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What activities can I do after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Here are some guidelines for activity after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery:
  • Take it easy the first day. You should rest on the day of surgery, other than getting up for the bathroom or to get meals or medication.
  • Start your recovery exercises as soon as your doctor recommends. When you start your exercises depends on the extent of your injuries, the complexity of your repairs, and your physical condition.
  • Avoid activities that cause pain or swelling to the knee. Examples include climbing stairs or standing or sitting for long periods.
  • Use assistive devices as recommended. Assistive devices are tools to help you do what you need to do while you're healing. After ACL rehabilitation, these usually include a knee brace and crutches. Using them just as your doctor recommends will help you heal faster.

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