3rd ACL Tear on the same knee

coskiercoskier Posts: 21 New Baller
So was skiing so of the amazing CO pow on Thursday, hit a stump under the snow and re-tore my ACL…for the 3rd time. I also flipped my meniscus on the toe side of my knee. So subsequently I have no ACL and no meniscus on the toe side of my knee. I had a surgery on friday to remove the meniscus but they haven't done anything with the ACL yet The previous two surgeries on my ACL utilized my patellar tendon on my last surgery and my hamstring tendon on the first surgery. The doc. that did the surgery on Friday to remove the meniscus suggested a bone graph on the knee and then repair the ACL, so it would be at least two surgeries. It would also more then likely cost me waterski season this summer. I am going to meet with a different ortho on Monday. Has anyone had this experience? Are there any questions that I should ask both surgeons? Is anyone aware of any alternative treatments? Thanks for the help.


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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,343 Mega Baller
    I have two toes, none on my knee. Which knee? LFF or RFF slalom waterskier? Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Heal up fast!
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  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,794 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Thought I had knees problem, but oooh ouch, that sounds real nasty, hope the surgery sorts you out, mend well and mend quickly.

    "Forget Work, Go To The Lake Instead”

  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    It is possible that you could slalom for a season with a good quality (prescription) knee brace on it, but if it were me I'd eventually get it repaired. After that . . . quit hurting yourself ;-). Sorry about the injury. Sounds like a serious drag.
    Jim Ross
  • MSMS Posts: 4,997 Mega Baller
    What about a cadaver ACL? Not as much down time as with your patellar or hammy.
    Shut up and ski
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 206 Baller
    Sorry to hear about your injury. My wife retore her acl 2/3/13, alpine skiing.The first time in '95 they used hamstring graph from the injured side. This time they used the hamstring graph from the other side. The surgeon referred to it as "we are going to RG3 you", since thats what they did for him. Her side w the hamstring graph was sore for a bit. But rate of successful graphs is better using your own tissue over cadaver. Good luck! Jamie
  • auskierauskier Posts: 448 Baller
    LARS surgery is another option to bring up with your surgeon. like all options, it has its down sides but it may be your best chance to have some amount of ski season.
    Toby Daff
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,964
    edited February 2014
    My best advice is to question the ortho on HIS sport. I've found that the best orthopedic surgeons are the ones who live it. The ones who are serious snow skiers, water skiers, rugby players, soccer players, etc. These guys understand not only the physiological aspects, but the social and psychological aspects of what we do. You can find a thousand doctors who can repair a knee for ordinary life. But doctors who can make a knee take the abuse a professional athlete gives it are few and far between.

    FWIW Drs I know push athletes away from LARS and would only do it for non athletes. They say that while the recovery time is substantially less, that anything man made will fail in the knee eventually.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

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