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Offline Slippyknee

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LCL SURGERY? recovery time?
« on: April 20, 2015, 08:50:16 PM »
Hi all,
Has anyone had lcl surgery?
What's the recovery timescale? 
& outcome regarding stability?
I'm sick of my lcl keep giving out because of laxity issues.
Been dealing with it for  a few years now along with other knee problems,
I'm finding myself more & more concentrating on not putting my knee in
Compromising situations because of my LCL,
I'm sure it played a part in me tearing my pcl twice,  & mcl.
It's getting where I don't feel safe without using my brace All the time & I don't want this!!
My doc says keep your muscles strong,  but I just don't trust my knee anymore!!
I don't want anymore surgery,  but don't want to be stuck in a brace all the time.
But am worried about how much time I'll have to be off work.
If I press for LCL SURGERY.

LK dislocation,  cartlege trim, 20% lateral meniscus removed
Lcl laxity,  pcl tears, mcl tear

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Re: LCL SURGERY? recovery time?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2015, 07:13:33 AM »
I had an LCL reconstruction back in 2008 but it was combined with several other procedures. My doctor had me non-weight bearing for 6 to 8 weeks. He said 8 weeks to begin with, but I healed faster than he expected so I was partially weight-bearing at 4 weeks and back in work by the 7th week. I had to wear a brace for 12 weeks but it did not inhibit my work (I'm a desk jockey). I was using the crutches for about 12 weeks, mainly though to let people see that I was not that quick on my feet. I had to continue with the brace for sports for another 2 years so I researched the options and persuaded him to prescribe me a Townsend Rebel Combined Instabilities brace. My insurance would not pay for a custom sized one but the modular system Townsend use means it was more or less fitted to measure. I'm still using it for skiing but that's because it is so comfortable and I don't want another ACL injury!

I live over 100km from my office so the factor about not working earlier was more to do with my being able to drive. As it was my left knee I was able to drive after 6 weeks. Had it been my right knee it would have been longer out of the office. I'm lucky in some ways though as I can work from home using a secure VPN connection to the company servers.
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
6/2/09 returned to skiing! Whoopee