ACL surgery metal or bioabsorbable screws?

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  1. sachin_patel

    sachin_patel New User

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    Sorry for recent too many threads regarding ACL.
    I am scheduled for surgery, and when asked my doctor about the screws, he mentioned he is planning on using Metal screws.

    Any recomandations on which screws to use?
     
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  2. Sumo

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    I've got metal screws.
    In the 12 yrs since my surgery, I have only had an issue once. I never found out what it was, but the area where the screws were hurt for a couple days and then went away. Other than that, which I've only remembered because of this thread, I've had nothing bad to say about the metal screws.
    On a positive note, your X-rays will look cooler.
     
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  3. sachin_patel

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    lol.. what about airport security? kicking off metal detector and being searched is a hassle... no? although i am more concerened about the physical comfort and pain due to screws..
     
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  4. Sumo

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    It's never set metal detectors off, and I've never even been questioned.
    And with the body scans, they can easily tell what it is.
     
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  5. RogueFLIP

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    Trust your surgeon, he knows what he's doing.

    Metal won't set off anything, its even safe in an MRI/CT machine.
     
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  6. sachin_patel

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    Thanks!

    also question.. when to start therapy? some form I have from doctor says that I have to start next day...
     
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    First knee reconstruction in 1987 the surgeon used metal screws. They are still in there (even after my second reconstruction in 1995) and have never been a problem. Does not get detected at airports although if you are getting an MRI of your knee done you need to take X-rays with you to show the radiologist where the screws are located.
     
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  8. RogueFLIP

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    I've never had to do that. Just had to let the MRI peeps know my surgical history.
     
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  9. RogueFLIP

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    If you can, start as early as possible. Mostly inflammation reduction and small isometric exercises....trying to maximize ROM in the beginning.

    Knee extension is most important in the beginning.
     
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  10. Sumo

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    I started the next day. My piece of advice for that....don't take a pain killer before. I almost grew up on the table, and never took one again.

    Very true.
     
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