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MikeToronto
LKeet6 wrote:


ACLs vary, they absolutely CAN have lasting effects and make you more susceptible....


It's not really like breaking a hand, you're comparing bones and ligaments. Ligaments are the absolute worst for healing, as they receive so little blood supply...


I disagree on having it repaired making you more succeptible to re-injury on the same knee. If done properly, the rebuilt one is actually stronger than the original.
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LKeet6
MikeToronto wrote:
I disagree on having it repaired making you more succeptible to re-injury on the same knee. If done properly, the rebuilt one is actually stronger than the original.


"can" make you...can...

Depends on the individual's body, depends on the minutiae of the surgery, depends on the quality and success of the rehab, etc etc.

ACLs absolutely are recoverable from, success rate has improved a lot in last 10-20 years.

Talking as if it's no longer a big deal, or won't have a lasting impact (potentially,) i.e best case scenario every time, is dangerous... 
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MikeToronto
LKeet6 wrote:


"can" make you...can...

Depends on the individual's body, depends on the minutiae of the surgery, depends on the quality and success of the rehab, etc etc.

ACLs absolutely are recoverable from, success rate has improved a lot in last 10-20 years.

Talking as if it's no longer a big deal, or won't have a lasting impact (potentially,) i.e best case scenario every time, is dangerous... 


OK, let me be even clearer.

1. Technology and technique for the ACL replacement surgery have improved dramatically over the past 20 years.
2. There are two options for which tissue is harvested to serve as a construction material for the replacement ACL. I've opted for shorter recovery period and the strength comparable to the one of the original - hammy was the source for mine. Athletes opt for stronger replacement ACL, the resulting ligament being quite a bit stronger than the one it replaces.
3. Their surgeries are done by the best surgeons in the land. I had to wait for one here in TO for 2.5 years, but professional athletes get access to them in no time flat, both here and in the US. The success rate of surgeries performed by such specialists is incredibly high.

Ergo - the chances of breaking the same ACL are very, very low.
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LKeet6
Interesting stuff Mike.

Not sure we're in direct disagreement? We'd need to know more specifics of OG's situation. Fact he's back so quick is very encouraging tho.

My point wasn't just about direct recurrence of the exact same injury tho. Like I said, there are loads of variables.

Certain people are more susceptible, meaning problems with the other knee or same knee in another area. The quality of rehab is vital and here psychology comes into play, how much the player wants it, whether he can return to the same level of competitive fight. And don't forget (stating the obvious here,) We're talking about prime athletes here, who put their bodies under immense pressure. It's not the same as getting you back up jogging a nd maybe some pick up (or whatever sport you play...)

I did already agree that the technology has improved dramatically. In many cases you can recover without side effects later. Again tho, depending on analysis post injury, these will always be a red flag...
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