What should I expect after having ACL surgery?

Jason H. Nielson, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
After ACL surgery, expect many weeks of limited movement and six months before engaging in sport-related activities. Watch Jason Nielson, MD, of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, explain more.
Fred C. Redfern, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Recovery from ACL repair can be pushed too fast, says Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that three to six months is a better window for rehab. 
Intermountain Healthcare
Administration
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.

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Muscle & Connective Tissue Injuries

Muscle & Connective Tissue Injuries

Muscle and connective tissue injuries include sprains and strains, which are the most common injuries for people engaged in physical sports. A sprain is an injury of a ligament, which connects our bones to each other. A strain is ...

an injury that can occur to a muscle or a tendon, which connects our bones to our muscles. If you have a muscle or connective tissue injury, you will likely experience pain, swelling, and limited movement of that body part. Sometimes these injuries are evident as soon as they occur, while others take time to develop. Usually rest helps to heal the area, and ice can reduce swelling. If these remedies dont help you, physical therapy or surgery may be necessary for a full recovery.
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