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ACL Surgery - 0-2 Weeks

The main aim of this phase is to look after the new ACL and regain normal movement of the knee.

I’ve been given crutches after my operation but what should I be doing?

You are likely to have been discharged from the hospital on crutches and told to use them for two weeks, and also told not to take too much weight on your operated leg.

To help you get to grips with using your crutches properly and how to walk without too much weight on your operated leg, please click here: Walking Aids

My knee is swollen, is there anything I can do?

It is completely normal for your knee to be swollen and it is likely to be swollen for some time (weeks). Walking and movement of the leg is very important in trying to reduce the swelling,  however, you can try putting your leg up from time to time or using something cold (frozen peas) on your knee. Remember cold can burn, so wrap your peas up in a towel before putting them on your skin.

My knee feels really tight and a bit weird, is that normal?

It is very common to have a tight or unusual feeling in the knee after an ACL reconstruction. This is due to a few factors, including the surgery itself, the expected swelling and the fact that the new graft will be working which means your knee will feel stable again and may be a bit tighter than before.

What exercises should I be doing to start with?

As mentioned above, the main priority for the first two weeks after your operation is to try and get your knee moving.

Below is a selection of exercises to try and help you start to move your knee again.

Exercise tips: Aim to do these exercises little and often through the day and work within a range that is comfortable.

Download our blank gym programme here.

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