Type of surgery being done
He will use the healthy knee for graft harvest because the other patellar tendon has been used already. Patellar tendon harvest is the "superficial" part of the surgery. He will not have to "go into" the other knee.
This is not nearly as bad as I feared. 6-8 months is better than "missing the entire season". The kid better take this as a sign to not stay in the game until he can't walk again. His knees just told him this.
Curious to know, if Andrews ends up using hamstring tendon to repair the LCL, which leg he takes it from.
Last edited by TheDane; January-9th-2013 at 09:14 AM.
I had the hamstring verson done this year and it certainly weakens the hamstring. I could see how pro athletes wouldn't want this option.
OK, we seem to have some people pretty familiar with this procedure in this thread...thinking forward, what sort of follow up or is there a way to monitor the strength of the tendons? Can this be judged accurately by an MRI? This is the future of the franchise for a while so I know expense is not an issue but wonder, even if rehab goes perfectly, will we ever truly know whether it is stronger before he starts making RGIII type plays?
"People talk about Lambeau Field in Green Bay, about its tradition and the fans there, it doesn't hold a candle to RFK." -Darrell Green
I think the 6-8 month quotes are not taking into account it's his second ACL reconstruction. Look up ACL Revision Surgery, it's a much less known quantity as far as rehab time and return to previous function. My guess is he either does not play next season or at least until late in the season.