Advertisement

When should I call my doctor after ACL reconstruction surgery?

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, watch for problems, and call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
  • Your knee keeps bleeding (small spots might show on the bandages, but they shouldn't spread).
  • You have pain that you cannot control.
  • Pus or foul-smelling liquid drains from your knee.
  • You have chills or a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • You have nausea and vomiting that does not stop.
  • Your knee continues to swell or feel numb, and elevating your leg or loosening your bandage doesn't help.
  • Your foot or ankle starts to change color.

Continue Learning about Muscle & Connective Tissue Injuries

What is an ACL?
Sunrise Children's HospitalSunrise Children's Hospital
An ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is an important ligament in the knee created for stability he...
More Answers
What are knee ligament injuries?
Scott D. Martin, MDScott D. Martin, MD
Each year, approximately 200,000 people in the United States injure their anterior cruciate liga...
More Answers
What are the symptoms of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury?
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical CenterEastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is very painful. Usually the knee swells up right away, and...
More Answers
What can I expect during rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction surgery?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
Rehabilitation is a series of exercises and treatments designed to help you recover from surgery and...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.