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  1. #251
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkgt View Post
    Back at yah pfluff
    Hawk is the man!
    Sent my broke ass out a new ice machine.
    Ice, ice baby ...

    Quote Originally Posted by cspringsposer View Post
    Damn brother! I hate to hear that. Not sure where you are located, but if you are anywhere south of Denver let me know if you need anything at all. I would not have survived my knee explosion with compartment syndrome last year without a lot of help from friends and neighbors. Seriously happy to help if you need a hand with anything at all. Hope the ACL heals quickly!
    Thanks CS!
    Surgery is scheduled for 5/22.

    Anyone hear about the new Bear technique?
    ACL repair as opposed to reconstruction.
    Apparently has a high rate (not sure on %s) of rerupture.

    Probably go with a hamstring graft.
    Hamstring graft is 3% rerupture rate with ~6% loss of hamstring strength. (~7mm diameter graft)
    Cadaver graft 6-8% rerupture. (~9-10mm graft)

  2. #252
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfluffenmeister View Post
    Ice, ice baby ...
    sweet, glad it showed up

    I had the cadaver hunk of meat myself, got someone else to blame this time if it goes again.

    After an active weekend I could barely place weight on my leg last night, dam it hurt. Today, feels great, better than ever. So fucking odd with the ups and downs

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkgt View Post
    dam, sorry to hear pfluff. hope recovery goes well.

    you need an ice machine? I got a new don joy iceman clear3 with the universal pad. never used, out of package though. they sent me home with a Bregg from surgery
    I was able to borrow an ice machine from a biking/ boarding OR nurse buddy, I only used it once and I was underwhelmed by the amount of cold it put out so i went to ice packs of course YMMV
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  4. #254
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkgt View Post
    So fucking odd with the ups and downs
    Yah it fucks with your mind because you want to make progress so badly, but it's just part of the process. Don't let it get you down.

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    Iím just at 12 weeks and day to day is feeling really good. ROM seems almost back, trying to sit on my heels is the only thing that still hurts a little though not too bad. PT seems to be all about quad strength and trying to catch back up to my good leg. Itís almost an annoying stage because mentally I feel like I could do more but PT still says running and skiing is a ways away. Cleared for climbing on a top rope and biking without clips so at least some activities to do again, but the better I feel the harder it is to stay motivated for the ďbasicĒ PT exercises, no matter how much I know how important they are. Still seeing PT twice a week which is the best part, gotta do it there. 12 week meeting with surgeon next week and Iím interested to see what he says. So ready to get back to it!


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  6. #256
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    Lots of great info here, thanks all.

    I'm 3 weeks out of ACL reconstruction. Went the quad tendon route.

    Hitting/exceeding flexion and extension benchmarks, but struggling with quad strength (not shocked since they took a "nice piece of crab meat" out of the adjacent tendon.

    However, my biggest issue is sleeping. I haven't slept more than 3 consecutive hours due to night pain. I'm comfortable most of the day. My PA prescribed Ambien, which helps me fall asleep quickly (not the issue), but I still can't stay asleep/fall back asleep once I wake up- usually around 1am.

    I've been icing/taking NSAIDs before bed and messing with pillow configuration.

    Any tips? Or does it just f'n hurt and that's the way she goes?

  7. #257
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    Quote Originally Posted by CallMeAl View Post
    Any tips? Or does it just f'n hurt and that's the way she goes?
    I think this ^^ and it gets better, I skipped the Tramadol and went to extra strength IBU within about 6 days after the hydro morphine bottle was empty

    I think maybe folks are meh cuz so many people get their ACL done but according to the orthopedic surgeon I met on the chair " the ACL is major surgery "
    Last edited by XXX-er; 05-11-2023 at 12:32 PM.
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  8. #258
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    Quote Originally Posted by CallMeAl View Post
    Lots of great info here, thanks all.

    I'm 3 weeks out of ACL reconstruction. Went the quad tendon route.

    Hitting/exceeding flexion and extension benchmarks, but struggling with quad strength (not shocked since they took a "nice piece of crab meat" out of the adjacent tendon.

    However, my biggest issue is sleeping. I haven't slept more than 3 consecutive hours due to night pain. I'm comfortable most of the day. My PA prescribed Ambien, which helps me fall asleep quickly (not the issue), but I still can't stay asleep/fall back asleep once I wake up- usually around 1am.

    I've been icing/taking NSAIDs before bed and messing with pillow configuration.

    Any tips? Or does it just f'n hurt and that's the way she goes?

    I had the quad tendon repair done too.

    Some impressions: It's gonna hurt for a while because it's a soft tissue repair and on top of that, you've had a separate surgery for the tendon.

    It complicates the overall repair as both have to heal. I found a large but soft pillow helped me sleep, putting it beneath the leg overnight. Take the tension off.

    My biggest gripe about the quad graft is that I let my leg get smaller and it's been a bitch to bring it back. Fwiw, I'm not a workout/gym guy so My rehab was a fair amount of ladder work. Careful ascents became stronger and it took a while to use the weaker leg to push me up to the next rung.

    As I understood it, the advantage is that it's a blood replenishing tendon so it has the potential to kinda regrow/heal itself better than some other options.

