11 responses

  1. Kerry
    August 14, 2013

    This brings back so many memories. I tore my ACL twice – I have matching scars on each knee – back in high school and college playing soccer. I feel like the surgeries and recovery just keep getting better, but it is a long road. I always felt so great though after the actual surgery part was done, because then I knew I was on the road to getting back to normal and making progress. I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery!

    • Daria Giron
      August 26, 2013

      Yikes Kerry! BOTH knees? I can only hope this is the one and only ACL surgery we have to experience in this family. There are worse things that can happen, but it’s still no fun at all.

  2. Sara
    September 24, 2013

    Thank you so much for posting this! My son who is 11, tore his ACL three weeks ago in soccer. We are in the process of finding a surgeon and deciding on the technique. So overwhelming and sad! I hate that this happened! But this was so helpful to see what the two weeks after look like, thank you!!!!!

    • Daria
      September 24, 2013

      Hi Sara,

      So sorry about your son! I can almost guarantee he should have the physical sparing surgery Kocher is Boston is THE surgeon for that. If you can’t travel to Boston, ask them who they recommend in your area. Email me and I’ll put you in touch with another mom who’s son had this done. She was SO helpful to me. Mominmanagement @ gmail

    • Daria
      September 24, 2013

      Hi Sara,

      Dang autocorrect, it’s physeal sparing, meaning they avoid drilling through the growth plates

  3. Shilpa
    September 26, 2013

    It felt good to read all 4 posts. I sent my previous comment well before I read all the posts on this. Its amazing how you have kept track of everything and guiding parents in the same boat.

    I am not sure what decision we would take. We are in mid-west 2 hours south to Chicago so both Denver and Boston are kinda far. So looking out nearby options if there are any to take a second opinion/taking surgery decision. As said earlier, my son is just 10 now and not sure about his bone age. Also, need to read more on modified ACL reconstruction…before deciding which way to go.

    • Daria
      September 26, 2013

      I am happy to help! Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Unfortunately I am at work right now and about to step into meetings for the rest of the afternoon so I can’t call until later tonight.

      Here is the contact information for Kocher’s team in Boston, please call them and ask for recommendations in your area. I bet there is at least 1 if not more in Chicago that are very well qualified.

      I will call you later.

      Stefanie A. Blakely
      Template Coordinator | Phone (781) 216 – 1327
      Boston Children’s Hospital | Division of Sports Medicine

  4. Shilpa
    September 26, 2013

    Hi Daria,

    After spending 2-3 days in crying over what happened, I am finally feeling in a state of thinking ahead. It’s so unfortunate to see our one and only active boy stranded and limping with those heavy braces. It is so heart breaking. It still makes me break in tears when anyone asks about my baby…very hard to accept this harsh reality.

    I am bit consoled after reading through all this. Need to pick up myself and move on. Thanks you for posting every detail of it.

    Could I ask you for a favor? Could you please ask your doctor about anyone equally capable of doing pediatric ACL reconstruction in Chicago/St. Louis or Indianapolis areas?

    I am also open to talk to you on phone…My number is (614) 218 5390.

  5. Heidi
    October 12, 2013

    This have been a relief for me tonight. Today, my 16 year old daughter Shaye, suffered a major knee injury playing in a volleyball tournament. The physical trainer said he feels it is a torn ACL, damaged meniscus and bruised bone. We were told to follow up with a Sports Medicine Surgeon at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital on Monday. Of course I don’t have the patience to wait until Monday, so I am happy to read this to answer some of my questions. Thanks! Tomorrow will be a loooong day.

    • Daria Giron
      October 13, 2013

      Hi Heidi,

      I HEAR you! I have been where you are, scouring the internet looking for answers, trying to figure out what to do and worrying the whole time about if you’re making the right decision. Based on my experience your daughter is likely going to have the modified adult repair or the adult repair depending on if her growth plates are still open. DON’T let the surgeon talk you into the adult repair (with bone blocks) if her growth plate is open. Get at least 2 opinions and 3 is better. Also, I started a facebook support group for parents of kids with ACL repair surgery if you’re interested in joining? This is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/461268173986616/

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