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  1. My 18 yr old son tore his acl and mcl at district wrestling. the orthopedic surgeon we went to chooses the hamstring repair for the acl. He is scheduled for surgery 3/16/09. Are we making the right decision. He’s strong healthy athletic and I know will be diligent with post surg therapy. Help

  2. I have had 2 acl reconstructions before the age of 18. both techniques have been used the patellar tendon has done well. I re tore the hamstring with ten months rehab. I recommdes the patellar it feels firmer then the hamstring but more pain seems to be caused. All in all acl reconstructions aren’t fun but you need to rehab properly and find the best surgeon possible.

  3. I have played soccer since I could walk. My freshman year of high school, I tore my left ACL and underwent reconstructive surgery using a patellar graft. After rigorous PT I returned to playing after about 5 months (ama because it was requested I wait longer). I experienced a reduction in overall quad strength but the graft held up beautifully. Aside from sensitivity on the front of the knee that made direct pressure painful, I haven’t had an issue with it since.

    My sophomore year of college, I tore my right ACL during a college soccer game. A different doctor this time, he was bent on the Hamstring graft. However, I had already experienced good results with the patellar graft and didn’t want to risk it on a less strong alternative. Unfortunately, the doctor waited until the day of the surgery to inform me that if any remnants of the ACL existed, he would be doing the Hamstring graft (against my desires for a patellar graft). I was in no position to argue, so the surgery was done and a hamstring graft was used for my right knee.

    I will admit, the recovery time on the Hamstring graft was faster…but I wasn’t as confident in PT as I had been with the patellar graft. There was a noticeable difference (to me) that the graft was not as strong and wouldn’t tolerate being pushed. I recovered after about 8 months, but never played soccer again.

    Now, almost 5 years later, I have problems with the hamstring graft, but not the patellar graft. Twice since the surgery to my right knee, I have been sitting normally and bent my knee in a normal manner and experienced the most excrutiating pain, followed by a large fluid pocket on the inside of my knee just above the hamstring incision. The other downside to the hamstring graft (not sure if this is because of a medical mistake when the hamstring was attached) is the fact that my incision appears to be attached to the graft causing the scar to bunch and pull awkwardly when I bend the knee (utilizing the hamstring).

    In my opinion, the smaller incision and the reduced loss of quad strength isn’t worth the pain I experience with the hamstring graft. My right knee has never felt the same and I wish I had pushed harder to have the patellar graft as I had wanted to begin with. Now, I’m facing a second surgery to my right knee when I am confident that the patellar graft would have avoided it.

    I strongly suggest the patellar graft. But make the decision that you are most comfortable with and at least do the research to make an informed decision, don’t just listen to your doctor’s preference.

    Good luck to those undergoing (or who have undergone) ACL reconstructive surgery.

  4. Just received my surgery date, this November 4th if not sooner as I am on the cancellations list as well. VERY nervous, I suppose because I do not know for sure if I have made the right decision regarding the choice of graft. I chose patella as it was the “STRONGEST” lol. But I have been second guessing myself for the last 2 months wondering if I have made the right choice. The first operation I had mn my left ACL was using the hamstring graft, only to have it strech out years later and I’m now back at square one. With this operation I will do things a lot differently, I will take my physio much more seriously, not over exert myself and basically do all I can to get it to where it needs to be. The pain in the front of the knee while kneeling worries me but I have a lot of pain now lol. Thank you to all of you that have written, good luck and I will write after my surgery!


  5. From what I can tell after looked a reams of recent research, with the current surgical methods, there’s very little difference between patella and hamstring grafts in terms of outcome. The hamstring grafts are stronger than they’ve ever been and a lot of the outcome is based on rehab, not the surgical method. It’s likely that your surgeon has a preferred method and if you’re comfortable with the surgeon, that’s the best bet (plus do your rehab for at least a year and maintain forever.) Having said all that–your scar will be in the middle of your knee for a patella graft (vs. offset and lower).

