Annual Congress Maxima Medical Center Eindhoven/Veldhoven
Two scientific papers from the research group of...
member PhD committee Erasmus University
prof RPA Janssen MD PhD has been invited as...
Kleuskens MWA, Crispim J, Donkelaar van CC,...
Anterior cruciate ligament (2)
It has now been a year since I tore my anterior cruciate ligament. During a football game I swerved in front of my opponent and my lower leg remained standing. It hurt a lot and didn’t feel right. From the football field I was immediately taken to the emergency room. Due to the severe pain and swelling, a proper diagnosis could not yet be made.
A later MRI scan showed that the anterior cruciate ligament was torn. The advice: rest even more and start with physiotherapy to reduce the fluid in the knee. The orthopedist referred me to Dr. Janssen. In the meantime I have started working on exercises for my knee and cycling. I was able to walk and move again without restrictions or pain.
Three months later it was time. My cruciate ligament was replaced by my hamstring tendon. The operation had gone very well. My meniscus and cartilage still looked very good. A good omen for the subsequent recovery. It was difficult to be as dependent and immobile as before after surgery. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to it and was super motivated to recover as quickly as possible. Every session at the physio I was able to do a little more. I started with small strength exercises, cycling and learning to walk well. Strength training, stepping, running and balance exercises followed. I also kicked my first ball on the soccer field after a few months. That was a nice feeling.
Also dr. Janssen was very satisfied. At the third appointment (5 months after the operation) I was told that the cruciate ligament is completely ‘the old’ again. With this confidence I will return to work as a defender at my club. With a lot of perseverance, patience and a good doctor I am back to my old level!