marchisio
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Medical One - Knee Problems

Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:17 am

Hi guys

I'm 24 years old and is hopefully soon ready to commence my flight training.
In next month I got an appointment in AMS, Gatwick for a medical one check and I'm a bit worried about it.

The problem that worries me is I got my ACL ruptured 7 month ago due to skiing

I had a surgery for approximately 5 months ago and my knee is now working almost perfectly.

I can ride a bike, run, swim, jump on the "injured" knee. I can stretch the leg 100% and the muscles around the "injured" knee works exact as the healthy knee.

But my problem is I can't bend my knee 100% yet.
If I lie on my knees and tryin to get my bottom to reach my heels there will be a pain. I think I still need 7-8 cm to reach my heels.

I know it's a slightly "technical" question, but I will appreciate if somebody could tell me whether I have a problem here or not. Maybe I doesn't even have to do this exercise at the appointment at AMS, Gatwick? Or maybe somebody that have been there recently could tell me?

Thanks in advance

Best Regards
 
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zeke
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RE: Medical One - Knee Problems

Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:53 am

Quoting Marchisio (Thread starter):

I know it's a slightly "technical" question, but I will appreciate if somebody could tell me whether I have a problem here or not. Maybe I doesn't even have to do this exercise at the appointment at AMS, Gatwick? Or maybe somebody that have been there recently could tell me?

I doubt you do have a problem, that is not the sort of test carried out in a class 1 medical.

I would take a referral letter from you specialist (in English) explaining the diagnosis of the injury you had, the surgery performed, and the outcome of the surgery. You will need to declare any surgery on the application form.

I would also get a separate letter explaining the medication that you were on prescribed as some may have been opiate based, as you could potentially fail a drugs test. If you can explain it via prescription medication, you will be in the clear.

Lots of pilots have had similar injuries, it should not prevent you from operating an aircraft.
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lowrider
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RE: Medical One - Knee Problems

Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:39 pm

I had a similar injury many years ago. I have continuously held a US 1st Class medical with no problems.
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bluejuice
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RE: Medical One - Knee Problems

Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:10 pm

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 2):

I had a similar injury many years ago. I have continuously held a US 1st Class medical with no problems.

Toss me in as well. Years ago I tore my left ACL along with cartilage damage. Passed my 1st class medical with no problems. There was a reflex check like the type you would receive on a standard physical exam. My damaged knee responds normally.
 
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DocLightning
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RE: Medical One - Knee Problems

Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:31 am

Quoting zeke (Reply 1):

I would also get a separate letter explaining the medication that you were on prescribed as some may have been opiate based, as you could potentially fail a drugs test.

Not seven months out you won't. I'm not a flight surgeon, but I am an MD. At this juncture, I'd be shocked if there was even one molecule of whatever narcotic they gave you post-op left in your body.

That said, you should list it for completeness.
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