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Torn ACL

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Scoop Norris · · Truckee · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 45

Anybody out climbing and skiing with a missing ACL?  I heard mixed reports about not getting surgery, focusing instead on strengthening the knee.

Mike Flanagan · · Redlands, CA · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 55

I struggled with this decision but at the end of the day, I was worried about the damage (not to mention epics) if it did slip and I was 10mi deep in the mountains..

That said, I chimed in to let you know that I had an ACL reconstruction (hamstring graft) in 2011 and went on a trip to the wind river range about 8 months later. Took a long time for my knee to feel 100 % normal but now i don't even think about it and it feels great. Good luck with whatever decision you make.




Ryan Arnold · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 513

My wife just had hers repaired 3 months ago.  Very long and painful recovery, worse than I expected, but she's getting back into walking and biking now and I think will be good to go for life after a few more weeks/months.  I'd definitely have mine repaired if it was torn like hers; quite unstable...

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