    Give yourself some reasonable timeline marks and be flexible. Be careful and don't put yourself in reverse gear.

  9. #259
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I think this ^^ and it gets better, I skipped the Tramadol and went to extra strength IBU within about 6 days after the hydro morphine bottle was empty

    I think maybe folks are meh cuz so many people get their ACL done but according to the orthopedic surgeon I met on the chair " the ACL is major surgery "
    I think you're right. I mentioned the pain points to my PT and she said, "Oh, that's where they went through your IT band to drill a hole and put a rivet in your femur." When she put it that way, makes sense that it's just going to fkn hurt for a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Djongo Unchained View Post
    I had the quad tendon repair done too.

    Some impressions: It's gonna hurt for a while because it's a soft tissue repair and on top of that, you've had a separate surgery for the tendon.

    It complicates the overall repair as both have to heal. I found a large but soft pillow helped me sleep, putting it beneath the leg overnight. Take the tension off.

    My biggest gripe about the quad graft is that I let my leg get smaller and it's been a bitch to bring it back. Fwiw, I'm not a workout/gym guy so My rehab was a fair amount of ladder work. Careful ascents became stronger and it took a while to use the weaker leg to push me up to the next rung.

    As I understood it, the advantage is that it's a blood replenishing tendon so it has the potential to kinda regrow/heal itself better than some other options.

    Give yourself some reasonable timeline marks and be flexible. Be careful and don't put yourself in reverse gear.
    That seems to be my main hang up too. Been spending time on a shitty old stationary bike an ACL '20 alum buddy gifted me to increase blood exchange and using EMS to encourage that quad to fire, but retaining muscle mass/control is a struggle for sure.

    I'm going to rob the obnoxiously soft mattress topper we've got on the guest bed tonight to see if that helps alleviate pressure.

    Ditched the Ambien after two nights. It gave me a ripping headache the next day, and I'd rather be tired than hungover.

    Instead I jumped on the bike for 5 minutes last night when I woke up at 1am. Getting some circulation going got rid of most of the pain and made it much easier to fall back asleep.

    Thanks for the tips, guys.

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    12 weeks on Wed. Iíve done a TON of traveling for work the last 3 weeks so no PT. I have been riding the bike at home and the hotels daily and doing my exercises. Felt good to be back in PT today and Iím in good shape. Flexion and Extension are fine. Finally can do leg extensions. Cleared to ride the bike outside and man did just a spin around the block feel amazing! Quad strengthening is the name of the game from here.


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  11. #261
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    Quote Originally Posted by montanaskier View Post
    12 weeks on Wed. I’ve done a TON of traveling for work the last 3 weeks so no PT. I have been riding the bike at home and the hotels daily and doing my exercises. Felt good to be back in PT today and I’m in good shape. Flexion and Extension are fine. Finally can do leg extensions. Cleared to ride the bike outside and man did just a spin around the block feel amazing! Quad strengthening is the name of the game from here.


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    At 2 or 3 months I wanted to ride fat bike on snow so my PT told me any bike you fall off could fack the surgery and suggested a stationary bike, FAT bike on snow is kind of sketch so I didn't do much of it

    So IME a whole bunch of bike riding last summer muscling an E-enduro bike up & down the bluff didn't really strengthen the leg post ACL repair FOR SKIING cuz at some point I would feel the leg backsliding by just the biking so it was back to the gym for > 100 visits,

    just doing the leg press didnt do it completely either so on advice of a orthopedic surgeaon I thru in knee extension, reverse curl, calf raises and the leg finally came around for the skiing 2.5 yrs post OP which was about 3 months ago

    but YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by montanaskier View Post
    12 weeks on Wed. Iíve done a TON of traveling for work the last 3 weeks so no PT. I have been riding the bike at home and the hotels daily and doing my exercises. Felt good to be back in PT today and Iím in good shape. Flexion and Extension are fine. Finally can do leg extensions. Cleared to ride the bike outside and man did just a spin around the block feel amazing! Quad strengthening is the name of the game from here.


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    Nice! Stoked for you. Riding a bike must feel great in a light at the end of the tunnel kinda way.


    Data point per night pain- When i mentioned to my PT that the bike relieved some of the pain, she suggested sleeping in compression socks (not the full sleeve, just CEP ski socks).

    Tried it and slept through the night for the first time in 4 weeks!

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    Damn, I forgot about the compression sock. I'd say yeah, that had a positive feel to it.

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    Made some unexpected progress on my circulation/night pain issues yesterday:

    PT thinks the quad graft site is too weak to hold my patella up where it should be, and as a result my infrapatellar fat pad is getting squished and enflamed by my patella that's sitting lower than it should be. This was not only limiting circulation, but also making extensions way harder/more painful than they needed to be.

    We taped my patella in place (upward) yesterday, and it's a night and day difference. Extensions/lifts are a breeze compared to what they were, and all excessive discomfort in my lower leg is now gone.

    Got a follow up with the doc in 2 weeks to discuss further.

  16. #266
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    Tape can work. It helped my patella tracking after my surgery. I had patellar tendon graft. Happy to hear you have some relief. Pain sucks.
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