What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction surgery?

The recovery time after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery is longer than many similar surgeries. This is because people who've had an ACL tear reconstruction usually want to get back to strenuous activity, which takes longer than just getting back to daily living. The full recovery time is required, so they can get back to playing contact sports or, for example, to get back on the slopes. This usually takes six months to a year, depending on how much time and effort you put into rehabilitating your knee after surgery.

Rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction surgery is critical. A lot of surgeries don't require much therapy afterwards. But an ACL is the exception. The surgeon's job takes about an hour or an hour and a half in the operating room. But the person with the injury has to go through months and months of very strenuous, sometimes painful, recovery to get back to where they were. By far, the most important thing in an ACL reconstruction is what people and their physical therapists do after the surgery is done.

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