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    Old 12-03-2005, 09:25 AM   #1
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    post ACL-reconstruction; swollen and numb

    Hi!
    Im on day six after ACL reconstruction (hamstring auto-graft), and Im taking codeine (morphine) against the pain (two a day). After having read other peoples posts, it seems Im getting off a lil too easy - i have had barely no pain at all, and I could walk/bend right after surgery. Yesterday i got perhaps a bit too confident, and walked home from work with only one cruch; afterwards the knee was quite stiff, but still not very painful. Anyway, my problem is that i have no sense of touch along the bone right below the knee, and that my foot and calf are swollen. Anyone experienced something similar?
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    Old 12-03-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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    Re: post ACL-reconstruction; swollen and numb

    That is normal after surgery. The nerves that go to the skin are very superficial, and are often cut when the incision is made. Also, swelling from the surgery can compress these nerves, which also causes numbness. So after surgery you often get an area of numbness near the incision site. It will come back, very slowly. In a few months it should be back to normal. You may always be numb right on the incision, though.

    The swelling down your leg is also normal. Your knee is swelling, and then gravity is moving the fluid downward. You should try to elevate the leg (above the level of your heart) several times a day, and that should help. Don't push yourself too much too fast! Good luck on a speedy recovery.

     
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    Re: post ACL-reconstruction; swollen and numb

    Thank you!
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    The nerves that go to the skin are very superficial, and are often cut when the incision is made.
    So I guess these nerves grow back together again?

     
    Old 12-04-2005, 10:47 AM   #4
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    Re: post ACL-reconstruction; swollen and numb

    Yes, peripheral nerves can regenerate and repair themselves. It takes a long time, but they can.

     
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    Great! Thanks.

     
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