How should I prepare for ACL surgery?

These are things to do to make your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery go better:
  • Stop smoking. People who don't smoke have better outcomes and faster recovery.
  • Ask for time off work. Ask your doctor how long you may need to be off work, and arrange this with your employer.
  • Check your medications. Ask your doctor if you should stop taking any of your current medications before surgery. On the day of surgery, bring a list of all your medications, vitamins, and supplements with you.
  • Fast the night before. Don't eat or drink anything for 8 to 12 hours before surgery. Take routine medications, if instructed to do so, with a few sips of water.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

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