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Offline alexx

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combined ACL and MCL complete tears . MCL no need surgery?
« on: November 08, 2013, 07:27:37 PM »
my doctor told me MCL complete tear no need surgery so I just repaired my ACL
Does anyone MCL complete tear without surgery ?
thank you for the answer

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Re: combined ACL and MCL complete tears . MCL no need surgery?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 09:04:40 PM »
MCL is often left to heal on its own. It has a good blood supply, so the first option is always to see how it goes. Only top athletes on tight schedules resort to MCL reconstruction from the off as far as I know.
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Re: combined ACL and MCL complete tears . MCL no need surgery?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 04:23:33 AM »
thanks for the help :D , my doctor and PT tole me the same ,MCL has a good blood supply

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Re: combined ACL and MCL complete tears . MCL no need surgery?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 09:02:44 PM »
Hey there,
Same happened with me.  Doc said that although it was a complete rupture, which is a grade 3 and yes, does NOT heal on its own, I did not need it grafted.  He said there are specific ones that don't require it. All 1 and 2 tears don't ~this is true.  They heal on their own. However, I consulted with another surgeon who said my injury was the same as Tom Brady and since he had ACL and MCL done, I needed the same.
I was confused too although did a ton of research.  Read it's very important in women, also.  (I am :)

I'm 4.5 months post-op and lateral movement seems stable, just hurts once in a while doing drills.  Probably still a strength issue.  So I'm not too bothered at this point.  Have also read problems can happen down the road with MCL scar tissue so have been diligent about getting soft-tissue PT.















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