What are my ACL Surgery graft choices?
Options for graft tissue include hamstring or patellar tendon harvested from the patient’s own body (autografts), or tissue harvested from a donor (allografts).
Graft choice may be based on number of factors, such as age, activity level and instability.
When can I return to my normal activities following surgery?
Depending on completion of rehab testing and quad strength, patients typically return to normal activities after 6-9 months.
How long will I be on crutches?
Each of our doctors have their own protocols, but following surgery, the average amount of time a patient is on crutches is about one to two weeks. The amount of time can depend on what other structures are repaired, e.g. a meniscal repair.
When will I start rehab?
Rehab begins at home the day after the procedure. Exercises are provided to patients at their pre-op appointment, and a CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) machine will be sent home with you the day of surgery to assist with pain and range of motion.
Will I be wearing a brace after surgery?
Yes, you will be wearing a post-op brace immediately after surgery. This will be worn at all times for approximately 6 weeks. Toward the end of your rehab regimen, a sports brace will be ordered which will be worn during sports activities for up to one year after surgery.
How soon after surgery can I drive?
Many factors go into determining when you are able to begin driving post-surgery. It is mostly dependent upon when you stop using pain medication and when you feel you can safely operate a car. The typical time is 10-12 days.