Weeks 0 to 4
Protection of the post-surgical knee Restore normal knee extension Eliminate effusion (swelling) Restore leg control
The patient may gradually wean from two crutche ...
1st Week After Surgery:
Keep surgical dressing in place until follow up appointment and do not get wetElevate operative extremity above the level of the heart as often as possibleApply ice to the operative knee for 20 minutes at a time at least f ...
Maintain your operative dressing, loosen the bandage if swelling of the foot and ankle occurs.It is normal for the kneed to bleed and swell following surgery. If blood soaks onto the ACE bandage, do not become alarmed, reinforce ...
The goals of the first two weeks are simple and some of the most important to achieve the ideal result after ACL reconstruction. These goals include pain control, controlling swelling, regaining full knee range of motion (especially e ...
Tylenol 1,000mg (Pain reducer):
Take 2 extra strength capsules/tablets (500mg each) by mouth 3 times per day.
For example: 2 with Breakfast, 2 with Lunch, and 2 with Dinner.
Celebrex 200mg (Anti-inflammatory):
Take 1 capsule/ table ...
Your recovery at home
It is important to follow our instructions carefully after you return home. You should ask someone to check on you that evening.
Swelling. Keep your operative extremity elevated above the level of your heart a ...
ONE WEEK POST-OPERATION
The patient will be instructed on the use of the CPM while in the hospital (ex, continuous use of the CPM at the slowest speed (ex, 1-2 cycles/min) or as tolerated). The patient should wear the knee immobilizer when ...
Weeks 0 -1
Posterior splint to be worn at all times while the incision heals.
Weeks 1 – 4
Splint removed, and the patient is placed in a hinged elbow brace
Initially the brace is set between 60 and 90 degrees. The arc of motion is gradua ...
Supine, operative arm on Parker table; If gracilis autograft, secure non-operative leg
Bair hugger to lower body
Arm – 18” with 4” webril and clear 1010 (as high as poss ...