Originally Posted by RiceWithThat
I just had the reconstructive surgery two weeks ago. I decided to do it because I want to continue to play tennis, which because of the movements specific to the sport really shouldn't be played without an ACL.
Again, it's an ELECTIVE surgery. I know pleny of people and patients who compete in sports activities without an ACL.
Personal note: uncle (professor at NorthWestern University - so he's an intelligent guy who did his research) with complete tear of ACL....runs, does Brazillian Jiu-Jijitsu.....no problems.
Another physical therapist friend of mine, complete tear of ACL.....owns his own business, so isn't able to take the time off...but that was only part of the reason to forgo the surgery....lots of rehab, but again, runs, other athletic endeavors, going for 2nd degree black belt in karate....no problems....
It's possible to survive without one. And yes playing tennis too.
But if you feel like you want to get it done for peace of mind, by all means, get the surgery.
I'm just trying to paint the picture that you can function very well without one.