ACL repair-(Patellar tendon graft)

Hi all,

When I was 15 i was playing football until my left foot got stuck in the ground and my knee buckled in on itself and twisted at the same time. i heard a pop as my knee gave way and a loud crack as it went back into place. i never went to see a doctor as i was told the injury would heal over with time. after three years of my knee not getting any better i decided it was time to get it looked at by a doctor. I had an MRI scan and the results showed i had a 90% tear in my ACL. it also showed my cartilage was in tacked and suffered no injury. After some discussion with the doctor it was decided surgery was the best option for me. I am glad to say the surgery has been a success and have had no problems with my physiotherapy, so far. I am about 9 months post op and I am just about getting back to sport and vigorous exercise. Throughout my physiotherapy i have been doing a lot of swimming, cycling and running and have really taken a liking to it, which leads me on to my question. I really want to start doing triathlons and eventually an Ironman, which will require an awful lot of use of my knee. However, I am worried that if I do decide to go into this sport it might wear out my knee as it is weak or because it has been operated on. I would be grateful if someone could inform me of the risks and dangers of participating in a high endurance sport, such as triathlons, after ACL surgery.

Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.
thank you!

Posted By Adam Rickman on September 15, 2009 at 14:06:42:

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