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im with a private surgeon but was wondering what amount of time ppl have waited before their surgery and why - its been at least 8 wks since i injured myself - the surgeon wouldnt touch me at first because of extreme haemorraging and swelling - by the time that went down i had atrophy in a fair bit of muscle and lost alot of muscle mass - the surgeon is now waitng for the muscle to rebuild via PT b4 surgery so the muscles are strong enough post op - i am assuming this to be quite a normal procedure these days - also i cant seem to bend my knee back even to 90 degrees has this been a problem for anyone else
g'day mate, yeah that's completely normal, when i did mine i did my MCL and ACL at the same time and it was 2 weeks before i had seen my surgeon (private) i'd lost most of my muscle in that period too, he said give it 8 weeks after the injury for the MCL to naturally heal and we'll see how my knee was then, i had my reco 3 months after it happened, and yeah i had the not being able to straighten it too, that's to do with the swelling and the stiffing of the knee cause you've hardly moved it in a while, it's all normal mate
I waited 5 months between injury and surgery, but largely because my injury was misdiagnosed in the first place by local GPs. Couldnt get any Dr to look at it locally. After I travelled to a sports injuries specialist, it was immediately diagnosed as an ACL tear, and within 3 weeks I had the ACLR. I guess though, I had full ROM and was using my knee almost as normal, with a little muscle atrophy, noticable, but not enormous at that stage.
Hey there.. I hurt myself on April 19th, saw the orthoepedic surgeon the following week, but did not have surgery until May 31st. I am now 4 weeks post op and doing great. I did not realize until after I started to research this stuff that I had to wait until the acute injury had healed to have reconstruction. I couldn't understand why I had to wait.
I found out that one of the most serious complications is the formation of excessive scar tissue in the joint. This messes up a knee in a major way, and can almost always be completely avoided by not operating too soon after the initial injury.
I was impatient but now I am very glad that my surgeon was up on the latest research. I have full range of motion and most of my strength back.
28-07-2006, 04:35 PM
I torn my ACl on 31-May-06 and had since gone to 2 OS. My latest OS recommended me to go physio for 2 months and have him review in mid-sept-06 to judge the necessecity of a reco.Heard that physio before ops is to strengthen your hamstring and knee so it will speed up your recovery after ops, is that true? Anyway, i will prefer to have a reco asap as i just want to get over it and return to 100% fitness.
31-07-2006, 09:08 AM
I did mine last August, but had an operation in March this year, mainly because of the swelling and an overseas trip (I had the ticket in my pocket already) and then I had to get back my range of movement and build mu muscles back.
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