Originally Posted by penguins_cc
That sucks. I blew out my right ACL/MCL three weeks ago. I was bringing an appliance (stove) from Sears home in the back of the Taco. I got into the back of the truck and gave the box a little 'push' to see if it would be easy enough to jockey to the back of the truck. I slipped when I did this and started to fall out of the truck but my left foot got caught between this box and the side of truck. At this point my body was getting sideways and quickly my face was heading towards driveway concrete. I stuck my right leg out to try and break my fall and as soon as my foot planted on the driveway, my knee gave way. Felt like a cracking a big knuckle and breaking a bone at the same time. I laid there in the driveway for about 1 minute before it started raining on me so I hopped into the house to lick my wounds. Wish I had a cooler story but at least the Tacoma was there
Been in my brace for about 3 weeks now going to PT trying to get the MCL to heal. ACL surgery is scheduled for the 28th. I was told the graft would be taken from hamstring. Not at all looking forward to rehab. Do you think deer season this fall will be at all possible for me? How long did it take for you guys take to walk, jog, hike?
Awww man, that suuuucks.
Talk about a freak accident. At least mine happened doing something where knee injuries are somewhat common.
I had a hamstring graft when I blew my right knee 7 years ago. I ask myself frequently if I had to do it over again would I opt for the hamstring and my answer is "I don't know". On the plus side, the hamstring graft is the strongest graft on the market once it fully recovers (these days they use a quadruple-stranded semitendinosis-gracilis graft as the new ligament). A lot of studies show that it's 2.5 to 4 times stronger than your original ACL.
The drawbacks are that it takes longer to heal, because it's soft tissue that needs to bond to the bones in your leg, compared to the patellar graft which is bone-to-bone and heals quicker. So you definitely do need to be extra careful for the first few months of rehab with a hamstring graft. I would say if your surgery is on the 28th you will easily be fit for deer season. I did a road bike race 3 months after my surgery (against my doc's urges to not do it) and I did fine. Was mountain biking hard 5 or 6 months after surgery.
The biggest bummer about the hamstring graft though (for me at least) is that my hamstring has never been the same since. They say you can recover 98% of the strength with rehab, but I call BS. Standing upright, if I try to curl my lower leg up such that I try to touch my foot to my butt, I can't even come close. I can get my lower leg up about parallel with the floor before it starts to cramp, and that's as far as I can get it. This is 7 years after surgery, mind you. Also, I lost some range of motion. I can no longer kneel comfortably because I lost flexion in the affected leg, and it feels like I'm stretching something really hard when I try to kneel.
So that's why I want to see what other people have to say about their experiences with other grafts. I'm sure the hamstring graft can work out better than it did for me, but I'm just wondering if the drawbacks of other grafts are worse or better than the drawbacks for hamstring graft, given my lifestyle.
My advice to you is make sure you are 110% dilligent with your rehab exercises, particularly those involving stretching to regain your range of motion. And I don't know if you ride a bicycle at all, but it's one of the best knee rehab activities out there. Hope you have a smooth surgery and recovery.