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Offline tarmac1992

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I think my knee is a Goner - What options will I have?
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:12:38 AM »
I partially tore my ACL and had collateral ligament damage about 7 years ago when I was 15, and at the time all they did was put it in a cast and made me rest it for about 8-10 weeks. The consultants said that they wanted to operate but couldn't do so due to having to go through a growth plate to do so and this would have obviously meant one of my legs wouldnt grow as normal.

I've been relatively knee problem free aside from the occasional swelling since then. Playing a lot of a decent level pf rugby/football (soccer)/Squash/Running and doing powerlifting in the gym.

However about 5 weeks ago I was playing football and jumped, then when landing heard a crunch and a pop in my knee. I played on for about 15-20 minutes but then had to come off. That night the knee was relatively okay and I could hobble around on it. Next day however I could barely walk so went into A+E. The doctor I saw there suspected ACL damage, but referred me to a specialist three days later. There he said he thought it was more likely to be cartilage damage and booked me for an MRI scan a few weeks later.

Had my MRI scan a week ago, and I had a brief report of it over the phone two days ago, although I get more detailed results in about a week and a half. And its suspected I have (I have no idea if this is 100% correct terminology/accurate its just what I remember being told, should have wrote it down) a torn outside meniscus cartilage, as well as compressing and bruising the bone on the lateral side. There is also a suspected ACL tear, but they weren't sure at the time and may need to open my knee up and take a look in there.

If this is the case, what options will I be given? I know the specialist will talk these through with me hopefully, but I wanted to go in better informed about general options. So far i've only read about having the ACL completely removed, and I'm not sure that's something I want given that I play a hell of a lot of sport and don't want to give this up. Is this the most likely scenario?

Also has anyone ever done similar to this and have any positive stories about sporting comebacks haha?

For what it's worth although I haven't done any strenuous activity since doing it 5 weeks ago, my knee feels relatively normal/healthy?

Sorry it was so long. TLDR - What are options for a torn ACL and Meniscus. With pro's/cons.

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Re: I think my knee is a Goner - What options will I have?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014, 11:23:51 AM »
If you are sporty and want to stay like that I suspect you'll be offered ACL reconstruction and while they are doing that they'll have a look at cartiledge. Have a read through this site. It's quite a common procedure. Recovery is slow but not too bad in most cases. I had same injury and received corrective surgery in June.

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Re: I think my knee is a Goner - What options will I have?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2014, 12:33:30 PM »
Read through the meniscus and cruciate ligament primers in the information hub. At least you'll get info to be able to write down questions for the specialist. Usually in an acl reconstruction the surgeon will take material from your hamstring or patella tendon or use a donor ligament to make you a new acl. With the meniscus, they may stitch it and have you on crutches for a number of weeks to protect the stitching. Or the torn tissue will be trimmed away. The risk of this is there is less shock absorber between the bones which often leads to arthritis down the line.
This is also a risk of the knee is unstable froma torn acl especially if sporty and active
Good luck :)
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