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Old 06-30-2010, 10:32 AM   #17
BillH
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Good luck with your surgery! - I had a hammy graft in right knee in 2002 and hammy in left knee in 2004. Both surgeries required 1 year of wearing a brace post surgery during sports and about 2-3 months of formal PT and another 3-4 months of self supervised PT. In both cases, it took about a year before I felt I was 100% on the tennis court. Also keep in mind the studies show that after a couple years both graft types have similar strength ans only slight differnces in laxity. As everyone else said, do your PT religiously and you'll be back playing tennis in no time. Also, make sure you use a passive movement machine and cryro cuff in the days immediately folowing surgery - their use will greatly reduce swelling and pain and get your ROM back sooner.
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