"ACL reconstruction & rehabilitation"

About: Calderdale Royal Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

In August 2010 I ruptured my ACL while playing football, unfortunately it wasn't correctly diagnosed until July 2011 and I was placed on the waiting list for surgery in October 2011.

I was fortunate enough to have ACL reconstruction in June 2012 with Mr Siddique in Calderdale, he is one of the nicest people I have met and is a fantastic surgeon.

I was a bit apprehensive going into the physiotherapy group 2 weeks after surgery after having a couple of years of hard work with my knee. I have to admit, the service was excellent, I felt at ease from the beginning, everything was clearly explained to me and the physios (Jenny & the team) were so welcoming. I never felt like I was being ignored or missed, they always had time for me and I never felt like I was able to plateau. The exercises and routines they had set up were enjoyable, useful and progressing meaning they never felt like a chore and I always felt like I was improving my knee strength with every class.

My aim after surgery was to be able to play some form of football before I turned 30 (April 2013) and this past Wednesday I was able to take part in my first football training session in over 2 years (4 months after surgery). I cannot speak highly enough of the team and what they have done for me as before my surgery I was at a very low point and through the programs, exercises and stages of rehab with this class I have been able to build my confidence back up in my knee as well as build up the strength in my legs again.

If I know of anyone who has the same problem as me in the future, I will let them know there is no need to worry as the attending the ACL group at Calderdale, they will be in the best of hands.

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Response from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your feeback, we are delighted to hear that you had such a positive experience and successful outcome. We will, of course, ensure Mr Siddique and Jenny and team are made aware of your comments. We hope you will be playing football for many years to come!