ACL tear and surgery

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BigK75 BigK75
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ACL tear and surgery

Hey Guys:  

It looks like I tore my ACL (most likely) this past weekend.  I am pretty devastated since its the beginning of the season.  I already had a trip booked to Le Massif for the Canadian March Break and it looks like that's out the window.  I am waiting for an MRI to confirm but wanted to prepare ask you guys what your thoughts on the surgery are.  If its a partial tear should I get the surgery anyway.  I am 42 years old but am still racing in a beer league so I would like to be to 100% at some point.  What does recovery look like.  If I get in say February will I be good to go skiing next year.  I also have a family trip to Europe at the end of May.  Will be able to walk normally?  So many questions are going through my mind.  

Claude
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I can tell you about my experience. What I've found is talk to 20 diff people who have had ACL tears you'll get 20 diff experiences.

Long story short

6 years ago I completely trashed my knee. Torn everything. Had the surgery w/ a petellar tendon graft repair. Went thru rehab, and 8 months after my surgery tore it again. To this day it's still completely detached. My knee is now fucked. Only fix is to put a artificial knee in whenever I can't take the pain anymore. That day is getting closer and closer as it's starting to affect activities I enjoy doing. I still ski with a brace, but if conditions aren't perfect it hurts like a bastard to ski.

Hindsight being 20/20 I would NOT have had the surgery. I would have rehabbed the piss out of it, and braced it up for skiing, ridding, etc etc. Bottom line is I would recommend doing everything possible to not have surgery. If you choose to have it done you need to go at rehab likes it's your NFL training camp. You'll be praying to die for the first 3 days after your surgery but from there everyday it gets better and better. I was out of work for 2 weeks, and rehab was like 6 mo's or something like that.

Keep us posted on what you decide to do.

Most importantly good luck and heal quickly!  
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Only get the surgery if you can commit 110% to rehab

You’ll be mobile by May but hiking on even terrain would not be a good idea.  You may still be in a brace at that point.

Find the best doc you can get
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I tore my ACL on January 17 and had a trip to Utah with Friends on the 17th of Feb.  I could not ski because of the instability.   I went to the PT and he ordered me a brace for exercising.  We were cutting it close and it was shipped to the place where we were staying.  The morning we got there I ripped open the package, put it on (wrong) and went off skiing.  I pretty much skied every line our friends crazy friend brought us to.  

Get the brace and finish the year.  I had the surgery done in July and today I don't even thing about it.
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tjf1967 wrote
I tore my ACL on January 17 and had a trip to Utah with Friends on the 17th of Feb.  I could not ski because of the instability.   I went to the PT and he ordered me a brace for exercising.  We were cutting it close and it was shipped to the place where we were staying.  The morning we got there I ripped open the package, put it on (wrong) and went off skiing.  I pretty much skied every line our friends crazy friend brought us to.  

Get the brace and finish the year.  I had the surgery done in July and today I don't even thing about it.
Wow that's wild.  I can't even walk.  Yesterday I tried to get on the bike with the PT and I cannot turn over the cranks because the stiffness and swelling.  I have to rock it back and forth.

Claude
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I remember you telling me about that when I blew my knee out ^^^^

still makes me SMH because after I tore mine I couldn't even click into my binding without having my knee slide out
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tjf1967 wrote
I tore my ACL on January 17 and had a trip to Utah with Friends on the 17th of Feb.  I could not ski because of the instability.   I went to the PT and he ordered me a brace for exercising.  We were cutting it close and it was shipped to the place where we were staying.  The morning we got there I ripped open the package, put it on (wrong) and went off skiing.  I pretty much skied every line our friends crazy friend brought us to.  

Get the brace and finish the year.  I had the surgery done in July and today I don't even thing about it.
Wow that's wild.  I can't even walk.  Yesterday I tried to get on the bike with the PT and I cannot turn over the cranks because the stiffness and swelling.  I have to rock it back and forth.

Claude
He's not normal
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Depending what u did obvi impacts what u will be able to do.  But if its just one ligament once the swelling goes down so will the pain.  My wife ripped hers beginning of season and after pt and with a brace she was able to ski the second half of season


I ripped mine late season. Acl, mcl, menicus and some deep bone bruising along the plate.

Had surgery as soon as swelling was down.  Late april. Rehab like it was my job. Road biking in july. Skiing in nov.  I did take it easy that season and I never  even think about it now



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I think age has alot to do with it as well. Buddy of mine I ski with tore one knee when we were in our 30's, then tore his other knee when we were in our 50's. He had the same doc, same surgery, same everything, but the one he tore while in his 50's gives him problems. He doesn't trust it to ski without his brace and yet his other knee he never even thinks about it.

It's a weird injury because everyone's story is different.
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BigK75 wrote
Hey Guys:  

It looks like I tore my ACL (most likely) this past weekend.  I am pretty devastated since its the beginning of the season.  I already had a trip booked to Le Massif for the Canadian March Break and it looks like that's out the window.  I am waiting for an MRI to confirm but wanted to prepare ask you guys what your thoughts on the surgery are.  If its a partial tear should I get the surgery anyway.  I am 42 years old but am still racing in a beer league so I would like to be to 100% at some point.  What does recovery look like.  If I get in say February will I be good to go skiing next year.  I also have a family trip to Europe at the end of May.  Will be able to walk normally?  So many questions are going through my mind.  

Claude
Sorry to hear your season is being cut short.  If the ACL is gone, May is not happening if you have surgery.  You'll be fine for the 2018-19 season.  Assuming you do the pre-hab and re-hab exercises consistently.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to do surgery, get set up for formal physical therapy ASAP.  I was over 50 when I popped off an ACL (not skiing) while on vacation out of the country.  I was very conservative to avoid a fall due to instability that would cause more collateral damage.  Used crutches until I got back home.  Although my balance was okay after a week or so.  You do not want to mess up the inside of your knee any more than you already have.  If you have a lot of swelling or pain moving in a certain direction, your body is trying to tell you something.

I opted to skip ACL reconstruction surgery after starting rehab and researching the options in 2012.  Had limited collateral damage to the meniscus and a slight MCL strain.  I've been a successful coper for five years.  However, I'm not an aggressive skier and didn't have any other activities that require cutting and pivoting.  I upped the level of ski conditioning and started taking high level lessons.  I was skiing better and much harder terrain at 60 than I ever expected when I started skiing more regularly at 50.

When reading online, look for info that is less than five years old.  The treatment of ACL injuries has evolved quite a bit in the last decade or so.  Every knee injury is unique.  Lots of variables.  Find an experienced orthopedic group with sports medicine experience.  Even better if the surgeon skis.

A good place to start reading:
http://kneeguru.co.uk
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