Post by culiryan1979 on Aug 25, 2013 13:35:16 GMT -6
I had an ACI procedure done three weeks ago to repair a cartilage lesion on my femur. I am unable to do straight leg raises without an incredible amount of pain. I'm not being dramatic, the pain is unbearable. My quads have regained good strength through other exercises but I am unable to achieve a straight leg raise. My ortho keeps telling me to wait and not to worry....well I'm worried. It will be one month next Friday and according to my research of this procedure and also by my physical therapist and doctor I should be able to do straight leg lifts by now without pain. My question is this; is something wrong and how can I fix this? Any and all answers will be grateful appreciated as I am in pain and i suspect that my doctor thinks I'm drug seeking . I hate taking pain meds,I really do. Yet I can not do the necessary PT without them. I tried that once and threw up because of the pain,turned white as a ghost and started to sweat. With the pills it's easier but at night I can't sleep because of the pain. I just want to be pain free, I'm not a pill seeker, I just want answers. Please help me Thank you. Ps. I should mention the pain is coming from the front and underside of the kneecap.
Hi. I hope that you're doing better. I'm having ACI surgery in two weeks and this is what I was worried about. I just spoke to my doctor today and he said it would be at least 2 months before I could put any pressure on my leg and does not want to start PT until at least 10 days after he surgery. I have had 4 other knee surgeries including micro fracture surgery 2 years ago. The pain from that surgery lasted for months. My doctor said that this one will be even worse. I've been trying to find information about post-op pain but haven't been able to find any. Can I ask you what your level of pain was after the surgery and what kind? I believe you when you say you are not just pill seeking. The pain from the micro fracture was horrible. I'm trying to prepare myself for after surgery. Thank you and hope you heal well and fast.
Post by robinwilliams on Nov 15, 2013 1:07:05 GMT -6
The after ACI surgery process normally takes a long time and requires an understanding of the healing process in conjunction with considerable patience. I would suggest you to avoid excessive impact, loading and shearing forces for the first 12 weeks as these may damage the repair.