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Old 07-28-2004   #111
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Originally Posted by Beastlyman2003
the key words in your reply, FIDDY, are COLLEGE GAMES! He didnt do SQUAT in THE PROS when he got some carries all season last year, not just against the Jags, but every time he ran. AND DONT SAY, "He was just coming off knee surgery." Because you will be saying that forever because nobody EVER FULLY RECOVERS from an ACL tear. NEVER.
That is just hysterical nonsense. There are varying degrees of surgical need and frankly there is a 98% recovery rate from ACL's now days. This isn't 1984 any longer, and players come back fully able to perform in todays climate. To judge a guy who was in the last stages of rehab is just short sighted.
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Lowe said the advancement in how surgeries are performed has been the biggest reason for quicker - and more successful - recoveries from serious knee injuries.

In the past, doctors attempted to sew the ACL back together in a major operation. Today, surgeons have years of experience with using a slice of the patellar tendon, which connects the lower leg bone to the kneecap and the quadriceps muscle above it, as a replacement for the ACL.

An ACL reconstruction involves drilling holes in the tibia and femur through which the replacement tissue is threaded and attached to the bone. Better instrumentation allows doctors to anchor the graft tightly in the bone and in the right place so the joint is correctly aligned.

If the knee isn't properly aligned or if the new ligament stretches, patients suffer arthritis. Doctors usually wait weeks before reconstructing an ACL until good range of motion returns to the knee and the quadriceps muscle is strengthened. This appears to lower the risk of developing excessive scar tissue, a complication that can cause stiffness.

"If (the surgery) is not done perfectly, it doesn't work," says Lowe, who performs 250 ACL reconstruction surgeries annually.

Doctors are far more aggressive in rehabilitation than in the past, which helps speed up the recovery time. In McGahee's case, he was exercising the knee the day after the surgery, lifting weights within the first week and was off crutches less than four weeks later.

"It needs to become religion," Lowe says. "It has to become part of your life if you want to be who you were after surgery."
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