The following can be expected following ACL reconstruction surgery:
Tube-grip bandage may be applied
No brace or immobilisation will be needed
An ice pack should be applied regularly for 20 minute intervals until swelling subsides
Usually there will be a wound check after 14 days performed in A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis’ rooms
Physiotherapy should start at two to five days after surgery with the goal of a quick return to a full range of motion and the strengthening of both quadriceps muscles and hamstrings muscles.
Recovery from ACL surgery is a lengthy process and physiotherapy is required to restore full range of motion and function of the knee. A full rehab program complete with daily strengthening exercises will be prescribed and it is crucial that this part of the recovery is not neglected.
Range of Motion:
Passive and active range of motion exercises should be preformed to order to ensure full extension is achieved and maintained within one week post surgery. 90 degrees of flexion is the goal by week two followed by progression to full flexion as tolerated.
Weight bear as tolerated, initially with crutches. Crutches can be discontinued when full extension of the knee can be achieved without an extensor lag and the patient is able to walk comfortably without a flexed knee gait pattern.
Return to full activity should be eased into with care not to overdo it and over stress the knee.