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Offline pfd99

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2016 TTO and ACL Repair
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:47:34 PM »
First post.  I lurked on here a bit before my surgery.  So, a little 47 years old, long time triathlete/runner.  11 time ironman finisher....last one was 10/2013 in Hawaii at the IM World Championships.  So,  long story short, in 2015, while I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I started having some issues with the knee.  Had a cortizone injection so I could run the race.  Then after, my leg swelled up, and a Baker's Cyst developed (and burst).  Turns out a large piece of cartilage had broken off (although it had been wearing away for years). In February, 2016, before I could get in to see the specialists, I decided to go skiing in Taos, NM on a guys trip (I wasn't sure if I would be able to ski after surgery).  Approx. 2 hours in on my first day, I completely tore the ACL in the same leg.  Fast forward....I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (w/cadaver cartilage) and ACL repair (cadaver) on left knee by Dr. Andreas Gomoll at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston on October 3, 2016 (he's now with the Hospital for Special Surgeries in NYC).  Originally, I was going with another specialist who convinced me to do ACI (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation), which, thank god, I didn't go through with.  Other than a minor setback (the two screws pulling out a little from too much weight bearing, which I had fixed), the surgery went very well.  I did all of my PT diligently.  By June, I was doing 100 mile bike rides.  By July, I was doing sprint triathlons.  This year, I'm basically back to full training...and doing US Age Group Triathlon Nationals in a little over a week.  And, next year, I'm going to do one more full Ironman...just to prove you can come back from this.  I wish I was as diligent as some of you who post full-on diaries of your surgery and recovery....but I'm not!  That said, I am happy to answer any questions about the surgery, the PT, anything.  Also, and, yes, this is a doing the training for the Ironman next year, I started a website/blog to document everything...and raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston.  I figured that this might interest some of you to follow.  The journey won't be entirely about coming back from the surgery, but we'll definitely discuss it.  Again, happy to answer anything.  BTW, while the aftermath of the surgery was one of the most difficult times for me, I would do it again in a heartbeat.  - Pat  [/]

Offline Brandon123

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Re: 2016 TTO and ACL Repair
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 09:06:01 AM »
Thanks Pat for your encouraging story!

Can I ask you more specifically 1) what type of cartilage damage you had? and 2) why did the other specialist want to do ACI (instead of cadaver cartilage)? 
RK sharp pain while running, diagnosis chondromalacia patellae 6/09
RK arthroscopic chondroplasty 9/09
RK rehab, recovery, 90% normal, started running again -> back to square one 5/15
RK diagnosis patellofemoral arthritis + LK diagnosis chondromalacia patellae 8/15 -> conservative treatment