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How should I care for my incision after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Here's how to care for your incision after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery:
  • Keep your dressings clean and dry. Your doctor will let you know when you can remove your dressings and when it's okay to take a shower without worrying about getting your incisions wet. Do not soak in a tub, pool, or hot tub until your doctor says it's okay.
  • Wear your compression stockings (TED hose) as long as your doctor advises. Compression stockings help prevent blood clots.
  • Watch for bleeding. You may have a small amount of bleeding from your surgical incisions. This is normal.
  • Watch for signs of infection at the incision site (increased redness or swelling, pus, or fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), and report them to your doctor.

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