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Offline KristinM55

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PCL Repair Surgery - Desperate for Advice!
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:04:45 PM »
]Can anyone tell me what surgeon you used in the NJ/NY area for a PCL repair surgery?  I tore my PCL in 1999 and had the surgery to repair it by Dr. Hurley out of Morristown.  I don't think it ever worked to be quite honest.  I am now 32 and the pain is getting worse and worse.  I basically can't walk.  I have been told by a highly recommend surgeon (Dr.D'Aogstini) that I should wait until my youngest child is 5 to have to surgery so I don't have any little kids to chase around. That just isn't possible.  I would like to go to the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC; however I can't find a surgeon that specializes in PCL repair.  I don't want to have to go through this again.  Please, any help would mean the world to me!  Thanks, Kristin

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Re: PCL Repair Surgery - Desperate for Advice!
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012, 06:28:14 PM »
I tore my ACL, PCL and MCL in a dirtbike crash back in March and had my surgery in May. I'm basically able to walk on it now unassisted. The Doc that did my surgery is Dr. Fanelli in Danville, Pa. We're in Reading, Pa, about 2 hours away for us. Doc Fanelli is awesome!!!  He's a multiligament specialist but im sure he could fix a PCL, my knee was a jumbled up mess and he fixed it.  Him and his staff are great and turned a very negative situation into a very good one. Dr. Gregory Fanelli with Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. Look him up. Good luck, John
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: PCL Repair Surgery - Desperate for Advice!
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 05:50:15 AM »
I'm not sure if you are still looking for a good PCL surgeon, but I had my PCL and posterolateral corner reconstructed (allograft) from Dr. Luke Oh from Foxboro, MA. He is out of Massachusetts General Hospital and he is the official Patriots and Red Sox osteo surgeon. I tore my ACL, PCL, MCL completely from a football hit to the leg that dislocated my femur from the knee joint. I am almost at six weeks post surgery and I can walk slowly, with a brace. I still need to have the ACL and MCL done, but I have to put that off due to work responsibilities. Dr. Oh is probably one of the best ligament surgeon's in the world. If you could get to MA, then I would go to him. Note - the surgery recovery is brutal. Two weeks of Hellish pain and then PT three times a week. I have two small kids, ages 3 and 5, and my wife really has become a single parent. Plan for 6 to 12 weeks of recovery I would say. I was not mentally prepared for this and it has taken its toll on me. I can't wait to get back to "normal".

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Re: PCL Repair Surgery - Desperate for Advice!
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 11:58:36 PM »
If you're still reading this, send me a message. I had my pcl repair done at hss and it was an amazing experience as far as surgeries go. World class organization, things run really smoothly, and people know what they're doing. I'm in healthcare myself so i can appreciate when things run smooth. I had some bad anesthesia reaction post op after I got home, which wasn't anyone's fault since I never had general anesthesia before, and the next day I got a check upcall from the hospital. I mentioned what I was feeling and thought it to be anesthesia related, 15 mins later I got a call from an anesthesiologist.

My actual surgeon did a great job, I have no complaints, but his bedside manner was a bit lacking. Still if I had to choose, I'd rather a skilled surgeon than a social one. I'm now working at a nearby hospital and found some other supposedly great knee guys from hss from a PA that used to work there.
May 2005: Torn PCL, misdiagnosed as chondromalacia
April 2010: pain worse, lots of instability
Nov. 23, 2010: PCL reconstruction
progress here: http://pclrecovery.blogspot.com/