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ACL Reconstruction Hamstring Graft Swelling
Hi,

My boyfriend had an ACL reconstruction hamstring graft on Feb 26th 2010. He was slowly starting to get better and walk around on his knee until sunday. He was standing up for about ten minutes and then was in extreme pain and now has gone back to not being able to walk without his crutches.

He knee is extremely swollen and it seems like there could be a lot of fluid in there. It is also really warm to touch. It doesnt seem to hurt when he is sitting down but when he tries to walk or move his leg it hurts. He is also now feeling sick. There is blod clots in the family history. He also complains that his vision somes times has spots in there.

We went back over to the hospital on monday to have an x ray and they say they couldnt see any thing and to wait for an MRI scan. My concerns are that when he had his previous MRI scan it took 3 doctors to detect the ACL damage in the first place.

Should the knee be this swollen after nearly two months and why would it swell again once the initial swelling had gone down. Should he be exercising or keeping still?? Using an ice pack or not?? Sorry its just we keep getting conflicting information!!

Any info will be really appreciated.

Many Thanks
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Hello!

He should use ice packs and take NSAIDs to decrease the pain and inflammation.

In acute pain he should not exercise and if you go for an MRI this time around see that an expert radiologist comments on that so that minor tears are not missed.

With decrease in swelling and inflammation he should go for physiotherapy.

Check out and rule out any infection.

Take care!
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1281296 tn?1271350764

That is great - thank you so much for the reply.

Thanks Again

Ashley
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