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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

4 comments on “How Long Does It Take To Recover From ACL Surgery?

  • I recently had an MRI of my knee in which the impression reads ACL tear. However it doesn’t state if it’s partial or complete. In the summary it says multiple ligament out fibers demonstrating discontinuity, while others appear intact. Does this mean it’s not a complete tear? I feel no instability in my knee, and I would like to complete my senior year of cheerleading.

    • that seems to be describing a partial tear… but your examination would be able to determine that even better.

  • Hello I had a full ACL reconstruction approximately one week ago I have been doing leg exercises that they showed me at the hospital I’m waiting to start physiotherapy my question is I ride horses and I also compete in dressage I am also a boxer I suppose my question is how long should recovery time be until I can ride my horse and compete her in dressage as well as writer on the daily basis? Then secondly is about the boxing when can I return two light training and full training to prepare for a boxing match? Or is this something that I am unlikely to be able to do?
    The surgeons used the hand string ligament to repair that ACL and on a general basis out of 100% what will I regain of my knee?
    Thank you I will look forward to your response

    • Louise … your doc will need to give you the specific… but it would take many months before getting back on a horse. It will take longer (8+ months) before being able to box. Hopefully, your doc can offer you more specific guidance based on your recovery during rehab.

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