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

How difficult are ACL repairs?
Sunrise Children's HospitalSunrise Children's Hospital
ACL repairs are a very common procedure, but it’s best to find a surgeon who frequently performs the...
More Answers
What is jersey finger?
National Athletic Trainers' AssociationNational Athletic Trainers' Association
Jersey finger is when a finger is caught in the shirt or jersey of another athlete resulting in a ru...
More Answers
How are knee ligament injuries treated?
Dr. Scott D. Martin, MDDr. Scott D. Martin, MD
Knee ligament injuries are treated as follows: Treating media collateral ligament (MCL) damage. Onc...
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.