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11th March 2010 12:15 AM
Unregistered I'm the basketball player from above.

My Donjoy brace is highly recommended. Virtually no slippage.

I think in the few months after surgery, it provides than confidence. I would wear it.
10th March 2010 07:13 PM

I had an ACL recon about 10-yr ago. My knee has never been the same...not sure if I had a botched repair. Seems the scaring and time to rehab after may out weigh the benefit...perhaps the surgery is better nowadays. I've had many braces for windsurfing. Started with a custom-fit townsend? I think that was the brand. After a few years my leg changed in shape so much I had to get a new brace...a custom fit Generation II. Recently I've worn-up my GII...purchased off the shelf CTI from ebay. Sailed with it for the first time last week. Seems like a good fit and didn't slide around much. With my other braces I had a cut-off wetsuit leg that I used to use to keep the brace in place.
9th March 2010 09:30 PM
Charlie360 best of luck with the operation.
I broke my ACL skiing 5 years ago and needed keyhole surgery to clear out bits of torn miniscus etc. However I have avoided reconstructive surgery so far (mainly because I'm a chicken and also because of all the stories of the rehab period preventing me doing the things like windsurfing and skiing which I love for a whole season) I have only managed to dislocate my knee twice since the original injury playing squash so I've given up doing that now!
I tend to agree with Floyd, I had an expensive brace, which over time I have concluded really only gave me mental confidence, so I have disposed of it for skiing now and find the best form of preventing dislocations is to spend plenty of time building my quads and hamstring - I have never worn a brace windsurfing though and never had any problems, having said that I've spent more time speed sailing than in the waves since and given up looping!
I still consider having the ACL repair surgery - so will be interested in your experience, please keep us up to date.
9th March 2010 07:25 AM
ACL reco

Am having my surgery this friday, after 5 months of putting off, mind you during that time I have been able to get out, but no wave sailing, just short blasts on the lake (probably not a good thing, but I can't stay off the water!!) Next 6-12 months are going to to be frustrating.

Thanks for the advice, I too have been on the bike to get strong before surgery.


12th February 2010 11:24 PM
Floyd Hi
Knee support was fine until I tried to sail in it.It would not stay in correct position.(It always worked down my leg!!!)For walking etc it was ok . Suspect only thing they offer is confidence.Not sure of make but it was fully adjustable for knee reflex angle and had titanium arms/carbon fibre plates. (Cost circa 400)

As poster above also says reckon best bet is loads of cycling with as little impact as possible.

PS I worked my but off as well but in our group at physio (all ACL replacement/rebuild) I was last to get back to something approaching full recovery but mine has continued to improve. (I might have been doing too much at physio ; and doing things I should not have,(according to private physio) I was told (At NHS) to go on jogging machine at every session ; I`m pretty convinced it was making me worse !!! But I certainly cant grumble now. Its great.

Good luck
11th February 2010 11:26 PM
Unregistered I had a complete tear of the ACL less than a year ago - (from playing basketball.)

I spent as much time on the bike as I could both before and after my ACL reconstruction. I was doing wave-sailing (no jumps and taking it pretty easy on the wave face) three months after my surgery. 8 months later, I am playing basketball, doing whatever I want windsurfing, and training for a marathon. No problems.

Train for your surgery by putting time in on the bike beforehand. It is also the most important part of your therapy. I have had a great recovery that by no means should be considered standard - but I worked my @$$ off for it.
11th February 2010 06:25 AM
Unregistered Thanks!! At last, and intelligent and serious response!!!

please forgive the previous responses but there is always and envious party pooper with no manners and inteligence

I've been a avious cycler and I'm already biking again daily ( 30 km +-) and is helping a lot

What happened when you used the " carbon fiber contraption"? did you injured yourself again?

any brand recomendations from your friends who have it working?

Thanks a lot, mate

Good winds
10th February 2010 02:34 AM
Floyd PS
I had little (no !!) success with braces. (Spent a fortune on a Titanium/Carbon fiber contraption that just didn`t stay in place; and when it did I felt it offered little real help.
(Got mates who swear by them though so ???? borrow one from local physio dept before you buy one ???)
10th February 2010 02:29 AM
Floyd I snapped ACL and badly tore medial ligaments (in knee) around 5 years ago.(Sailing injury)

Had ACL replaced (eventually) and medial "tidied up" (as surgeon called it) Initial poor recovery with no sailing for approx 18 months.

Gradually got back to full use with loads of cycling. (Took at least 3 years from operation to get to surgeon`s quoted 80%. Now reckon its as strong as before injury.(Its better than other knee now)

I think my long recovery was probably to do with age.(Not that old but was 47 when injured) and I had a couple of falls on knee after surgery.

Its great now ; aches after hard useage but even restarted snowboarding.

Good luck. Buy a bike. (Exercises knee without impact. Be patient. It will recover !!!)

If it needs surgery get it done sooner rather than later. (Footballers get it done same week as injury !!! ,(if its needed) mine was 5 months after !!!) (Was told physio would work !!!)
5th February 2010 06:35 AM
Unregistered Must be tough living in the closet
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