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Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:45:50 AM »
Hi
Two and a half weeks ago I fully torn my acl and lcl and the adjoined tendon, also partially torn my pcl. I see the specialist in two days but I am wondering has anyone experienced a similar injury? Were you able to walk befure surgery. I am starting to think that I may not walk befure surgery. I have tried a couple of times and the outside of my knee just gives way. I cannot see how this will improve befure surgery. Any advice would be great as its all a bit up in the air at the minute.

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 11:05:44 AM »
Make sure the knee surgeon has expertise in multiple ligament reconstructions...and the physio who rehabs you afterwards

If you can't walk, don't try for risk of doing more damage, especially to the bony surfaces (once those are damaged, it is nigh on impossible to get them back to pre-injury state).  Use crutches and any brace you have been given.  Presumably any surgery will be done fairly soon as an emergency

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 11:16:20 AM »
Thanks for that. Yeh I think you are right. I have no idea for timescales for surgery but should find out more on weds. I am sure there might be a long waiting list with the bus for the operation. The thought of 6 months or so without walking at all is not a good one as I'm a very active person.

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 11:25:52 AM »
What country are you in?
Can you go private to speed things up? (and indeed get an experienced surgeon)

You'll probably be rehabbing for a year or more after the surgery unfortunately.  It'll be crucial to have the right team for the rehab
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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 11:48:14 AM »
I am in the UK. Going private is way too expensive for the surgery. I got the mri fine privately. Yes I know it's a long road after the surgery. Just confused as to whether I will be able to walk befure it or not. I know people who tore the acl and good walk fine after a few weeks. My leg is just completely given way on the lateral side so I don't know if this will
Improve or not if I have a long wait fir the operation. I suppose the specialist will tell me. Frustrated to say the least.

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 12:16:12 PM »
I'm sure the specialist is best placed to tell you what you can and can't do and when :)

How did you get the injury?

Yeah would be at least 10k privately I expect.  Where in the UK are you?

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 12:19:10 PM »
I did it playing hockey. Live in Northern Ireland. Yeh I am just being impatient. I will def find out more on weds. Need to get back to work ASAP too. No idea of thecwaitingbtimes for surgery but I think since I have done multiple ligaments it should speed it up a bit.

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 05:49:47 PM »
Get one of those knee immobilisers to keep the knee straight while walking..use hand crutches.. Don't put pressure on the knee..u might damage the meniscus..
I know it sucks to not be able to walk for so long..but u have to do it ..there's no other way..And don't forget to use ice packs atleast 4-5 times a day for 15-20 mins each..

All the best..

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2017, 09:12:44 PM »
Yeh I'm in a leg brace and on crutches. Still hopeful I might walk befure surgery but we will
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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 06:28:29 PM »
Surgery on Friday. The lateral ligament was deemed acute which means I get it all done in Friday. The bus wait for just the acl is 16 months at the minute ffs. Long road ahead but good to get it done so quickly

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Re: Multiple knee ligament tear advice
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 06:30:23 PM »
Good luck :)

Make sure you heed all the information about staying ahead of the pain by taking meds on time and what you should and shouldn't do after surgery

One thing my Physio told me after my last op (much less major than yours) was to not suppprt the knee itself using a pillow, only the calf and ankle, as doing so can be detrimental to getting extension back (which is vital for being able to walk limp free)!

Get Physio recommendations, you may need to pay to see the most suitable privately
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Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up















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