Elevate your knee under heel not the knee to prevent flexion contracture or stiffness in the knee. The Cold Therapy unit is helpful in reducing swelling, minimizing requirements for narcotics and accelerating return to normal knee function. Follow instructions given at the time of discharge and use the cooling system a minimum of 12 hours/day. Continuous use is allowed and encouraged, if not uncomfortable. Keep knee's dressing dry. Do not remove it. Small amount of bloody drainage on the dressing is not unusual and this can be covered with a clean 4X4 gauze and ACE wrap.
Weight bearing on the operated leg is allowed. Use your crutches for ambulating. Your brace is to be worn at all times. The brace is to be locked in full extension (0 degrees).
Begin exercises the night of surgery. Repeat 10 times every hour.
Take the following prescribed medication as directed:
Take one Enteric Coated Aspirin 325mg by mouth daily starting the day of surgery.
Additional medications may be prescribed for you.
Substitute Tylenol or Advil as soon as possible for pain control.
Your surgeon should be contacted by calling 703-810-5215 Option 3 or 703-810-5213, 24 hours a day for any of the following symptoms:
You will receive information on when and where your post-operative appointment is scheduled.
If you need to verify or change your post-op appointment, please call 703-277-2663.
Arrangements to begin your formal ACL rehab program will made at this time.