POST OPERATIVE RECOVERY
Surgeons differ about their specific post operative reconstruction protocols.
Below is a sample version for comparison.
Range of motion brace immediately after surgery.
Weight bearing as tolerated. (May depend on if a meniscal repair took place)
May shower in 7-10 days after suture removal.
Gentle range of motion and isometric strengthening.
Begin physical therapy.
Emphasis on regaining full extention and eliminating swelling
Quadriceps control and walking status should improve dramatically.
Return to driving after quadriceps control returns.
Full range of motion should now be present.
Progress physical therapy to more strengthening
Functional rehabilitation begins.
Balance and endurance exercises continue
Sport or work specific exercises are introduced as tolerated.
Weeks 16 and beyond:
Release to sports or work determined by in clinic skill testing