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Meniscus repair and ACL reconstruction

Hi,

Can someone please help me as I have looked at a few forums and I am unable to find the answers to my specific questions.
I tore my ACL with out realising it playing basketball, a couple of weeks later I tore both of my meniscus. One was a bucket handle tear that they said rolled up and stopped me from being able to straighten my leg, therefore I was on crutches straight away. I went to see a surgeon who then sent my paperwork to a hospital. The hospital lost my papers and therefore I did not get called into surgery for another 9 weeks (they told me that this is an emergency and should be done straight away) one of my meniscus had repaired itself by the time I went in for surgery and they ended up being able to fix my other meniscus and acl in the same surgery.

I am now 5 weeks post op and I am unable to straighten my leg.The physio is saying that this is because it took so long to have my surgery (due to the hospital loosing my papers) and that I am now facing not being able to walk properly again. I am doing all of the exercises that they are telling me to do and can fully weight bare and walk/hobble around the house without my crutches. I was wondering if anyone has any info on this type of surgery? and know any cases of people not being able to straighten their legs before surgery?

Also, does anyone know if there is a risk going back to work, my medical certificate still has another three weeks on it, I work at a desk.

I would appreciate any feedback, thanks for your time!

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Try not to sit in a single position for long hours and you can walk after every hour of work and do not overdo yourself initially and go slowly in your approach. You can press the pedal as the pain decreases and you feel good by the movements. Take care!
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Thanks for your response, it is very helpful. I was also wondering if a lot of walking (around the office) is going to help or hinder the recovery?
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In your condition as your operation was delayed your muscles and joints have gone stiff.
Now do not worry about what had taken place, losing of papers stuff and all, try to concentrate on your physiotherapy.
With proper exercise you will gain strength and with support initially you can go for work, try not to sit in the same position for long hours and slowly you will be able to do work.
You have to explain your employer and a little cooperation at work will be fine for you.
Take care and continue your physiotherapy.
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