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Originally Posted by skier31 View Post

I don't think the ACL is optional for long term knee health. I did not have an ACL for several years following a basketball injury. Because of the biking, running etc. that I did, I had strong legs and no problems. However, I tore my menisci stretching after running one night. My personal non-medical opinion is that if you do not have an ACL, your knee can go in various positions that it otherwise could not with an ACL. Therefore, you have much greater chance of injuring your menisci which can't always be repaired. Without menisci, you have a greater chance of developing arthritis which could eventually lead to a knee replacement.



I had ACL reconstruction 3 years ago and my knee is in great shape. My only regret is that I did not have the surgery sooner. If I had, I may have not had the menisci tears.

 



Hi
I injuring my knee playing basketball like you. Unfortunatelly I went to see a physio who mis diagnose me and I kept playing basketball.
The end result is an ACL tear and 3 minusc tear ( 2 small latera one and 1 x 1.2 cm medial meniscus one). All left in situ by my surgeon at time of knee reconstruction. He is one of the best acl specialist in the world so I am assuming this is the best for me . I am 43 years old and my big issue is OA in the near future from all the meniscus tear.
I am wondering how you are going now as you posted this about 12 years ago and that is a good timing with regards to development of OA after knee reconstruction and meniscus tear. Did he trim your meniscus and how much ? How old are you now ?

Cheers
post #2 of 11

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The above post was originally posted into a 9 year old thread. I suspect "Fab" will get a better response with the question posed generally. Thus it was moved to this new thread, So (if I get this right) if you've had an ACL tear with a meniscus tear more than 3 years ago, please share your recovery stories.

post #3 of 11
Wow-time flies.

I believe I replied to the op in another thread but I'm happy to reply again.

Yes, a decent portion of my menicus was trimmed.

My knee is fabulous. I bike ride, do Pilates and run very little. I watch my weight carefully. I can't tell I had the ACL repair. I have no pain ever and have 0 signs of OA. Hope this helps.
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Wow-time flies.



I believe I replied to the op in another thread but I'm happy to reply again.



Yes, a decent portion of my menicus was trimmed.



My knee is fabulous. I bike ride, do Pilates and run very little. I watch my weight carefully. I can't tell I had the ACL repair. I have no pain ever and have 0 signs of OA. Hope this helps.

 



Hi Skier 31

Thanks for your reply.
With OA the devil is often in the details. You mentioned in your previous post that you had menisci tears which means both meniscus. Is that the case ? Do you know what percentage of your meniscus they trimmed and where on the meniscus ?
When was your acl tear and menisus (i) one as I understand they happened separately.
Do you know if they removed any of the fat pad in your kneecap ? They are 3 compartment in the knee and the knee cap is often missed .
Last but not least what was your age at time of your knee reco and meniscus trimmed

Thanks and it sounds that yoiu are doing all the right things.

Cheers
post #5 of 11
I had tears in both menisci. I do not know the %. I do not think they removed any of the fat pad but can't say for sure. I had original Acl partial tear injury in 1987 and meniscus incident in 2001. I have no idea when the ACL completely tore. I was 35 when I had the repair.
post #6 of 11
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Thanks that is great information as it sounds a bit more similar to me .When did they rebuild the ACL. I think you mentioned 12 years ago .

The reason I am asking is because I tore mine and it was mis diagnosed by the physio I went to and played basketball on it again and picked up 2 extra lateral tears.

I have now got a 1.2 cm posterior horn medial meniscus tear ( the location is important as the medial meniscus act as a secondary stabiliser to your acl) so when they rebuild the ACL and you have a medial tear like mine in the posterior horn there is a risk of ACL re tear..

My surgeon is one of the best here in Melbourne (Australia) left all 3 of my meniscus tears untouched which I guess is a good thing as it is better than resection. He mentioned so that the medial meniscus tear might have a risk of propagation (as I was not completely sure if it was symptomatic). All my tears were deemed to be degenerative ( I have a doubt so around this term as I believe the lateral tears are traumatic). Did the surgeon mentioned to you how many tears you had and how serious they were ? I suppose at least one was serious enough to get trimmed.

 

How much down hill skiing do you do now ? What type of skiers are you ? I am a blue run skier and that is why I wanted the operation to be done so I can keep skiing with my kids . I am only 43 years old and an injury like that almost feel like the end of the world for me.

post #7 of 11
I ski 60 days a year mostly at Aspen/Snowmass. I am an advanced skier and ski most everything on the mountain.

Your injury is not the end of the world. The only thing I have changed is eliminating most running from my workouts to minimize pounding on my knees.

Do the rehab, go to Pilates and ride a bunch of miles on your bike and go skiing!
post #8 of 11
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Ok. I know I sound pathetic but indeed it felt like the end of the world to me.

I have already planned to give up basketball that is an easy choice at my age and I used to cycle 20 km a day before that that I will keep doing that.

I am not a runner anyway so no issue there. Do you keep going to the gym for muscle building ? What does pilate do for your injury ?

Do you ever feel your meniscus tears ?

My family goes to Big whte (Canada) , as a matter of fact they are there now :-(

post #9 of 11
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One more question. I read your post again and you mentioned that you tore your menisci stretching one day. How can you tear both meniscus doing that ? I am assuming this should not have been serious enough to have to trim both menisci . I suppose you did that before having your ACL reconstructed as this is not normally something you could do with an acl

post #10 of 11
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oops I realised that you have only had your knee reconstruction 3 years ago. What I am after are people with 12 - 15 years after knee reco as this is when OA normally starts could be earlier to.

post #11 of 11
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oops I realised that you have only had your knee reconstruction 3 years ago. What I am after are people with 12 - 15 years after knee reco as this is when OA normally starts could be earlier to.


Actually sorry for the several posting but I am not sure what is right now. Did you have your knee reco 3 or 12 years ago as you also posted " I have no idea when the ACL completely tore. I was 35 when I had the repair."

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