ACL Reconstruction Surgery Recovery & Postoperative FAQs

ACL Reconstruction Surgery Recovery & Postoperative FAQs

When Can I Return to Sports Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

This varies on your abilities before the injury and the type of surgery you had, however typically it will take at least 6 months to return to sports.

What Will the Scars From ACL Reconstruction Surgery Look Like?

That will depend on the type of surgery and where the graft was taken from. For an open technique, the scar will run down the front of the knee and tibia, for an arthroscopic procedure, there will be multiple small incisions (about 1 cm) around the knee. There will be an additional scar if the graft was removed from somewhere on the leg other than the knee. Your surgeon will give you advice on how to minimise scarring.

When Can I Go Back to Work After ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

You may need to take between 2 weeks and 3 months off work depending on your profession.

When Can I Bathe and Shower Normally Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

You will be advised to wear a protective cuffed plastic cover on your leg to help you shower until the wounds are fully healed. It may not be possible to use the bath until your wounds are fully healed unless you are able to keep your leg out of the water and at a safe and appropriate angle.

How Long Will I Be In the Hospital Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

Some people are able to go home the same day, others may need to stay in hospital for at least a night.

Are There Any Considerations for ACL Reconstruction Surgery Regarding Child or Pet Care?

As you will be unable to bear weight on your knee and will be using a mobility aid, like crutches, and potentially wearing a brace, taking care of pets and especially small children will be challenging as you recover. You will also not be able to drive for a portion of your recovery. Arranging for friends or family to help you care for your dependents will be necessary.

Published: Tuesday 9 February 2021

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