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joe6886
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862 posts since 16/11/08

17 Aug 2020 11:31
Anyone had ACL reconstruction? Got a ruptured ACL and damaged cartilage in my knee, realistically how long till I’ll be on my feet again?

The info I’ve got says 4-6 weeks to get back to work and to drive again but I’m a mechanic and the 10-12 weeks it’s given to do a more manual job will be a struggle in terms of time off work. It’s the left leg so I could drive an auto and if I can get to the office and at least do something it would be a bonus.
Wolfie
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51 posts since 6/3/06

17 Aug 2020 16:41
Twice in the same knee. First time was 20 years ago and then tore it again not long after that (my fault). I expect as with everything the process has improved. It is pretty quick to get back on your feet (I was walking on crutches the same day and unaided within about 3 weeks both times) and you are encouraged to do so as you need to get the ligament flexing in a safe way. Biggest problem is scar tissue where they go in and bending in a way that strains the ligament so any kneeling down is a problem for a while. I reckon you will be fine driving in that sort of time as long as you go steady. The standard op uses a patella tendon graft from the front of the knee. If you do kneel a lot, they can use part of the hamstring which I was told makes kneeling much easier. The one thing I would emphasise is that you should take rehab really seriously and give it time as I pushed it too early first time.
joe6886
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862 posts since 16/11/08

17 Aug 2020 17:25
Yeah, I kind of need to be able to kneel ASAP really for work but realise it’s going to take time. The consultant I spoke to said they’d be taking it off my hamstring so hopefully that will buy me some time. When you say pushed it, what kind of thing were you doing to make it go again?
Wolfie
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51 posts since 6/3/06

17 Aug 2020 18:00
I started playing sport a bit too soon and I don't think I had healed sufficiently/musculature around the knee wasn't strong enough. I tore it again playing cricket. Bit daft really. Been stable since although getting a bit arthritic and it has always hurt to kneel but I have quite a lot of scar tissue at the front of my knee.