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    Hi All,

    I just thought I'd see who has done the worst to their knee and lived to tell the story.

    I was in a parent "tug-o-war" event at my child's playschool just over a week ago
    which resulted in my right knee giving way as my ACL was torn from existence.

    Am undecided on surgery but the more I think about what I won't be able to do
    the closer I get to giving the green light to my orthopedist.

    Am going to get physio regardless and work toward a stronger knee before I do anything.

    My situation in Japan calls for extra trust in the medical profession and understanding in what is done differently here.
    First and foremost is 2~4 week of post op hospitalization.

    Well if any of you have lived to tell the tale, I invite you to do so.
    I'm all ears...
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    Bummer about the ACL rupture... best of luck to you. You're right to consider non-operative treatment, since that's a legitimate option for some patients.

    It's been a long time since I lived in Japan, and I've forgotten how markedly different some medical practices are, there. 2-4 weeks post-op hospitalization!??! That's stunning: I'm accustomed to seeing arthroscopic ACL repairs done on an outpatient basis, and only 2-3 days of hospitalization after typical open repairs!
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    Sorry to hear of your injury...

    But look on the bright side... it could have been much worse... it could have happened to me!

    Being serious though, I wish you a fast and comfortable recovery with a favourable outcome
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    My sympathies. Hope it works out for the best.

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    mate i am about to go for my second acl. pm me if you want to know anything.

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    I was out hunting once and stepped off a tree stump only to rip my ACL. Didn't know if I should crawl to help or shoot myself. The pain was really bad. I feel your pain just reading your post.

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    I've torn both ACL's and had surgery to repair them both. Shoot me a pm if you need to troubleshoot...

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    Seth, I am very sorry to hear of your misfortune. I wish you the best solution you decide on using and that your rehab goes smooth.
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    Its been a number of weeks and things are improving.
    But strength is slow to return.
    It looks like its going to be a long recovery, i look forward to being able to get back on my bike and work up a sweat.
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    Did they use patella tendon or your hamstring tendon? That's what happen, it will be weak. Its at its weakest at about two weeks ( about 20% of normal). From there it slowly builds up and I mean slowly builds up to about full strength at 8-12 months. If you do all your physio. Don't rush getting back on the bike until the physio clears you for it, you really don't want to go back for a second (like myself).

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