Saturday, April 7, 2012

PCL and LCL Injury

Let me introduce Caroline,

In August 2011 I fell off a push bike and hurt my knee the MRI confirmed a Complete PCL and grade 2 Lcl, Finally seen Consultant who told me I had a end point on my PCL and therefore it was only a grade 2 and grade 2 LCL therefore, a unstable knee.
I started Physio weekly and the professional thought I would manage without surgery. It has give way once, but I dont trust it and have had to stop cycling, swimming due to pain. Stairs are a challenge going up and down with pain in the outer aspect and the knee cap pain. Dr now say surgery is my best option he will use Le Prade technique, He is unsure if he will have to do a oestomy first therefore surgery will be in two stages. I have lots of questions

1.How long I will take before I can return to a sitting job then a walking job.

2 Will I after surgery/ recovery be able to cycle, swim and hit a uneven surface most pavements without the pain I get at present.

Thanks any Help or advice gratefully received

Recently my knee gave way half way down a flight of stairs, I would have fallen but lucky grabbed the rail and since then It is more painful than ever on uneven surfaces and really feels unsafe, I have gone back to wearing my brace. Therefore my decision is Surgery

I welcome all comments and thank you in advance.

5 comments:

justintrammell said...

I recently had that same exact surgery on May 3. It is a big surgery. Originally I was told it will be a 5-6 hour surgery but it took 8 hours. As of right now I can bend my knee 70° and that's all. The pain can be unbearable at times. ASK TO GO HOME WITH A NERVE BLOCK! This will numb your leg for 2-3 days. You want that, trust me. Also ask for a CPM. This is a machine that you pit your leg in and it bends your knee for you. That will help with recovery. Start slow though. As far as swimming, I would expect 4-5 months. In August of 2011 I had only my PCL replaced and I was running, 4-6 miles, around February. My body rejected the graft so they did another surgery and replaced my LCL as well. They were suppose to replace the lcl before but chose not to. I wish you the best of luck.

Molly said...

Wow! I suffered a graft rejection, too. I can't imagine going through this again.

Molly said...

Except I can't do anything anymore. Maybe it would be worth trying again.

Zack Freeman said...

You'll be fine. 10 years out of surgery I can do almost everything again, but I make sure to keep my leg strong

Zack Freeman said...

You'll be fine. 10 years out of surgery I can do almost everything again, but I make sure to keep my leg strong