Post-OP Procedures for ACL Reconstruction/Meniscus Repair
Once you completed your ACL Reconstruction procedure or your meniscus repair operation, you need to follow a certain Post-OP protocol to expedite the healing process. Here is a good overview for what our practice recommends regards to Post-OP routine.
A. Immediate Post-OP Protocol:
– You will be scheduled as a short stay surgery patient. This means that you most likely will go home the same day as your surgery. You will usually see the MD three days following surgery for your visit.
– Dressing: Leave the surgical dressing intact until follow-up visit with MD, any concerns – pls contact our office.
– Keep PETS away from surgical site. To prevent possibility of infection, keep surgical site clean, pls keep animals away from your surgical site for two weeks.
Keep knee brace locked in extension
– ACL reconstruction (special instruction): Weight bear as tolerated using crutches, with the knee brace locked in extension when you are walking around and at rest (4-6 weeks in brace) unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Feder. Remember, you should be in the brace at all times after operation.
– Meniscus Repair: Non Weight Bearing, using crutches at all times. NO WEIGHT put on the surgical leg for 3-4 weeks following surgery. Keep the knee brace locked in extension at all times (4-6 weeks in brace) unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Feder. Remember, you should be in the brace at all times after surgery.
– Quad sets and Straight Leg Raises (SLR), with the knee brace locken in full extension. If necessary, you may seek assistance with the SLRs. Both ACL and Meniscus Repairs begin these exercises immediately following Post-OP.
– Sponge bathe only (0-10 days Post-OP) no shower or bath until stitches come out.
– You will receive a Physical Therapy prescription. Contact your physical therapy provider to set up your PT therapy appointments so you may begin your physical therapy following your first Post-OP visit to the MD.