What should I expect after knee ligament surgery?

Depending on the type of knee ligament reconstruction, expect a recovery time of about six to twelve weeks.

Dr. Scott D. Martin, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

After knee ligament surgery, you'll go home with crutches and may use a brace that holds your leg straight (locked in the extended position) or unlocked for a sitting position. During the first two weeks after surgery, you'll ice your knee regularly to reduce swelling and pain. Physical therapy will focus on improving your strength, stability and movement. Your muscle strength dictates when you may reintroduce various activities, usually at least 10 weeks after surgery for normal activities and about six months for sports.

Following surgery, rehabilitation is crucial and has a major impact on your outcome. If you don't have surgery, you must make an ongoing commitment to strengthening your knee muscles. If you do have surgery, you need to participate in physical therapy both before and after surgery to gain as much strength and range of movement as possible.

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