Post-Operative Instructions

ACL Reconstruction

Crutch walking weight bearing as tolerated on affected leg. May discontinue crutches when comfortable. Keep knee dressing dry and in place for 48 hours. May remove knee dressing in 2 days and get knee wet in shower. Do not submerge knee for 2 weeks – no bath, hot tub or pool for 2 weeks. Leave knee open to air with no dressing after 2 days. Leave white steri-strips in place for 2 weeks.

You will be given 4 medications:

  • Enteric coated Aspirin 325mg 1 pill twice per day with food for 10 days
  • Percocet 5mg: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain if the Motrin doesn’t cover all of your pain
  • Keflex 500mg: 1 pill every 6 hours for 1 day only.
  • Phenergan 12.5mg: 1 pill every 6 hours as needed for nausea

You can ice the knee for 30 minutes at a time, then nothing for 2 hours then ice again for 30 minutes at a time and so on. If using the Polar Care, check skin every hour to make sure no frost bite (whiteness). Instructions on side of device. Stay ahead of the pain. The brace should be worn when walking. The brace should not be locked. Call for physical therapy appointment to start 5-7 days after surgery.

Return to office to see Dr. Kittredge in 2 weeks.

Any problems or questions, please call.

  • Alexandria office 703-810-5209
  • Springfield office 703-810-5210
  • Springfield PT 703-810-5211