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post #31 of 44
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10-4 doog.

My MRI is tomorrow, pt starts Wed and followup w/ doc Friday. I'm thinking I really need a second opinion too - this doc is not a surgeon and seems to be leaning toward not having surgery.
post #32 of 44
Yeah, you've got to see a sports ortho guy. It would be like having a brain tumor but the doctor isn't a neurosurgeon and is leaning against removing it...
post #33 of 44
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k, I have a second opinion lined up with a surgeon. Actually, it'll be a first opinion, since it's the day before I see the original doc.

I'd like to get in to see McCarty, but he's booked out a few weeks.
post #34 of 44
Good luck with the docs, Dave.
post #35 of 44
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Thx num - how's your situation? Do you have surgery scheduled?
post #36 of 44
Don't have the date nailed down yet, but we're looking at late April. How'd the MRI and PT go?
post #37 of 44
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Don't have the date nailed down yet, but we're looking at late April. How'd the MRI and PT go?
The MRI is done, but no one in a lab coat has looked at it yet. I tried to look at it but I haven't a clue what I'm looking for, so that was pretty much a waste of time.

PT went well - the girl in charge of my case actually runs patrol at the mountain where I yard-saled. She got my knee to flex to +5 to +121, says there's still a lot of fluid in there (thankfully no edema) and had me walk some. Not too bad, almost no pain. She did a diode test on my quads - 108 on the right, 25 on the left. Quads have atrophied pretty quick on the bad side. Otherwise, she says it's an unremarkable ACL tear case - everything looks like she'd expect. Gave me some hamstring and stretching exercises - nothing too difficult.

Unfortunately she heads out on vacation, so I have to see one of her assistants for my two appts next week.

She advises to just do the surgery - she knows my second-opinion doc (he had ACL reconstruction himself) and recommends him. I see him tomorrow. Thinking about dropping the first doc, who's not a surgeon.

How you feeling? Are you in pt? On crutches? What have they told you about pre-op conditioning - my therapist says it doesn't really matter, since the knee will drop to zero after surgery anyway.
post #38 of 44
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Thanks bud. I'm probably somewhere in between the two scenarios you detail - I do some hiking, alot of walking (path and treadmill), whitewater rafting and 20-25 days/year skiing - no bumps, usually just cruisers. No serious hoops, soccer, football - none of that.
How long was your rehab?

I have to wonder though if the insurance company will pay for it later if I pass on it now.

I'm thankful that I haven't lost the slopes altogether though. Not sure I could handle that possibility.
When I separated my shoulder(3rd degree AC joint), my doctor suggested surgery. Since it wasn't causing me any discomfort, I waited 2 years. I decided to get the surgery due to some minor problems that appeared mountain biking. Insurance had no issue with paying...
But why wait?????
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by doogiedoc View Post

I "tolerated" no ACL at all for almost 25 years, so it's definitely do-able, but by my late 40's, two years ago, I could tell it was getting more and more unstable. Figured I'd pull the trigger now while I was still young enough to tolerate the rehab and hopefully put off arthritis for a while longer. Really glad I did now. Knee feels as good as new. YMMV.


Did you have any meniscus damage ? How are things now with OA ?

post #40 of 44
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Did you have any meniscus damage ? How are things now with OA ?

Wow...this is a zombie thread.  After the ACL repair, I tore the lateral meniscus again 3 years later.  I had this repaired.  So, now I am meniscus, meniscus, ACL, meniscus.  I have "o-rings" remaining of each meniscus according to my ortho.  In other words, they still go all the way around, but there isn't much left.  I have some joint space narrowing on xray.  I have been taking chondroitin / glucosamine supplements and they have been hugely helpful for me.  There are certain positions in flexion that give me subtle twinges at times, but mostly I am pain-free.  I am now almost three years out from the last surgery and able to do whatever I want without a brace.  I still work out very hard and diligently in the gym, which I believe is also very helpful.  I am in the gym 4-5 days per week, two hours per day.  This requires a lot of dedication, but I believe it is preventing my knee from deteriorating, and that is what keeps me motivated to work so hard.

 

As a result of my commitment to staying this fit, I really am able to do whatever I want.  I referee high school soccer games (I do this not just for the kids, but also find it very helpful for the cross-training for skiing given all of the running and pliometrics involved in reffing.)  And the payoff?  I was able to ski 45 days last season, and got just over 1 million pain-free vertical feet!  Not too bad for a 56-year old flat-lander!

post #41 of 44


Wow. Thanks for your reply. When did you have your ACL operation ? What do you call Zombie Thread :-)

It is my first ACL reco and meniscus damage so I am jut dead worry that is why I am asking all these questions. I have been depressed and not sure how to deal with this injury.

Sorry if my questions have silly .

post #42 of 44
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Wow. Thanks for your reply. When did you have your ACL operation ? What do you call Zombie Thread :-)
It is my first ACL reco and meniscus damage so I am jut dead worry that is why I am asking all these questions. I have been depressed and not sure how to deal with this injury.
Sorry if my questions have silly .

The thread was awakened from the dead, being six years old, therefore a zombie thread. Dead, then awakened.
post #43 of 44

ok. I was looking for old thread as I am after comment of people who had knee reco and meniscus repear 7-15 years ago and see how they are going.

post #44 of 44
You might want to check the profile page of the injured person and see when they last logged on to make sure they are still active on the forum. Over that kind of time period, many move on.
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