Discussions By Condition: Knee conditions


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  • Posted By: cleanqueen1975
  • November 26, 2010
  • 00:59 PM

I am a 53 year old overweight male that has no MCL or ACL in my knee from a motorcycle accident back in 1976. I have had the "chicken shots" injections in my knee which lasted for about six months. I was fitted for a knee brace but it kills my lower back to wear it. I know losing weight will help and I use the recumbent bike at least four times a week. This is the only kind of exercise that doesn't hurt my knee. My knee is so stiff in the morning that I can't hardly bend it which makes me think I may have some arthritis in it too. I do not want a knee replacement and my orthopedic doctor didn't advise it because of my age. Is there some kind of repair surgery that can be done? If so, what is the rehab time and what kind of luck do people have afterwards?

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  • I just felt that I had to write on here to add my views as I find some are mis-leading or sound unreal......My story goes like this, I am a keen runner and have now got three half marathons to shout about lol. In may 2010 I fell whilst having a water fight with my son landing on my left knee. Didn't really think too much of it to be honest, yeah it hurt and i had a giant scab for a week or 2, but it turned out that I had this Bipartite Patella which I aggrevated by the fall. So after diagnosis (which took a while), I was given the option of no more excersize, or have the broken part removed. I opted for the later and had the op on February 9th 2011. The original recovery time from the surgeon was 3-4 months before I could start to run again, which I was prepared for, but after reading on this thread and others similar on the net, it seemed that this was way out. Some people had written that they were back training after weeks rather than months so I was confused. Also some saying that they had nearly full movement after 10 to 14 days. Well the truth is that, in my case anyway, I couldn't bend my knee for virtually 1 month and the first month seemed to have no progress at all, but then it seemed to get better every day, and by week 8 I had virtually full movement back.I wanted to add my view because when I was deciding wether to have the op or not, I searched the net for days to find the right answer. In my case it was a success, I have completed 4 training runs ranging from 4 to 6 miles with no reaction and obviously ahead of the original estimated recovery time. My overall view is that BP is very uncommon and no one (including the surgeon, physiotherapist or my GP) has a good knowledge of the condition. I am definately glad I had the op, although I wasn't prepared for the gruelling physio after the op as I had lost about 95% of my quad muscle mass and about 80% of my calf mass.
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  • Hi Cleanqueen,With the ACL being a ligament that doesn't heal itself, you would be correct in saying that you no longer have an ACL if it was torn back in 1976. The good news is that there is a good chance that you could have an ACL reconstruction. They will basically cut a new ACL out of your hamstring (which eventually regains its original strength) and insert it into your knee with the necessary pins/screws to attach it to your bones. Having an ACL can be the difference between doing or not quite a number of physical activities. I have had 2 ACL reconstructions (8 years apart) which were both successful. I was able to return to playing competitive football (soccer) after both ACL reconstructions. From my experience and from speaking to many others who have also had ACL reconstructions, I would say 12 months is needed for recovery. You definitely don't want to be returning to full physical activity too early and jeapordise your surgery. If you're looking for more details on the whole ACL reconstruction process, recovery and experience, you might like to take a look at the Complete ACL Reconstruction Guide at: http://www.mykneereconstruction.com All the very best with it.Regards,Ben
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