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Typically, after surgery your surgeon will check your wound at the I -week postop visit and let you know if you can get your knee wet. Prior to I week, you can take sponge baths, or you can shower with a large garbage bag over your leg with duct tape securing the bag at the top so the knee bandages don't get wet. Hint: Put a towel around the top of thigh at the area where you secure the bag with duct tape).
Between 1 and 2 weeks unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. When you gain muscle control of your leg and feel secure, you can discontinue the crutches.
Between 2 and 3 weeks, mostly to protect your leg in risky situations and until you gain the confidence and strength to go without it. Your therapist and/or surgeon will tell you when to stop using the immobilizer.
Patients typically use narcotics for 5-10 days after surgery, and most do not require any medication other than acetaminophen (Tylenol) after that.
Pain varies from person to person, but most patients manage very well with a combination of narcotics and over-counter pain medicines (eg. Tylenol) after that.
You may sleep in any position that is comfortable for you. (Hint: Try using several pillows to get a comfortable position)
Use the polar care provided to you. Keep your operated leg elevated with some pillows under your ankle. lce the knee as much as possible at 30 minute intervals It's important to remember to always ice your knee after exercise.
Begin the CPM at 0- 60 degrees and 3 rpm for a minimum of 4 - 6 hours daily. You may break up the hours as your schedule allows; you may sleep in the CPM if desired. Increase the ROM by 5 - 10 degrees every other day.
In addition to the incision on the front of your knee, there may be 3 -4 ¼ inch arthroscopic puncture wounds around the knee.
Once the graft is obtained through a small incision, the rest of the procedure is done arthroscopically.
Approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours. You will be spending approximately 1 - 2 hours in the Recovery Room after surgery.
No. The anesthesiologist is carefully monitoring you at all times.
With both the patella tendon and hamstring grafts, the two bioabsorbable screws in your knee hold the graft in place while it is healing. They are very deep in your bone and cannot be felt by pressing on your knee from the outside. They do not need to be removed. It will take approximately two to three years for them to be fully absorbed. This slow absorption is not a problem since the ends of the graft are fully incorporated into the bone tunnels within two to three months.