Patient and Family Education
The following information serves as a guide on what to expect after your operation.
In some cases your doctor may advice you differently and you should follow those instructions.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
- After surgery, the affected leg is checked for colour, movement and sensation. Numbness, bruises, swelling and warmth can be expected for up to three months.
- A bracing / icing may be in place on top of a dressing, this is to provide stability to the knee and to reduce post operative swelling.
- Dressing will be checked for bleeding and to ensure it is firmly secured. Keep it dry at all times.
- Unless there is a waterproof dressing, the dressing should be kept dry and intact at all times. Cover the leg with a plastic bag when taking a shower.
- It is important to check the wound site for signs of bleeding daily especially when you are discharged from the hospital.
- Antibiotics may possibly be ordered after surgery depending on your clinical condition.
- Other medications are anti-inflammatory and pain-relievers.
- Minimal Pain is expected but if you are experiencing moderate to severe knee pain, please inform the doctor.
Nutrition / Hydration
Once drinks are tolerated, you may have solid food. A high protein diet is encouraged unless contraindicated. Plenty of fruits and vegetables are encouraged.
- The side rails of your bed will be up to prevent you from falling off your bed.
- Deep breathing exercises are encouraged to prevent a chest infection. Repeat 3-4 times every hour while awake.
- Exercise your ankle by moving your foot towards and away from you to increase blood circulation, reduce swelling and prevent blood clots.
- The surgeon or physiotherapist will provide strengthening exercises and will help you to start walking after the operation with or without the aid of crutches. It is important to carry out the exercises at home.
Follow up appointment
- A review appointment with the surgeon may be arranged for you before you are discharged from the hospital & details will be given to you. In the event you are unable to attend, please call the clinic to reschedule to a more convenient time.
- Once discharged from the hospital it is very important to contact the surgeon’s clinic if you experience signs of fever, uncontrolled pain or infection and inflammation of the wound site.