I've got a bit of a ethical dilemma here, and I figured ns was the place to go to sort it out. I had acl surgery last december. I fell off the stairs in late february right onto the bad knee and felt/maybe heard it pop. Lots of pain and swelling. My mom is a nurse practitioner and my uncle is a doctor. They both checked it out and diagnosed as a probable torn acl. Went to the surgeon right away and was told it'd be fine in month or so. It wasn't. Most of the pain went away, but it had this weird feeling when it extend when I walked. I got it checked out again, the surgeon still said it was fine, and I kinda just dismissed the extension issues as a post surgery thing. The knee started feeling pretty strong and I tried to ski in may ish, about 5.5 months afer the original surgery. The knee gave out on me immediately, and I thought it popped. Got it checked out again. The surgeon couldn't see me so I saw the physicians assistant, again she said the acl graft felt strong, it was probably a mcl strain and to come back if it didn't feel better in a month. It felt wonky and gave out on me a couple times but other than that instability was strong and painfree. I went back and saw the surgeon, and convinced him to get me an mri. He told me again that the acl was fine and that he was suspicious I could have some cartiledge damage. The mri came back. Blown fucking acl. Total tear. Time for a new doctor. My new surgeon took one look at the mri and said that the tear looked almost a year old, meaning it most likely happened back in fucking february. What should I do here? Angry letter to old surgeon? Angry letter to superior? I'm not at all sue-happy and understand that people fuck up, but I saw this guy soo many times, and I stressed to him that I planned to ski all summer in new zealand, and take a year off of school in order to ski this season in utah, and that skiing was the most important thing in my life, and he kept reassuring me it would be fine. I know I fucked up big time and will never again hesitate to get a second opinion, but this guy screwed me. I'd be pretty much done with the recovery had the original re-tear been diagnosed and had surgery. I'd be skiing this season. Instead, I'm here, pissed off, a week out of surgery, crutching around and cursing a fucking doctor that took a year of skiing from me that I'll never get back.