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My season's over

post #1 of 10
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Well, after 7 ski days my season is over.  I sustained a high grade partial ACL tear and a large bucket handle tear of the medial meniscus of my right knee at Alta this past Monday.  It was the 4th day of a 5 day ski trip and the 2nd powder day in a row.  I was skiing Jitterbug in about 6 inches of fresh at a moderate speed.  I was at the bottom of the run just before the Saddle and I think my right tip caught the traverse while making a left turn (right ski was downhill) pushing the tip uphill while the rest of my body moved downhill.  Heard the pop and slid onto my side.  After collecting my self for a minute or two I tried to make another turn and heard another pop.  Called ski patrol and got a free ride down the rest of the mountain in a sled.  The MRI also showed some chronic damage to my knee so it was probably just a matter of time before it happened.  Ortho appointment is scheduled for this Monday and will likely have the operation on Thursday.  Sadly, we have to cancel our Taos trip for the end of March as well.  Oh well, the joys of aging.  I hope everyone else has a better ski season than I did.  Best wishes.
post #2 of 10
Sorry to hear about the misfortune. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
post #3 of 10
Sorry to hear about it! I had my first ACL recon in '81 and second in '89. My right knee is solid right now but that may be because it's a huge mass of scar tissue! I lost my pes acerus tendon with the second surgery and about 30% of the strength of my right leg as a result. Surgery on ACLs in the 21st century is SOOOO much better than it was 20 years ago. Speedy healing!
Don't be afraid of cadaveric grafts if they offer you one, either. I had an option of a cadaver bone/cartilage plug v. harvesting 2 plugs from my left knee when they recon'd my left ankle in 2006. I went cadaver and had no problems-other than the screws in my ankle hurt when my foot gets cold....That was a misdiagnosed talus fracture from snowboarding. My podiatrist had broken his neck in the halfpipe 5 years before....
post #4 of 10
 I hate seeing these thread titles.  You have my sympathy.

Time will pass and you'll be back!

 

Steve

post #5 of 10
Vibes.

Have torn both myself... both repaired.  Skiing great now (without braces)- so get it done soon and you'll be back next season.  Train/rehab hard!
post #6 of 10
Sorry to hear about it, Prosper.

It sounds like your attitude is really good and that's an important part of the recovery.

Good luck from someone who's been there. 

Now how about the $64,000 question... patellar or hamstring?
post #7 of 10
vibes dude
post #8 of 10
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I have a buddy who is a radiologist, lives in S. Lake Tahoe and works at the same hospital as Terry Orr, the orthopedic surgeon for the US ski team.  My buddy talked to Dr. Orr specifically about my case and, due to my age (almost 40) and activity level (frequent runner, recreationally competitive soccer player, 10-15 ski days per year, weight training ~2 times per week) he recommended the cadaver graft.  If I were younger and more competitive he would've suggested the hamstring graft.  I have an appointment with my surgeon on Monday (he's the team physician for the US soccer team) and we'll see what he recommends.  Thanks for the kind words and well wishes.
post #9 of 10

Very sorry to hear about your injury.

Here in New England some of our football sports heros, Tom Brady and Mike Welker of the Boston Patriots have both suffered ACL tears over the past couple years and we know it is a long road back.

I had a non skiing accident in 2004 and dislocated my shoulder as well. It turned out the knee was the longest pole in the recovery process and I finally had total knee replacement March 09. This year I'm back on boards and loving it! Don't even think about the knee, but wish I had stronger quads.

 

Sounds like you've got great medical attention and know all the right people to get the best care. Good luck and hope you're back on the skis soon.

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I have a buddy who is a radiologist, lives in S. Lake Tahoe and works at the same hospital as Terry Orr, the orthopedic surgeon for the US ski team.  My buddy talked to Dr. Orr specifically about my case and, due to my age (almost 40) and activity level (frequent runner, recreationally competitive soccer player, 10-15 ski days per year, weight training ~2 times per week) he recommended the cadaver graft.  If I were younger and more competitive he would've suggested the hamstring graft.  I have an appointment with my surgeon on Monday (he's the team physician for the US soccer team) and we'll see what he recommends.  Thanks for the kind words and well wishes.

Go for the cadaver-it actually took me longer to recover from the hamstring tendon harvest than it did from the ACL repair and, like I said, there's a difference in the strength of my legs now
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