  6. I blew out my right ACL 12 years ago playing hockey. I didn’t have insurance at the time, so I waited to have the surgery 2 years later. I had the reconstruction with my patella tendon. I was a Police Officer at the time and was back in full duty after 10 weeks and back playing full contact hockey in 5 months. It’s been 10 years since the surgery and my right knee is stronger than ever. I was very happy with everything from start to finish. Unfortunately, now I’ve blown out my left knee playing softball in June and am trying to decide if I should go with the hamstring graft or back to the patella tendon graft. My friend is a physical therapist and highly recommends the hamstring procedure based on healing time. I’m torn because I already had a successful patella tendon graft with a great doctor, but I would love to have the faster healing time and not have to worry about the pain I had for almost 2 years when I kneeled on the ground. I’m extremely familiar with the surgery and still haven’t decided which procedure I will have, but I’m always looking for opinions, so sent me some feedback. Thanks ! Mike Z

  7. Im so sorry for everyone that will have to experience this surgery or that already have. Im not trying to scare you at all, but the truth is your going to suffer. I have a done ALOT of research and read journals from patients who did this surgery, and every single surgery has risks. So just be positive and hope.

    ( Please Read My Experience For Helpful Information )

    I am in average shape and play different sports throughout the year. On end of July, I was playing basketball when I drove down the lane for a layup but stopped for a pump fake and thats when the guy guarding me stopped and his knees bent and hit my knee, i screamed and hit the ground. I KNEW i messed somthing up bad because i’ve been hit many times but this time i felt the famous “pop”. The pain was just crazy. Tried to walk it off but almost fell. Was carried to my house and I followed the (R.I.C.E) method and healed after 2 1/2 weeks. I started walkin again and gained flexion/extension by the week. Even though I KNEW that i messed somthing up, i believed everyone that it was just a bad sprain and lied to myself that im fine. Also 3 doctors (internal medicine) told me that it was just meniscus damage. So finally I got an MRI done and it revealed the complete tear of the ACL. I was shocked and not shocked at the same time, because i KNEW something was wrong. Anyways, I met a orthapedic surgeon and he recommended the patellar graft. He said this was the “strongest” and since im 21 years old and play sports this is the right choice and I agreed. Got the surgery done on Dec. 16th and first 3 days were Hell. Im 3 weeks post-op and since I had meniscus repair I cant walk on it for 3 weeks. So tomorrow is my follow up appointment and I might be able to walk on it Finally. Started using the ice machine but its kind of too late since im already 3 weeks post-up. The shipping took long due to holidays. I have been doin my own PT at home and trying my best to take it serious. I believe im doing a good job because im progressing well. However, im afraid im not doing everything i should be doing.

    I believe the patellar graft is the best choice for ages 15-30. And the Hamstring graft for ages 31-40. And the cadaver allograft for people 40+.

    All in All, you need to just look at it this way, if your deciding on getting the surgery or not, you have to really think about it and speak one-on-one with your surgeon. If you have already done the surgery, good luck on your rehab and hope you return 100% ASAP.

    Thanks for reading and wish you the very best.


  8. Those ACL videos are indeed gross, but I’d rather go into it informed than not at all. It does have its risks too, like any surgery. It’s putting a lot of trust in your doctors, so its good to choose wisely!

  9. I’m 16 years old I play soccer for the varsity team in Hobbs New Mexico. This year playing in a game the goalkeeper came out and cleat it me brooking my Right tibia it broke in 2 pieces so my doctor decide for me to have a surgery rather then putting a cast because if I had put my cast he told me I could have problems with my ankle in the future! Which I did had my surgery but my question is why did he told me I could have problems with my ankle..? Could someone explain to me wisely!!

    I’m a shopomore in high school and I’m really scared to not be available to play soccer again soccer means everything for me!!

  10. Im 18 years old and need an acl reconstruction i havent played any sport since doing the injury 6 months ago i am unsure what method is best i am leaning towards the patellar graft for strength but then the hamstring one is faster recovery .. Should i just suck it up and go with patellar or what ? Need advice please someone

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