ACL repair and return to running.
I feel your orthopedic surgeon is correct, since you must rehab your knee prior to any surgery. This takes at least 90 days, so you are worrying a bit ahead of schedule. An ACL repair can be performed successfully at any time up to one year, so there is no rush.
Robert Erickson, MD
If after a year you have instability in the knee you should have reconstruction of your ACL. I believe that while recovery from ACL reconstruction is a challenge, you should be able to recover and run without difficulty. If you tear your meniscus, you won't be able to run; instability in the knee will likely lead to a torn meniscus. An allograft reconstruction can be done arthroscopically in about 20 to 30 minutes. It's possible to be off crutches in three to five days and out of all braces within a week.
Warren King, MD
You can run without an ACL; tennis, racquetball, and activities that require a start/stop or cut/turn will give you problems. Your orthopedist is right--give yourself at least three to six months of evaluating your limitations, then go back to your doctor and review the options. An arthroscopic allograft reconstruction works for a lot of people in your situation. While your knee recovers, time on the bike, stair stepper, rowing machine, and the like can keep you in great shape and extend your patience.
Larry Hull, MD
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2006|
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