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Offline afartinthefog

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Multi Ligament Injury and Foot Drop
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:22:20 PM »
Hello this is my first post on this great site :)

I am a 20 year old male in the UK who is in the Army and did boxing as well as a running. My injury happened when I was having a piggy back race (whilst drunk) and I fell whilst carrying a girl on my back. I am a fairly built lad (5ft 8inch, weigh around 10st).

I had an MRI and went under anesthesia to diagnose what was wrong. Eventually I was told I have completely ruptured my ACL and PCL and will need to reconstruct my posterlateral corner too. On top of this I have foot drop from damaging the peroneal nerve.

I am curious if anyone else has had a similar injury and how well/how quickly they recovered. I am one month after my injury and I am waiting on a phone call to get a date for surgery.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Multi Ligament Injury and Foot Drop
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 08:38:34 AM »
Hi there,
       I had a similar injury with all kinds of misdiagnosis, so I envy you that they seem to know what is going on right away. My recovery has not been great, but they waited a long time (5 months) to do my surgery and did not redo my posterolateral corner much at all. I have read extensively on this and it seems that a lot of people make good recoveries, but a quick surgery is very important. Oftentimes after the initial knee reconstruction people have a nerve decompression a few months later to assist in the nerve recovery. Regardless, your recovery will not be fast. With the extensive knee damage, if the surgery goes well and you do your rehab well, you are looking at least a year, realistically. Nerves are trickier and can take a long time, up to a few years. Let me tell you as someone learning from experience - you need to do everything possible for that nerve, and more. Many docs wont give one good hope for recovery, but it seems like those who recover well (and by well I mean 50 percent plus recovery on the nerve) are those that get the surgeries done right relatively quickly and then dedicate themselves to rehab. Maybe drink B vitamins for the nerve, do electro stimulation therapy. There is another thread for people with the injured nerve/foot drop. Strongly recommend you read all 70 plus pages ASAP and learn everything there is to know about it. This can be a life changing injury, so better to do everything in your power to make sure it is not. Also make sure your surgeon is an experienced multi-ligament reconstructing knee specialist. There is a big difference between reconstructing an ACL and reconstructing 3 plus ligaments in a knee. Good luck, ask if you have questions.

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Re: Multi Ligament Injury and Foot Drop
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 07:11:23 PM »
Thank you for replying! I will looks up all possible treatment for my nerve damage

I'm gutted to hear you have had problems in your recovery :(

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Re: Multi Ligament Injury and Foot Drop
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 06:13:11 PM »
Hi, I'm John, I was in a dirtbike accident back in March, 2012, which left me with a torn ACL, PCL and MCL. I had surgery in May, where all the damaged ligaments were replaced with cadaver tendons. My recovery was going really well till about right before my year mark, I started having issues with my kneecap not tracking properly, went in for my check up with my doc and found out the MCL never healed properly and I was set to go in for a second surgery in June but decided to hold off because I own a lawn business and it was my busy season. I asked my doc if it'd be alright if I work, he said yes as long as I wear my brace. I worked all summer and had my pre op appointment and beings I've been using my knee so much without an MCL, the whole knee is tweaked and the ACL, PCL and MCL have to be replaced again and my kneecap has to be released, that is set for December 4th, I'm more than ready to get this next surgery in and get back on to the road to recovery. I'm hoping beings I'm going into this surgery stronger and with a lot less trauma in my knee that it will heal this time. Just like the previous reply, this injury is a different animal, it's not an ACL, it's not a meniscus, it's totally different and needs to be treated as such. The only thing that'll get you through is drive and a positive attitude. Good luck and please hit me up if you need anything. 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: Multi Ligament Injury and Foot Drop
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2013, 04:26:43 PM »
Thanks for the reply John, and I completely agree with you. Keeping a positive attitude is the way forward. Our injuries only make us stronger mentally having to deal with them.

All the best man, hope your second recovery is your last :D

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Re: Multi Ligament Injury and Foot Drop
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2013, 08:55:27 PM »
Thanks, man!!!  I hope so too!! 
I forgot to tell you, I met someone else on here that also had drop foot. We email back and forth. She's fully recovered from her injury and functions fine with her drop foot by wearing a brace.
Keep us posted. Take care. 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