By Sheila Dwyer, Knee1 Staff
A University of Kentucky forward underwent two hours of reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery
on July 2nd after he injured the ligament
in a pickup basketball game. Jason Parker faces several months of rehabilitation for his ACL but may be able to play basketball for the school next season.
During surgery, doctors replaced the ACL
in Parker’s right knee and repaired two small tears in the cartilage under his kneecap. Parker’s ACL was replaced with an ACL from a cadaver.
“The principal rehabilitation will take four to six months and will include a combination of physical therapy and athletic training,” Dr. David Caborn said. “It’s possible he could play (following rehabilitation), but it’s really difficult to say because there are so many variables. Ultimately, what will be done will be in Jason’s best interest and to make sure he is not at high risk of re-injury.”
Parker was in good spirits following his surgery. He was able to begin physical therapy in the recovery room. He worked on quadriceps activation, full extension, and continuous passive motion immediately after the procedure and was soon discharged.
“He’s been a healthy athlete and has never had any kind of serious injury before,” Caborn said. “I think Jason will probably push himself, and I know that from seeing him during this past week of rehabilitation. He worked incredibly hard.”
Photo courtesy of www.ukathletics.com