Limited Time: Grab your FREE Box of Dark Chocolate Almond Bars Get Yours>>Close
Open
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 24

Thread: Question for anyone who's had ACL reconstructive surgery

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    1,325

    Question for anyone who's had ACL reconstructive surgery

    My TKD black-belt plan (was going to test in fall 2013) has been derailed by a torn ACL. Anyone here have ACL reconstructive surgery? If so, did you go the hamstring, patella or cadaver route? My surgeon strongly suggested hamstring (I do competitive tae kwon do, and I'm 42 years old, heavier than my goal weight but not truly overweight). I'll be asking him more about hamstring versus patella, and I'll also get a second opinion from a surgeon not in that practice, but I was wondering what people's experiences have been. Have you come back close to 100% post-surgery (and physical therapy)? Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    1,325
    Well, for anyone who's interested, I did a lot more research, spoke to a number of people who have gone through ACL reconstruction, and double checked with my surgeon. Hamstring option is best for me; using the patella tendon leads to chronic knee pain. And as long as I do PT, there's an excellent chance I'll have 100% use of the knee -- which means back to competitive sparring. I'm a happy camper -- or I will be, once my surgery is done in early January. I'm looking forward to being active again; this sitting-on-my-duff thing got old within 48 hours, and I am so over being exhausted just running (hah - see what I did there?) errands. Bring on the surgery and the 8+ months of PT!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    California
    Posts
    37
    Good luck with the surgery and PT. It will all be worth it a year from now when you have your knee back.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    1,325
    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity J View Post
    Good luck with the surgery and PT. It will all be worth it a year from now when you have your knee back.
    Thanks!

  5. #5
    I had surgery (ACL, meniscus, MCL/LCL) just over two years ago now and am definitely back to 95% or so. I still have lingering problems with my menisci that I also tore though so nothing with the ACL. I went the patella tendon route as it was what my surgeon said he was most comfortable with, and I think that's one of the biggest issues.

    I also think that hamstring tendon is preferred for women while patella tendon is preferred for guys but I'm not confident on that, not sure where I heard it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    1,325
    Quote Originally Posted by jtrain_36 View Post
    I had surgery (ACL, meniscus, MCL/LCL) just over two years ago now and am definitely back to 95% or so. I still have lingering problems with my menisci that I also tore though so nothing with the ACL. I went the patella tendon route as it was what my surgeon said he was most comfortable with, and I think that's one of the biggest issues.

    I also think that hamstring tendon is preferred for women while patella tendon is preferred for guys but I'm not confident on that, not sure where I heard it.
    Thanks for sharing, jtrain_36 - two people in my dojang, both women, had ACL reconstruction - one was hamstring and one was patella. I'm glad your knee is up to 95%. Sorry to hear about the ongoing menisci issues; I hope they can be rectified without too much hassle.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Rural New England
    Posts
    117
    Quote Originally Posted by jtrain_36 View Post
    I had surgery (ACL, meniscus, MCL/LCL) just over two years ago now and am definitely back to 95% or so. I still have lingering problems with my menisci that I also tore though so nothing with the ACL. I went the patella tendon route as it was what my surgeon said he was most comfortable with, and I think that's one of the biggest issues.

    I also think that hamstring tendon is preferred for women while patella tendon is preferred for guys but I'm not confident on that, not sure where I heard it.
    I am a guy - had the patellar tendon version done over a decade ago.

    I worked my a** off in rehab and within six months, I was doing everything I had been doing before. At that point in time, I was mostly running ultramarathons and skiing. I ran a trail 50 miler just before the six month point after the surgery and I was skiing without a brace two weeks later.

    I've skied well over 500 days since the surgery, I ran more than 20,000 miles after the surgery before essentially retiring from serious running in the past couple years. These days, I mostly do CrossFit, lift heavy on my own, sprint, ski, ride my bike on occasion, and do some hiking. I never even think about the knee.


    DML

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by dml View Post
    I am a guy - had the patellar tendon version done over a decade ago.

    I worked my a** off in rehab and within six months, I was doing everything I had been doing before. At that point in time, I was mostly running ultramarathons and skiing. I ran a trail 50 miler just before the six month point after the surgery and I was skiing without a brace two weeks later.

    I've skied well over 500 days since the surgery, I ran more than 20,000 miles after the surgery before essentially retiring from serious running in the past couple years. These days, I mostly do CrossFit, lift heavy on my own, sprint, ski, ride my bike on occasion, and do some hiking. I never even think about the knee.


    DML
    Glad to hear it went so well for you! Physical Therapy for this type of injury is great when you have PT's who are willing to let you go all out and not baby it too much.

    I was able to play tennis about 5 months after the surgery, which was amazing to me but also probably what led to the lingering problems with my menisci

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    1,325
    Quote Originally Posted by jtrain_36 View Post
    Glad to hear it went so well for you! Physical Therapy for this type of injury is great when you have PT's who are willing to let you go all out and not baby it too much.

    I was able to play tennis about 5 months after the surgery, which was amazing to me but also probably what led to the lingering problems with my menisci
    I'm very glad that my PT is going to be hands on. At least, I'm glad now; ask me again after my first post-op PT session!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    1,325
    Quote Originally Posted by dml View Post
    I am a guy - had the patellar tendon version done over a decade ago.

    I worked my a** off in rehab and within six months, I was doing everything I had been doing before. At that point in time, I was mostly running ultramarathons and skiing. I ran a trail 50 miler just before the six month point after the surgery and I was skiing without a brace two weeks later.

    I've skied well over 500 days since the surgery, I ran more than 20,000 miles after the surgery before essentially retiring from serious running in the past couple years. These days, I mostly do CrossFit, lift heavy on my own, sprint, ski, ride my bike on occasion, and do some hiking. I never even think about the knee.


    DML
    That's terrific - very encouraging!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •