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Having ACL/LCL surgery next week - any suggestions for recovery? (spinoff from KneeBinding thread)

post #1 of 5
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So I'm having ACL and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) reconstruction next week with Dr. LaPrade at the Steadman Clinic. I'm traveling there and will stay in Vail for a week with my family. The LCL is part of the posterolateral corner of the knee and is a much rarer injury and procedure, and it's going to be a tougher recovery, with an open incision (big scar!) and six weeks total non-weightbearing. I'm a really active person so being non-weightbearing is going to be hard. I'll be doing pt twice a day while I'm there to preserve range of motion and bring down swelling, and I'll have a Game Ready ice/compression machine. Any suggestions for recovery or stuff to do in Vail for the kids?
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Have not injured the LCL but was non weight bearing after the meniscus repair on my 2nd ACL.  2x day PT seems extreme unless your insurance is really good.  I recall doing some exercises 3+ times a day, but felt pretty comfortable doing this on my own and checking in with the PT 3x week.  OTOH, a good PT will properly push your range of motion more than you might feel comfortable yourself.

 

Biggest advice is to listen to Dr/PT- do what they say, but do not go beyond and be careful with little daily things that could potentially trip you up.  Also, have plenty of ice available.

 

Expect to lose muscle and be patient about getting into any serious non-controlled physical activities like skiing.  You will likely be feeling ok at 3-4 months and decent at 6+, but having gone through 2 ACLs, I think I have done better on the 2nd one that I rehabilitated more conservatively and stayed off skis for 9+ months.  YRMV.

 

For the kids there is skiing, tubing, playgrounds (i.e. Donovan Park), ice skating, bowling, movies, etc.

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 5

All I've got is "give yourself permission to be injured."  Let your kids manage for themselves (if they are old enough) or let your family take care of them (if they aren't).  Longer than a week would be better, but you probably have external constraints. 

 

Good luck and good healing.

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Thankfully my insurance is pretty good and is covering the surgery 100% and 50 pt visits. They only bill for one pt session per day, but they split it into two visits. I would prefer to stay longer, but at least it's only a 2 1/2 hour flight, and I upgraded to 1st class using frequent flyer miles. It will be nine months by next Christmas, so it's not too bad in terms of timing for skiing next season. I figure I will probably ski with a brace next season, but the hard part is finding a brace that I can use when I start back horseback riding. I had one custom brace made (vq orthocare), but it's bulky and there's no way I can ride in it. I've heard the ossur cti ones are better, but who knows if my insurance will cover a second one.
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I would get in the pool as soon as our incision heals. I had THR seven weeks ago and the pool has been a godsend.
I was going to wait to ski till next season, but I feel so good, I might go next week.
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