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  1. #1
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    Post ACL Longboarding + Looking For Longboard

    Question for all of you out there that have had ACL/Meniscus reconstruction surgery.
    I'm about 5 months out from my surgery and just can't seem to get the same pump down the line or bottom turns like before the injury. Been riding one of the old man's logs lately and obviously that hasnt been a problem like my 5'10 thruster is.

    On top of that i'm looking to pick up a log around the $300 range, preferable something in the 9'5" range, noserider and 2+1 setup prefered. Criagslist just doent work like it used to.

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    I'm about 4 months out from the same surgery. Started surfing about 2.5 months out. what type of reconstruction surgery did you have? The first time I blew out my ACL they used my patella tendon. Took FOREVER to recover. This time they used a cadaver tendon and totally different recovery. I was nearly 100% strength at 3 months.
    I've been so active surfing and running that I forget to do the exercises to keep strengthening. Good luck finding a board, but I would say that you'll be back if you keep working it out. They said at 6 months I should return to surfing and a full year until full strength and activity level. So you have some time yet.

    Oh, and I do have a longboard that I might sell you; it was busted in half, repaired, and just needs sealed and painted. it was 9.0 walden, but probably is 4-5" shorter after the repair, and has a slight bend in it bc of the repair. I kinda want to take it out myself first to see how it surfs, but if you're interested let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delawaredell View Post
    I'm about 4 months out from the same surgery. Started surfing about 2.5 months out. what type of reconstruction surgery did you have? The first time I blew out my ACL they used my patella tendon. Took FOREVER to recover. This time they used a cadaver tendon and totally different recovery. I was nearly 100% strength at 3 months.
    I've been so active surfing and running that I forget to do the exercises to keep strengthening. Good luck finding a board, but I would say that you'll be back if you keep working it out. They said at 6 months I should return to surfing and a full year until full strength and activity level. So you have some time yet.

    Oh, and I do have a longboard that I might sell you; it was busted in half, repaired, and just needs sealed and painted. it was 9.0 walden, but probably is 4-5" shorter after the repair, and has a slight bend in it bc of the repair. I kinda want to take it out myself first to see how it surfs, but if you're interested let me know.
    I had an ACL replacement with my patella tendon as well. On top of that i had a full medial meniscal tear, removal of my lateral meniscus, and a hypofracture. Not a good time.

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    Had a torn meniscus surgery back in Jan. 2012. Stuck with PT and was back catching waves about 4 weeks later. Wore a neoprene brace for a good 6 months after that. 18 months later and some days there's still some pain and stiffness. I was really good about PT and I started a yoga regimen as well. Hang in there man, you'll get it back. Just don't push it to hard and surf as much as you can. Good luck.

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    youre pretty fresh outta that surgery still. I had full acl + meniscus when I was eighteen 8 years ago and I wasn't really well recovered for a good year. I also had meniscus scope again last winter. weight train/cycle/follow rehab steps carefully, and youll get it back. be patient with that. my leg now feels as strong as ever by the way.

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    by the way did you go with hamstrong or cadaver?

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    I think it really depends on which leg. I imagine back foot would require more time before surfing again and extra care when you're back in the water. I'm goofy and tore my right ACL and lateral meniscus and was longboarding in 3 months (with a brace) and shortboardong soon after. It was summer so longboarding was all I could do anyways. Returning prior to 3 months is very dangerous because the tendon has yet to become a ligament. You'll feel fine before then but that's the nature of acl reconstruction surgery. 5 months is plenty of time to start surfing but I wouldn't say I was back 100% (for surfing & other sports) until 12 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hinmo24t View Post
    by the way did you go with hamstrong or cadaver?
    I had patella tendon

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    I have had 1 ACL/MCL/Meniscus and 2 just ACL/Meniscus surgeries. Lots of down time. Like they said, it depends on which leg, and what type of procedure. My first surgery was hard, I came back at around 50%. Due to the nature of the injury, and my lack of being serious with rehabilitation. I was young. The other two went better, but still that long down time of not being 100%. Your surgeon should release you after 6 months if everything looks alright, to go back to sports. I would say a year out is when you get back to "normal". Give it time, and rehab well. Don't over due it. Once you have knee problems, you will always have knee problems. Nothing worse than finding out you need another surgery cause you were shredding too hard brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.R.gnar28 View Post
    I think it really depends on which leg. I imagine back foot would require more time before surfing again and extra care when you're back in the water. I'm goofy and tore my right ACL and lateral meniscus and was longboarding in 3 months (with a brace) and shortboardong soon after. It was summer so longboarding was all I could do anyways. Returning prior to 3 months is very dangerous because the tendon has yet to become a ligament. You'll feel fine before then but that's the nature of acl reconstruction surgery. 5 months is plenty of time to start surfing but I wouldn't say I was back 100% (for surfing & other sports) until 12 months.

    Yeah i am goofy as well and also had the surgery on my right knee. i've been focusing on heavy lifting of my quad, hamstring, and calf back in the gym just to be sure that i have a stury base. Now that i think about it i've probably been neglecting my rom and flexability a little bit too much.