HealthWatch (WFRV)- For an athlete-- tearing your anterior cruciate ligament-- or ACL can be a career ending injury. But not always -- the ligament can be repaired. However, that repair doesn't always take.
After having two unsuccessful surgeries-- a Minnesota teen looked to Aurora BayCare Medical Center for advice-- and found the help he needed to get back into the game..
Nat; basketball bounce "
Chance Bechly is a starter on his high school basketball team. And he's excited about the upcoming year.
"nat; bounce -- swish.."
It's something that might not have happened. Two years ago during a JV basketball game Chance was about to shoot.
"Chance; I felt a weird movement in my knee like everything slid like a little pop . ."
Chance had torn his acl-- and a miniscus.. The 15 year old needed surgery.
"Chance: I had acl reconstruction "
But the fix didn't last.
"Chance: I was in phy ed about 7 months after surgery and I was playing kickball and I tore it again "
So Chance went under the knife again. And 7 months later at basketball camp.
"Chance; I tore it again "
So Chance... Looked to Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Harold Schock.
"Dr. Schock: Unfortunately we get to scenarios where people have a little bit different injuries or multiple contributing factors that lead to failure of reconstructions "
First-- Dr. Shock had Chance rehab his knee to near perfect motion-- before surgery.
"Dr. Schock: so that knee has a better opportunity to rehab after surgery."
Then a bone graft to fill the holes left by the first two reconstructions.
"Dr. Schock: so when we had the third acl we started from a more normal baseline situation."
Then Chance underwent his third acl reconstruction.
"Dr. Schock : we actually took tissue from the opposite knee and used that to reconstruct his acl. "
For the first two reconstructions-- chance only went through 3-4 months of rehabilitation-- this time he went for more than a year. That plus the initial rehab is what Dr. Schock thinks made all the difference.
" Dr. Schock : And I think that the rehabilitation that was done and we really critically look at his result on the backend has helped his knee last. "
And although chance does wear a protective brace when he plays-- he says he's back to 100-percent.
Chance: It feels perfectly fine I'm playing bb getting up and down the court and feels just like a normal knee. "
Dr. Schock says Chance does not have any restrictions on his knee while playing sports.
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