else had any experience of post LARS surgery and how long they last.. I am seriously gutted at the moment and anticipating more surgery to sort things out..  :-(

Should a partial PCL tear have been frixed using a Lars ? (I fully understand that any answers here are purely people's opinions...!)

Many thanks

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Re: Partial PCL tear repaired using a LARS
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 02:54:08 AM »
Sorry to hear of your troubles. I have a ton of sympathy as what had been a good recovery for me post mcl/PCL recon is now in the same boat where can barely do any activities too.

Anyway I'm not an expert but I would have thought that a failed Lars PCL recon would be similar to an unrepaired or lax PCL which I would have thought should not be giving you as much grief as it is. Although the other PCL folks on here have had reconstructions as living without a good PCL seems to be problematic.

I would suggest you see a good sports physio to work out an appropriate functional strengthening program and get back in to see a PCL specialist surgeon.

Good luck!
April 4 2010 skiing accident :
R. Knee ACL rupture, grade 3 MCL tear, tibial plateau fracture, separated meniscus, meniscus tear.
L. Knee PCL rupture, grade 3 MCL tear, meniscus tear
Aug 18 2010 R. Knee ACL reconstruction with allograft.
Oct 15 2010 L. Knee PCL & MCL reconstruction with allograft.

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Re: Partial PCL tear repaired using a LARS
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 06:20:22 AM »
Many thanks for your coments, appointment booked with OS and I am re-joining the gym to get it fully strengthened...   Thx















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