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Post –Operative Exercises and Physical Therapy

Following your surgery you will be given an instruction sheet showing exercises that are helpful in speeding up your recovery. Strengthening your thigh muscles (Quadriceps and Hamstrings) is most important. Swimming and cycling (stationary or road) are excellent ways to build these muscles up and improve movement.

Frequently asked questions

How long am I in the Hospital?

A: Approximately 4 hours

Do I need crutches?

A: Usually not required (Unless you are having Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction)

When can I get the knee wet?

A: After 24 hrs remove the bandage and apply a waterproof dressing.

When can I drive?

A: After 24 hrs if the knee is comfortable.

When can I return to work?

A: When the knee feels reasonably comfortable.

When can I swim?

A: After removal of the stitches.

How long will my knee take to recover?

A: Depending on the findings and surgery, usually 4 to 6 weeks following the surgery.

When Can I return to Sports?

A: Depending on the findings, 4-6 weeks after surgery.

  • Animas Orthopedic Associates
  • Animas Surgical Hospital
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons