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Old 06-11-2010   #21
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I'm on ACL#3 and surgery#4

My $0.02 - get it fixed asap. The last thing you want is to do a full tear and dislocation in the middle of nowhere where you have to walk/crawl 10 miles over rocky terrain because you can't ride your bike. If you're eventually going to have surgery and do recovery anyway, you might as well do it instead of getting yourself stranded or worse.

Get a Cryo-Cuff or another alternative to ice packs. They are the most convenient thing you can do for yourself, especially if you aren't going to have someone around all the time after surgery. It's totally worth the $100 or whatever it costs after insurance.

Be thoroughly committed to your rehab. They say 9 months till you get back at it; that's a minimum in my opinion. I've torn my ACL three times because I kept hitting that 9 months and then jumping back into my old lifestyle immediately. Plan on skipping next ski season entirely. It's not worth the risk.

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Old 06-11-2010   #22
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Another piece of advice if you do elect to rebuild the ACL.
Get your doctor to prescribe a CPM and get your insurance to pre-authorize it.
It is a Continuous Passive Motion machine. You'll wake up with it attached and moving your leg back and forth. You use it a few hours a day for the first few weeks to improve your range of motion quicker.

Lots of good arguments to get the surgery. If your meniscus is intact, it is debatable, but I can't argue with the reasons to go ahead.
My first knee, I trashed ACL and meniscus at Snowbird.
My second knee, I had a clean tear at Mary Jane. I elected to go on without repairing it. I got a brace, worked out, and went back out. I ended up taking a bad fall at A-basin and trashed the rest of the knee. Stability seemed fine before that, but you'd have to really stay on it keeping your muscles strong. And trashing a good meniscus when you don't need to would be a shame. There is still no good replacement for it.

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