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What should I expect after having ACL surgery?

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where nurses will monitor your vital signs until the anesthesia wears off. You will be able to go home when your vital signs have returned to normal and you are fully awake. This is usually about 2 hours after surgery.

Your healthcare providers will discuss with you the outcome of the surgery and what you should do at home. You may not remember this information. Ask a friend or family member to take notes.

After ACL surgery, expect many weeks of limited movement and six months before engaging in sport-related activities.

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