Torn ACL, MCL what should I know?????
Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:54 AM
She has an MRI scheduled tomorrow but the orthopedic acute care people feel pretty confident that she will need surgery. I haven't seen her (or her knee ) so I don't know what makes the doctor so confident that surgery will be needed but they seemed pretty sure that would be the result. I'm going to the MRI follow-up tomorrow so she doesn't have to deal with this all by herself.
Is there anything I should know / ask / expect? My kids tend to be a pretty healthy, sturdy bunch. This is new territory for me.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:24 AM
We have a gymnast friend who had her ACL, MCL and meniscus surgically repaired, and hers were shredded. It took close to a year before she was back to full strength. That was "gymnast" full strength, not "walk around and live a normal life" full strength, but she did eventually get there. I am sorry this has happened. I have great faith in orthopaedists and am confident that she will eventually be all better.
By the way, I think that is how Shawn Johnson tore her ACL. The MCL sprain my daughter had was the same injury RGIII had had. So at least our daughters are in famous company.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:10 AM
Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:39 PM
My husband jumped off the retaining wall in our back yard and snapped his ACL, tore his MCL and LCL, crushed the end of his fibula, and tore a chunk out of his miniscus. He had surgery, but they had to wait about a week for the swelling to go down. His sugery was laproscopic, but he did have a big incision on the back of his thigh b/c they had to use a portion of his muscle to repair his knee.
The recovery is quite painful, especially if she has just a rebuild. They offered my DH a total knee replacement, which the recovery is easier, but he would have had to have it replaced again sometime in his 60s b/c the new knee would only last 25-30 years. The rebuild should be permanent, but much more painful and longer recovery.
Definitely find a good physical therapist for after...it can make a huge difference. Good luck!
Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:58 PM
The final tally: Sprain (and small tears) to the LCL and MCL. Bruised femur, chipped tibia, torn medial meniscus, smaller tear in the lateral meniscus, torn ACL. There's not a whole lot of her knee that is where it should be or doing what is should be doing. On the up side, the PCL seems to be in fine shape!
Surgery is a given but way too much swelling to attempt now. She will likely stay in a brace through the remained of the semester and have surgery during summer break.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:42 AM
Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:10 AM