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ask: Soft bone discovered during acl surgery

By blossomt
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My OS told me to take my rehab slow because he discovered my bones were soft when screwing in the new graft. What does this mean for my recovery? Has any one else been told this?

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello blossomt,
By saying that your bones are soft, does your orthopedic surgeon mean that osteoporosis has developed?

Osteomalacia refers to a softening of your bones, often caused by a vitamin D deficiency. In children, this condition is called rickets. Soft bones are more likely to bow and fracture than are harder, healthy bones.

Osteomalacia is not the same as osteoporosis, another bone disorder that can also lead to bone fractures. Osteomalacia results from a defect in the bone-building process, while osteoporosis develops due to a weakening of previously constructed bone.

I suggest you ask your surgeon which condition you have and how this will impact your rehabilitation.

Either bone conditions can lead to falls and fractures. Was your ACL torn because of a fall?

Wishing you a speedy recovery,


December 27, 2012 - 5:18pm
blossomt (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I was skiing when I tore my acl. I asked my OS what it meant and he said I should see my regular md and that it was probably due to age. I am 52. He said he wants to slow down my rehab. I'm just not sure exactly what that means . Should I be walking and how much? The past two weeks have been spent mostly in bed with my leg elevated amd iced. So much so that my back and neck are beginning to hurt worse than my knee and I simple walk down the hall is exhausting. The therapists say this is ok, to take it slow. I guess I just want something more concrete. I have wonderful guidelines for the exercises. It would be nice if it included something like get up and walk once every hour.

December 28, 2012 - 10:14am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to blossomt)

Hello blossomt,

The answers and definitive guidelines that you are looking for need to come from your orthopedic surgeon and medical doctor. Your doctors know your condition and how much activity is safe for you right now. It is important that you tell your doctors that you are having back and neck pain that is worse than the knee pain. Give them both a call.


December 28, 2012 - 5:48pm
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