A few months ago I blew out my new playing basketball. After some rehab, I went back to basketball, but re-injured it. And finally an MRI revealed I tore my ACL. I am having ACL knee reconstruction on this afternoon. ACL surgery has come a long way.
ACL tears are no longer the end of an athlete's career. If the surgical and rehab techniques used today were available to Gayle Sayers, Joe Namath, or even any of other affected athletes 20 years ago, their careers would probably have lasted five or ten years longer. The ACL can be repaired with no loss in function or strength. Many athletes return to play stronger and faster than before the injury.
ACL is now done orthoscopically (no 12" scar). Also, I am getting a cadaver graft, which is far less painful than having a tendon graft (I specifically requested an ACL with a 42" vertical). I hope to make my blogging comeback later this week, but I will be day-to-day. My basketball comeback will take 5 to 6 months. But I will be back! On a positive note, we can all take a break from the O.J. Mayo situation and breath.