I have ruptured the ACLs in both legs - have been seeing Dr Courtaney who is lovely. He recommends that I have the reconstructions done at the same time. I was originally referred to Craig Weller but it was going to take 4 weeks to see him so I got a second referrral.
Am now confused as to whether I should get a second opinion - what experience does anyone have with Dr Courtaney? Double knee reconstructions? How do you get a second opinion? Do you have to get a second lot of MRIs etc.
What should I do????
I would not get 2 knees done at once.
Definitely get another opinion. I believe that Justin Roe, Merv Cross and Leo Pinczewski are among the best in Sydney. Only go to a surgeon that specialises in knees. It is really important.
How long do you have to take off work if you have one done? I am concerned about the recovery time before I am up and about and back at work.
I was thinking if I was to have them done at the same time I would be walking after 2 weeks rather than 2 weeks for one then wait and then another 2 weeks for the other.
I am at my wits end
I have an an appointment with Dr Pincezski next week but I think he might confuse me further as he does hamstring reconstructions and Dr Courtaney does Patella...
I had a patella stabilisation where they used my hamstring graft. I had an option to use a patella tendon graft but was told with the patella tendon graft it can cause problems with your knee cap. So, I opted for the hamstring. Never looked back.
It is probably an individual thing as to how much time you need off work. A lot would depend on your progress and your surgeon's recommendations.
I really doubt you'd be walking at 2 weeks post-op if you had both done at once.
It may be worth consulting a good sports physician too on this matter.
Good luck with your decision.
what is a sports physician? How do they differ from a surgeon?
They are completed different from an orthopaedic surgeon. They are medically trained doctors that have a specialty in sports medicine. They generally have a better understanding about conservative treatments and take more of a holistic approach.
I believe there are some good sports physicians in Sydney. I've heard that John Orchard (his site), Nathan Gibbs and John Best are some of the best. Hope this helps.
definitely get a second opinion, you would need a new referral from your GP to take along. You should take the MRI / xrays you have already had done - pick them up from where you left them, all Specialists are supportive of patients seeking second opinions so dont be worried about doing this.
You'd probably be better off getting a referral from a sports physician as they generally know the best people for these types of injuries.
My sports physician only ever refers me to the top people in their field.
Seeto recently did an ACL recon on my knee. I had to talk him into it. Got the "we don't usually do them on people your age" spiel. I'm 60 this year. But I have to say the whole thing has been unbelievably easy. I've had no pain or discomfort. No scarring. I was walking around the house without crutches the day after I got home and back in the office after 2 weeks. Starting to step up the gym activity now and looks like I'll be back on the slopes for the next northern hemisphere ski season. So glad I persevered. So far it's been a breeze.